Video gamers who'd rather battle virtual villains than fight the flab can take heart. Use of the new Nintendo Wii can lead to weight loss.
After six weeks and 21 hours of total game play on Nintendo's new game console, Philadelphia resident Mickey DeLorenzo is nine pounds lighter and making a splash with his new svelte self.
"I'm on my 15 minutes here," he joked, referring to the famous Andy Warhol quote about 15 minutes of fame, in a telephone interview with Reuters on Friday.
DeLorenzo, 25, came up with the idea for his experiment after he and his fiancee ended up breathless and glistening with sweat after virtually pummeling each other in the Wii Sports boxing game.
"On the fly, as I was typing my blog posts, I set up a daily regimen and went at it 100 percent," said DeLorenzo, who tipped the scales at 181 pounds--where he's been for the last couple years--when he started the experiment on December 3.
He ate as usual and didn't deprive himself during the holidays. The only thing that changed was the addition of daily, 30-minute sessions of Wii tennis, bowling, boxing or baseball.
DeLorenzo chronicled his progress on his blog at WiiNintendo.net with weight-loss charts and "before" and "after" pictures--including Wiimotes--as well as shots recalling Rocky Balboa, the City of Brotherly Love's most famous fictional resident.
While he expected to shed a couple pounds, DeLorenzo got more than he bargained for.
"Seeing the 'before' and 'after' pictures, I am going to keep doing it. I am going to add some weights to the next round because I don't want to shrink to nothing," said DeLorenzo, who said he had never before dieted or worked out to lose weight.