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DIET TYPES: FROM CUTTERS, SWITCHERS TO IN BETWEEN : TYPE A:.

Question: Which would you choose:

A. A full serving of an exotic fruit.

B. A half serving of your favorite pie.

C. A full serving of ``light'' pie: more fruit, less crust.

Answer: There isn't any. What works is whatever works for you. The ``wrong'' answer is somebody else's diet dogma. If you fail at calorie coping, maybe you're Type A on a Type B diet. To find your ``type,'' read on:

The Alternative-Seeker would rather switch than fight. Not a compromiser, this type prefers a different dish, rather than settle for a lesser amount. Type A accepts no substitutes . . .and doesn't believe half a loaf (or slice or serving), is better than none. Your're a Type A candidate if you're adventuresome, concerned about quality and willing to try something new. Especially the last: you can't find alternatives if you're not willing to experiment.

Advantages and disadvantages:

The U.S. Department of Agriculture lists more than 2,000 basic foods. If half are fattening and familiar, that leaves 1,000 less fattening, less familiar foods to explore. And therein lies the main disadvantage: it takes effort to make every meal an adventure.

Type B:

The Best, But Less, would rather do without or do with less than settle for something else . . . no matter how close it comes to the ``real thing.'' Call it what you will, it's not the real thing and a sackful of substitutes or an arm load of alternatives, will leave this type just as hungry. What Type B lacks in flexibility is made up for in will power. Or more appropriately, ``won't power!'' Type Bs have the marvelous ability to segregate quality from quantity; in other words, a taste is as good as a plateful. Type Bs can ``eat just one.'' If you don't believe that the word ``peanut'' can be singular, you're not a candidate for Type B. But if you're self-disciplined, uncompromising, nonexperimental and blessed with a moderate appetite, Type B can work for you.

Advantages and disadvantages:

Cutting consumption in half negates the need for calorie counting. It simplifies dining in and dining out: you eat whatever you like, only less. That's also the disadvantage: Type B doesn't work if you have a hearty appetite or if your idea of ``the best'' runs to junk food. A 50 percent discount on nourishment can lead to nutritional deficiencies.

Type C:

The Compromiser wants what he wants and all of it . . . but he'll cut corners and shave points to get it. ``Close'' is good enough. This type would rather have ``light'' beer than less beer or no beer. The Compromiser does not see himself as a person of lowered standards, but rather a resourceful bargain-hunter who can ferret out the taste-alike at lower caloric cost. In fact, he doesn't enjoy ice cream, knowing that a low-fat sugar-free version is available at half price, calorically speaking. You're a compromiser - if you're resourceful, inventive and skilled at psyching yourself into happy acceptance.

Advantages and disadvantages:

The Compromiser never needs to suffer deprivation, hunger or the trauma of being totally uprooted from familiar foods, so long as low-calorie versions are available, either homemade or purchased. Shopping and cooking will be troublesome, however, unless the Compromiser can psych himself into viewing it as a creative challenge. What's really tough? Eating out.

One facet all three types have in common is the ability to cut calories while continuing to find enjoyment in their meals.
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