How to Lose Weight, Based on Your Personality Type
At Byrdie, we’re constantly trying to stay healthy—while also remaining realistic and authentic. It’s important to take into account your schedule, goals, and personality when embarking on a new diet and exercise regimen. As Gigi Hadid so eloquently puts it, “Eat clean to stay fit, have a burger to stay sane.”
Are you really into working out but giving up indulgences is so not an option? We have the plan for you. Are you looking to slim down with a specific goal in mind (i.e. a wedding or a summer holiday)? Or feel too introverted to go to an exercise class? Nicole Winhoffer, creator of the NW Method and global ambassador for Adidas by Stella McCartney, and Eve Lynn Kessner, a Soul Cycle instructor and holistic nutritionist, created plans and advice for you.
Keep reading for the answers to your weight loss prayers, conveniently grouped by specific aspects of your personality.
We get it, actively dieting doesn't sound cool when you say it out loud. And it's really hard to explain to your friends on a night out or to your all-natural yoga buddies on Saturday morning. So, don't diet! You can lose weight by switching things up and trying an endurance class. You are most likely not losing weight because you're focusing on one type of exercise—doing the same thing every day and physically using the same muscles. Nicole Winhoffer suggests The NW Method, as it has a new workout every day to eliminate those plateaus.
If it’s easy for you to keep up a clean diet but harder to maintain consistency at the gym, try using a FitBit ($199). It’s effortless to incorporate into your daily routine and doesn’t feel like exercise. Each day, you can challenge yourself to reach more steps and set higher goals. Forcing yourself to do too much too quickly creates pressure and in turn more stress on the body.
If you’re introverted and feel a bit awkward hitting the gym or dancing at Zumba—try something in the dark, like a candle-lit yoga class. It’s easier to let go of the feeling that everyone is watching, and you’ll lose yourself in the flow of the class. Still too much? Watch music videos on YouTube at home and begin to dance freely to the music. It's a great way to get out of your head and move your body (even if it's in the comfort of your own home).
First of all, congrats on finding someone to indulge with. That's a great feeling! The quickest way to recovery is accepting you gained a little weight, getting past it, and drinking a lot of water to flush out your system. Then, research a bunch of really delicious restaurants that also have a health focus. You two don't have to give up the time you spend together eating, but you can change the food you're consuming so it doesn't negatively effect your body.
For a lot of people, it’s much easier to stick to a weight-loss plan when you’re doing it with someone else. We all need a little moral support! Start by going with a buddy to keep it social, and if you consistently go to classes, the gym will become its own fun community for you. Keep going back and you’ll make friends in no time—and then you won’t feel as uncomfortable going alone.
When you’re super committed, it’s easy to become obsessed with your diet and exercise plan. Focus that energy on a lyengar Yoga practice. It’s all about form and alignment—it will teach you about controlling your body and how it moves. That way, you can focus your energy on learning a meticulous skill, rather than being too hard on yourself.
This is for all the ladies out there who have no idea where to start. Winhoffer suggests checking out a new heath-focused Instagram channel each week to pick up one healthy fact for the day—then apply it to your life. For example, drink one litre of water today or try one new exercise move. Small shifts go a long way, and when you move in a new way you'll start to think in a new way too.
For more easy-to-handle diet and exercise tips, see how I completely changed my body in only three months.