The Key to New Year's Diet Success?

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The Key to New Year's Diet Success?

Read on to learn how to stick with your New Year's diet.

Scientists from Oxford and Cambridge University observed the eating habits of 75 overweight volunteers.

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The scientists divided the subjects into three different categories.

Feasters tend to produce less of a hormone to tell them when they are full, which causes them to eat more.

Constant Cravers have "hungry genes" that make them feel hungry constantly.

Emotional Eaters tend to eat in response to negative emotions like stress.

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After they identified each group, the researchers created separate diets for each category.

‘Feasters’ were given a diet full of high-protein foods such as meat and fish and void of carbohydrates like bread and potatoes, while the ‘constant cravers’ were put on diet consisting of no more than 800 calories for two days per week. They could eat what they wanted for the other five days of the week. ‘Emotional eaters’ were put in classes similar to Weight Watchers, to put them in a socially supportive environment.

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The findings of this experiment will be aired on BBC2 on January 12.

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It can be really difficult to stick with a new diet, particularly one that starts after the New Year when the momentum you've built up from eating all of that great holiday food abruptly comes to a halt.

However, new research suggests that gaining a better understanding of your relationship to food could be a big help in diet success. Researchers at Oxford and Cambridge worked with 75 overweight volunteers to come up with three categories of eaters, and found that the key to staying slim depends on which type you are.

Check out the slideshow above to learn the trick to sticking with your New Year's diet, according to a new study.

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