How a Virtual Reality Game Helped One Man Lose 50 Pounds

How a Virtual Reality Game Helped One Man Lose 50 Pounds

The Nintendo Wii fad may be over, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still lose weight playing video games.

Job J Stauffer, a community manager for Telltale Games (developers of The Walking Dead and Game of Thrones games, among others) recently tweeted that he lost 50 pounds playing the VR game Soundboxing:


Soundboxing is a rhythm game for the HTC Vive virtuality platform (and, soon, the similar Oculus Rift) in which players box, Rocky Balboa-style, to the beat of whatever YouTube video you want. Check out the game trailer:


In an interview with UploadVR, Stauffer explained that a fateful trip to his doctor made him take action: “I was unhealthy. At my worst, I was over 300 pounds. It came to the point where my doctor finally said, ‘You need to get the heck in shape.’ I was at that lowest low point, where he was basically saying, ‘You need to do something or you’re gonna die.'”

Due to his weight, starting an intense weight-loss workout wasn’t so simple for Stauffer. As a result, he found the immersion and immediacy of playing a game in VR to be the perfect motivation for exercise. Soon, 20 minutes a day turned to 45, then 90—and before he knew it, he had lost 50 pounds in 5 months.

As VR is still in its early consumer phase, we’re bound to hear more success stories from people who have implemented it into their workouts. A similar (albeit brief) phenomenon occurred when Pokémon Go took thousands of gamers by storm in the summer of 2016, converting legions of couch potatoes into pedometer crushers.

If you’re looking to shed a few pounds without the virtual reality gear, though, you can always check out our primers on how to lose weight and how to burn fat.

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