Are You a Mindless Eater?
Advertisement
Advertisement

Are You a Mindless Eater?

Do you sometimes nosh or nibble more than you think? See if you're guilty of these mindless eating habits.

Begin Quiz
Are You a Mindless Eater?
Are You a Mindless Eater?
Question 1 of 20 Correct

Which of these statements best describes mindless eating?

Correct! Sorry, that’s incorrect.

The correct answer is: Mindless eating occurs when you eat without paying attention to how much you're eating. You're also likely ignoring your body's signals that you're full and need to stop eating.

Are You a Mindless Eater?
Question 2 of 20 Correct

Which of these is an effect of mindless eating?

Correct! Sorry, that’s incorrect.

The correct answer is: When you eat mindlessly, because you're not paying attention to your body's signs to stop eating, you eat too much and take in too many calories. This can ultimately lead to weight gain and additional stress on your liver.

Are You a Mindless Eater?
Question 3 of 20 Correct

What is a portion size?

Correct! Sorry, that’s incorrect.

The correct answer is: A portion size is how much food you put on your plate -- whether that's two cups of pasta or a half cup. A serving size is the amount you should be eating, or what a food's packaging suggests. Figuring out what a correct serving is and sticking to it can help you learn to eat wisely.

Are You a Mindless Eater?
Question 4 of 20 Correct

What is the best way to determine a serving size?

Correct! Sorry, that’s incorrect.

The correct answer is: The easiest and most efficient way to get an accurate serving size is to measure it. Then put it on a plate or in a bowl. The more you measure your food, the better you'll understand what a serving should be.

Are You a Mindless Eater?
Question 5 of 20 Correct

At which location are you more likely to eat less food?

Correct! Sorry, that’s incorrect.

The correct answer is: You'll eat less food when you eat at the table. You're more likely to eat mindlessly when you're in a car (and distracted by the road) or on the couch (and distracted by the TV). When you sit at a table, you are usually focused on the food in front of you and more likely to pay attention to your body's signals that you're full.

Are You a Mindless Eater?
Question 6 of 20 Correct

True or false: Eating in front of others will help you eat less.

Correct! Sorry, that’s incorrect.

The correct answer is: This is true. Call it a shame factor, or call it a silent recognition that people are watching you. Either way, when you eat with other people around you, you're less likely to go back for seconds and thirds.

Are You a Mindless Eater?
Question 7 of 20 Correct

Serving food from which of these locations may make you overeat?

Correct! Sorry, that’s incorrect.

The correct answer is: People who serve their plates from serving bowls on the table eat 30 percent more food than people who serve their plates from the kitchen or the stove. Leave the food in the kitchen, and you'll eat less.

Are You a Mindless Eater?
Question 8 of 20 Correct

True or false: When you eat from a 10-inch plate instead of a 12-inch plate, you may eat 22 percent more calories.

Correct! Sorry, that’s incorrect.

The correct answer is: This is false. The opposite is true. The bigger the plate, the more you'll eat. People who eat from a 12-inch plate eat up to 22 percent more calories than people who eat from the smaller 10-inch plate.

Are You a Mindless Eater?
Question 9 of 20 Correct

How much more food will you eat if you use a tablespoon-sized spoon instead of a teaspoon-sized spoon?

Correct! Sorry, that’s incorrect.

The correct answer is: The same rule as in the prior question applies here: the bigger the spoon, the more you're likely to eat. If you use a tablespoon instead of a teaspoon, you'll eat up to 14 percent more calories.

Are You a Mindless Eater?
Question 10 of 20 Correct

Which cup shape can help you drink fewer calories?

Correct! Sorry, that’s incorrect.

The correct answer is: People who drink from a taller, thinner cup will drink 30 percent fewer calories than people who drink from a shorter, wider cup.

Are You a Mindless Eater?
Question 11 of 20 Correct

True or false: You should take everything you're going to eat on the first pass, instead of taking less and going back for seconds.

Correct! Sorry, that’s incorrect.

