How To Change Your Diet Type To Lose Weight

Does Your Diet Style Set You Up For Weight Loss Failure?

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Do you know your diet type? I’ll bet you have one - most of us do.

We are all creatures of habit. We often choose the same type of clothing, repeat the same rituals as part of our morning routines and usually eat the same foods over and over. You probably choose your diet out of habit as well.

If you choose a weight loss program based on your health needs and your lifestyle, that’s a good thing. But if you choose a diet purely out of habit then it's not.

This habitual “diet type” may be the reason that you can’t lose weight. Here are some typical diet styles and quick fixes to help you lose weight.

Common Diet Types

  • The Popular Dieter. You're a Popular Diet Type if you are always ready to try the latest weight loss trend. On some level you believe that since the diet is new it must be better than the diets that have been around for a long time. You assume that the diet is based on some new finding or new research, but you never take the time to research the details to find out if it’s really a good diet for you. Unfortunately, many of the trendy fad diets are based on junk science or no science at all.
    Quick Fix for Popular Dieters:  It’s worth your time to learn more about popular diets before you invest any time or money in a new weight loss program. Don't get the facts from the person trying to sell you the diet. Go to unbiased sources that don't financially benefit from the sale of any product, pill or program.  And use common sense. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
  • The Social Dieter. You're a Social Diet Type if you choose the same diets that your friends and family have chosen. For example, you find out that your best friend lost weight on the 3-Day Military Diet and you heard someone talking about it at a party you went to recently. You go on the diet because it comes with a recommendation from the smart and sophisticated people in your social circle. Sounds reasonable right? No, it’s not. Your friends might be savvy, but if their lifestyles are different than yours then the diet may not work for you. In addition, unless they have the initials “R.D.” after their name, they don’t necessarily have any more diet smarts than you do.
    Quick Fix for Social Dieters: It's more reasonable to choose a diet based on your medical needs or on your specific lifestyle. Ask yourself key questions about your lifestyle before you choose the best diet for you.
  • The Rationalizing Dieter. These dieters are usually regular exercisers. Rationalizing Dieters ramp up their workout routine in hopes that they will burn more fat and calories. The problem with this diet type is that these exercisers often use their workouts to rationalize overeating. This strategy doesn’t work. In fact, many first time marathoners gain weight because they eat more calories than they burn.
    Quick Fix for Rationalizing Dieters: It’s a great idea to lose weight with exercise, but you still have to practice portion control and learn to maintain the proper energy balance if you want your weight loss plan to be successful.  Take the time to calculate your caloric needs to reach your goal weight.
  • The Crash Dieter. If you like to take drastic measures and you prefer the all-or-nothing approach, then you are probably a Crash Dieter. These are people who try juicing for weight loss or very low calories diets to slim down for a specific event like a wedding or a class reunion. The problem with this diet style is that it may work in the short run and ruin your chances for a healthy body in the long run. You get slim enough to fit into your skinny jeans once or twice, then the minute you return to your old eating habits you find yourself googling “quick weight loss” again.
    Quick Fix for Crash Dieters: Give your body a break.  Find a reasonable eating and exercise plan that you can stick to for the long term. Crash dieting loses its effectiveness over time and it’s not a reasonable approach if you want to stay slim as you age.

Don't give in to your diet type. Choosing a diet out of habit is the wrong way to lose weight. If you're ready to slim down, honor your health enough to research different weight loss plans and find one that fits your personal needs. Even if your weight loss goal is short-term, you’ll enjoy long-term benefits if you choose a healthy, reasonable program.

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