How do you choose what you eat and when you eat it? The answer to a successful dieting experience according to nutritionists lies within the answer. Dr Kenneth Dimo, a nutritionist, reveals that what stops people from losing weight is not just food but their attitude toward exercise, low self-esteem and a tendency to procrastinate.
Dr Doreen Kagezi, a private nutritionist, further explains that some people most of the time eat to feed their feelings instead of their bodies.
“So if we cannot identify the individual, we will not give them an effective diet plan. That is why, for example, someone experiencing fatigue or burnout chooses red meat or sugar and chocolate to give an instant energy hit. When people are depressed, fearful, or feeling lonely, they may start craving the soothing effect of fatty foods such as ice cream,” Dr Kagezi explains.
Dr Kagezi says a person who does not like schedules and lives their lives from day to minute will not work with a strict diet plan. “Instead of focusing on when to eat and what to eat, a spontaneous person should focus on controlling portion size and regulating meal times,” she advises.
These according to Dr Kagezi will thrive with a step by step plan that gives them exactly what to eat for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks. They are the kind of people who have the commitment to look for particular foods and prepare them ahead of time. All planners need is a system and they will do well.
Dr Kagezi says: “The simplest meal plan possible for people who spend so much time taking care of all the other responsibilities is sticking to healthy options of pre-packaged snacks and meals, and only relying on home cooking for the times when they are relatively free,” she advises.
These alternate between the spontaneous and planners. One good characteristic of this particular group is their positive response to peer pressure so they will need people they can be accountable to. They need an extensive and diverse menu options.
These people refuse to believe anything until they have proven it themselves. They are usually very intelligent and effective, but they tend to think they know better. For them living, in denial is easier than the fact that they may fail at anything. To combat their fear of failure, they should get a plan that gives them success, something more explicit and tangible. Tangible results will motivate them and inspire them not to give up. “Let them look for a meal plan that gives them weekly directives, points of focus, and goals,” explains Dr Doreen Kagezi, a nutritionist, says.