SECRET TO LOSING WEIGHT
CSIRO research shows personality weighs on diet success
UNDERSTANDING diet triggers and food cravings is the key to weight loss, according to a groundbreaking study of 90,000 Australians.
After the biggest diet and personality survey ever conducted, the CSIRO today reveals that it is personality that determines diet success.
The report outlines key personality traits – such as an inability to control cravings, impulsive eating and unreal- istic expectations – that dictate whether you will be able to keep the kilos off.
CSIRO behaviour scientist Sinead Golley said the research could provide the answer to why some weightloss methods didn’t work.
“If you’re frustrated by unsuccessful weight-loss attempts, having a better understanding of your personal triggers and diet patterns can be the crucial piece of the puzzle,” she said.
The survey found cravings were one of the main reasons for struggling to lose weight, with one-in-five respondents who met the criteria for the Craver personality type admitting they had tried to diet more than 25 times.
Women are most likely to fall into the Thinker category, which is characterised by over-analysis, while men are most likely to be Foodies or Freewheelers. Characterised by their spontaneous and impulsive nature, Freewheelers are least likely to meet healthy dietary guidelines.
Older generations, such as Baby Boomers, are more likely to be Socialisers or Foodies, the latter being the most likely to be a normal weight and eat the nationally recommended amount of fruit and vegetables.
Millennials and Generation X are most often identified as Cravers, Thinkers, or Freewheelers.
Of the almost 19,000 Queenslanders who took part in the study, 31 per cent were Thinkers, 21 per cent were Cravers, and 4 per cent Freewheelers, while the So- cialisers and Foodies groups each accounted for 13 per cent.
Erin Godden (pictured), 25, travels a lot for work and said her biggest hurdle to eating healthily was a lack of access to a kitchen.
“I do my research before I go out to dinner if I am travelling and have a look at the menus of the restaurants in the area,” she said.
Ms Godden, of Fortitude Valley, studied nutrition at university and said she probably fitted the Foodie type.