Want Fat-Loss Results That Finally Last? Here Is The Secret.
Muscle & Fitness Hers|March - April 2017

Want fat-loss results that finally last and the body you’ve always dreamed of staring back at you in the mirror? Biggest Loser coach Jen Widerstrom's got the secret to your success.

Alyssa Shaffer

Ever wonder why you seem to float from diet to diet without getting the results you want while your bestie just dials in to her meal-prep plan and doesn’t miss a beat? Or why you thrive on the energy of a group cycling class while your sister would much rather head outside for a solo run? Your personality may have a lot to do with it: That’s the inspiration behind celeb trainer and two-time Biggest Loser coach Jen Widerstrom’s new book, Diet Right for Your Personality Type (Harmony Books, 2017).

“What we need to hear and how we are motivated can be very different depending on each individual. I realized from all of my time coaching clients that there are five very distinct personality types that respond to diet and exercise cues in different ways,” explains Widerstrom.

The problem most people face, she adds, is that we tend to compare ourselves to others instead of focusing on ourselves. “We often look outside ourselves for answers, when the solution lies within each person,” she says. “I’m trying to give people the permission to see themselves as an asset and to use this information to elevate their own awareness.” She likens it to driving a car down a road with a big pothole. “The first time you hit it, you’re like, ‘Dang, that hurt my car!’ The next time you’re on that road, you know where that pothole is and how to avoid it.”

So if you know that dessert is your diet trigger, you can stock up on healthy alternatives rather than raiding the cookie jar after dinner, or if you get stuck with a big project at work, keep your gym bag in the car so you can hit the weights or running track after work. “All I’m asking is for people to identify who they are, so they know how to get past roadblocks that will undoubtedly come up,” says Widerstrom.

While the types are primarily identified through diet, you may also recognize certain workout patterns that you can follow. “If your workout isn’t in line with who you are and what you enjoy, you inherently won’t want to stick with it,” she notes. (Try Widerstrom’s “Jen Bod” program, in our special pull-out poster, for a workout we can all benefit from!)

See if you can identify your dominant personality type from the following list. Then structure your diet program to best avoid triggers that can set you off course, so you will be set up for success.

Your type: THE ORGANIZED DOER

WHO YOU ARE: A critical thinker who is results-oriented and highly organized and craves routine, rules, and planning.

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