Can a sexy avatar in a video game help you lose weight? A recent University of Missouri study says that may be true. It turns out that those people who made attractive avatars to represent themselves in the game had that carry over into their real lives and experienced more weight loss. The study showed that simply portraying themselves as fitter and more attractive gave a person the motivation to take real life action.
So, how can you use virtual reality to help you lose weight? Here are a few tips:
Pick a lifestyle program you find fun and engaging
Whether it's a game or a fitness tracker you're using to gauge your progress, the program should be fun. For example, if you are not into social media, joining a program that focuses on interacting with other people isn't going to do you any good, regardless how good your profile avatar looks.
Dream big with your avatar
This is the ultimate dress-up moment. If you could be anyone in the world, who would you be? Don't just opt for a computer-generated version of yourself. Have you always wanted to wear a belly-baring top? Have short, spiky pink hair? Well, this is a risk-free way of going there. It's especially important to make your avatar's body type exactly what you're going for in your fitness routine. Buff arms? Six-pack abs? Make sure your virtual self has them!
Embrace both the anonymity and the honesty virtual reality can offer
You can be both anonymous and completely honest, so don't worry about being judged. In fitness programs, this can allow you to enter actual weight, calories consumed, and workouts to get honest feedback and see exactly where you stand. It can also help you find others who might be going through similar experiences and get encouragement. That face-to-face fear of going to a gym is gone in virtual reality.
Instead of 'you are what you eat,' it's now, 'you are your avatar'! Log in to your favorite program and give your avatar a makeover as your new motivation. Your virtual self can now be your real life cheerleader.
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