Toshio Okada is best known for founding Gainax, the famous animation company that created Neon Genesis Evangelion, but did you know he is also the author of a revolutionary dieting book for otaku? Sayonara, Mr. Fatty!: A Geek’s Diet Memoir was a huge hit in Japan &mdash a friend told me a couple years ago about how he lost 15 kilos just by reading a book. I bought the Japanese version of the book, but never read it. Now, it’s available in English.
Okada used a simple technique to lose weight. An excerpt from the prologue:
I didn’t to anything special, or use any special technique. I didn’t spend extra money. I didn’t suffer. I didn’t limit myself to particular foods. I didn’t fast. I didn’t have liposuction. I didn’t go to a gym. I didn’t take any special supplements. I didn’t buy a fitness machine or a sweat suit. I never visited a health spa or a weight-loss clinic. I didn’t eat any diet food.
What he did do, it turns out, had less to do with changing his behavior and more to do with using his otaku-ness to his healthy advantage. A must-read if you’re a geek who wants to lose weight, or if you know one, or if you just want to read some literature by Japan’s “ota-king.”
Get Sayonara, Mr. Fatty! on Amazon.