Everyone benefits from good fitness and nutrition, but not everyone needs to follow the same path to better health. Before you begin the latest fad diet or pull on your running shoes, learn more about your diet personality and the small long-term changes that will help you improve your eating habits and exercise.
The community dieter: This is the person who will ask for support from friends and family. Suggested diet types are ones which encourage groups to meet regularly online or in person for support. Also, working out with a buddy, even the family pet, is a great idea for the community dieter.
The snacker: This person often doesn't like to cook or is too busy to cook and eats out of habit rather than hunger. Because he grabs quick snacks and meals, his food choices may not be very healthy. Suggested diets include ones that offer small, well-balanced, frequent meals or perhaps ones that encourage the snacker to keep a food journal to track what he eats daily. Healthy diet cookbooks often contain easy-to-prepare recipes the snacker can make once or twice a week and divide into small portions; then he can just grab a nutritious dish from the fridge when he's hungry.
The rebel: This dieter just doesn't want to follow anything resembling an organized diet. Suggested diets would have to be about food type or portion size changes rather than a detailed overall diet change. A conventional exercise regimen may not work for these dieters either, so they may want to try unconventional exercise methods, such as learning martial arts or taking dance lessons. Also, the rebels may not want a regular gym routine, but they'll probably get off the couch to play a few interactive Wii games.
The sweet stalker: Brownies, cookies, candies: No matter the sweets, they're irresistible. If it's sweet, it's almost impossible for this dieter to pass up. The sweet stalker should try diets where fruits, yogurts, and low-calorie puddings are options. This way, the fiber and vitamins in the fruit makes it a better choice than the empty calories of chocolate and other sweets.
The multitasker: While trying to complete several tasks at once, multitaskers can absent-mindedly eat a great deal more than they think. Pre-cut vegetables or fruits, even potato chips, kept in measured containers can keep distracted eating to a minimum. Like the snacker, this dieter may need a journal to keep track of his portions. The multitasker will appreciate fitness gear, such as pedometers and heart monitors, which lets him track his progress as he exercises.