Struggling to shed those extra kilos despite a strict diet regime? Then pay a bit more attention to your own personality type, says a neuroscientist. According to Daniel Amen, a distinguished fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, diet plans will not work unless a person is genetically capable of sticking to them. Dr Amen says people should start with an exercise in self-awareness—identifying their weaknesses and working out what makes them want to eat, the Daily Mail reported.
In a new book, he defines five categories of overeaters: compulsive overeaters, impulsive overeaters, compulsive-impulsive overeaters, sad or emotional overeaters and anxious overeaters. Dr Amen argues that his research shows each group must avoid certain foods—and eat more of others—to lose weight. “We looked at the brains of our overweight patients and discovered there was not one brain pattern associated with being overweight: There were at least five different types. This is exactly the reason why most diets don’t work. They take a one-size-fits-all approach,” he writes.
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