20-Somethings - What Type of Weight Loss Person Are You? (Poll)
07-31-2013, 08:05 AM
I’ve been on 3FC for just over 2 years and I’ve seen lots of people come and go. In my time here I think I've become quite familiar with the types of people who are trying to lose weight. So I figured, just for fun, if you could identify with any of the categories of people I have observed over the years. Which one are you?
These categories are not meant to offend or demean anyone. These are all problems that everyone can face, the idea of the poll is for people to see that you are not alone! Accepting your flaws and recognising them is a key step in the process of improving yourself to become the person you want to be.
The Number Slave
You count calories of every single thing that enters your mouth
You weigh yourself once, possible more, each day.
The cons: Because of the obsessive behaviour with numbers and facts you tend to find yourself freaking the eff out if your scale doesn’t want to play nice with you.
You need someone to tell you exactly what you should eat every day. You tend to jump from one diet plan to the next in the hope that you will lose weight fast.
The cons: Diets will help you lose weight fast, but your fitness can suffer from restrictive eating causing a major stall or a complete crash. Dieter’s tend to yo-yo a lot.
You are an exercise MACHINE. You will exercise almost every single day and generally become a slave to the burn.
The cons: Generally tanks shape up and lose weight fast, but an uninformed Tanker in the art of nutrition can crash and burn and not see results on the scale.
You generally are awesome at losing weight…for a short period of time. After a string of successes you tend to relax on your exercise routine and throw all meal plans out the window. You literally treat yourself to good job well done.
The cons: While you may be a pro at losing weight, your attention span is short and your treats can set you back.
The Pit Stop Dweller:
You will lose weight, then something will happen that throws you off course. While taking a break in the pit stop you find yourself stuck – unable to get back into the race. Dwellers tend to stall for long periods of time (not to be confused with The Regainer)
The cons: While you might not be losing weight and maintaining, pit stop dwellers can suffer emotionally and feel stuck. They tend to take a long time getting back into a routine, they need an extra push from helpers to get them out of the pit and back into the game.
The Drastic Regainer:
Will lose weight successfully and enjoy a happy life at their goal weight then will regain it all back within a short period of madness.
The cons: Similar to the Pit Stop Dweller, Drastic Regainers suffer emotionally as they are unable to comprehend why they gained all their weight back.
07-31-2013, 08:07 AM
As for me, I'm a mixture of The Treater and the Pit Stop Dweller. Usually they follow one another in succession, I'll do well, treat myself, then dwell in maintenance for a LONG time. Currently coming up to a year of not losing weight.
07-31-2013, 08:37 AM
100% number slave!
07-31-2013, 09:34 AM
I'm definitely a combo of treater and pit stop dweller...Maintaining and fluctuating right now and trying so hard to get myself back on track, but it feels impossible! haha...
Song of Surly
07-31-2013, 09:57 AM
Pit stopper... As seen by the fact that I have been teetering at 188-189.5 for the past, oh, I don't know, FOUR MONTHS.
Nah really, it's cool. I'm "maintaining." :dz:
ETA: My goal is to totally be more like the tank. I have the potential, because I love exercise, but it's just so hard for me to find a routine again.
07-31-2013, 10:31 AM
I'm a combination of the pit-stop, tank, and treater. This is all very interesting haha. :)
07-31-2013, 10:34 AM
I'm totally a Number Slave trying to become a Tank.
These categories seem pretty spot on. So much for being a unique snowflake :p
07-31-2013, 10:50 AM
50% number slave, 50% pit stop dweller i'd say
07-31-2013, 11:06 AM
I like this :) though I don't know if any feel like me. Perhaps a combo of Number Slave/Tank??? But I don't weigh everyday and I don't really worry when the scale doesn't cooperate. And though I exercise a fair bit, I don't worry when I miss and I definitely focus on nutrition first and foremost for weight loss.
07-31-2013, 11:17 AM
For me it's kind of like this, Treater, Pit Stop and Drastic Regainer in a very close succession:
Treater - after I reach a certain weight, I might think that I'm done or that I deserve a treat -> which takes me to a Pit Stop, not being able to stop treating myself, cause..y'know, as long as I'm maintaining it's all good -> which takes me to lose control, overeat at slide into a Drastic Regain.
Ha, never realized it until know. You were spot on! :D
07-31-2013, 11:24 AM
I think I'm probably closest to The Pit Stop Dweller. I will do well with counting my calories and doing a good amount of exercise for a few weeks, then I maintain for a few weeks.
07-31-2013, 01:51 PM
I think I've been all of these, except the dieter, at some point. Right now I'm recovering from being the drastic regainer. I was a dweller for the better part of a year before becoming the regainer. I'm working my way back to being the number slave... it got me down 70 lbs before.
07-31-2013, 02:54 PM
The Pit Stop Dweller, totally.
07-31-2013, 03:03 PM
Treater and Pit Stop for me!
Number slave and a tank. In equal measure!
Completely obsessive compulsive.
