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Mindful Eating

Want an easy trick to lose weight? Slow down while you eat! Take this quiz to see if you know how to eat mindfully.

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Question 1 of 20 Correct

What is the philosophy behind mindful eating?

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The correct answer is: The idea behind mindful eating is to savor the look, smell, texture and taste of every bite. Mindful eating can also translate into listening to your body's natural hunger cues, controlling cravings and eating more sensibly.

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Question 2 of 20 Correct

True or false: Meditation can help you have fewer cravings.

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The correct answer is: This is true. If you spend just 7 minutes a day focusing on recognizing, accepting and experiencing your cravings, rather than trying to ignore or suppress them, you may experience far fewer food cravings and resist them better.

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Question 3 of 20 Correct

True or false: Walking, or almost any form of physical exercise, can increase cravings for chocolate.

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The correct answer is: This is false. A quick walk will curb even major chocoholic cravings in just 15 minutes. It works by stimulating feel-good brain chemicals.

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Question 4 of 20 Correct

Which activity can help you tune in to your appetite and control cravings better?

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The correct answer is: Aside from making you stronger, more flexible and calmer, yoga helps you tune in to your appetite and recognize whether you're actually hungry (as opposed to bored).

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Question 5 of 20 Correct

True or false: If you're craving something and can't get it off your mind, you should eat it.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Sometimes, trying to stifle a craving makes it grow so intense that, when you finally cave, you eat the whole bag, carton or box. Don't beat yourself up if you give in to a craving. Instead, relish it. Take a small bite, savor the taste, have another bite. Thoroughly enjoy it. Then move on.

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Question 6 of 20 Correct

True or false: Eating six mini meals instead of three large meals may help you lose weight.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Eating six mini meals instead of three large meals each day will add variety to your diet and can help you feel fuller and be healthier overall. Eating frequently may also help control your appetite, which in turn could help you control your weight. Maintaining your weight and body mass index at a desirable level can make your RealAge as much as 3 years younger.

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Question 7 of 20 Correct

True or false: If you eat six mini meals instead of three large meals in a day, you should increase your intake of calories by 30 percent.

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The correct answer is: This is false. If you begin eating six mini meals, you should continue to take in roughly the same number of calories each day, assuming you are not currently overeating.

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Question 8 of 20 Correct

True or false: People who eat more meals each day meet their nutrition needs better than those who don't.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Studies show that people who eat more meals tend to eat a greater variety of foods and are more likely to meet their daily nutritional needs.

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Question 9 of 20 Correct

True or false: Hunger pangs may really mean you're just thirsty.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Thirst can be caused by hormones in the gut that produce feelings much like hunger cravings. To figure out what your body really needs when you feel hungry, drink a glass or two of water. If the craving goes away and you feel more satisfied, you have your answer.

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Question 10 of 20 Correct

True or false: Taking a photograph of your dinner plate can help you lose weight.

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The correct answer is: This is true. If you take a photo of everything you eat for a week, two things will happen: You'll eat healthier foods, and you'll eat less than usual. Seeing a real-life picture of what you're about to put in your mouth makes you think twice. Unlike keeping a food diary, where you jot down what you eat after you've eaten it, taking a digital photo before you eat gives you a chance to step back from the situation, analyze the food and then change your mind.

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Question 11 of 20 Correct

True or false: Eating less-nutritional foods (such as junk food) makes any hunger pain you experience much more severe.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Researchers think that when people don't eat enough nutritious foods, it causes a sort of "food withdrawal" phenomenon in the body, characterized by inflammation and the release of toxic metabolic waste products. This results in a more painful kind of hunger that can only be relieved by eating again. However, research also shows that when people switch to a diet full of healthy foods, they experience hunger far less often and find their hunger much easier to tolerate.

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Question 12 of 20 Correct

True or false: Eating at home makes you more comfortable, which in turn means you make bad eating decisions.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Research suggests that you eat healthier and make better food choices when you eat at home. Scientists suspect it's because home is where you feel most content, and there's more comfort and happiness associated with a home-cooked meal. That happiness triggers healthier eating. Cooking at home can make you healthier, too, as stocking your kitchen with equipment that helps you cook in a healthful way can make your RealAge up to 4 years younger.

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Question 13 of 20 Correct

How long should you spend eating a meal so that you will eat less and feel fuller?

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The correct answer is: Spend 30 minutes eating at each meal. You'll eat less and feel fuller.

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Question 14 of 20 Correct

True or false: Eating in the dining room can help you lose weight.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Experts believe that eating in the dining room or kitchen, rather than the living room in front of the TV or the office in front of the computer, will help you focus on your food.

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Question 15 of 20 Correct

Which type of glass can help you drink less?

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The correct answer is: Drink from tall, skinny glasses to consume less. Experts say you'll drink a third more of something if it's served in a short, fat glass rather than in a tall, skinny one.

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Question 16 of 20 Correct

To avoid overeating, what size plate should you use for meals?

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The correct answer is: To avoid overeating, don't serve food on plates bigger than 9 inches. Research has shown that the bigger the bowl or plate, the more people will eat. Using 9-inch plates for meals can make your RealAge 3.1 years younger.

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Question 17 of 20 Correct

True or false: Olive oil can help control your cravings.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Olive oil contains oleic acid, a monounsaturated fat that helps control your appetite.

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Question 18 of 20 Correct

True or false: Chewing gum can reduce your cravings for sweets.

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The correct answer is: This is true. People who chew gum after lunch have fewer hunger pangs, fewer cravings for sweets and eat fewer afternoon snacks than people who don't chew gum.

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Question 19 of 20 Correct

Which eating utensil can help you eat less?

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The correct answer is: Research shows that diners who use larger utensils eat less. It's thought that bigger forks somehow trick people's minds into thinking they've eaten more.

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Question 20 of 20 Correct

True or false: Multitasking while eating makes you eat more and increases the number of sweets you will eat later.

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The correct answer is: This is true. According to a new study, the problem seems to be that if you're distracted while you munch your meal, you have a fuzzier memory of what you ate. The result: you feel less full afterwards -- and hungry for dessert later. Thirty minutes after lunch, occupied eaters eat more sweets than non-distracted eaters.

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