A groundbreaking piece of research has demonstrated that there are different types of eaters and this has also shown that some people have a genetic predisposition towards obesity. By identifying what type of eater you are, you will have a far greater chance of working towards your weight loss goals. The study also identified that willpower alone is never sufficient in terms of permanently losing weight. We are exposed to food too often to be able to simply tell ourselves not to eat it. This research comes at a very welcome time when people are still in the throes of their New Year’s resolutions and thousands are fully engaged in trying to lose weight. Unfortunately, the vast majority of people who have decided to shed those pounds this year will eventually fail. But, by understanding the type of eater you are, you may be able to beat these statistics and not just get rid of those pounds, but keep them off as well. Let’s take a look at some of the different types of eaters out there.
The Chaotic Eater
First of all, there is the chaotic eater.
This type of eater has no routine to their eating and has a tendency to skip meals, over schedule themselves and eat on the run.
Chaotic Eaters don’t plan any of their meals, but rather eat as and when they feel hungry. As a result, the meals they consume tend to be quite unhealthy. More importantly, these types of eaters generally do not know how much they have eaten, or even what they have eaten. As a chaotic eater, you don’t necessarily have an increased chance of obesity, but you do have a bigger chance of developing high cholesterol and various nutritional problems.
Another type of eater is the nibbler.
You snack throughout the day — whether you’re hungry or not. You reject formal diet plans because you think your way of eating is better but never seem to lose weight.
Nibblers live in a constant state of hunger and are always thinking what their next snack is going to be. Because they eat small and often, they often believe that they are actually making very good efforts towards being healthy. Unfortunately, they generally eat too often and the snacks they get are not necessarily healthy. Furthermore, nibblers are quite obsessed with food. All of this can stand in the way of actually losing weight.
The Passionate Eater
Then, there is the Passionate Eater.
Passionate Eaters love new foods and their taste. They’re extroverts that are often the life of the party.
As a Passionate Eater, you will struggle to decline any type of food. You enjoy the finer tastes of life and want to enjoy new flavors and new culinary experiences. A Passionate Eater should try to stick to a Mediterranean diet. This type of diet allows you to try various interesting flavors and textures, while at the same time being very healthy. Additionally, when you follow the Mediterranean diet, you are able to eat more often, meaning that you can really enjoy your love of food.
The Fruitless Feaster
Another common eating type if the Fruitless Feaster.
Eats a plain meat-and-potatoes menu, except for an occasional glass of orange juice, a banana or apple. Consumes few fruits and vegetables, thus missing out on the vitamins, minerals, fiber and other nutrients these foods contain.
Many older people tend to be Fruitless Feasters, because they have grown up with a simple diet that has potatoes at its heart. These people did, in years gone by, live long and reasonably healthy lives. However, this was during the days that they were also very active, often working on farms until their old age. Additionally, during these days, foods were often organic and not processed, as opposed to the present. As a result, those who are still Fruitless Feasters now can end up having significant nutritional deficiencies and various associated illnesses. For these people, it is recommended to regularly try new fruits, having little baskets or punnets of fruity snacks lying around. Generally, if healthy food is made available to Fruitless Feasters, they will eat it.
The Waste Not Eater
You may be a Waste Not Eater.
The waste-not eater is someone who hates to see food go to waste and believes that it’s a deal to get lots of food for their money. They will overeat when food is in abundance because they hate to see it wasted.
Unfortunately, by eating too much, they actually are wasting food, as they are not utilizing it in the way they should. They are at an incredibly high risk of becoming obese and developing the various associated illnesses such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart disease and strokes.
The Mindless Eating Dieter
Finally, there is the Mindless Eating Dieter.
You struggle with cravings and feeling hungry. When you follow diet rules instead of mindfully listening to what your body wants and needs, sometimes you end up not eating enough. Or, you overeat after you give up battling your cravings.
These people struggle the most with sticking to a regimented diet. They often last for around two or three days and then cave in and binge on various unhealthy food options. As a Mindless Eating Dieter, following a set diet for several days is almost impossible to achieve. You must, instead, aim for a true lifestyle change that allows you to consistently change your eating habit.
These are just a few of the different types of eaters out there and there are many more. By identifying the type of eater you are, you will have a better chance of finding a diet that works for you and that you can stick to. The majority of the eaters described above honestly believe that they are eating a healthy diet, or that they are at least not being incredibly unhealthy. It is this mindset that must be broken if you want to lose the weight and keep it off as well.