It occurred to me last night when I couldn’t sleep that I have many friends who all have different approaches to dieting and I was thinking back over the years how my views and experiences of diets have changed. I thought I would put together this, hopefully amusing, definition of the different dieters there are, and how to spot them! Which dieter are you?

group ladies all different sizes

The Weekday Dieter

Whichever diet he/she is following it only ever happens during the week, at the weekend it is just never going to happen.

The weekday dieter will sometimes lose weight like this and other times they won’t but it will never be the fault of the wine or take away!

Shopping list

The Latest Thing Dieter

Whatever the latest craze is with diets they have tried it, if you want the lowdown on what any diet involves this is the person to ask. They have tried cabbage soup for a week, baby food, no carbs, blood type diet, you name it they have tried it.

The latest thing dieter has a bookshelf full of recipe books for each diet they have tried, most looking rather new but they won’t throw them away, you know, just in case! We all know these crash diets rarely work!

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Person standing on bathroom scale, low section

The Counter

This dieter loves the strictness of a diet that involves counting be it points, calories or grams of protein.

He/she will often be found checking the nutritional information of items in the supermarket and will panic at the thought of eating out! Do you even know how many calories you need to lose weight?

plum and quinoa salad

The Sneaky eater

If you didn’t see them eat it then it shouldn’t count on the scales. The sneaky dieter will be really good at sticking to their diet until one of the children leaves some food on their plate. They often spot a bargain at the supermarket to eat in the car on the way home!

The Sneaky dieter will be upset when they don’t get the result they want on the scales until they sit and think about those extra sneaky bits! Did they eat lots of sneaky crusts from the kids? All those extra syns count!


The Lone Dieter

He/she is eating differently to their family and this makes things hard. In the supermarket, they are buying small packs of everything and buy individual fruit and vegetables rather than packs.

Often spotted glaring at their partner in the supermarket who is adding crisps and cakes to the trolley full of shopping! Meals made in minutes are important to this dieter who is busy making all the different meals every evening.

blueberry yoghurt

The “It Will Fit” panic diet

This is someone who is happy with their size most of the year. However a short time before a big event the “It will fit” dieter buys an outfit in the next size down. This is always in order to slim into it for that family party.

The “It will fit” dieter will often be seen buying all the healthy foods in the supermarket but looking longingly at the foods they were buying last week before they bought that outfit!

lady in her wardrobe

The Celebrity Follower

If the celebrities are eating it then so is he/she. When a celebrity swears by yoga then this dieter will try it. If it sounds horrible but a good-looking celebrity is said to be eating it then this will give it a go.

In a supermarket, you will find the celebrity dieter picking up the latest magazines full of celebrity gossip. Alternatively, they are asking an assistant where something is that even the assistant has probably never heard of! Their Amazon account will be full of celebrity diet DVDs and books.

lady reading on the beach in the sun wearing wide brimmed hat

The Healthy Wine Dieter

This is someone who has a really healthy diet but there is always those few bottles of wine in the trolley too. This dieter won’t be binging on chocolate or crisps because they would rather save their points/syns/calories for a few glasses of wine!

You will find the Healthy Wine Dieter near the latest low-calorie wine in the supermarket or buy some diet lemonade to add to their wine to make it go further!

bottle of red wine

The Healthy Eater

This is someone who looks at all the above dieters and remembers a time when that was them but this week they are just determined to be good.

The Healthy Eater has a balanced mixture of foods in their trolley this week. They are determined this is the way they will continue. The reality is they could easily revert to one of the other dieters again next week!

mushroom pate

Which dieter are you now? Have you been any of the others?

I think I have been most of them at some point! Leave me a comment to let me know what you think! Have I missed anyone?

To read all my posts with tips and experiences of various diets, exercises and lots more check out my comprehensive Weight Loss section.

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  1. Hahaha this was a really great article! When it comes to dieting, I definitely think I’m a mix of “the Counter”, “the Panic Dieter”, and “the Lone Dieter”.
    Though I think the Lone Dieter is the one I actually relate with the most. For about 4 years I’ve been trying to lead a more healthy lifestyle by eating more plant-based (vegetarian with the goal of becoming vegan eventually). That has been harder for me, because none of my friends or family are interested in plant-based diets. Sometimes they even try to tempt me to break my diet! One of the main challenges I’ve faced too was feeling hungrier on a plant-based diet.
    Dieting is definitely a tough feat so I wish to cheer on and encourage anyone who is trying their best! Especially those who don’t have as much of a support system.