My Weight Loss Coach
My Weight Loss Coach isn't as much a weight loss tool as it is a diet journal. It is incredibly useful as a way to keep track of your daily diet and exercise, however it does not give the user much incentive to keep up with the program. The game will do it's best to suggest healthier eating, shopping, and exercise habits, but it's completely up to the user to decide which suggestions to follow.
The first time you start up the game, it will ask you for your sex, age, height, and weight. It will then calculate your BMI, tell you your daily required caloric intake, and tell you how many steps you must walk per day in order to experience health benefits. The game includes a step counter ( that hooks into the GBA slot) to help you keep track of all your walking. The game is also very effective at showing you exactly where you stand in terms of physical health and well being.
The game is separated into two sections, the Daily Session and the Backpack.
The Daily Session is where you'll have to report all the food you eat, exercise you do, and steps you walk. You can also accept challenges. Each day, your coach will offer you eleven challenges. Of these challenges you can pick up to six. This is good because it lets the user choose challenges and develop a program suitable to their preferences, lifestyles, etc. There is also a twelfth secret challenge that the user can only see after it's been accepted. Challenges range from walks in the park to researching ways to cook with less salt.
The game comes with a load of challenges already unlocked, but there are many more to unlock.
The Backpack is where you can monitor/modify your stats. You can also access coaching sessions and mini games here. As a player successfully completes challenges, coaching sessions are unlocked. Each session consists of a ten question survey after which the coach will offer up new strategies that the user can choose to adopt. For example, in the coaching session "Steps to Health", the user is asked if they enjoy walking as a form of exercise. If they do, they will be offered a new series of daily challenges about walking (e.g. walk through the park, walk until you see a yellow car and return home). This allows the user more control over the daily challenges, which is great because you're more likely to be motivated if you're engaging in challenges that suit you.
Users can also unlock new challenges by completing various food and health related mini games. These are short mini games where you'll have to do things like find the fruit with the least sugar or identify the health benefits of walking on the heart within the time limit.
This is all fine and dandy, however it doesn't do all that much to keep you motivated. For every challenge you complete and exercise you do, you'll receive a distance in miles (or KM if you so choose) for your avatar to walk. As your avatar walks, he passes milestones (measured in length). For example, if you do enough work, your avatar can walk the distance of the Great Wall of China. This is just one of the many things Weight Loss Coach unsuccessfully tries to suck you in with. The truth is that this game will not turn you into a fat burning machine, it will just give you the tools to watch what you eat, count calories, and make healthier life choices.
The game is very supportive and won't scold you if you tell it that you caved and drank a soda that wasn't diet. It can however, be quite insulting. The game won't call you fat, however it will assume things about you (e.g. your eat a pastry every morning for breakfast rather than toast).
I myself have lost fourteen pounds in the twenty one days I've had the game. The game didn't give me the will to lose weight or to make an effort, it just allowed me to see how unhealthy I was and the small steps (or the 8000+ I walk per day now) I could make to improve my health.
My Weight Loss Coach is by no means a miracle treatment for weight loss, but it can be extremely useful for people looking to find out just how many calories they're taking in or how much exercise is lacking from their daily routine.