Make Your Personality Traits Work FOR Your Weight Loss

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Your weight loss, what works for you, and what doesn’t, is greatly dependent on who you are. Your characteristics and individual personality traits help to decide how you can realistically live your life. The lifestyle changes, from diet to exercise and from stress management to sleep, all have to do with what you’re like.

How Do Your Personality Traits Impact 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.

Even the personality traits that seems as though they’re working completely contrary to your efforts can be turned in the right direction.  The key is to recognize your traits and discover the ones that are working for you and the ones that are working against you. With that knowledge, you can turn your struggles around. You can get the most out of your strong points and can minimize the impact of your weaker points. In fact, you may be able to turn a weaker point into a strength if you’re strategic enough.

What Personality Traits Affect Your Weight Loss?

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.

Laziness

Is there anyone who can’t describe themselves as a lazy person sometimes? We all go through waves of laziness.  That said, if you’d describe yourself as truly lazy, then you know you’ve been struggling with your weight loss. Laziness as a personality trait can make it difficult to push yourself to make the lifestyle changes you need to make and to stick to them.

That said, you can use your laziness as a tool to make sure you eat well all week long.  By knowing that your inclination is to be lazy, you can use techniques that set you up in advance, so you rarely need to be motivated to keep up.  For instance, if you find you lack the motivation to prepare healthy meals then don’t set yourself up to have to do it every day. Instead, pick one day and make large batches of meals.

Put together a massive homemade soup or stew in the slow cooker.  While that’s cooking, chop up everything that needs to go into a great salad, leaving the greens in a separate container from the other ingredients. Finally, get some overnight oats ready so all you need to do is add milk (or milk alternative) to them the night before.  That way, once the soup and salad made, you can portion them out into reusable containers and stack them in your fridge.  You can add milk to your overnight oats one night at a time, so they’ll be ready in the morning. Now, your breakfasts and lunches are made, leaving only dinner to make on the day.

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