Personality Types, Weight-loss Programs, and Fitness


Most weight-loss plans are not tailored to the individual but are usually a one-size-fits all. Knowing one’s personality type can help in discovering why some individuals following a diet fail. Type A personality types are individuals who are self-critical, ambitious, punctual, competitive, rule-followers, and all or nothing people. Type A personality types can get easily annoyed with conventional diets and working out, especially when the plan does not work. So maybe it is the weight-loss plan and not the individual that is a failure.


If one looks at the characteristics of a Type A individual, he or she can use those characteristics to benefit him or her and be successful with a weight-loss/workout regimen. For example, Type A personality types take an approach of all or nothing. If a weight loss regimen expects one to exercise 30 minutes, yet you don’t feel up to it for some reason, you will probably still work out. If you go to a graduation party, and you are offered cake and ice cream, you will avoid it. However, by being so inflexible, it’s possible that you will feel very limited and may overindulge another time. What is needed is finding the middle ground. Ask yourself if you allow yourself a small indulgence, is it the end of your food plan? No! Your food plan is simply a guide to follow, not so rigid that it cannot be changed. Have confidence that you know what is best for you! There is nothing wrong in following an exercise plan, however, if you are tired and need a break, take that break or change the kind of workout you had planned. You don’t want to do so much that you become burned-out. It is better if you rest or are getting enough sleep rather than workout until you no longer can. If you are exhausted and you are too sore to move, a break in working out is needed. It is better to alternate days to give your body a break.


Leaving room for modification to your exercise plan will allow you the freedom to make choices. If you are hurried and cannot make it to the gym to do a 30 minute workout, choose instead to go home and do sit-ups for 15 minutes. The key to sticking to a plan long-term is to evaluate one’s feelings and know what is best for one’s own body.

When following a strict weight loss plan, eating out can cause one to be tempted by foods not on program. You can ask at the restaurant if your food can be prepared according to your specifications. There can be some well-founded worries to remaining on plan when trying to eat healthy. Although some worries are well-founded, you don’t have to avoid going out to eat. A food plan can be modified for one’s personal needs, for instance, when visiting a friend, you can eat something prior to arriving at their home or you can make smart choices once you are there. Arriving at their home having already eaten will lessen the chance to overeat foods that are not on your program. When dining out, make smart choices by choosing foods that are allowed on your plan.


A good example of a weight-loss plan for men is Nutrisystem. It works by allowing one to eat reasonable portions of nutritional foods that you enjoy, so you can stay healthy and satisfied. One can eat six small meals to stay fueled all day long. A Type A individual would do well on a plan like this because the plan is structured, yet flexible enough to allow for changes.


The benefits to having personality Type A is discovering one’s self-confidence. Type A individuals must remember to allow for changes and substitutions. If you find yourself off-track while following a particular plan, it does not mean that you have gone off-track completely. You can be successful losing weight and working out if you learn to make decisions that are supportive of how you feel and what you want for yourself. Make yourself a top-priority as this is essential to being successful in any weight loss plan and exercise regimen.