Losing weight may seem
simple, you would have to balance your diet and burn more than what you eat by
exercising! Yet it’s not as easy as it seems. Research is finding links between
personality traits, emotions and eating behaviors. This holds true because the
same brain regions that control everything related to your emotions and stress
deal with appetite and hunger feelings as well!
A study conducted last year associated 5 personality traits with
different, specific eating habits – mostly, leading us to gain weight! So find below each personality trait, what happens and what you can do about it!
What We Can Do
- Sleep deprived at night and tends to sleep through breakfast time and
snack late at night
> This drives down levels of leptin, the
hormone that signals fullness, while driving ghrelin up, the hormone that increases
appetite especially for high carbohydrates, sweets and high calorie food!
- Start by decreasing your caffeine intake in
the afternoon and night
- Decrease TV/PC-time in the evening
- Close the kitchen doors by 8-9 pm at night
- Wake up early and boost up your energy with
The Stress Junkie
- Competes in everything and works better under pressure
> This internal force to constantly compete is powered by
both cortisol and adrenaline – the stress hormones. Stress hormones also
boost neuropeptide Y, a neurochemical
- Carbs cravings
- Insulin secretion
- Fat accumulation
- Exercise helps in burning off excess cortisol
- Plan your work ahead of time, to decrease any stressful events
- Adopt a hobby/ relaxing/ breathing techniques.
- Don’t go gulping sugary and fatty foods when you’re upset, angry or sad
just to comfort your anxiety. Think before you eat!
The Mindless Multi-tasker
- Drives, talks, reads, watches TV, BBMs and even knits
altogether while eating!
> Most don’t overeat because they’re super hungry. Eating has
become a mindless habit with no focus on what we are actually eating.
Yes, multitasking is a plus, if you’re applying for a new job
but not when you are eating.
- Give your food your full attention. Sit down
at a dining table, chew your food well and eat slowly. Savor every bite and
stop when you’re full.
- Puts everyone’s needs before his or her own and may fear
> This leads to void or guilt feelings, where you’ll end up
stuffing your face with sweet sweeeet food!
It is quite righteous to be generous and caring, but you’d have
to put you and your health first as well.
Also, know what is bothering you. Let out any negative emotions
in a healthier way - run, jog, swim, sing, write, draw, anything but eating.
- Puts unreachable goals, whether in life, school, work or
> Perfectionists tend to set impossible weight goals leading
them to disappointment and emotional eating when they relapse.
- If you wait till all circumstances
are perfect, you won’t start at all! So ditch the ‘all or nothing’ mentality
and start with what you have right now. - Break your ultimate goal into many small, realistic and
reachable steps and strive to reach each goal at your
Work to identify what is causing you to emotionally eat and work
to break these triggers. I definitely don’t mean that you must change your
whole personality, but knowing what pushes you to overeat could be the key!