I lost 70 pounds entirely playing Dance Dance Revolution and have since gained 25 pounds of muscle and growing. AMA. (X-post from /r/Fitness)
Hi reddit! A friend of mine told me to share this with you, but I wasn't sure exactly which subreddit to put it in. r/fitness recommended I move it here.
When I was 17, I weighed almost 200 pounds at 5' 7". I got hooked on DDR and successfully used it as a tool to lose 70 pounds of fat with the only change in my diet being the removal of all sodas (i would drink usually 2 a day. For the past few years I'd been satisfied with my weight of 127 pounds. I'm now undergoing phase 2 of my little program and trying to gain muscle. I'm now 6 months into my own program and I now weigh 152 pounds at 5' 8".
If you're somebody struggling with weight issues or have questions about DDR and how I lost all the weight and want suggestions or just want to talk about exercise, AMA!
I don't mean to come off as arrogant or like some kind of expert with the 'AMA' or anything, but I put it there because I thought people might have questions or be curious about how I lost weight in a rather nontraditional way. At the end of the day its all about being healthy!
Here's the gallery: http://imgur.com/a/835bs
Suck it, obesity.
EDIT: The first months weight loss of almost 30 pounds was so large due to water weight. Nothing is being exaggerated, the numbers are all real. The whole weight loss process from start to finish took almost 1 year with most of my results visible in the first 6 months. I guess I'm using the term 'fat' and 'gain muscle' incorrectly as others have pointed out to me. As for how much I played, its been a long time. 30 minutes to an hour (sometimes much longer) is a general estimate and I'm sorry If it seems to superficial but I assume you the number are real, the success 100% attributed to DDR and I've never felt better :) I exhaust myself playing that game harder in 5 minutes than I do running 5 miles.
EDIT2: REGARDING BUILDING REGIMEN I'll keep this brief but I attribute my success to 4 things. 1. Motivation; something thats happened to you (maybe a breakup?) that causes you to want to grow and become a better peson, 2. A trainer or friend who can properly show you how to lift weights and cycle exercises. going to the gym and doing 5 routines then leaving wont get you anywhere 3. I good preworkout for extra pump. I like N.O. Xplode. 4. Most importantly, A FILTHY SICK NASTY MEAN ASS DUBSTEP PLAYLIST. This is critical. other than that, you need to eat. I try to consume at least 3000 calories. you aren't going to get bigger from the gym If you don't give your muscles fuel. I currently go about 5 to 6 times per week for 1 hour.
FINAL EDIT: You guys are seriously awesome! Thanks for all the nice comments, and I feel so go to have inspired some of you. Some F.A.Q.:
-My favorite song is SUNKISS DROP, I think its on Supernova 2 -Currently, I'm eating whatever I can get my hands on. I work at an Italian version of Chipotle, so a great deal of my calories are coming from carbs and protien. -Here's a mean ass playlist to get you started: http://soundcloud.com/excision/excision-x-sessions-volume-1 -Some other great preworkouts to try are Hemo Rage Black, Black Powder and Jack3d. -FOLLOW YO DREAAAAAAAAAMZZZ
Lastly, If any of you want to get into this, try STEPMANIA its a free PC game that allows you to download practically any song from any DDR or ITG game out there. You can hook up a USB pad to your pc to play!
FOR THOSE OF YOU LOOKING FOR SIMFILES ON STEPMANIA: http://zenius-i-vanisher.com/v5.2/games.php?seriesid=1
FIGURED OUT WHAT KIND OF PAD I HAVE: Its a TX4000 and can be bought for $175. I got mine for 25 on craigslist. http://www.imarketcity.com/ddrdaremepad.html