Video game helps you lose weight? We aren’t buying it

Because apparently there aren’t enough shortcuts in the world do getting a healthy amount of exercise.

The New York Post and other outlets are reporting that a group of UK psychologists have created a video game that they believe will help the player burn fat.

But this is a step up from the DDRs and Wii Fits that make you get up off your kiester and move around. Oh no, this game reportedly allows you to sit on the couch and burn calories by clicking on pictures of healthy foods and avoiding pictures of unhealthy-but-totally-tempting foods.

So basically, this is a means of hypnotism. Tricking your body into not wanting cookies and ice cream. Plus, studies show that players lose an average of 1.5 pounds a week. Not an hour, not a day, a week. Not exactly an alternative to going for an afternoon walk, is it?

On one hand: Eating right is half the battle when it comes to losing weight and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. So maybe this could be a new trend?

However, let’s be real–if you’re going to sit on the couch and play video games, own up to it. And if you want to work out, reach down and touching your toes is still better only moving your thumbs across the controller buttons.

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