A new survey by CSIRO has looked at the dieting habits of 28,000 people.
They discovered that there were 5 main dieting personalities:
1) The Thinker – 41%
This diet type tend to overthink and worry about failure, which leads to stress that can derail their efforts.
2) The Craver – 25%
Those with this diet personality tend to crave delicious foods and find it difficult to stop. This leads to overeating, especially when tempted.
3) The Foodie – 15%
This diet personality love food, whether that involves making, eating or experiencing it.
4) The Socialiser – 15%
They do not let strict food restrictions ruin their social schedule.
5) The Freewheeler – 4%
This final diet personality tend to make spontaneous and impulsive food choices. This makes planning meals difficult.
Speaking about the survey CSIRO behavioural scientist Sinead Golley had this to say:
“If you have struggled to maintain your diet after a few weeks, your personal diet type will shed light on what behaviours and habits are creating a barrier for you.”
“Knowing your personal diet type helps you maintain a healthy eating plan because you are more aware and equipped to manage moments of weakness.”
What else did this study discover?
This study also found that in our lifetime 9 out of 10 people will attempt to lose weight, 50% of these will try to lose weight at least 6 times with 20% having tried to lose weight more than 25 times.
Those who are perfectionists are those who are most likely to fail on a diet, while foodies are those who are most likely to be of a normal weight.
The reason perfectionists are less likely to succeed at weight loss is that they tend to overthink, they also have a fear of failure, the survey found.