How much do you know about health and fitness?
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 tried and true expert in all things related to health and fitness.
70 to 89%- You know your stuff, but could do with a little brushing up on your diet and exercise knowledge.
50% to 69%- You passed, but just barely. Lot’s of 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 for daily fitness updates and you’ll be up to scratch in no time!
1. Someone who is overweight has a slower metabolism than someone with a healthy body weight.
False- The heavier you are the faster your metabolism will be- read more here
2. An apple really has 70,000 calories.
True. Strictly speaking an apple has 70,000 calories- since the energy content of food is measured in kilocalories which is one thousand calories. Confused? Read my article on understanding calories here.
3. If you follow a proper diet you can lose 10 lbs of fat in 1 week.
False- it’s mathematically impossible if you are eating any food at all to lose that much fat in a week given the fact that you need to expend 36000 kcals for every 1 pound of fat. Read more here.
4. As little as 40 kilocalories over your daily energy requirements can lead to a weight gain of over 40 lbs in ten years.
Sad but true. A small intake over what your body really needs creates the silent, cumulative weight gain that seems to sneak up on you over the years – read more here.
5. Regular Snapple juices have less sugar than Coca Cola
False. Regular Snapple drinks have more sugar than an equal amount of Coca Cola even though it is marketed as a healthier alternative to sodas. Check out Kevin’s Twitter and Facebook updates for daily health tips!
6. When eating at a restaurant anything labeled ‘Crispy’ is fine to eat as a healthier choice.
False. The word ‘crispy’ is code for fried. Read more in our guide to healthy restaurant eating here.
7. Oats contain gluten.
False, pure oats do not contain gluten proteins. Read more on oats and gluten here.
8. Cane sugar is healthier than corn syrup.
False, several notable health organizations have affirmed that there is no distinction that should be made between the two in terms of health risk when consumption is immoderate. Read more here.
9. Weight training can’t protect you from bone loss over time.
False. It does and you can read more about the mechanisms of increasing bone density through resistance exercise here.
10. Feeling guilty after eating junk food can help you not eat it again.
False. The more you think about a food you ate the more likely you are to continue eating it. Read more about how guilt can sabotage your diet here.
11. Multi-vitamins have been conclusively proven to make you healthier.
False. Every study on the matter has found no health benefit to those without significant vitamin deficiencies (which contrary to popular belief if almost non-existent in developed countries). Read more about it here.
12. Soil today has 50% less of the nutrients it had 50 years ago and so do the fruits and vegetables grown in them.
False. While there is some reduction in soil nutrients over time, the amounts found in produce isn’t significantly lower, nor does it justify the use of vitamin supplementation. Read more here.
13. When you buy fruits and vegetables the growers get get as much as 50-60% of the profits.
False. Farmers get as little as 4% of the profit at times for produce- a figure that is far higher for those who raise animal stocks. That’s one of the reasons fruits and vegetables aren’t promoted as much as meat and high profit junk foods- the profit margins are simply too low. Read more about the economics behind the food that you eat here.
14. It is the interest of the US economy for you to eat more of the foods that aren’t good for you.
True. The food industry not only generates over 8% of the U.S. GDP with a trillion dollars in annual sales, but it also employs 12% of working Americans. Given these figures it isn’t surprising that government programs are in place to support their marketing strategies to get you to eat more. Read more here.
15. Eating foods with added Omega 3 fats can improve your health.
False. Studies have shown this to not all be the case. Read more on how adding omega 3 fats to products do little to help anything but profit margins here.
16. Fasting is a great way to detoxify your body.
False and the only way to give your body a break from foods you believe to be toxic is to not eat those foods in the first place. Read more here on fasting and what it can and cannot do.
17. Aerobic exercise is essential for building endurance, losing body fat and working your heart.
False. It’s not the only way as studies have shown that you can increase endurance, lose body fat and get a significant improvement in cardiovascular efficiency from high intensity resistance training alone. Read how you can get fit in less time here.
18. Early man did not eat bread during the Paleolithic era and thus it is not a natural part of our diet.
False. Recent archeological digs in Italy, Russia and the Czech Republic have revealed the use of flat breads dating back as far as 30,000 years ago into what is commonly called the Paleolithic era. Read more about bread and its role in weight gain here.
19. Protein shakes are just as good as solid foods for your protein needs.
False. Contrary to marketing that masquerades as science, protein shakes are not only unnatural and highly processed products, but they can actually make you gain body fat. Read more here.
20. Tongol tuna is a better choice because it has lower mercury levels than regular tuna.
True. It’s a smaller fish and thus is lower in methyl-mercury. Read more about tongol tuna here.
21. The longer and more often you train the bigger and stronger your muscles will become.
False. Without continued overload to the point that stimulates an adaptive response, after becoming accustomed to the stimulus your muscles will have no reason to get bigger or stronger. It’s not always how much you do, it’s how you do it. Read more about how muscles get bigger and stronger here.
22. Eating for your blood type is a proven way to ensure that you eat what is best for your body.
False. There is no science behind the idea that blood type has anything to do with food intake. Read more about the misinformation behind blood type diet theory here.
23. A drink or two a week won’t make a difference in your weight loss efforts.
False. Alcohol goes a long way in stopping your efforts to lose body fat. Read more about drinking and weight loss here.
24. Carbohydrates can make some people gain weight faster than anything else.
False. Any food, be it a protein, carbohydrate or fat consumed in quantities exceeding the caloric requirements of your body will make you gain weight. Fats, with a caloric value of 9 kcals per gram are actually more likely to make you gain weight as they have more calories than carbohydrates which have 7 calories per gram, but all things being equal eating anything more than you should will make you gain weight. Regardless of genetics. Read more about calories here and read more about the lack of evidence supporting a genetic link to modern obesity here.
25. The simplest way to eat well is to eat foods in as natural a form as possible with some degree of moderation.
True. The more unnatural a product is, the more likely it may not be the best decision for you to eat it. Read more by following updates on my Twitter account here.
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Kevin Richardson is an award winning fitness writer, one of the most sought after personal trainers in New York City and the creator of Naturally Intense High Intensity TrainingTM. Get a copy of his free weight loss ebook here. If you live in the New York metropolitan area and need help losing weight or toning up and taking your body to the next level with a time saving and practical system of diet and exercise, give Kevin and his team a call at 1-800-798-8420 or click here to get started with 50% off your trial personal training session.