The Ultimate Otaku Diet Roundup


Some of my friends and I were joking around on Twitter about how we could make a killing off of a patented Otaku Diet. However, a bit of research proved that the Otaku Diet already exists in the form of several books and workouts.

After the jump, we've got a number of incarnations of the diet. Are you willing to actually try any of these?

[Bento box photo by Flickr user Gotchigirl.]

1. Hump your waifu to stay fit

Let your dakimakura help you exercise! Part of the "Training with Hinako" series, the Japanese Android app "Issho ni Training" encourages you to work out while humping and leering at your body pillow. If you can't stay fit for yourself, the app seems to ask, why not do it for her?

Check out the video below:

2. Emulate the Otaku King

When Toshio Okada, one of the founders of Gainax, found a way to lose weight, he did what any good mogul would do -- write a book about it. In Sayonara, Mr. Fatty, the man dubbed the "Otaku King" in Japan documents how he recorded his intake in a notebook and counted calories to slimness. His journey proves him to be an excellent role model for dieting as well as anime production.

For more information, view Brad's review of the book

3. Use video game techniques to lose weight

When Georgia teen Taylor LeBaron found himself at 300 lbs, he used his first love, video games, to help him slim down. Titled, "The Ultimate Fitness Game," LeBaron's strategy involved identifying the game's "enemies" (inactivity, liquid calories, etc.) and eliminating them just as he would fight opponents in a video game. Eighteen months later, the teen shed 150 pounds. Talk about achievement unlocked!

Read about Taylor's book, Cutting Myself In Half: 150 Pounds Lost, One Byte at a Time, on Amazon.

Bento box by Lauren Orsini

4. Follow a Japanese food diet

No, this doesn't mean to eat more onigiri, Pocky and Ramen noodles. However, we've known for a long time that a diet heavy in fish, soy and green tea can be the key to a longer, healthier life. Fish, full of omega-3 fatty acid, have been shown to reduce cardiovascular disease. Soy is tied to lower cancer rates. And drinking green tea is a great way to jump-start weight loss. The Japanese diet also is ideal if you're trying to control portions, since bento boxes are designed to be the size of the amount of food a person requires, no less no more. 

In Japanese Women Don't Get Old or Fat, Naomi Moriyama overviews the ways to make a Japanese food diet work for your health and fitness goals. Another good resource is Just Bento, which provides not only healthy bento box recipes but helps you figure out which portion size is right for you.

5. Motivate yourself to ditch the stereotype

What do people think of when they think of otaku? Probably that we're all overweight, smelly, and unkempt. Of course, that's not true at all -- the majority of us look quite average. If you're the vengeful type, perhaps you want to be living proof against these stereotypes, either to others or for yourself. Check out the Sexy Otaku Manifesto for motivation. 

Fellow otaku, how do you stay fit? 

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Lauren Rae Orsini
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