It is truly a shame that society overlooks dads when it comes to parenting. Not only are dads regarded as babysitters who should “help out” with their own children, but they're never given the chance to experience the pressure to lose weight and look better — err, I mean, support to be healthy — that moms experience regularly. Not a day goes by that I don’t see some "fitspiration" on Pinterest or Instagram, promising foolproof diet tips for busy moms. But where are all the diet tips for busy dads?
“What about Teh Menz?!” After all, I see the comments and hear cries from dad and soon-to-be dads, typing on articles about how society can make life better for moms and women more generally, asking, "But what about me?" Well, I agree and never fear: I’ve got you covered. After all, if we're going to start treating dads the same way we treat moms, we need to knock off all that silly body acceptance stuff and start making dads who gain sympathy weight during their partners’ pregnancies (or a lifetime of Monday Night Football) feel like bad parents whose next cookie may very well orphan their children or shine an unforgiving light on their inevitable laziness. If it’s good enough for moms, it’s good enough for dads, too.
The following tips are for dads who are serious about diet and exercise, not folks who simply want to accept their #dadbods and discover reasonable ways to have more energy and feel their best. A body positive approach to food and health might make you feel great and even live longer, but as any body image activist can tell you, when it comes to diet and exercise, “health” is often code for “looking acceptably thin.” So now that we’re all speaking the same language, please feel free to unflinchingly adhere to the following tips for the good of your “health.” Alternatively, you could just click on postpartum hashtags or look at social media ads directed at new mothers. After seeing all the ads for weight loss products that prey on new moms’ deepest insecurities and fears, if you respect or care about women at all, you’ll probably lose your appetite completely.