The Many Personalities of Weight Loss

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  • The Many Personalities of Weight Loss

    In my last post, Personality As It Pertians to Weight Loss, we looked at how personality can help with weight loss. This article will continue that exploration.


    Are You Introverted? 

    Introverts may have something of a leg up when it comes to losing weight. Because they are less impulsive and more thoughtful, they are able to consider their choices more rationally. Introverts are also more likely to have qualities that help them to commit to healthy dieting and a regular routine of exercise.


    Whereas introverts may not be altogether comfortable in groups, joining a gym to exercise away some pounds may seem a bit daunting. On the other hand, if an introvert can muster up some daring, a gym would provide access to like-minded people who can serve as pretty good motivators.

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    A food journal also is a good tool for introverts. It will elevate their level of awareness about their eating patterns and help bring them under control.


    Are You Outgoing?

    You are the other side of the coin. People who are outgoing accumulate stress to the point where they give little consideration to longer-term goals and make unhealthy choices. This often results in eating high-calorie, high-fat comfort foods. 


    If you are the life of every party, you might want to attend gatherings that do not involve food.


    On the other hand, if you are simply a social and friendly person then you are among those who lose the most weight in weight loss programs. You have a natural knack for building a support group that can help move along your weight loss effort.


    Are You Self-Judgmental?

    If people often tell you to stop being so hard on yourself, you might want to try listening to them. Those who are short on self-compassion are too harsh on themselves when they make mistakes while those with adequate self-compassion continue forward despite mistakes. People with high self-compassion use mistakes as learning experiences while taking mental notes to not make the mistake again.

    People who are too hard on themselves tend to continue overeating after a slip because they fall into a why bother attitude. 


    Are You Self-Centered?

    Being self-centered has advantages when trying to lose weight. A 2004 study conducted by Larsen and colleagues found that egoism or being self-centered correlated with a greater capacity for maintaining weight loss. One of the possibilities for this is that such people are better at investing time in themselves. Insisting on going to a healthy restaurant while you are out in a group is not a bad self-investment. 


    Are You a People-Pleaser?

    The flip-side of this personality would be the people-pleaser. The danger here is that this personality type can stress out while trying to help everyone else at the expense of themselves. This can lead to poor choices when selecting proper foods. 


    The people-pleaser needs to borrow a page from the self-centered personality and practice making their needs known without feeling guilty. 


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Published On: September 17, 2014