Personality Type Diet Review

Diet Review

By George Pierce
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Dr. Kushner's Personality Type Diet is based on helping you discover what is holding you back from losing weight and then helping you to overcome these challenges.  In other words, are you not losing weight because you have a bad attitude towards exercise, or perhaps your self esteem is low, or maybe you are a procrastinator, or some other reason?

Robert Kushner, MD, is considered to be an obesity expert.   He is the medical director for the Center For Lifestyle Medicine located at Northwestern University Medical Faculty Foundation in Chicago, Illinois.  He and his wife Nancy, an RN, wrote the diet book.

How Does The Personality Type Diet Work?

You begin by answering 66 questions.  These questions are primarily about your feelings towards food and eating and your eating habits and exercise.  

Your answers will help you to determine what your personality type is.   You may be a 'no time to exercise protester' or a 'night time nibbler'.  One your personality is revealed, the diet book will help you with advice and tips for improving your exercise and eating habits.  Each personality type has specific easy to follow suggestions and tips to help you to succeed.  The diet is a 4 week plan that helps you to make lifestyle changes which allow you to continue the diet for long term weight loss.  The diet is meant to be a lifetime program.  

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What You Can Eat:


High fiber whole grains which will help you feel satisfied.


Colorful fruits and veggies.  Healthy and more fiber to keep you feeling full.


Lean fish and poultry and some red meat.  Dairy is allowed, but non fat or low fat is preferred. Beans and cholesterol free egg substitutes or egg whites.

Desserts and snacks:

Low fat, reduced fat, or fat free are allowed.


Allowed , but in moderation.  


Sample Meal Plan - Reminder:  this diet is designed to fit you and your personality, so this is just an example.


Waffles, Bacon & Fruit 

2 whole grain toaster style waffles 
2 tbsp reduced-calorie syrup 
2 tsp light margarine 

2 slices turkey bacon 

1 small banana or ½ large 

8 oz. water 

348 calories 

On the Go: Wendy's 

Wendy’s Grilled Chicken Sandwich 

1 small diet soda 

1 small peach (pack with you) 

16 oz. water 

338 calories 

Salmon & Roasted Veggies 

6 oz. baked salmon with fresh squeezed lemon and chopped dill

Squeeze ½ lemon over salmon and sprinkle with fresh dill. Cook salmon in aluminum foil at 350 degrees until fish flakes easily with a fork, about 15 minutes. 

Roasted Veggies:
Spray a baking dish with non-stick cooking spray. Place 5 spears of asparagus, 1 sliced yellow squash & 1 minced garlic clove in the dish and drizzle with 1 tsp olive oil. Bake with salmon, putting veggies in first for about 25-30 minutes or until easily pierced with a knife. 

16 oz. water 

431 calories

10 baby carrots
½ red bell pepper, sliced
2 celery stalks

4 tbsp humus 

3 Ry-Crisp crackers 

8 oz. water 

260 calories

1 cinnamon graham cracker sheet spread with 1 tbsp light cream cheese & topped with ½ C sliced strawberries 

8 oz. water

88 calories

Reviews, recommendations, complaints?

5 stars

The Personality Type Diet has had successful trials at Northwestern Memorial Hospital's Wellness Institute in Chicago.  

Yvette Quantz, RD, a sports and lifestyle nutritionist at Food Therapy, LLC in Lafayette, La. when asked about the negatives of this diet, "It's hard to come up with any negatives for this diet," says Quantz. "I guess if you are looking for a quick fix type of diet, or if you really don't have the time or inclination to shop and prepare meals at home, it could be hard for some people. Others just may not be ready for the effort it takes to change behaviors and lifestyle choices."

According to Everyday Health, "If you want a weight-loss program for a lifetime, the Personality Type Diet is a good place to start.

Only 14 reviews at Amazon at the the time of the post, but all are 5 stars.  I searched for 'negatives' and 'complaints' and I am pleased to report that I came up empty.


Exercise is suggested.  Tips for your exercise plan are included.

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Level of Difficulty:

Medium:  This diet might be a bit easier and more effective than some diets, because it targets your food personality type.


There are no meetings.  You can find support online, our list of 22 online forums and communities may help.


Your cost should stay the same.


Recipes and tips regarding cooking and shopping are included.  No one food or food group is forbidden.  You can eat everything but in moderation. 


Vegan or Vegetarian?

Although this diet is not a vegan or vegetarian diet, it does focus on fruits and vegetables and could be adapted to either.

Gluten Free?

This is not a gluten free diet but can be adapted, simply check your labels.


Lose weight
Look and feel better
Look and feel younger
Healthy eating
Includes exercise
Every one is different, most of us adapt a diet to fit our needs over time, Dr. Kushner helps create your diet to fit you from day one.
No foods are prohibited.
Structure, yet flexible
Should help you to lower cholesterol, blood pressure, and your risk of heart disease.
Helps you to change your habits and behavior which can mean life long weight loss.
A sensible approach to eating, nutrition and exercise.


Meal Planning
Food Preparation
No pre-packaged meals, which is good but may be a problem for some.



Research has proved what we already know and that is that diet alone is not going to work.  For a diet to work, factors such as behavioral changes and self esteem are necessary for success.  Dr. Kushner's diet helps you with these factors before you even begin.  The diet works for both short term and long term.  I give this diet two thumbs up and strongly suggest that you add it to your list of weight loss options.  

Thank you for reading, my friends.  I wish you success on your weight loss journey.

Kind regards,
George Pierce
Founder Win At Losing Weight

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