The correct answer is: This is true. People who fill their plates one time only will consume about 14 percent fewer calories than people who take less and go back for seconds.

Are You a Mindless Eater?
Question 12 of 20 Correct

If you're going to go back for seconds, how many minutes should you wait between your first and second helping?

Correct! Sorry, that’s incorrect.

The correct answer is: You should wait at least 10 minutes before getting seconds. During those 10 minutes, your body is able to process the food you have already eaten and a sensation of fullness may set in. You may realize you don't even want or need seconds by the time the 10 minutes have passed.

Are You a Mindless Eater?
Question 13 of 20 Correct

What should you do with boxes or bags of food to prevent mindless eating?

Correct! Sorry, that’s incorrect.

The correct answer is: A bag of chips or a box of cookies can be a trap, causing you to overeat. To prevent this, divide the food into individual servings. Put these in zip-top bags or containers, and grab one of the single-serve bags when you want a snack.

Are You a Mindless Eater?
Question 14 of 20 Correct

True or false: We eat less of a food if it's labeled "low-fat."

Correct! Sorry, that’s incorrect.

The correct answer is: This is false. Research shows people eat more of a food if it's labeled low-fat. A "low-fat" or "fat-free" label may make your brain think it has an all-you-can-eat pass.

Are You a Mindless Eater?
Question 15 of 20 Correct

How do the calories in organic food compare to conventionally grown food?

Correct! Sorry, that’s incorrect.

The correct answer is: Organic food has the same amount of calories as traditional food. However, research shows that people routinely underestimate the calories in organic food by as much as 40 percent. Be sure to read nutrition labels.

Are You a Mindless Eater?
Question 16 of 20 Correct

True or false: You should keep the foods that tempt you the most in plain sight. That way, over time you'll begin to ignore them and stop feeling tempted.

Correct! Sorry, that’s incorrect.

The correct answer is: This is false. Store the foods that tempt you most out of reach and out of sight. You'll be less likely to snack or overdo it.

Are You a Mindless Eater?
Question 17 of 20 Correct

Which type of snack mix can help you eat fewer calories?

Correct! Sorry, that’s incorrect.

The correct answer is: The fewer options a snack mix contains, the fewer calories you'll eat. In one study, people who were given a snack mix with 10 colors of M&Ms ate 30 percent more than people who were given a snack mix with only seven colors of M&Ms. The larger variety of food makes you want to try everything the snack mix offers, and you end up eating more.

Are You a Mindless Eater?
Question 18 of 20 Correct

True or false: People who eat soup before their main course eat fewer calories overall.

Correct! Sorry, that’s incorrect.

The correct answer is: This is true. If you start a meal with soup, you'll eat about 20 percent fewer calories overall during the meal. Soup is very filling, so when the main course comes around, you won't be as hungry.

Are You a Mindless Eater?
Question 19 of 20 Correct

Using which type of payment can help you eat less?

Correct! Sorry, that’s incorrect.

The correct answer is: This isn't the most obvious way to eat more mindfully, but research shows it works. When you pay for your groceries with cash, you'll eat better and buy less junk food. It seems that when we pay with cash, our brain better understands how much food costs. That makes us less likely to load up on junk food.

Are You a Mindless Eater?
Question 20 of 20 Correct

True or false: Serving fruit and veggie dishes on pretty platters with garnishes makes them seem more satisfying.

Correct! Sorry, that’s incorrect.

The correct answer is: This is true. Presentation counts! Research shows people will find fruits or vegetables more satisfying when they are served on attractive dishes and garnished with things like fresh herbs, mint or coconut. That's because we taste with our eyes first -- the prettier the food, the more satisfying.

Are You a Mindless Eater?
Congratulations!

You got out of 20 correct. You're a health wiz!

Are You a Mindless Eater?
Good try!

You got out of 20 correct. Learn more about Diet & Nutrition to improve your score.

Are You a Mindless Eater?
Better luck next time!

You got out of 20 correct. Learn more about Diet & Nutrition to improve your score.