The Rise of the Dad Bod

Becoming a parent for the first time is a magical thing, but it seems a bundle of joy can change more than just your sleeping pattern. Our research revealed that it’s not just mums who battle with post-baby weight, but first time fathers typically gain 1 stone 5 lbs (8.5kg) in the first year – approximately the same weight as a car tyre, and more than double the weight of the average baby boy in the UK (7lb 8oz)!

We found that half of men put on weight in the first year since hearing the pitter patter of tiny feet, with one in ten (9%) even gaining more than a whopping two stone.


We wondered why and found out that new dads reported to have just one and a half hours of free time in an average day, it’s no surprise then that shifts in their priorities are resulting in bad health habits, such as;

  • doing less exercise (28%),
  • quitting a sports team (8%) and
  • not having enough time to prepare healthy meals (20%).

The demands of a new-born don’t stop there; 57% of dads stating that sleep had become their top priority in that first year – coming ahead of spending quality time with a partner, socialising with friends and even sex!

Our research found that body confidence plummets in new dads, with a third (32%) saying they felt less body confident since becoming a father – a figure that rises to a shocking 51% for those under the age of 29 – and over half (52%) stated that their stomach had become their least favourite body part since having children.

With warmer weather and beach holidays on the horizon, this means many dads are at risk missing out, as over a quarter of new dads are unwilling to go shirtless on a beach anymore and as much as 7% don’t feel confident being naked during sex.

It’s no wonder that men are feeling the pressure, as David Beckham (22%) was voted by dads as the dadbod they would most like to have, followed closely by action stars Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson (16%) and Tom Hardy (15%). Whilst stars of our TV screens Simon Cowell, David Walliams and James Corden were deemed the least desirable.

Fear not!

We’ve launched ‘Dad Bod to Rad Bod’ workout – developed for dads by LighterLife Fast and The Dad Network. The free downloadable workout incorporates simple exercise moves for dads, using no equipment apart from items around the house (and their baby!).

Dad Bod to Rad Bod supports LighterLife Fast’s Fast Philosophy. By fasting two/ three days per week, and eating two x 300kcal meals along with a meal of choice on the other four/five “smart” days, dad’s are able to lose weight easily and efficiently – taking the complications out of fasting. For time-strapped dads, there is no need for calorie counting, weighing out food or worrying about meal prepping, as they can get everything they need in four, balanced products for up to three ‘fast’ days a week.

Download your free Dad Bod to Rad Bod workout here: