Make Your Personality Traits Work FOR Your Weight Loss
If you find that you are struggling to be able to shed that excess weight, then understanding your personality traits can actually help to give you an important advantage. The issue is that there are a lot of personality traits that can work directly against your ability to drop the weight. But if you know what they are, then you can take the action that you need to be able to work around your natural inclinations and work toward your weight loss for a better and healthier body.
Consider the following different personality traits and the impact that they can have on your ability to effectively lose weight. The more you recognize them, the better prepared you will be to stop them from holding back your weight loss.
• Impulsiveness – if you are impulsive, you have a higher likelihood of giving into cravings without thinking about them until it is too late. Combat your impulsiveness by keeping temptations out of reach. If the cookies, chips, or chocolates aren’t there, then it doesn’t matter if you have the impulse to eat them, because you can’t have them. By the time you take the greater action (such as going to the store) to get them, the impulse will have passed.
• Reliability – if you are a reliable person then the odds are that you follow the rules, you keep a good schedule, and you will stick to a diet program once you decide to follow it. The problem is that your reliability could end up working against you when it comes to the long term, as you will find yourself continually thinking about food – if only to ensure that you are always making the right food choices and tracking what you have eaten – causing your hunger levels to rise and leading you to exhaust yourself with your program. Instead, consider creating routines that will work in favor of weight loss but that aren’t actually specifically geared toward that result. For instance, walk to the corner store instead of driving.
• Introversion – if you are an introvert, you may love to stay home and snuggle up in a blanket with a good book. You might not be as impulsive, but you also may be less likely to want to get up and exercise – particularly if it requires you to go somewhere social (like a gym) in order to do so.
Moreover, the activities that you like to do could make it easier for you to snack, since it would be a comforting complement to what you are doing. Try taking a challenge-based approach to your weight loss. Decide on a healthy diet and exercise routine and challenge yourself to achieve certain goals within various periods of time. That will help you to test your willpower and keep you motivated.