07-31-2013, 03:09 PM
Generally I'm a Treater, then a Pit Stop Dweller, then a Drastic Regainer.
I'm trying to break that pattern this time by giving myself a small treat once a month, then going right back on plan.
I also do some form of exercise every day. Wouldn't consider myself a Tank, but hopefully I'm getting there.
07-31-2013, 03:19 PM
Treater and dieter for sure. I need to be told what to eat and I need someone to keep me on track, usually. I'm a slave to my college and don't necessarily always make the right choices because of time constraints and exercising also suffers greatly because of it. At least I'm not gaining :D
07-31-2013, 09:53 PM
So interesting to see the results! Seems like The Number Slave and The Treater are the most common in people losing weight.
08-01-2013, 12:37 AM
Number Slave describes me perfectly. I weigh or measure everything I eat, and all the calories I burn, and weigh myself every morning without fail.
I do exercise a fair amount, but to be fair, not enough to call myself a tank!
08-01-2013, 08:29 PM
I feel like I'm a tank and a treater. I'll exercise a lot for a period of time, but then my eating gets off track. And we all know that no matter how much you exercise, if your diet is bad, then all your hard work with exercising won't even show..
08-01-2013, 09:02 PM
I am a tank who regroups into a pit stop dweller and then usually back to tank mode. I can do rotations of that for a while (a year once before; but currently 18 months.) The problem is that after a few rounds of this I typically finish it off as a drastic regainer.
08-01-2013, 09:46 PM
I'm a scale queen, its so pathetic, even if i know I'm losing inches if i don't see it on the scale i feel like it doesn't exist. oh well the numbers will get there eventually lol.
Tank for sure im slways in the gym lifting and i feel bad when i have to take a rest day.. But my diet is irratic so while i am building muscle its hidden under my lard
08-04-2013, 06:34 AM
Defo a combination of the number slave and the treater.
I weigh myself alot and tend to treat myself on a job well done.
08-04-2013, 07:22 AM
Wow, it's crazy how these resonate! At the moment I am living my life in the pit stop! The other ones I identify with are definitely Treater and Number Slave. Number Slave is for when I'm super intensely into what I "should" be doing - and then when I do well for a while I end up getting to Treater phase...and back into Number Slave...but I do let things derail me and use them as an excuse! I guess I should just be grateful that I generally maintain, within 5 pounds or so, in these periods.
08-04-2013, 01:41 PM
Number slave all the way!
08-04-2013, 04:36 PM
I'm a combo. Start off as a number slave, treat myself when the numbers are good, then get frustrated with no progress and maintain for awhile lol. Number slave/treater/pit stop dweller
08-05-2013, 03:39 PM
~~Hi Riestrella!~~ Its good to see a familiar face. :) I dont know if you rmember me but i love your bikini challenges! Also I am
I am definetly a combination of four of these.
The Number Slave- When I am on plan this is who I am.
The Treater- when I lose and start to feel more confident I start becoming a weekend treater.
The Pit Stop Dweller- After being the treater for a while sometimes I bounce back to the "Number slave" with 1 or a few weeks or like this last time 1 1/2 years.
The Drastic Regainer- then after being a treater and Pit stop dweller. I get a case of the "whatevers" and balloon back up. for ex: this last time started at 255 then got down to 201 in about 8 months. then maintained with treating and counting for about a year. and the last 6 months i balooned back up to 240.
You know this was pretty therapeutic to analyze my habits! thanks riestrella!
08-05-2013, 04:46 PM
I'd say I'm a mix between the number slave, the tank, and the pit stop dweller. When I'm really on top of things I count calories on my app like it's my job and I refuse to skip workouts (unless I have a good excuse not to). Just put myself in the pit stop dweller group due to my last year, though. For me, it's all about my environment. While my roommates 2 years ago were super supportive and loved living healthy lifestyles, my roommates from the last school year were very lax.
08-06-2013, 03:38 PM
I'm totally The Treater. It's actually very easy for me to lose weight... but when I see the numbers go down on the scale, I get a false sense of security and think it's okay to have an extra serving, it'll come off again in no time. I seem to self-sabotage myself.
08-06-2013, 05:12 PM
I am totally a pit stop dweller and a number slave. When I'm focused on getting healthy, I weigh myself constantly and if I could count the caloric content in air, I would.
08-06-2013, 05:28 PM
Absolutely a treater and a number slave. I just bounce between the two a lot.
08-06-2013, 07:16 PM
I'm with lovelyleah. I just spent a full week "treating" myself for making it a year on plan. Probably could have done without the water weight set back, but I'm going with "yay" I'm back on plan!
08-06-2013, 07:38 PM
Totally a Numbers Slave. My hubby and family are proud of me but they poke fun all the time. Before I eat anything that's in front of me I will add it to My Fitness Pal and always do my best to over guestimate. One day I forgot my phone and while out at a restaurant had a mini panic attack because I couldn't add the meal into my phone. :D
08-08-2013, 10:26 AM
100% number slave! Tracking my diet, exercise, water consumption then obsessing over scale numbers! Sigh...