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Scientists believe they have discovered the secret to losing weight – and their research suggests it all comes down to personality.
Experts from Australia’s leading scientific agency CSIRO claim humans fit into six main personality types which are each suited to a different form of diet.
The most common types of dieters are ‘thinkers’ and ‘battlers’, according to a groundbreaking new CSIRO study, which says understanding which category you fall into could be the key to maintaining a healthy weight and the body of your dreams.
Accounting for 14.1 percent of 254,000 participants, ‘thinkers’ are motivated, analytical people with clear goals and ambitions for the future.
Scientists believe they have discovered the secret to losing weight – and their research suggests it all comes down to personality (stock image)
The six diet personality types
1. Thinkers: Motivated, analytical and goal-oriented people who are sensitive to negative feedback. Stress and anxiety can derail their diet.
2. Battlers: Prone to stress, anxiety and temptation to make poor food choices. Require strategies to help break the cycle.
3. Cravers: Have the highest BMI of all diet types and are those most likely to experience overwhelming cravings that lead to binge eating.
4. Pleasers: Likeable, friendly people who are sensitive to criticism. Need to surround themselves with positive reinforcement.
5. Foodies: Passionate about everything related to food. Eats the most balanced diet of all personality types.
6. Socialisers: Require flexibility in their diet to stop restrictions stifling the fun of occasions. Otherwise, they will fall off the wagon.
The report claims they are sensitive to negative feedback that can lead to stress or anxiety, which is the primary cause of derailing their diet.
Coming a close second with 12.8 percent of respondents are ‘battlers’, who are prone to stress, anxiety and temptation to make poor food choices.
As a result, the study says battlers need strategies that help them to break the cycle if they want to lose weight and keep it off.
The four other diet types identified in the report are ‘cravers’, ‘pleasers’, ‘foodies’ and ‘socialisers’.
‘Cravers’ have the highest body mass index, according to the study, and are those most likely to experience overwhelming food cravings that may lead to binge eating.
The most common types of dieters are ‘thinkers’ and ‘battlers’, according to a groundbreaking new CSIRO study (stock image)
Meanwhile it says ‘pleasers’ are likeable, friendly people who may be sensitive to social comparisons and criticism, which means it’s important for them to surround themselves with positive reinforcement.
‘Socialisers’ are those who need flexibility to stop dietary restrictions from stifling social event s or ‘killing the mood’ of an occasion, according to the report.
Finally ‘foodies’ are passionate about everything to do with food, including preparing and eating good quality meals.
The study found this personality type eats the most balanced diet of the six.
CSIRO research scientist Dr Emily Brindal, lead author of the recent study, says it is crucial for Australians who are trying to lose weight to understand their diet types (stock images)
CSIRO research scientist Dr Emily Brindal, lead author of the recent study, says it is crucial for Australians who are trying to lose weight to understand their diet types.
‘Too often diets are developed with a one-size-fits-all approach that ignores the fact that some people behave or think differently to others,’ Dr Brindal told Sunrise.
She added: ‘Working with your diet type could help you achieve better weight loss outcomes in the longer term.’