For Savvy Weight Loss: Know Thyself
What kind of dieter are you? Knowing your diet personality can help you lose weight.
Weight loss type 3: The free spirit continued...
Your ideal diet plan.The free spirit doesn't want to work hard on a
weight loss plan and isn't interested in a complete overhaul of the way she
eats, says Seth Roberts, PhD, an associate professor of psychology at the
University of California at Berkeley. She won't say "no" to
so-called sinful foods, and would rather make simple, small changes to her
weight loss plan than take away entire food groups.
One risk: This type of dieter can find herself gorging on huge servings of
chocolate cake instead of savoring one small piece, Roberts tells WebMD. The
free spirit's approach to dieting is essentially a non-diet, agrees Farrell. If
this sounds like you, focus on eating slowly and mindfully. Rate your hunger
before and during each meal, so you won't allow yourself to become too hungry
or too full.
Weight loss type 4: The sweet tooth
You've got a sweet tooth, and everyone from your husband, to your daughter,
to your aunt who bakes your favorite Mississippi mud pie every Easter knows it.
Some days the label gets old, but the truth is, if you're a sweet tooth dieter,
you'd never turn down brownies for banana chips, and you've seldom met a piece
of chocolate you didn't like. Combine a sweet tooth dieter with a serial
snacker, and you've got double trouble on your hands.
Your ideal diet plan. You need to plan your indulgences carefully,
says Elisa Zied, MS, RD, CDN, a certified dietitian and nutritionist in private
practice in New York and co-author of Feed Your Family Right!. Instead
of wasting calories on whatever's lying around your home or office (your kids'
Halloween stash or those tasteless holiday cookies), identify the sweet treats
you love the most and plan how much of each one you're going to enjoy when, she
says. Triple chocolate chunk brownies taste so much better when you buy them -
one at a time - from the local bakery and savor them bite by bite. Then, the
only way to eat more is to make another trip to the store (the walk could do
Eat a few high-quality sweets, and soon those mounds of imitation goodies
you used to call delicious will be a calorie-laden thing of the past. If
there's a food you simply must eat if it's around, Zeid says, resist the urge
to buy it. And add plenty of fresh fruit into your diet plan. Peaches,
strawberries, and bananas can appease your sweet tooth while providing you with
fiber and key nutrients, she says. For extra sweetness, try dipping fruit in
low-fat pudding or yogurt.