We talked it over with Katie Lambert, a dietician with Barnes-Jewish Hospital.
*Junk Food Eater: You`re someone who craves anything salty, crunchy, or sweet. You also struggle to control snacks and desserts.
The bad: Chips and candy bars
The good: Popcorn, nuts and dried apricots, a Special K protein drink or a Luna Bar
*Food Lover: You`re someone who overeats in social situations like parties. You prefer large variety of health foods, and struggle with portion control. --Consider plans with volume, meaning lots of water and air in the foods you choose.
The bad: An extra-large Cobb salad with all the toppings
The good: Portioned out carrots, celery with some hummus, and an appropriately portioned salad.
*Emotional Eater: You eat when you`re stressed or worried, and struggle to stay in control and not overeat when faced with food.
The bad: Ben and Jerry's ice cream, cake, and cookies
The good: Using things like a Fitbit Flex, a food log, and some apps to keep track like Lose It! and MyFitnessPal
*Mindless Muncher: You`re someone who is always eating, and grazing through the day and night. You often eat without thinking about what you really want, or if you`re even hungry.
The bad: Chips in a large bowl
The good: Chips in a smaller bowl, 100 calorie packs, and a pre-portioned meal like a Healthy Choice meal.
*And always remember no matter what plan you`re using, exercising is also important.