by: Adam Sayih
Mackenzie Pearson had just about every meathead raging at her article “Why Girls Love The Dad Bod” about a week ago, and the result has been numerous articles circulating the web on how she’s either right or full of crap. Her original article didn’t include Leonardo DiCaprio’s vacation photos, however, those images are used in just about every one of these viral posts. Don’t get me wrong, DiCaprio is one of my favorite actors, but I think we can all agree he doesn’t look that great in those photos, yet he became the icon for the “dad bod.”
If we re-read what Mackenzie first described as the dad bod, and didn’t look at the deeper context behind the article, maybe everyone would chill the hell out for a second.
“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.’ It’s not an overweight guy, but it isn’t one with washboard abs, either.”
Leonardo DiCaprio doesn’t look like he goes the gym occasionally, or at all in those pictures. This description sounds more like Gerard Butler in this pic here.
“I enjoy hamburgers on occasion but will fight Persians if I have to”
Women want someone who’s fit and healthy, but also has a personality, just like you would desire the same in a woman. We’re not all that different. In fact Chris wrote an entire psychology-based article on why we find health attractive here. It’s a proven thing. You can let yourself go completely if you want, but don’t be surprised when your partner stares at men who are more fit. Actually scratch that, everyone notices people who are fit, even if you’re in great shape…it’s just something we’re attracted to.
What some fitness freaks need to realize though is that women want to go on a nice date on the weekends to the cool new restaurant down the street, not help you count asparagus heads for your Ziploc bags. Yes, I’m a fitness professional, and yes I’ve helped tons of clients achieve a six pack, but you know what? Six packs are hard work. Period. They take sacrifice and getting six pack abs usually means not enjoying a six pack of beer. It’s completely possible to have a great muscular physique and still enjoy life’s pleasures but to be 5% body fat means you’re going to have to sit out on some social occasions that your significant other probably wanted to go to. I think what Mackenzie meant to say is, “that woman want a guy that’s attractive, cares about his health and physique, doesn’t necessarily have a six pack but could get there in a few weeks of buckling down. He’s very strong and understands a beer or occasional pizza won’t kill his physique.”
Yes, here at The Gentleman & The Meathead we care very much about strength and performance, but we also have many beer recommendations and also clothing and accessory recommendations. Why? Because looking good naked doesn’t mean anything if you can’t attract the girl in the first place by dressing well and having a personality, and we know being in shape doesn’t mean not having a life.
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