A CRAVING for one major food culprit is derailing the diets on one quarter of Australians, new research shows.
Australia’s largest diet and personality survey has revealed that craving chocolate is the thing most likely to trip up dieters.
That’s the finding from the CSIRO, which undertook the survey in a bid to find out why so many find it hard to maintain healthy eating.
It found for “The Cravers”, the confectionary aisle in the supermarket is just too hard to bypass, with sweet treats proving a major stumbling block to weight loss.
“One in five ‘Cravers’ have tried to lose weight more than 25 times and they say that chocolate and confectionery are the biggest problem foods to resist,” the report’s co-author, CSIRO Behavioural Scientist Dr Sinead Golley said.
For those who find eating to lose weight difficult, Dr Golley says knowing your personal diet type, daily habits and lifestyle factors could increase the chances of success.
“If you’re frustrated by unsuccessful weight loss attempts, having a better understanding of your personal triggers and diet patterns can be the crucial piece of the puzzle,” she said.
THE BIG FIVE DIET PERSONALITIES:
* The Thinker (37 per cent) — overthinking and worrying about failure leads to stress which can derail diet progress for these dieters. Their tendency to be perfectionists often means they give up when things got challenging.
* The Craver (26 per cent) — craves delicious food and finds it hard to stop, leading to overeating in tempting situations.
* The Socialiser (17 per cent) — flexibility is essential — you won’t let strict food restrictions stifle your social life.
* The Foodie (16 per cent) — loves making, eating and experiencing food.
* The Freewheeler (4 per cent) — makes spontaneous and impulsive food choices, finds planning meals hard.
Baby Boomers and older Australians are more likely to be “socialisers” and “foodies”, suggesting lifestyle and social connections influence a person’s eating patterns at different stages of life.