Jun 22 2017

Don’t be a Fat Parent

It’s common for parents to put on about a stone in the first two of years of having kids… then even more as that child ages.  Just look at a picture of your dad in his 20’s compared to now! The previously athletic dad who stops exercising will lose muscle…

It’s common for parents to put on about a stone in the first two of years of having kids… then even more as that child ages.  Just look at a picture of your dad in his 20’s compared to now!

The previously athletic dad who stops exercising will lose muscle –  so the weight on the scales may not actually budge that much…but the mirror, and maybe even the clothes will tell a different story.

A women might stay the same dress size (though this is also somewhat rare!) …but even then, the difference between a small size 10 and a large is about a stone in fat.

Disclaimer: As a guy in his 30’s I know more dads than mums.  So for this article I’ll use the example of a fat dad over a mum.  It’s way easier for me to visualize the problems they face, and switching between the genders is beyond my writing skills!  But whether you’re a dad or mum, all my ideas are applicable.

  1. Prepare for travel.

Ferrying children around the place means time in the car, out and about. The very act of transporting and entertaining them will make you all tired and hungry.  

If you don’t have any food with you, you’ll all end up eating crap.  With a protein bar at hand you can save many pounds sterling but not in weight!

  1. Be strict with you children when it comes to their diet. As a non parent this may well be harder than I give it credit, but if your children eat crap you will too. The last thing you need is to graze on a few fish fingers and chips before you sit down for your own meal. Or worst, having ‘kids treats’ lying around the house.

Be honest, are they for them, or you?  

Remember if your child sees you living a healthier lifestyle, they will follow suit.

  1. Train when they do. If you have older children then you’re likely going to sports or after school clubs. This means a few hours wasted on the sideline.  This is a perfect time to go off and train.  You could go for a run, a cycle, or even better a 40 minute strength session. If you concentrate on heavy compound exercises you’ll stimulate all your muscles quickly and effectively.
  2. Cycle whenever you can.

Cycling is quicker than getting in the car and way faster than walking. All short to medium trips should be biked.  Young or old, your child can be carried, or accompany on their own bike.

  1. Train together.

It’s most likely it’s not just you who needs to lose a few pounds. A talk with your wife about how they’re now more than the person you married metaphorically and physically will quickly end with time in the dog house!  Asking them to train with you is a far softer approach, if they refuse at least you consulted them which will buys you brownie points!

 

 

 

Author

Salman