How Much Weight Can I Lose This Week with the Xbox Kinect?

One of the primary foci of this website is to gamify fitness. And as I am working on the last 30 pounds, I figure perhaps I should do another case study to see if playing the Kinect for a week can help me lose weight.

And truth be told, I already know it will. But with all of the things I have going on for the next few weeks, it would be interesting to see how much of an impact it can make.

In reality, I should drop a lot of weight in the next seven days.

Using the Kinect to Lose Weight in a Week

As I said, I have a lot of other experiments going on at the same time. Right now, I’m trying a keto-inspired diet while going to the gym. Mix in the Xbox play, and I’m sure to drop the pounds quickly.

But, as I am a geek when it comes to data, I would like to know what I have to do to lose an “X” amount of weight with everything involved.

So, what all is going into this little gamification experiment?

A Keto-ish Diet

The first thing I need to point out is what I’m eating. I am currently trying my best to maintain a proper keto diet, but it’s been incredibly difficult. A lot of it has more to do with mentality.

Actually, a lot of stuff I’ve eaten over the past month while trying keto has truly been pretty good. And there were a few things that were not so much.

At any rate, I’m working on monitoring my intake of calories as well as carbs. The plan is to burn twice as many calories throughout the day as I consume.

That’s where the Xbox Kinect comes into play. Because I know I can burn a lot of calories playing various games.

No matter how you slice it, though, no weight loss program is complete without keeping an eye on what you put into your body.

Game Play Schedule

What kind of a gaming schedule am I going to keep for the next 7 days? Well, I plan on going to the gym every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. But, that is mostly for weight training and muscle definition.

The cardio aspect will mostly come from the Xbox. So, on days I go to the gym, I’ll only play one session of the games I have for the Kinect. Probably tennis, Avengers, or Your Shape: Fitness Evolved.

On the non-gym days, I’ll play twice throughout the day. This will ensure that I get between 40 and 60 minutes of cardio. That’s because I have specific goals when playing certain games.

For example, it takes me between 18 to 23 minutes to beat Avengers: Battle for Earth in the Arcade game. In that time, I’ll melt around 300 calories as I throw myself into every game I play.

Yes, this means I’ll play twice on Saturday and Sunday, as I don’t plan on going to the gym during the weekends.

Adding the Gloves and Wrist Weights

While playing the Kinect, I always add weighted gloves and wrist weights. This is because it greatly amplifies the workout as your body needs to compensate to move.

Not only do you burn a few more calories, but it also puts additional strain on your arms, shoulders, and back. This means you’ll also add to muscle definition while you play.

Even one pound on each hand can make a massive difference in your workout. So, start small and work your way up.

Of course, I’m probably one of the few people in the world who still use the Kinect to lose weight over the span of a week. But if you want to join, get yourself some affordable weighted gloves.

I’m telling you, it’ll make a massive difference in your gaming experience. Even if you wear them while playing VR games, it’s worth the expense.

Going to the Gym

And lastly, I will be going to the gym throughout this experiment. Though, like I said, most of the cardio work will be playing the Xbox. That’s because I only use 5 weight machines when I’m at Planet Fitness.

For this week-long experiment, I’ll keep track of the calorie burn for gym vs Kinect by using data from my Fitbit Charge 4. The Fitbit is fairly accurate when recording calorie burn, as I discovered through personal case studies.

This way, I can show the difference between how much I burn at the gym vs playing the Xbox Kinect. If anything, I’m curious myself to see the difference in the numbers.

Why Play the Kinect to Lose Weight in a Week?

I’ve been a big fan of playing the Kinect to lose weight for almost a decade. In fact, I’ve lost the first 80 pounds with the Kinect being the most influential workout routine.

Part of this is because gamifying fitness keeps your mind engaged. If a workout is boring or mundane, you’re less likely to continue over the long term.

In other words, you need to find a way to make exercise fun. For me, it’s playing one of the many games I have on the Xbox.

I would love to pit data from something like a VR unit against what I can burn with the Kinect. In fact, I’m betting I can burn more calories on the Xbox 360 than playing something like Beat Saber.

Especially with the way I play games.

Still, I won’t know until I get a VR unit to test my theory. But, it will be one of the first blog posts I write once I do.

At any rate, the Kinect has helped me lose a lot of weight, even in such a short span as a week. So, I’m fairly confident this experiment will go well.

Keep tuned as next week I’ll reveal the results and the numbers.

Do What Works Best for You

The trick to losing any amount of weight is finding the best methods that work best for you. Not everyone is going to get the same effect from every diet or workout routine.

I know a lot of people who simply love to run…and it works for them. I’m more of an interactive player.

In any case, find what works best for you and go with it. Even if people laugh at you because you’re using dead technology, you can’t argue with results.

Michael Brockbank
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Michael Brockbank

Michael developed ColoradoPlays to help various charities through his favorite pastime. Since then, the blog and Twitch channels have donated several hundred dollars to Extra Life, Geeks of Grandeur and Operation Supply Drop to name a few.