This person is 52 years old, hates going to the gym, but managed to lose 22 pounds after 6 months. Sometimes you don’t always reach your weight goals, but losing some weight is better than losing none.
This woman lost 35 pounds of fat and gained 10 pounds of muscle through VR and diet.
Imagine being able to lose weight by playing games each day! You’ll have a blast, you’ll feel mentally better, and if your diet isn’t horrible then you’re guaranteed to lose weight.
How to Lose Weight with VR
5 steps to losing weight in VR:
Choose a fitness app
Rotate to a new app
Find a fitness pal
Don’t focus on fitness
Exercising with a bad diet won’t bring you results. You need to fix your diet first!
You don’t need to count calories.
You don’t need to starve yourself
You don’t need to cut out junk food
To lose weight, you want calories in < calories out.
But here’s how to lose weight without getting overly scientific:
Are you gaining weight with the amount you’re eating? If yes, proceed to step 2. If not, then you’re good!
Cut down your calories by 10%
Start the exercise routine and observe your progress. Not happy with your progress? Repeat step 2.
Cutting down your calories by 10% is hardly noticeable. At worst, you’ll be slightly hunry for a few hours during the day – something you’ll have to put up with and your body will easily adapt to it. Since 10% less calories isn’t much.
2. Choose a VR Fitness App
If you don’t have a VR headset, I recommend picking up the Quest 2.
For the price – it’s 10x more cost effective than a gym membership which most people never even use.
And health is invaluable. You can’t pay for health.
I recommend Beat Saber – since it has unlimited custom songs and you can play it for hundreds/thousands of hours without getting bored.
Have fun and just play the game! Don’t think of it as exercise, but think of it as something you want to do. If you ever get bored of it…
3. Rotate to a New App
There’s dozens of fitness apps out there.
Some are free.
Some cost $20-40
But as I said before, you can’t pay for good health. So do whatever you can to make sure you’re doing the necessary things to staying healthy.
Rotate between the apps when you get bored of one.
Here’s my routine:
Thrill of the Fight
Les Mills Bodycombat
4. Find a Fitness Pal
Games like Beat Saber and Synth Riders have an online mode. Synth Riders has voice chat in it – so I prefer it for multiplayer.
Finding a partner can help you stay motivated to losing weight!
If you’re feeling lazy, your partner can motivate you to exercise and have fun.
How do you find a partner? Join our Discord server!
5. Have Fun!
Not every VR game has to be about weight loss.
Even though games like Skyrim VR, Half-Life: Alyx and Resident Evil 4 aren’t “fitness” games, you’re still standing up and waving your arms around. It’s much healthier than sitting down on a computer and playing games!
Just enjoy what VR has to offer.
How to Get Started with VR Fitness
I recommend picking up an Oculus Quest 2 (now known as Meta Quest 2). It’s the only headset that is completely wireless and standalone.
Wires get in the way of exercising: imagine wearing a VR headset and having a wire dangle from your head to your computer. It’s NOT recommended for fitness VR.
All other headsets require being tethered to your computer and sometimes even setting up external sensors for tracking.
With the Quest 2, all you gotta do is open the box, put it on your head and you’re set to go. No hassles of having to connect to your PC.
So in short: Just get the Quest 2.
Finally: Some Gameplay Videos
Beat Saber is mostly an upper body workout, but it’s the most fun one out there:
Les Mills BodyCombat is the most intense full body workout in VR (although it has a variety of intensity levels):
Supernatural is also a great full body workout, gameplay is similar to Beat Saber:
And there’s much more games :)
This is by far the easiest way to lose weight.
If you’ve ever struggled with finding a routine that works – VR will be the technology that fixes your problem.