New findings from a CSIRO study has determined that your personality and weight loss journey have a lot in common — namely, the two can be combined to form a Diet Type, a scientific Cassandra that could predict the success of your dieting habits.
“We are seeing people cope differently with COVID-19 stresses and uncertainty, which has included disruptions to health, fitness, and social routines,” says Dr. Emily Brindal, lead author of the study, who encourages Aussies to lean into the characteristics of their Diet Type.
“We hope to help people achieve greater success on their journey to rediscover their health by playing to their individual strengths while also helping them to gain better control over their weaknesses.”
Over 245,000 people participated in the study, which determined there are 325 possible Diet Type personality combinations — six of which represent over 50 per cent of the studied population.
The most common of the six is ‘The Thinker,’ which is someone that is motivated, analytical and goal-oriented. The Thinker, however, feels stressed and anxious when they receive negative feedback, which the CSIRO says can derail their diet in the long run.
‘The Battler’ type closely follows, nine in 10 of which are female. Battlers are likely to be prone to stress and worry, as well as regular food temptation — which means they may require unique strategies to help achieve long-term diet success in a cycle of worry.
‘The Craver’ is someone who may overeat in difficult food-related settings as a result of strong food cravings. Cravers, per the study, have the highest Body Mass Index of all Diet Types.
‘The Pleaser,’ although friendly, may feel like they’re not doing well when they experience social comparisons — although due to their likable nature, they have strong support network ready to lead them to the right path.
While women are more likely to be Battlers, men are more likely to identify with ‘The Foodie’ — someone who loves the experience of preparing and eating a variety of high-quality meals.
Lastly, the sixth most common Diet Type is ‘The Socialiser,’ who is often someone who needs a flexible diet lest food restrictions get in the way of a good time.
Per the CSIRO, it’s important to understand your Diet Type in order to achieve your weight loss goal — Foodies are naturally more successful at losing weight, whereas Cravers and Battlers struggle the most.
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