Virtual reality may help with weight loss

[lin_video src=×9&auto_next=1&auto_start=0&div_id=videoplayer-1372717905&height=480&page_count=5&pf_id=9624&show_title=1&va_id=4123764&width=640&windows=2 service=syndicaster width=640 height=480 div_id=videoplayer-1372717905 type=script]BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) —  A new study shows that virtual reality may help real-life weight loss.

Researchers had overweight women make a computer model of themselves.

They then watched videos of their virtual selves on treadmills or selecting proper portion sizes.

After four weeks, the women had lost three and a half pounds.

Researchers believe if a person can visualize themselves performing healthy activities it will be easier for them to learn those behaviors.

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