For Savvy Weight Loss: Know Thyself
What kind of dieter are you? Knowing your diet personality can help you lose weight.
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.
Weight loss type 5: The distracted diner
Multitasking may be a busy woman's best time-saver, but it sure isn't good
for your health or your waistline. If you tend to do at least two or three
things at once - and one of them is often snacking - you're likely a distracted
diner with little clue about how much you're really eating. Whether it's the
dashboard or the desktop that keeps you from paying full attention while you
eat, you'll find your best weight loss help can come from simply slowing
Your ideal diet plan. Prepare your snacks and meals mindfully,
Wansink says. Think mini-meals, such as half a sandwich and a handful of baby
carrots, and avoid snack foods like chips and cookies. It's too easy to down
the entire bag while you're distracted. Choose foods that are easy to eat and
difficult to spill on the run, like pre-sliced apples and grapes with the stems
already removed. For grains, try whole-wheat pretzel sticks, whole-grain
crackers, or dry cereals like Mini-Wheats.