No one-size-fits-all. This statement goes perfect for those trying to shed kilos. Everybody has a different body and different weight loss goals, following the same diet and workout routine would not give everyone the same result. You have to choose your diet and fitness plan as per your body shape and most importantly your personality. As per a research published in a journal, the entire population can be divided into four broad groups: The leader, the socializer, the supporter, and the planner.
The leaders are the ones who hate being told what they should do and what they should not.
The socializers try every weight loss idea they come across. But they fail to follow it for a long time.
The supporters or call it the busy bee hates the idea of anything “trendy”.
The planners are the disciplined thinkers, who evaluate all the pros and cons before trying anything.
Take this quiz to know your category and what fitness and diet suits you:
1. What do you order when you go to a restaurant for a meal?
a) Order chef’s special
b) Discuss with your tablemates and then order
c) Go for something familiar
d) Look for the best value food
2 If you had enough money to splurge, what would you do?
a) Hire a private chef for yourself
b) Organise a birthday party in a trendy restaurant
c) Hire a cook to make and pack your kids’ meal
d) Hire a good nutritionist to take care of your diet plan
3 You mostly have your dinner…
a) At a business meeting
b) Out with your friends
c) With your family
d) At your desk
4 When you do not feel like cooking food, you mostly
a) Go out with a friend
b) Find something from last week in your home
c) Order something from a restaurant
d) Drink a protein shake
5 Your refrigerator is filled with…
a) Whatever your cook puts in there
b) Wine and snacks
c) Leftovers from the previous week
d) It is packed with boxes of yogurt
6 You feel the most sensible workout routine is:
c) Walking the dog
7 The reason why you missed your workout the last time?
a) You went out of town for office work
b) You had a slight hangover
c) You were dealing with some work
d) Trying to meet a deadline
8 You would never think of:
a) Joining a boot camp
b) Taking swim laps
c) Taking a trapeze class
d) Playing pick-up basketball
9 Given a chance, you might not have a problem:
a) Having your own gym
b) Trying beach volleyball
c) Having a yoga studio
d) Taking up martial arts classes
10 The reason why you want to get fit:
a) To avoid a heart attack
b) Look great
c) De-stress yourself
d) Maintain optimal health
If you picked mostly As:
You belong to the leader’s category. You want immediate results and do not like to spend too much time in prepping shopping, or calorie counting. You would do the best in your capacity to get fitter as quickly as possible.
Food and fitness plan: Keep it simple. Have simple and easy food items and add a competitive sport in your routine like running and racquetball or sprinting. The perfect diet match for you is Mediterranean, Paleo, or the Flexitarian Diet
If you picked mostly Bs:
You are a socializer. You like to talk about the food and diet you are following with others. You love discussing what is working for you and what isn’t.
Food and fitness plan: You would do better in some type of group activity to share eating plans and results. Workout such as dance or volleyball are some good options. The Wild Diet or The Spark Solution Diet is perfect for you.
If you picked mostly Cs:
You belong to the supporter category. You are more of a family person and feel guilty for scheduling workout time for yourself. You’ll have to convince that fitness is worth your time and effort.
Food and fitness plan: The perfect diet match for you: You need to stick to something with a proven track record. You need a piece of equipment that tracks your progress and calories. You can have a zone diet and follow a moderate diet plan.
If you picked mostly Ds:
You are a planner. Before buying anything from the shopping mall, you read the label and count the calories. Before trying anything new, you like to first read all about it.
Food and fitness plan: You are not scared of trying anything which is scientifically proven and well-researched. It is ideal that you maintain a journal to track your progress. Slow-paced workout, martial arts are some of the things you can include in your diet. The Dash Diet and The Whole 30 are perfect for you.