"D" quadrant- This group is very visual and enjoys taking risks and trying new things. They get bored easily.
Solution: This group would likely benefit from a non diet approach using visual examples of meal preparation opposed to following a rigid plan. They will likely get tired of following a meal plan or eating in a strict way.
All individuals can also practice being a "B" thinker by challenging yourself to do activities in a planned way such as following a recipe exactly the way it is written or organize your cds and dvds in alphabetical order. This type of practice gets you more into a "B" way of processing.
Learning your style may be the first step to reaching long term success. Another interesting thing that Treitler had found in her observations is that all successful long term losers had found a coach, mentor, or guide during their process. During this time, they all had undergone some sort of major life transformation. They stepped away from their old lifestyle and into a new one letting go of all their old hang ups around food.
They also incorporated some sort of meditative practice into their lives such as walking or yoga. This self time seems to be an important link to help people let go some of the behaviors that aren't serving them anymore.
Take Away Points:
- When approaching weight loss, first figure out how you solve problems. Are you an "A", "B", "C", or "D". To learn more about HBDI, click here.
- Find a coach or guide to help you through a process that will work for you instead of trying to follow the diet of the week.
- Be patient with yourself as you let go of old behaviors and embrace new ones that support your weight loss goals. We can all achieve any goals as long as we have the right tools in front of us!
- Start incorporating some quiet, meditative time in the form of formal meditation, walking, or yoga.
- Think about the behaviors you want to leave behind and the new behaviors you want to take their place.