Sticking to a healthy eating regime can always be challenging for even the most targeted and focused dieters, especially when the pressures of social eating and drinking come into play.
But a new study has revealed that a particular personality trait can make you more inclined to eat healthy and stick to a particular diet – and it's not about dissolution or willpower.
A positive mental attitude is the key to finding nutritious food and strictly adhering to a healthy diet, researchers at the University of East Anglia (UEA) in the UK have found.
The new study showed that people with a positive attitude are more likely to eat healthy, as they are motivated to pursue "positive results" in terms of their health and fitness and are also more likely to follow the advice of people who can Lead them to meet their goals as doctors, personal trainers, and industry experts.
"Consumers are likely to receive nutritional advice from multiple sources in their daily lives," said lead author Kishore Pillai, a professor of retail and marketing at the UEA's Norwich Business School.
Prof Pillai continued to explain that people with the personality trait of a tendency to think positively in their daily lives have a "promotional focus" on achieving their goals.
Essentially, this means that if you have a positive mental attitude, you are more likely to proactively purse new goals and achievements rather than focusing on just preventing negative results and maintaining the status quo. For example, a person who has a promotion focus will actively work toward the goal of losing weight, as opposed to a person who just wants to focus on not gaining weight.
"The higher levels of promotion-oriented consumers will lead to greater commitment to nutrition to improve their well-being," Prof Pillai added. "While both promotional and prevention-focused people will be motivated to maintain good health, the former are more likely to use approach strategies such as nutritional engagement."