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Unread 08-01-2005, 01:20 PM   #1
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Question Cosplay: A Motivation for weight lose?

Jumping on DarknessSummit’s band wagon (i.e his thread on attractiveness in cosplay), I was wondering if anyone here found cosplay a motivation for weight loss?

About four years ago I decided I needed to drop some pounds (5”7 and over 200 pounds…yeah I was a bit over-weight teehee..Damn you Tim Horton’s pastries!) My first cosplay, Sakura (Naruto) was a bit on the fat-no-jitsu side. I found it was very motivating to picture myself in a tighter cosplay…sort of kept me on track after that. At Anime North 2005 I felt a lot more comfortable in my (smaller) body, I felt so darn pretty in my cosplay!

Just wondering if anyone else had such an experience?

NOTE: This thread is not about dieting; It's to ask if anyone felt cosplay was a motivation for their personal weight loss. I made some changes to make this clear

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Unread 08-01-2005, 01:29 PM   #2
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Before I ever cosplayed I always wanted to lose weight, and it's kinda a habit that I want to keep losing it till I reach 120 or 115lbs. Only 10 lbs to go. XD Woo. Lol. But yeah, a lot of ppl do lose weight just for cosplaying. It's a good feeling being the same weight as your character.
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Unread 08-01-2005, 01:53 PM   #3
i'm not obsessed. Honest
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i am working on loosing weight, just to be happier about myself. I dont like how i look, and think that if i am healthier and a little thinner everything would be good. and cosplaying would be a plus ^^;;Though some body types, (mine) will never be really skinny (so much for cosplaying as Thief rikku ^^;. And be careful with the whole loosing weight rapidly...yo yo diets are bad, because once you are off of one you gain the weight faster.
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Unread 08-01-2005, 02:14 PM   #4
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I'd love to drop a few pounds, and cosplay is really the only thing that motivates me enought to get off my butt and do something! XP
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Unread 08-01-2005, 02:33 PM   #5
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Yes...I keep in shape mainly because of cosplay. Dieting is bad.....The trick to losing weight is getting rid of junk food. I lost 10-15 pounds by just not eating any sort of junk food, like chips, McDonalds, greasy foods, etc. Instead of eating a snack to hold you over until lunch or dinner....just drink water. That "snack" could have just the same amount of calories and such as a full meal, and it wont even fill you up. The key to losing weight is "eating". When you just stop eating....your metabolism slows down, so it makes it near impossible to lose weight....and then when you do eat alot (like at a party or celebration or such) you gain alot. If you just eat regularly and healthily, you can easily lose 15 pounds...and you dont even have to do any excersie. Although, you could add excercise to drop some more weight.
And it's not just losing weight....you have to gain some muscle. Doing light exercises with dumbbells repetatively can tone your arms and such.
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Unread 08-01-2005, 02:44 PM   #6
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Well, i lost about a 60 pounds, and that gave me the ability to start cosplay. Because heck-- people already used to stare at me because I was 5'5 and weighed more than my mother, why not have them stare at me for something completely different-- something I could control!

So really, yeah. Confidence is upped by weightloss, and i think confidence is what makes good cosplay.
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Unread 08-01-2005, 02:55 PM   #7
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I'm not that big to start with, but when I found out that I had gained 15 pounds since last year, I really decided I wanted to slim down again and cosplay has been a big motivator to me. I don't think anyone would really want to see fat hanging out of my new sailor fuku I'm about 2 pounds short of my current goal (120 lbs) at the moment. I may try for 115, but only if I feel it's a plausible goal without doing a bad crash diet or not eating (I've learned from experience that this is BAD.)
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Unread 08-01-2005, 08:35 PM   #8
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Yeah, like you, I'm on the (very) heavy side.. still am, but since I decided to cosplay, I've been exercising more (haven't lost weight) but definately got more defined muscles which makes me feel better about cosplaying.
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Unread 08-01-2005, 09:14 PM   #9
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my back doctor told me to work out or he'd kick my ass. im 4'10 and 114lbs, and im very happy with where i am. ._O i cant see myself losing more weight, even if it was for cosplay.
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Unread 08-01-2005, 09:17 PM   #10
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im trying to lose weight, it's not working, but im doing my best but emotional problem are getting me down T_T
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Unread 08-01-2005, 09:27 PM   #11
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not just for cosplay, but i'd love to just go thinner and thinner. honestly, i could probably be one of those anerexic bone sticking out of body people and still be like... eep... im fat. i dont know. it'd be nice to be able to work down to a 1 or 0 pant size, but i doubt i can do that. damn you self conciousness.
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Unread 08-01-2005, 09:32 PM   #12
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I'm planning on cosplaying Zabuza from Naruto (the shirtless version) so I'll have to work on getting some muscle tone in my stomach region (AKA a four or six pack) xD. As for losing weight, I haven't gone on any diets or weight loss regimens for any costumes and I plan to keep it that way (hopefully....)
I need to start working on my costumes.
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Unread 08-01-2005, 09:35 PM   #13
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Although I only weigh 112 lbs, I think I could stand to lose some weight and 'tone up' a bit. Especially since I'm quite short (5'3'').

Heh, but I could never give up junk food. I do drink water, and only eat fast food every now and then--but I could never stick to a regular healthy diet. I would much rather eat what I want and live happily. I have, however, started excersizing more often. I walk whenever I can and do at leat 25 push-ups a day. It's not much, but my body does feel more energized after doing one of these activities.
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Unread 08-01-2005, 09:50 PM   #14
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I eat (or atleast try to eat) fastfoods about once a month, and instead of sodas I drink juices and green tea (one green tea brand had 5 calories per serving....compared to 180 per soda). Green tea in particular is an antioxidant and it really helps to purify the body and keep everything running smoothly. Sodas on the other hand...kill your kidneys, and all that sugar turns to fat, not to mention all of the sodium and other stuff.....Green tea has about the same amount of caffine as sodas, so once you start to drink tea, you dont really crave sodas anymore...

Green tea>>Sodas
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Unread 08-01-2005, 09:51 PM   #15
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I'll sometimes go on a diet during the cosplay season to slim down. Habits take me down afterwards though. ^_^; I'm so bad... but I'll have to do better for my Demon Chrno cosplay next year... gotta tape my boobies or something.
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