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Sayonara, Mr. Fatty!: A Geek's Diet Memoir Paperback – July 14, 2009
“If you’re at all interested in losing weight, or controlling any part of your life, Sayonara, Mr. Fatty is indispensable. The book is warm and inviting, and treats you with reassurances and life stories from a man who is just like the rest of us.” —Japanator
“The real results, when achieved, are so worth it. In his last chapter, Okada describes it as landing on the moon. When you lose a lot of weight, everything about you changes… If you can achieve this landing on the moon sensation using his methods, this book will be the best fifteen bucks you’ve ever spent.”—Mania.com
About the Author
who specializes in pop culture. Calling himself
"OtaKing"--short for "King of Otaku," or "King of
the Geeks"--he's published more than 10 books,
with such titles as Introduction to Otaku-ology and
International Otaku University. He is the founder
of Gainax Co., Ltd. , serving as CEO from 1984 to
1992. Gainax is known as one of the most influential
anime-producing companies in Japan, due in large
part to the success of its award-winning magnum
anime opus, Neon Genesis Evangelion. Okada has
lectured on pop culture in universities and colleges
around the world, including The University of
Tokyo in 2002 and MIT in 2003.
More About the Author
Top Customer Reviews
Yes, it's a book about the author's struggles with his weight. It's also a book that provides a diet plan.
But it's not that, and it's also much more than that.
Okada-san insists that it's important to not try to "diet" in the traditional sense. Don't consciously try to lose weight. Don't exercise more than you already do. Just start writing down what you eat. Not out of guilt; just note what you eat.
That's the first of several stages, each of which builds naturally on the previous stage to a greater awareness of what (and how) we eat.
And that, ultimately, is the goal: awareness. Simple consciousness of how much food we eat, and how often we do it. Not to criticize, or judge; just to note it. Then to compare that to sensible norms.
Okada-san trusts you, and he understands people. He knows that willpower ("I'll just eat lettuce from now on!") doesn't work for more than a month or two; if we had willpower, we wouldn't be overweight! So he instills a simple, easy habit that has nothing at all to do with the food itself, then grows that habit over time.
More importantly, this technique can be used for more than just food. It's an intelligent tool, used to track and analyze.
Looking to lose a few (or more than a few) pounds? Sayonara, Mr. Fatty! will help you. Looking for a light, engaging memoir about weight and a thoughtful analysis thereof? This will serve you well, too.
Toshio Okada is a well-known otaku in Japan. He's lost 110 pounds in a year by persistently recording his food consumption. He became aware of his habits and his eating motivations through this process. For example, previously he thought of himself as an overweight but a gourmand. Looking at his notes, he saw that he mostly consume the same food over and over: ham sandwich. He saw his eating pattern and finally decided to change.
The recording diet has 6 stages: approach, takeoff, ascent, cruising, reacceleration, and going into orbit. It started simply by recording all the food consumption during the day and also the time of consumption. The Takeoff stage is similar to the Approach stage except that it includes calorie information. The real diet (controlling calories) will start from the Ascent stage.
I'm still in the Approach stage and still do my best to record everyday.