The Personality Type Diet

Author Robert F. Kushner, MD who teaches medicine at Northwestern University and is the director of the Wellness Institute at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, says there is not one-size-fits-all diet.

In the book, readers are asked to answer 66 questions about their habits and attitudes towards eating, exercise and coping.

The scores will tell whether a person falls under which category or personality type.

In various parts his book, Kushner offers advice for each personality type that can help change behaviors and attitudes. Not that the book does not have plenty of useful advise, but since you have already identified behaviors and attitudes that you need to change, you can go straight to the areas where diet and lifestyle change will help you the most. Also, people tend to identify with more than one personality type.

Foods you can eat

This diet encourages eating super foods (plant-based foods): fruits, veggies, grains, nurs, seeds, dried beans, lentils and soy products. All of these are low- or moderate fat foods that are packed with nutrients.

The personality type diet is not a vegetarian diet but it focuses on vegetarian dishes. For instance, lean red meat is allowed, but not encouraged. There are not beef dishes on the recipe section, but there is a stir-fry recipe which uses pork.

What experts say

"At first glance, Dr. Kushner’s Personality Type Diet looks like one more over-hyped, hokey weight loss plan…But the book actually explores practical methods that readers can use to restructure problematic eating and exercise habits tied to, well, their personalities." says the July 2003 issue of the Tufts University Health & Nutrition Letter.

Tufts also adds that the book is one of the most responsible weight loss plans, referring to the content as "common sense" advise, "divided into small, doable steps."

Sourcve: WebMD