Diet Right For Your Personality Type, Jen Widerstrom
Jen Widerstrom is an athlete, weight-loss expert, and star of NBC’s The Biggest Loser. Her basic premise is that many diets fail because they don’t take into consideration individual tendencies or triggers, motivational patterns, or lifelong habits that are ingrained into our personalities. As she writes, “Even someone with the strongest willpower in the world can find it tough to stick to a plan that works for someone else, but not for them”.
Through her experience, Ms. W identified five core personality types. She then designed five different approaches to weight management that could be adapted to suit each individual. The five personalities are:
The Organized Doer
The Everyday Hero
Ms. W provides a personality assessment so that you can identify your personality type. Briefly, The Organized Doer is a type A personality who craves routine and rules.
The Swinger is the adventurous type who is finds success in variety, change, and the ability to make choices each day. The Rebel tends to be impulsive and noncommittal. They need to find their own flow and have boundaries that provide varied guidelines.
The Everyday Hero is the person who tends to put other people’s needs before their own. They need a streamlined plan that is easy to set up “with as few obstacles as possible”.
The Never-Ever is out of touch with their health and fitness, or may have given up. This person needs to step away from negative self talk. From their program, they learn how their decisions influence behavior.
Each personality type has a chapter devoted to how they operate and includes four weeks of menu plans and recipes to fit that profile. Ms. W also includes chapters on mental preparedness for dieting success and the meaning of healthy eating. Recipes contain cottage cheese, Greek yogurt, oatmeal, plus spouted bread and tortillas. In the final section of the book, Ms. W demonstrates beautifully a variety of 16 minute workouts.
Siri Says: Diet Right For Your Personality Type contains the most novel approach to dieting of the seven books reviewed here. I highly recommend that you complete Jen’s personality assessment. I believe the information you gain can help you to know in advance how you would fare on a particular program and how to customize varying plans to your own personality.
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