The marketing gimmick trying to tell you that letting go is acceptable. The truth of the matter is that it isn’t. Our times are very different compared to any other generation. If we put on a little weight here and there, the effort to get rid of it is far more than needed by previous generations because ours is more sedentary.
There are a few reasons for weight gain in men in their late 20’s and early 30’s. Read on to hear this perspective.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), average alcohol consumption in India was 5.7 litres per person above the age of 15 per year in 2016, up from 4.3 litres in 2010. The effects of alcohol vary from person to person and certainly depends on the amount of consumption. Alcohol itself may not have a large number of calories but what is harmful are the sugary drinks we use as mixers and the oily food we consume as snacks.
Smoking doesn’t help either. Besides being carcinogenic, it also lowers lung capacity and your ability to keep fit.
This age bracket is such that most people have recently started living with their partners. A lot of us simply let go. It’s a bit risky at this age.
Maybe you could form a good team with your significant other, roommate, friend etc. Follow their lead. Reduce the portion size just a bit. Skip the fizzy drink and eventually skip all added sugar. You could do light exercises or just start with matching up to the WHO recommended 150 minutes a week.
If you are a new parent, we fully understand that you may be sleep-deprived, lacking rest and might decide to recover all through the weekend. Rest is a must. 6 hours at the very least.
If the Puri, Bhatura or Dosa seem a bit shiny, you will have to be that guy who dabs it down with a tissue to get rid of the extra fat.
Stress is handled very differently in this 20 to early 30’s bracket than in any other age groups. A power nap of about 10 to 20 minutes can detach you, give you a better perspective and ability to carry out better judgements.
Being aware of our breath, laying down face up on the floor with your palms facing up as well, maybe a massage could be helpful to ward off physical and mental stresses.
So, coming back to the Dad Bod. As much as it may seem easy and not take much effort in keeping up that body type, it will slowly take its toll on the system. The back, neck and knees wear out more in comparison to when you were lighter. We say it’s a marketing gimmick because it’s the one segment of the market that doesn’t take itself too seriously and hence is unaffected by the advertisements and subtle placements in all that we consume.
Take care of yourselves and make sure to never let go.