personality test: why one size doesn’t fit all

Why does weight watchers work wonders for some, but not all?  Why can some people lose weight just by deciding to exercise a little more and cut down on the junk food?

a recent post on “the happiness project” blog

reminded me that one program doesn’t work for everyone.  This blog poses the question “are you an abstainer or a moderator?”  It may make the difference between success and failure, or be the deciding factor in which health program you choose.

I like to expand our “diet personality test” with the following questions:

Are you motivated by groups or do you like go it alone?  (would you rather go for a walk alone or meet up with a group for zumba?)

Do you like to track numbers, or do you like to keep it simple? (e.g., would you rather count calories and points and pounds lost, or just eat veggies twice a day and limit portions until your jeans are one size smaller?)

Hamlet’s words “to thine own self be true” ring just as true today as they did back then.  Have you dropped your new year’s nutrition resolution?  Given up on dieting all together?  Try a program that fits your personality this year and let me know how it works for you.


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