INTJ Weight Loss – success and failure

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INTJ Weight Loss – success and failure

I discuss an INTJ approach to weight loss, how it can work wonderfully well, and how it can get away from you.

Orville & Willpower – The “Right Brothers” (Based on my talk at the first DWLZ conference):

Al’s Weight Loss Journal

Dotti’s Weight Loss Corner

Dotti’s Weight Loss Zone


clown hipp says:

If u are gone, i will miss ur voice and advice…

leavemealone2006 says:

I think truly permanent weight management is based on sustainable habits. I have lost and controlled weight by counting calories, but that requires commitment and focus. Like you said in the video, various life circumstances can shift our priorities thus disrupting our commitment and focus.

There are certain life habits we all have that we maintain even when our life throws us curveballs. Brushing our teeth is a great example. Even during radical changes in our lives, we still brush our teeth. If we can build a habit not of counting calories, but of participating in a simple exercise activity every day even for only a few minutes, we will be more resilient to changes in our exercise. If we could develop a life habit of following some very simple rule that helps us restrict our eating (a rule simple enough to not require much mental energy), perhaps we would maintain healthy eating even during trying times. My dad would always skip lunch and read something instead, and this helped him to maintain weight.

As INTJs, I guess we have problems with being in the grip and binge eating. I definitely do. Perhaps we need to use our Te and plan our physical environment to make it difficult to binge eat.

Svet U says:

This guy is talking so slow and so many tangent stories. The story begins more than halfway through.

silicon212 says:

I think being overweight as an INTJ is an 'in the grip' type thing – when you're stressed, you can eat less or more (inferior SE demon rearing its head). I've been up and down through life, it wasn't until I was 22 before I was able to weigh more than 165 lbs (ecto body frame – 6'3"). However, a switch flipped and I wound up weighing 240 lbs before age 26. This continued throughout my 20s, it was when I was 30 that I was able to lose. During this time frame, I was dealing with a lot of stress, also going through what I call my apathy phase (Fi developing).

Once I noticed I was losing some weight after starting taking long walks, I kept up on it and was able to get myself down to 190 (looking much like I did at 165, with more muscle). Then, a bunch of stuff happened again and by 2012 I was back up, heavier than ever topping out at 275. At that point I decided to try walking again along with some moderation of what I ate, and by 2014 I was back down to 190. I'm up around 230 right now, starting to walk again. We shall see!

PeterPan3000 says:

Which period of time in your life was the most disturbing and which was the most exciting? Sry for off-T

ÄdverseÆffect says:

Hi Al, I am a fellow INTJ who has lost over 30 lbs by restructuring my relationship to food. I eat two meals per day, snack rarely, don’t suffer cravings or count calories and feel better in every aspect of health and wellness. More on that in a bit…

[ Disclaimer: I am not a medical doctor, nutritionist, biologist…etc etc, so do your own research. ]

For INTJs, it is noted that inferior Extroverted Sensing may be the culprit for food or substance problems. The good news is Introverted iNtuition is a great source for willpower with which the mind can control itself and the body and thus overcome this challenge.

The factor leading to your initial success may also have caused the failure. A point-based diet requiring documenting caloric intake combined with timely weigh-ins, to track performance over the duration may appeal to an analytical INTJ but it has flaws. For that diet to work you must sustain routine detailed data gathering. INTJs like data analysis, however not repetitive sensory documentation. As soon as a distraction presents itself, priorities shift and the process suffers thus bringing back the pounds because the diet was about the data and not the feeling of being utterly repulsed by the wrong food choices.

Another approach is to NOT think of the process a “diet” but rather a lifestyle, determined by biology. I used to eat carbohydrates with nearly each of three meals per day. My hunger was ravenous and I had to snack. As the weight gained, I tried switching to eating six small balanced meals per day, a popular recommendation at the time; and I kept my caloric intake down. At first I lost weight but with that frequency of meals it built insulin resistance, produced hunger and I gained more than before. The solution was to convince myself (Ni willpower) that “I am a predatory species and should not eat as a ruminant does: the ruminant is my food.” Predators don’t graze all day, they fill up on the fat and protein of the animals that do graze, then they rest and prepare to sprint for the next meal later on. Humans have more of a carnivore’s digestive system, so we cannot use the grain and sugar industry’s food pyramid as a guideline.

In my personal experience a Ketogenic diet/lifestyle (high fat, moderate protein and vegetables but strictly low carb) easily satiates the stomach on smaller portions, provides required nutrition, burns stored fat off the body, enables easy intermittent fasting between meals keeping hunger and insulin at bay, plus MANY MANY more benefits.

Keto can work for ESTPs too, provided they can control their notorious sweet tooths.

I would be happy to have a direct conversation with you if you would like more info: let me know via reply.

Hope this helps. Thanks for the great videos!

Kevin Fuk The Token Evil Teammate says:

Defense Mechanism

Maxwell J says:

Might seem strange (this question): do you think it was worthy stop smoking? I ask this with the health risk X pleasure equation in mind. Were you a Heavy smoker or a relaxed one?

chocoboasylum says:

I've done this as well. Had been overweight all my life and at 37'ish I just started walking a lot and eating less and I lost almost 40 pounds in a year. Maintained it for about a year after. Then my attention just went elsewhere. I'm probably going to 'just start' again soon tho as I'm tired of having slipped up. I haven't gained all of it back. About half, actually.

Mutant Macrophage says:

lol… the website you took a screenshot of at 4:38 seems to understand how to properly lose weight by using biochemistry – and by knowing what causes obesity in the first place, yet your video makes it sound as if this had nothing to do with your weight loss, and you used weight watchers which is useless.
This is poison advice considering how heavily politicized the science of weight loss is – Dotti's Weight Loss Zone (4:38) promotes the correct way to understand obesity and lose weight. You both directly and indirectly promote the wrong, but popular (and government-approved) way. Only one of these methods can be correct; they are in direct opposition to each other.
You either eat a high carb diet to follow the gov't guidelines/weight watcher's 'calories-in, calories-out' nonsense, or you read about Atkins/low-carb paleo/ketogenic diets, learn some biochemistry and eat a high fat diet to fix the actual source of obesity.
You can't eat a high carb and a high fat diet at the same time. Besides, excessive consumption of one of these macronutrients will make you vulnerable to the diseases of civilization, the other will not.

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