Play Video Games and Lose Weight

 Happy Halloween. It is the time of the year that signals the start of a sugar fiesta that lasts till New Year. This year, I decided to go slow on the candy corn; I am going to  attack  the jelly beans and dark  chocolate instead. This came about because I came across the inspirational story of  Taylor LeBarron, who used his love for video games to lose 150 pounds.

With the world’s population set to reach seven billion on October 31, 2011 aka today (check our post about it), it is a good time to take a look at one of the greatest  threats that the tech-savvy population of the world is susceptible to, called obesity, and ask ourselves if there is a way where we can have our cake and eat it too.

For example, apparently you can loose weight using your love for video games. I don’t mean the Wii Fit type. Taylor LeBarron, author of  Cutting Myself in Half:  150 Pounds Lost,  One Byte at a Time  tells the fascinating story of how he lost half his body weight by turning his love for video games into a motivational tool. He created his own game called UFG (Ultimate Fitness Game) with which he kept track of all his activities and food habits.

Taylor  LeBaron has been quoted describing UFG as follows.

“Since I love video games, I approached my weight issue the same way I learn a new game. When I get a new video game, one of the first things I do is check out the opponents to see what I’m up against. When I know the enemies, I can create a plan of attack.”

It has the same aspects of a video game. You have enemies, you have allies, and you have money. You have to play smart; otherwise, you run out of your money. Your score needs to be high at the end of the day.

Here are some of his tips

Tip #1 Keep your weight off by improving your self confidence.

Tip #2 Start your fitness program with the right attitude and follow up by making a serious fitness  plan that lasts for the rest of your life.

Tip #3 Remember that getting fit is what  counts.

Tip #4 Start eating right and  exercising  more often.

Tip #5 Remember that long term is the key. Fitness needs to be part of your routine.

Taylor LeBarron  has his own Website at

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Edrea de Sousa

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