What Type Of Eater Are
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An Unguided Grazer · A Nighttime Nibbler · A
Convenient Consumer · A Fruitless Feaster · A Mindless Muncher
· A Hearty Portioner · A Deprived Sneaker
Which type of eater are you? You've
probably never given it much thought. But this could be a case of what you
don't know CAN hurt you.
Dr. Robert Kushner says modifying your
eating habits just might hold the answer to achieving permanent weight loss.
According to the medical director of the Wellness Institute at Northwestern
Memorial Hospital, your behavior patterns play a major role in weight control,
especially when it comes to eating, exercising and coping.
After decades of working with overweight
patients, Dr. Kushner and wife Nancy, a nurse practitioner, realized that
although there were plenty of diet books readily available, none of them dealt
with the real problem at hand. The concerned couple soon gave birth to Dr.
Kushners Personality Type Diet (St. Martins Press).
The veteran physician says what sets his
weight loss guide apart is its personalized approach which maintains that you
have to change your behavior before you can change your weight.
This isn't a one size fits all, Dr. Kushner
tells eDiets. Most diet books peg you into one particular treatment that may or
may not fit your own lifestyle. Even if you get your eating under control,
there are two more dimensions that are equally important: exercising and
This whole approach is meant to
target what your personalized issues are and get those under control, so
ultimately you dont feel like youre on a diet or in some difficult
exercise program. It becomes natural to you.
The first step in identifying your
self-destructive behaviors can be accomplished through Dr. Kushners Diet
Personality Quiz. The quick 66-question exam forces you to take a close look at
your habits through an eating, activity and coping inventory. It is this quiz
that will help you determine whether youre a Mindless Muncher or a
Fruitless Feaster. When it comes to exercise, youll learn if youre
a Hate-to-Move Struggler or a No-Time-to-Exercise Protestor. And, as for
coping, find out if youre a Cant-Say-No Pleaser or an Emotional
It doesnt matter which category you
fall into. Dr. Kushner says there is hope when you target your weaknesses one
change at a time. Whether its developing healthy snacking habits or
writing lists to boost your self-esteem, he has the insights you need to get
the job done.
Having seen it in my patients, I fully
believe you can get control of these personality patterns that are making it
difficult for you to take your weight off and keep it off," Dr. Kushner tells
eDiets. "Weight management is not a matter of willpower, its a matter of
skillpower! You need to learn the skills and strategies to take back control of
weight-gaining patterns and convert them to weight-losing patterns.
The various types of eating
Unguided Grazer! Eating occurs any
time and anywhere, since food is an afterthought. Your diet varies from one day
to the next, because there is no structure or planning. The one thing that is
consistent is that the foods are convenient and readily accessible. Because
food is often consumed while the grazer attends to other activities, you
frequently lack a conscious connection to your hunger and eat past your point
of satiety. You aren't getting all the right nutrients, are probably eating
excessive amounts of calories, fat and salt, and your portions vary from small
Nighttime Nibbler! You consume 50
percent or more of your daily calories from dinner and nighttime snacking. You
may go all day without eating anything, since you aren't hungry or are denying
your hunger. Some nighttime nibblers don't eat during the day because they put
their work, family or travel schedules ahead of taking care of themselves... an
approach that backfires. Dinner is often repeated snacking that ends only by
falling asleep. Since you consume most of your calories when your metabolism is
slowest, your excess calories are more likely to turn into fat.
Convenient Consumer! A diet of
convenience: packaged, bagged, microwavable and frozen foods are the staples of
your diet. All foods listed in your diet diary bear a brand name that is posted
on the box, menu or restaurant chain. There are few (if any) fresh foods or
home-cooked meals. The problem with this dietary pattern is that these foods
are generally higher in fat, sodium and calories and lower in fiber than fresh
foods cooked at home.
Fruitless Feaster! You enjoy a plain
meat and potatoes menu. With the exception of a daily glass of orange juice and
an occasional apple or banana, the feaster sticks to proteins, breads, pastas,
fats and desserts. Feasters miss out on the vitamins, minerals, fiber and
phytonutrients of these powerful foods, which are low calorie to boot.
Mindless Muncher! You are committed
to eating three meals a day. However, there is also snacking going on
throughout the day and night -- whether you're hungry or not. Some people snack
out of fear of getting hungry. Some snack to
fight boredom. Others cant pass up a package of food, a vending machine or a
snack shop. Simply the sight or smell of any food triggers their compulsion to
eat. The problem is that mindless eating causes you to eat excess calories
while not really tasting or enjoying your food.
Hearty Portioner! You may feel that
your stomach is a bottomless pit and you eat oversized portions in an effort to
fill it. Some hearty portioners overindulge on unhealthy foods, while others
overeat healthy ones. In both cases, they eat quickly, their weight is climbing
steadily and they feel powerless to change the pattern. With a food diary
generally showing an intake that is two to five times the norm, you were
probably raised as a member of the Clean Your Plate Club. You're usually
stuffed after eating, feel ashamed of your gluttony and swear you wont overeat
again. You may also suffer from indigestion, heartburn, or reflux after meals,
along with sluggishness and fatigue.
Deprived Sneaker! You eat a diet of
good foods only to fall off the wagon and overeat bad foods. Instead of eating
a small slice of chocolate cake, you eat eight fat-free cookies. Then you still
feel deprived. Having what you really wanted from the beginning would have
saved you many calories and emotional suffering. For the deprived sneaker, food
is always a battle between eating good foods in public that you don't always
enjoy and sneaking anything bad in private that tastes good but makes you feel
guilty. You never feel satisfied.