For people who are not overweight it’s sometimes hard to understand that losing weight is not always that simple. Choosing healthy food, denying yourself those yummy biscuits that are winking at you, sticking to just one little piece of chocolate, … it’s not always easy.
A lot of diets forget this psychological part of the process which is often more important than knowing what to eat or not eat.
Personal habits play a key role in the ability to manage weight effectively, which is why not all weight loss products and plans work for everyone. The key to losing weight and staying healthy lies in understanding the motivations behind certain food choices and how small lifestyle changes can add up to make a big difference.
After research we came up with 9 eater types. Usually people who read them recognize themselves in at least one type. Depending on your mood, your diet or period in your life, sometimes you feel more aligned to a different type. We want you to learn how to work on the psychological part. The eatertypes allows you to analyse your own particular relationship with food and learn how to be aware of the causes that make you cope. We will give you some advice on how to get that part of your healthy lifestyle under control too!
Weekend Treater – eats healthily most of the time but finds it hard to resist regular treats, especially at weekends
- Pick one day of the weekend that you treat yourself. Choose something you like and pick a day or a moment. Try to maintain your healthy lifestyle during the rest of the weekend.
- Make sure you use the weekend for some extra exercise too!
Reward Eater – gains pleasure from food and uses it, particularly high fat food, such as chocolate and ice-cream, as a reward
- Try to find something else to reward yourself with! A nice new dress, a magazine you like or a nice piece of jewelry.
- Eating as a reward only lasts for a few moments. Afterwards you often feel guilty and you gain weight.
- If you do want to reward yourself with food, reward yourself with something healthy. Make a colorful salad, a fruit salad or try to limit your portion if you decide to eat something unhealthy.
- If you failed to resist, think about taking a fat absorber after your high fat food, think about damage control!
Convenience Consumer – lack of time or opportunity to find healthy options leads to an over reliance on high fat convenience food
- Cooking a healthy meal can be done in less time than to order some fastfood! It’s so much better for your health.
- Try to prepare something in the weekend or when you have some extra time. Cook double portions and freeze the leftovers.
- You can buy sliced and frozen vegetables everywhere now. Make sure you always have them in your fridge or freezer. You just have to cook or fry them with a little oil and there you have the most important and healthy part of your dinner. Just add some meat or fish and you’re good to go! You even have ready to use steam bags. They often contain more salt and fat than your fresh vegetables but its better than a burger or a kebab.
- If you make a large amount of soup twice a week, you’ll always have a healthy lunch or dinner ready in 5 minutes. Just combine it with a few slices of bread and have yourself a healthy meal.
Carb-Craver – Cravings for carbs results in excessive consumption followed by hunger pangs and energy slumps
- Carb craving is a common problem in the struggle against the kilo’s. And eating carbs creates more carb craving. It’s like an addiction. You have to try to go on a 2 week no carb excess food plan. No sweets, no white pasta/bread/rice and step away from the biscuits! If you eat a lot of carbs, your sugar level raises. Your body has to produce a lot of insulin and that can give you an energy slump.
- Try to eat healthy carbs, the so called slow carbs. Brown bread, fruit, whole meal pasta and brown rice.
- If you consider yourself a carb-craver, the Carb Blocker is the ideal help for you. Taken before the meal, it can reduce the sugar uptake in the blood by 66%. Be aware that the carb Blocker only reduces the uptake of slow carbs…so it won’t help you if you’re about to eat a bag of sweets!
- Eat more vegetables! Vegetables are healthy and low calorie. Try to have vegetables for lunch and dinner. A nice salad for lunch or some vegetables between your sandwich. If you cook a hot meal, you should use at least 200g of vegetables each. By eating more vegetables, you will be eating less carbs.
- If you find it hard to reduce the amount of carbs you’re having with your meaI you should try the Carb Blocker. Taken before the meal, it can reduce the sugar uptake in the blood by 66%. So if you try to cut back on the bread, pasta or potatoes a little bit, the Carb Blocker will give you an extra push in losing weight too.
- Try not to forget to eat during the day, as you’ll compensate in the evening. If you can, take some healthy food and snack with you. If you have to go and buy something, try to make a healthy choice. There are food stores which offer healthy sandwiches, soups or salads. Eating out or fast can be done healthy too!
- Most of the time people who overeat, eat fast too. Try to eat a bit slower. Count the times you chew your food. You should at least chew 10 – 15 times on every bite, than breath in and out and take the next bite. You’ll eat less.
- Try to leave the table after the first plate. When you finished a normal size portion, try to clean the table, do the dishes or take a walk outside. Your stomach needs 20 minutes to give a signal to your brain that its full, you have to take the time. Cleaning your teeth quickly after eating helps too as the mint taste reduces your appetite
- If you can’t manage to limit your portions, try the appetite reducer. It can help you to feel more satisfied and stay satisfied for a longer period of time.
Hungry Dieter – struggles not to restrict daily food intake but struggles to control their appetite and avoid temptation
- Don’t be too strict on yourself. Your daily food plan should not be too strict. If you starve yourself, you won’t be able to resist temptations. Allow yourself a treat once in a while and you’ll be able to keep yourself to your diet much longer.
Auto Eater – eats regularly throughout the day without thinking about it and regardless of hunger levels, which leads to over consumption
- Try to write down what you eat during the day for three days. You’ll be surprised. Cut back on sweets, cookies or large amounts of bread. A regular food plan is very important to lose weight or not to gain any. Your meals should be well balanced and in between you can have a healthy snack. Check our day plans for an example.