A Pac-Man Diet? This Week It’s Really Silly :)


A Pac-Man Diet: Ready?

Ready? (Derived from original Pac-Man cookie photo by Maria Elvin. Licence: CC BY-SA 2.0

This week’s diet is for all us snackers, and it’s in honour of the 35th anniversary of Pac-Man, that greatest constant snacker of all.

Who can believe that Pac-Man is 35 years old today?

That must be how Pac-Man and I were exactly the right age for each other when it launched 🙂

I remember playing Pac-Man in arcades as a kid, then Miss Pac-Man on dates, and lots of other versions, like Gulpman on the ZX Spectrum, and my favourite cutesy variation, Pac-Land.


A Pac-Man Diet: Does anyone else sometimes wish a fairy would fly in with a sign that says 'Break Time'?

(Doesn’t anyone else sometimes wish a fairy would fly in with a sign that says ‘Break Time’?!)
See Pac-land Classic Arcade by Arcade Madman on YouTube for a play-through

So, Pac-Man, what’s your diet?

(wakka wakka)

Pick any sensible diet that allows fruit, say a low fat diet or high fibre diet for example.

Make dinners you can squeeze some lemon on, like fish and vegetables, or chicken and salad.

See? Looks just like a Pac-Man 🙂

Then each day, the only snacks we’re allowed are the (Miss) Pac-Man fruits, in order.

And all through the week we get points.

Because… points!

A Pac-Man Diet: The Miss Pac-Man Fruits

And Extra Lives… 😀 The Miss Pac-Man Fruits: Image via The Ms Pacman Bozeman Montana Think Tank

  1. So for the first day, you can eat cherries (100 points).
  2. On the second day, you can eat strawberries (300 points).
  3. On the third day, you can either eat oranges or peaches (there’s some disagreement about what these are but they are 500 points!)
  4. On the fourth day, different versions of Pac-Man part company. I’m going with Miss Pac-Man, because you can’t actually eat Galaxian bosses, bells or keys. Or I can’t anyway.
    A Pac-Man Diet: Miss Pac-Man - Ready?


    So, on the fourth day you can eat pretzels for 700 points (the little crunchy ones, not the giant white flour calorie bombs).
  5. On the fifth day, you can eat apples (1000 points).
  6. On the sixth day, you can eat pears (2000 points).
  7. And on the seventh day, you can eat bananas (5000 points!)

That should take care of our five a day 😉


But wait! There’s even more to Pac-Man than fruit!

Google's 30th Anniversary of Pac-Man Doodle Game

Click to Play Google’s 30th Anniversary of Pac-Man Doodle Game

Click to play Google’s 30th Anniversary of Pac-Man Doodle game for free!

Remember how there’s a power pill in each corner that lets him chase the ghosts?

Well, I’m not suggesting ‘power pills’, whatever those might mean to you, but four times a day we’re going to go out and run around the block.

If running is too much at first, then walk, or get around the block in any way that isn’t driving.

If you can get someone to dress up as a ghost you can chase, so much the better…

(Pac Man by Rémi Gaillaird (watch on YouTube). See more from Rémi Gaillard on YouTube)

For a bonus extra life, wear a pedometer and try to get up to 10,000 steps a day!


So, Why Will This Work?

  1. Eating fruit instead of other snacks is lower calorie and more nutritious (usually!)
  2. We’ll be boosting our metabolism with the four short bursts of exercise every day
  3. We’ll also be using calories for that exercise.

Have fun, good luck, and see how many points you get!

(Sadly they won’t translate into ThinkGeek Points, but if they did, here are some of the great Pac-Man things you could spend them on.

I’ve got the Pac-Man fleece blanket 🙂 )


UPDATE: The Pac-Man Diet One Week Later – How Did it Go?

Starting Weight: 227.6
Ending Weight: 221.8

Ugh, I know! But I lost nearly 6 pounds!! That makes this one of my best diets yet.

But better still, I LOVED this Pac-Man Diet! I’ve had so much more energy this week.

I hit 10,000 steps (for my extra life!) on the second day. After that, my pedometer broke, which sucked. But I’m pretty sure I got to 10,000 on at least a couple of other days too.

I admit, I walked around the block instead of running, because I worry about injuring myself by running at this weight, and it’s very uncomfortable too! But by the 3rd day, I had so much more energy that I did try running around 3 sides of the office complex where my son goes to acting class. (But not in my own neighbourhood! 😉 )

I felt healthier for eating more fruit too. I’m not usually that keen on fruit, but I looked forward to a different one each day, and with it being the same fruit all day, I didn’t snack too many times in a day either.

Interestingly (for me), the pretzel day was much harder, which added to my suspicions that things made of flour are my nemesis. Do you find that too?

So, fruit and walking – who knew! 😉

A Pac-Man Diet: The Miss Pac-Man Fruits

Those Miss Pac-Man Fruits again: Image via The Ms Pacman Bozeman Montana Think Tank



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17 Responses to A Pac-Man Diet? This Week It’s Really Silly :)

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  2. Boy, did I ever grow up with Pac-Man….I’m an 80’s babe. LOL This eating plan looks really fun, and I think I’m going to pass it on to my teen daughter. Thanks for sharing, wakka, wakka


  3. Haha. This sounds like an awesome, fun diet. 😉

  4. LOL Love this! I can’t believe he’s 35 years old!

  5. This is so cool. I grew up on Pac Man, Wow, I can’t believe it’s 35 years old! I might just have to have a PacMan party. I love your post and blog!

  6. Haha this is a creative, fun diet! Will try this out 🙂

  7. Awwww, I love this 🙂 I totally used up all of my quarters for Pacman in the arcade back when. Did you ever do that trick where you stick your finger in your ear and move it back and forth?


    LOL. Thanks for this–it was nice to have a walk down memory lane. Have a great weekend!!

  8. What a creative diet! Lol. I love Pac Man. It’s still the only video came I can win at. 😉

  9. I love anything pacman and I love your clever little pacman diet 😉

    I was so excited to recently find a pacman game at a local taco shop… we go there a lot now.

  10. I <3 the 80's!!! This is the best thing ever, I am soooo going to try this!! Thank you so much for sharing!


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