Are you constantly reaching into the biscuit tin, or despairing at the thought of having to do exercise? It might be that you have certain personality traits that make you more prone to piling on the pounds, making it difficult for you to reach your target weight or lead a healthy lifestyle. Read on for some of the things about you that might affect your ability to lose weight.
u're an impulsive person. If you can't stop yourself eating an extra slice of cake or a second bag of crisps right now, it might be that you're impulsive and require instant gratification to feel pleasure. in a 1972 study, scientists offered children a choice between a single marshmallow or two if they waited 15 minutes. The results showed that those who delayed the gratification went on to achieve higher SAT scores and more success in later life. If you can learn to eliminate the small temptations and leftover treats it will serve you well in your weight loss goals.
If you're conscientious with your routine and always reliable then you may have a better chance of losing weight compared with your less punctual friends. Being conscientious means you're more likely to create a health and fitness plan and stick with it. If you don't have one already, consider creating a healthy eating or exercise routine that you can do on a daily basis that will fit in with your lifestyle.
Introverted people may be less likely to be impulsive because of their more thoughtful approach to healthy eating and exercise. It is thought that introverts make more sensible, rational choices compared with extroverts. Outgoing people tend to have emotional responses which are very immediate and overwhelming. By contrast, introverts utilize the prefrontal cortex, allowing them to focus on long-term goals such as making healthier choices. As a result, extroverts are more likely to succumb to pleasure based eating and become addicted to consuming high-calorie and high-fat foods.
Emotional eaters tend to be more excitable and therefore less emotionally stable. While it's good to get excited from time to time, if all your life experiences are either the best or the worst thing ever, your mood swings could be making you emotionally overeat. Excitement leads to action (such as eating) so it's worth considering how you can recognize your mood swings and channel them into healthier activities, such as meeting up with a friend for an exercise session.
If you're feeling stressed all the time or neurotic it can make you worry about failure and feel afraid of letting other people down. Stress can make it harder to resist temptation, so these people may be more likely to make unhealthier food choices. Try and go with the flow more and worry less about failure, it may do wonders for your waistline.
Be more selfish. If you're a people pleaser you may be putting yourself last to make other people feel happy. Being self-centred can sometimes be a good thing as it means you're more likely to focus on your own interests, giving you the power and energy to invest in making healthier long-term choices. Don't feel guilty for wanting to do things on your own terms, instead, try asking your friends to join you in your new exercise plans.
Have self-compassion. If you're hard on yourself you're more likely to give up easily when, for example, a healthy eating routine doesn't go perfectly to plan. The realisation that you've overeaten can make you feel hopelessness and so you further resort to emotional eating to deal with the situation. Practicing forgiveness for yourself can boost your self-esteem and means you're less likely to make poor eating habits.
Staying up late could be making you fat. According to a University of Pennsylvania study, people who stayed up until 4am ate 550 additional calories during the night compared to those who went to bed early. Evidence from an Australian study also compared two groups that slept for the same number of hours. The results indicated that waking up early could mean you're less likely to be overweight in comparison to night owls. For optimum rest and to stay slim and healthy long term, it's therefore recommended to aim for 7-9 hours sleep.