Dieting type: the thinker
• Focusing on your little wins. “Rather than concentrating on the things you ‘fail’ at, celebrate what you do well, instead,” says Golley. At the end of each day, write down all the things that went to plan, whether that’s eating five serves of vegetables, choosing a healthy lunch or saying ‘no thanks’ to seconds at dinner. “It helps you realise that you don’t have to be perfect to make progress.”
to the brain healthier.
Dieting type: the craver
• Buying individually wrapped ‘treats’. Banning certain foods only makes you crave them more, so stock up on portion-controlled versions instead. You’ll eat significantly less of something when it’s visually divided into individual serves, say US researchers.
Dieting type: the foodie
• The every-other-day diet. Known as alternate-day fasting, every other day you skip breakfast and dinner and ‘spend’ 2000kJ on lunch. On non-fast days you eat normally, which allows you the freedom to indulge. It produces a variety of health benefits, including lower cholesterol and blood pressure, as well as weight loss.
“Trends like zoodles are perfect for Foodies,” says Golley. “They’re healthy and nutritious, but still deliver that ‘on-trend’ hit that Foodies crave.”
Dieting type: the socialiser
• Being strategic when you order food. Peer pressure influences what you choose from a menu, so if you’re dining with friends who are health-conscious, let them order first – if they pick the salad, you’re more likely to as well. Alternatively, order first so you’re not swayed when a friend makes a less healthy choice.
Dieting type: the free-wheeler
• Thinking one or two days ahead. “While sticking to a week-long meal plan is too difficult, try sticking to one that covers off just one or two days at a time,” says Golley, as there’s a clear link between meal plans and better weight loss. “Reward yourself with something small whenever you manage to do it.”