Guys — listen up! Enough with spending hours at the gym, enough of those weird after (or is it before?) powder-based protein shakes, and enough with seeking washboard abs. This latest trend for the male physique — referred to as the “Dad Bod” — is the equivalent to women having a fuller, curvy figure. To elaborate, a guy who has a dad bod is somewhere between a little bit of a beer gut and someone who is naturally on the softer/thinner side: There sits the dad bod. Guys, we want to date a real man, not a chiseled model, and we want a guy we feel comfortable with. The dad bod says: “I go to the gym occasionally, but I also drink heavily on the weekends and enjoy eating eight slices of pizza at a time.” That’s totally cool with us.
Don’t get me wrong, plenty of women still love the dedication it takes to get bulging muscles, but there is something undeniably attractive about the dad bod. It tells us that you are a dad, a provider, and someone who takes care of others. We also know that there will be no surprises: You’ll most likely have the exact same body type 20 years from now that you currently have, and we’re incredibly happy about it.
The man with the dad bod enjoys his life and doesn’t apologize for being who he is. Did I mention that we love that? Not to mention notable funny men (because we love funny men — Jason Segel, anyone?) sport the dad bod. Also, we’re interested in dating a person with other interests, rather than gym-based meal prep and concerns over protein intake. You with the dad bod — chances are you’re fun and you have no problem staying out late and getting tacos at midnight with us. We’d feel kind of weird if we were the only ones eating tacos.
If you still aren’t convinced that the dad bod is the way to go, take a look at Leo DiCaprio, a.k.a the dad bod cult figure, who is the most notable celeb to embrace the dad bod trend. If it’s good enough for DiCaprio, then the dad bod is good enough for you.
The dad body is also the perfect type of body for cuddling. (Washboard abs are not a comfortable pillow.) Anything that encourages extra snuggling is a plus for us.
Still not sure if you have a dad bod? Check out this flow chart, via the Washington Post, which scientifically and mathematically determines whether you fall within the height and weight range of a man with a dad bod. In case you wanted to legitimize your dad bod status, the Washington Post’s concluding quantitative definition of the dad bod is: a man between the ages of 20 and 54, with a BMI between 25 and 29.9. Go figure.