Weight Loss Quiz: How much do you know about weight loss?

Reaching and maintaining a healthy weight is important for your overall health because if you are overweight or obese, you are at higher risk of developing serious health problems, including heart disease, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes and certain cancers. Let’s see how much you know and understand about weight loss.

1. To lose weight, which is most important?

Diet or Aerobic Exercise

2. How much weight loss is a safe and reasonable goal?

A. One to two pounds a week

B. Four pound a week

C. Five pounds a week

E. More than five pounds a week

3. Which carbohydrates should you avoid when trying to lose weight?

A. All carbohydrates

B. As many carbohydrates as possible

C. Carbohydrates in processed foods

4. What is “metabolism?”

A. The rate at which you burn calories

B. The rate at which you consume calories

C. The process your body uses to convert what you eat into energy

D. None of the above

5. What is your metabolic rate?

A. How quickly your body burns off calories

B. How quickly your body consumes calories

C. None of the above

6. The more muscle and less fat you have, the higher your metabolic rate.

True or False

7. Eating fewer than 1,200 calories per day makes your metabolic rate:

A. Speed up

B. Slow down

C. Stay the same

D. None of the above

Lets see how you did!

 

1. To lose weight, which is most important?

Diet or Aerobic Exercise

In my opinion diet is most important! Don’t get me wrong engaging in regular cardiovascular exercise is important to your health and weight management, but if you are trying to lose body fat diet is key! Look at the example below.

Calories Cardio Burns:

Jogging on treadmill at moderate speed burns about 5 calories per minute.

30 mins on treadmill = 150 calories burned 

1 hour on treadmill = 300 calories burned

Caloric Energy of Pizza:

1 slice Large Dominos Pepperoni Feast (Extra pepperoni and cheese) =

400 calories consumed

2 slices Large Dominos Pepperoni Feast (Extra pepperoni and cheese) =

800 calories consumed

To completely burn off two slices of pizza through exercise you would have to jog for almost 3 hours on the treadmill and who has time for that!

2. How much weight loss is a safe and reasonable goal?

A. One to two pounds a week

B. Four pound a week

C. Five pounds a week

E. More than five pounds a week

According to MayoClinic.com, it’s best to aim for losing 1 to 2 pounds (0.5 to 1 kilogram) a week. To do that you need to burn 500 to 1,000 calories more than you consume each day, through reducing your caloric intake and regular exercise.

3. Which carbohydrates should you avoid when trying to lose weight?

A. All carbohydrates

B. As many carbohydrates as possible

C. Carbohydrates in processed foods

Your body needs carbohydrates to function properly; it is your body’s main source of energy. 
It’s healthiest to consume carbs from whole grains, fruits, and veggies, while avoiding carbs from processed foods.

 

4. What is “metabolism?”

A. The rate at which you burn calories

B. The rate at which you consume calories

C. The process your body uses to convert what you eat into energy

D. None of the above

“Metabolism” refers to the process your body uses to convert what you eat into energy. Even when your body is at rest it needs energy for breathing, digestion, the building of muscle or circulation of blood.

 

5. What is your metabolic rate?

A. How quickly your body burns off calories

B. How quickly your body consumes calories

C. None of the above

Your metabolic rate is how quickly your body burns off calories at rest.

6. The more muscle and less fat you have, the higher your metabolic rate.

True or False

Your metabolic rate is strongly influenced by your body composition. People with more muscle and less fat generally have a faster metabolic rate, while people with more fat and less muscle generally have a slower metabolic rate.

7. Eating fewer than 1,200 calories per day makes your metabolic rate:

A. Speed up

B. Slow down

C. Stay the same

D. None of the above

If you eat less than 1,200 calories per day you are likely to end up with a slower metabolic rate, which can make it more difficult to burn calories and lose weight. In addition waiting too long between meals to eat can slow your metabolic rate. That is why it is sometimes recommended to consume small healthy meals or snacks every 2 to 3 hours.

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