How Much Do You Know About Fitness & Nutrition?
Take our quiz based on our blog articles, daily Twitter & Facebook health tips and see where you stand. Good luck!
How Did You Do?
90 to 100%- You are a solid all round expert in all things related to health and fitness. Good job!
70 to 89%- You know your stuff, but could do with a little brushing up here and there.
50% to 69%- You passed, but just barely. Still have some catching up to do.
49% or less- You didn’t pass, but don’t despair, keep reading our blogs and articles and be sure to follow Kevin on Twitter @BATMANNYC for daily fitness updates and you’ll be up to scratch in no time!
1. Regardless of gender the hardest place to lose body fat is the abdominal area.
False. Research finds that fat in the femoral (leg) region is the hardest to be mobilized in both men and women. See our article on Differences In How Men & Women Lose Fat.
2. Skin fold caliper body fat tests always give an accurate assessment of how much fat you have lost.
False. If you are building muscle, the increased lean tissue compresses the spaces between fat cells so the total amount of fat in any muscular part of the body may remain the same but occupy less space because of the increase in muscle size. Consequently, skin fold calipers would detect a decrease in subcutaneous fat while more accurate MRI, CAT or DEXA scan would show no changes. See my article on Why Men & Women Lose Fat Differently.
3. Being overweight always means an increased risk of metabolic type diseases such as diabetes and heart disease.
False. Several studies have shown that there are subgroups of individuals who are significantly overweight but who do not display any predispositions towards metabolic disease. See our article Why People Store Fat Differently for the answer and much more!
4. Women who have high levels of the stress hormone cortisol tend to store fat very much the same way that men do.
True. Women with sustained high blood levels of cortisol tend to exhibit signs of android obesity- storing fat in the abdominal and trunk area. See our article Why People Store Fat Differently and Does Stress Cause Us To Gain Weight
5. Research shows that those who consciously try to eat less will tend to eat more during periods of high stress.
True. Studies show that those who eat as they please with little in the way of restrictions tend to eat less under periods of stress while those dieting and restricting their calorie intake tend to eat more. See my article Stress & Overeating
6. People who restrict their calories on average eat less than those who eat whatever they wish without restrictions.
False. Studies show that over time those who restrict their calories inevitably binge- and in so doing tend to eat as much if not more than those who eat what they like over time. See our article on Stress & Overeating for this and more!
7. Artificially sweetened foods and drinks are not as addictive as items with real sugar or high fructose corn syrup.
False. Artificially sweetened foods trigger the reward system in the human brains in the same way that regularly sweetened foods do. See our article Can Foods Be Addictive?
8. The more ingredients a food product has the more likely it is to be addictive.
True. Studies point to the increased number of ingredients in processed foods as a significant factor in the likelihood of their stimulating the reward system and making some individuals more prone to overeating them. See my article Can Foods Be Addictive?
9. McDonald’s French fries have less ingredients McDonald’s Chicken McNuggets.
True. McDonald’s French fries have 9 ingredients while their Chicken McNuggets have a whooping 27 ingredients! See my article Can Foods Be Addictive?
10. Drinking alcohol after a workout doesn’t do much to your body.
False. The worst time to drink is after a workout as it significantly suppresses testosterone levels- which can neutralize any gains you could have made from your workout. See our article Alcohol and Exercise- A Bad Combination.
11. The French have lower rates of heart disease than their American counterparts because of their wine consumption.
False. Studies show that the French eat smaller portions, consume more fresh fruit and vegetables, don’t snack between meals, have a diet relatively free of trans fats, don’t eat as much processed foods and eat far more seafood than Americans do. These factors- not wine drinking account for the decreased rates of heart disease. See my article Alcohol & Exercise- A Bad Combination
12. When you stop training you start losing muscle strength in as little as 7 days.
False. No muscle strength is lost in 7 days, in fact you may be stronger after resting your muscles for 7 days. See our Article on What Happens When You Stop Training.
13. People in several other countries spend a lesser percentage on food than we do here in the United States.
False. Americans spend less than 10% of their income on food- which is far less than what is spent in other developed countries. Europeans spend 15-17% of their income in food, the Japanese spend 20% and people in poorer countries spend 50% to as much as 70% of their income on food. Read The Economics of Obesity for this and more.
14. Lucky Charms cereal was not endorsed with a heart friendly stamp of approval by the American Heart Association.
True. Before yielding to protests from consumer groups, Lucky Charms and Cocoa Puffs had the American Heart Association stamp of approval. All the more reason to be very wary of food products with health claims. Read more in my article on Why The Food Industry Needs You to Overeat.
15. Eating late at night makes you gain weight.
False. While people who eat late at night tend to overeat high calorie foods which can make you gain weight the time of day you eat does not matter. What matters is the amount of calories you consume for the day. Eat more than your body can use at any time of the day and you will gain weight over time. Read my article on Understanding Night Eating and Understanding Calories for more information.
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Kevin Richardson is an award winning fitness writer, a natural bodybuilding champion, one of the most sought after personal trainers in New York City and the creator of Naturally Intense High Intensity Training. His personal training service is the 2012 winner of the Best of Manhattan Awards for Personal Training and if you need help losing weight or getting into cover model shape, give Kevin and his team a call at 1-800-798-8420.