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18 Tips To Getting The Perfect Dadbod According To A Real Dad

You don't just get a #dadbod by doing nothing.

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Recently, Mackenzie Pearson’s essay, "Why Girls Love The Dad Bod," shone a light on how the "dadbod" is quickly becoming the male ideal.

Men everywhere are asking, "How can I too get a dadbod?" Luckily for them, I'm here to help!

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As an actual dad, I can share the secrets to getting an authentic-looking — and incredibly sexy — dadbod. So gather 'round, boys. You're about to go to school!


4. Start to mainly go to see kids movies like Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked.

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You'll find that in order to sit through these masterpieces you'll need a tub of popcorn (and maybe a hot dog and some Milk Duds).

5. Simulate how kids wake their dads in the night by setting your alarm to go off five or six times as you sleep.


If you can still get up bright and early to go to the gym, great! But if you can't, take heart in knowing you're just working on your dadbod.

6. Train yourself to look down on dads who are in shape by telling yourself they must be crappy dads who let their partners do all the work at home.

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This probably isn't true, but you’re not going to get a #dadbod by trying to emulate those guys.


8. When eating out, pretend you're with a child and order a plate of mac and cheese in addition to your own food.

Give in to the temptation to eat half of it (which is generally how much a kid will leave on their plate).


11. Make a rule that you can only watch adult programming after 9 or 10 p.m.

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Real dads watch their crime shows after the kids are asleep, which keeps them up late. This makes it harder to get up to work out, but if you're after a dadbod that's a good thing!

13. Slow your metabolism by skipping meals, taking naps, and eating complex carbohydrates.

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Dad metabolism tends to be slower because of regular, ol' garden variety aging, but the good news is that there are things you can do to make your metabolism dad-esque no matter how old you are!


15. If eating salads is a part of how you keep fit, start eating salads at kid-friendly places like Chuck E. Cheese's.

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These soggy, two-day-old, lettuce-filled salads will destroy your taste for the healthy stuff and drive you into the arms of pizza.

16. Stock your home with candy at every single holiday.

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Real dads dip into their kid's Halloween candy late at night, munch on their kid's leftover chocolate bunnies at Easter, and tuck into as many candy hearts as they can on Valentine's Day. You must too if you hope to look like one of them!

18. Become an actual dad.

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This is definitely the hardest way to get a dadbod, but without a doubt the most rewarding... and if it makes you jaw-droppingly sexy too, all the better!