Your personality may have a big impact on what techniques will work for you and what won’t. See below a quick summary of the Myers Briggs personality types. Are you extraverted (E) or introverted (I)? Extraverts get energized when they’re with people, introverts get energized when they’re alone. Are you sensing (S) or intuitive (N)? Sensors usually see the world in a practical way based on facts and experience. Intuitives usually see the world based on underlying patterns, deeper meaning, and their imagination. Are you thinking (T) or feeling (F)?Thinkers like to process information based on logic. Feelers like to process information based on their feelings. Are you a judger (J) or a perceiver (P)? Judgers tend to make organized decisions based on the moment. Perceivers tend to analyze possible outcomes of events, improvise and explore alternative options.
We end up with 16 possible personality types as outlined below.
+ESTJ ESTP ESFJ ESFP ENTJ ENTP ENFJ ENFP ISTJ ISTP ISFJ ISFP INTJ INTP INFJ INFP
Identify which of the 16 you are. Below is a brief outline of characteristics relevant to each personality trait and dieting. Identify your strengths and weaknesses. Use your strengths to succeed. Develop your weaknesses to the extent that is necessary, and asks others to assist you when possible. Extravert (E)Talking about your diet motivates you. You like group support. The more friends and family who know about your diet the better. You prefer to exercise with others. You have a weakness to attend social events that may hurt your diet. Introvert (I)You’re naturally good at listening and processing information. You like 1 on 1 support. You can make a contract with yourself and stick to it. You don’t care much to miss social events for the sake of your diet. Sensing (S)You like facts and details, calories and percentages. You want practical instructions. You do well with a step by step approach. You don’t mind being told what to do. Intuitive (N)You like looking at the big picture. You need to have a hand in the diet planning. You are motivated by the future benefits of changing. You prefer non-routine approaches to diet and exercise. Thinking (T)You like logical and concise information. The diet should appeal to your analytical side. The diet rules have to make sense to you. Choosing to diet was a logical decision for you, not based on a fleeting emotion that may go away with time.Feeling (F)The relationship you have with your nutritionist matters. You get motivated when others empathize with your struggles. You feel bad when your diet imposes on others. You get passionate about weight loss but you get passionate about food too. Judging (J)You are fine with a diet that has a lot of rules. You want organized information. You don’t find it bothersome to log food. You are ok with eating more or less the same food every day. You are good at getting into and sustaining a routine. Perceiving (P)You do better with diets that have only a few rules. You don’t like logging food or counting calories. You need flexibility. You have a hard time getting into a routine of eating regular meals. You get bored of your diet if don’t you change strategies from time to time.