It is the 47th day of the year (yes, I counted) and many of the things I wanted to accomplish in 2016 are either on its way or have morphed into something even better.
Except for one thing: losing the last 5 pounds.
I swear my scale is broken. Since the start of the year, I seem to have added…a number of pounds, bringing me back to a weight I haven’t been since, well, I can’t even remember (or want to).
Some will say it’s happy fat, which could be true. I know a part of it is my really bad sleep pattern over the past month (see a related post about sleep here). And of course, it’s all that tasty food I’ve been having.
Is my personality ruining my diet?
Why do so many diets fail? Partly, of course, because many are ridiculous. But there’s an increasing body of research that suggests that different factors are at play. Scientists have discovered that we all gain weight for different reasons — and those reasons are to do with our psychology, our motivations and the way we handle stress. (“Is your personality ruining your diet?” by Molly Owens, founder and CEO of Truity)
I ran across this article, completely by chance, that provided yet another possibility to my weight woes: my personality. Part of the strategy is to understand how we operate (our “personality”) to better design a diet that works for us.
As you may already know, my Briggs Meyers’ personality type is ENFJ (read the overview here) and according to the article, these are the possible reasons for my diet challenges.
Extroverts are creatures of impulse. They like to choose foods because they’re attractive, exciting, comforting or simply there.
Yes, that is so me. What I have been good at is portion control per meal. What I haven’t been doing is staying away from the brownies. Alas, I need to minimize temptations by “banishing the brownies” and keeping other healthy and tasty treats around instead.
For Intuitives, “the diet begins on Monday.” That’s because they live in the future and are more likely to focus on the big picture than something as mundane as food.
Again, all true. And I do not count calories no matter how cool the iPhone app is. Give me a menu and I will tend to stick with it (as long as modifications can be made on the fly).
If everyone is sharing a cake at a birthday celebration, a Feeler will feel obligated to have a piece so she can celebrate with the group, even if she is not hungry.
I have actually been able to overcome this, especially when it comes to cake. Luckily for me, when I think about a diet plan (or menu), I do incorporate my social and emotional needs as well.
Judgers are action-oriented people. Once they’ve opted to go for a weight loss plan, they generally will press ahead with the speed and efficiency of a German passenger train.
And it is also true that I will abandon said plan if I don’t see quick results.
And so the plan.
My plan is to get back on the Shred Diet (check out the book here), which worked well for me a couple of years ago and helped me to understand portion control and making better choices. The roadmap was easy to follow, I didn’t have to count calories and keep track of points, and I love that I can create a menu that works with what is really going on in my life.
I’m still going to enjoy the occasional burger and fancy meal, of course. Why? It’s all part of the plan.
My recommendation is to check out what your personality type is (Truity has a free one here) and see if you can better design a healthy meal plan to keep you on track with your weight loss goals.
If you have one.