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Drink green tea. Rev up your cardio. Lift weights. Do you know the best ways to burn fat? Take our quiz to find out.

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Question 1 of 20 Correct

You got to the gym late and missed your fitness class. Where should you head if you want to burn fat?

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The correct answer is: Go for the treadmill. Both cardio and strength training play important roles in burning fat -- but a new study suggests that if you're short on time, doing an aerobic workout is the best way to lose weight and fat.

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Question 2 of 20 Correct

Which burns more calories when you're at rest?

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The correct answer is: At rest, lean muscle mass burns more calories than fat. Lean muscle mass burns about six calories per pound per day at rest, while fat burns about two calories per pound per day. The more fat you can replace with lean muscle, the more calories your body will burn.

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Question 3 of 20 Correct

True or false: Slower cardio burns more fat.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Ignore those fat-burning target zones on treadmills and ellipticals. If you stick to those, you'll likely be going at a slower pace, and you won't be doing your body any favors. At a slower pace, a larger percentage of calories burned will come from fat, but you won't burn as many total calories or total fat as you would if you were exercising at a more intense pace. Better to step it up and break a sweat!

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Question 4 of 20 Correct

Which of these exercise methods boosts fat burning during cardio?

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The correct answer is: Boost your burn by adding intervals. Vary your routine by alternating between a normal pace and a faster pace throughout your workout. For example, if you typically walk on the treadmill, mix up your routine by walking two minutes at a normal pace and two minutes at a very brisk pace. (Do shorter, higher intensity bursts if you need to, and build up to longer stints.)

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Question 5 of 20 Correct

To drop pounds and keep fat away, how many hours of sleep should you get each night?

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The correct answer is: Get at least seven hours of shut-eye each night. When you don't get enough sleep, your body will produce more hormones that influence appetite. You'll eat more, and you'll be tempted by higher-calorie foods, too.

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Question 6 of 20 Correct

Eating which of these foods for breakfast can help you burn more fat?

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The correct answer is: To burn fat, go with yogurt. Eating eggs or whole grains for breakfast can help you lose weight by reducing your appetite for the rest of the day, but research suggests that yogurt may affect fat storage directly.

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Question 7 of 20 Correct

To reduce fat, you should…

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The correct answer is: The math is simple: Burn more calories than you eat each day. When you create this negative balance, your body will be required to burn some of its stored fats for energy.

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Question 8 of 20 Correct

Which of these statements about strength training and fat burning is true?

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The correct answer is: Strength training is just as important to fat loss as cardio, but more isn't necessarily better, unless you're talking about how much weight you're lifting. Research shows that a high number of reps with light weights burns less fat than a lower number of repetitions with heavier weights. Lifting heavier weights builds more muscle, and having more muscle speeds up metabolism and burns more calories.

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Question 9 of 20 Correct

Which of these is an effective way to add more fat-burning intensity to your walk?

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The correct answer is: Lace up those kicks! People who walk regularly are more likely to lose weight and keep it off than people who don't walk. And when you do walk, take to the hills: you'll burn more fat and calories than you would walking on a flat surface. Plus, on steeper slopes, you'll call on more muscle with each step, which means you're combining strength training and cardio.

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Question 10 of 20 Correct

True or false: You can burn fat in one area by doing exercises that target that area.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Spot reduction doesn't work when it comes to fat loss. Your body burns fat all over at the same time.

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Question 11 of 20 Correct

As you get older, belly fat becomes…

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The correct answer is: The older you get, the more stubborn belly fat becomes. Many factors contribute to that, and the next few questions illustrate why you may be frustrated with your middle-aged middle.

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Question 12 of 20 Correct

Which of these hormones increases belly fat?

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The correct answer is: Cortisol, also known as the stress hormone, is bad news for your belly. This hormone helps existing fat cells grow and encourages the growth of new fat cells. Plus, cortisol tells your brain you're hungry and need to eat. You can reduce the level of cortisol in your body by practicing stress-reduction techniques like yoga, meditation and massage.

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Question 13 of 20 Correct

Which of these exercises burns belly fat best?

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The correct answer is: Spot reduction won't work for fat, so forget the crunches and sit-ups. Consider strength-building practices like holding your body in the plank position to strengthen your core and work muscles throughout your body.

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Question 14 of 20 Correct

Cutting back on which of these foods will help reduce belly fat?

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The correct answer is: Cut back on pasta if you're trying to get rid of your muffin top. Enriched flours, like those found in pasta, and the partially-hydrogenated oils (trans fats) in margarine, packaged cookies and crackers increase fat in your midsection. In fact, trans fats can redeposit fat from other parts of your body back to your belly.

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Question 15 of 20 Correct

Which of these foods can burn belly fat?

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The correct answer is: Fill your diet with all of these foods -- avocado, olive oil and seeds -- if you want to burn more fat. The healthy monounsaturated fats found in these foods boost your body's fat-burning potential and supply it with energy.

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Question 16 of 20 Correct

Why does laughing help burn fat?

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The correct answer is: Cut the cortisol by chuckling to some funny clips every now and then. Laughter lowers your level of cortisol, the stress hormone responsible for belly fat. As a bonus, laughing boosts your heart rate by 10 to 20 percent, and while that's not enough to chalk it up as a form of aerobic exercise, it does torch a few extra calories. Every little bit counts!

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Question 17 of 20 Correct

Which of these drinks can help burn fat?

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The correct answer is: Research shows black tea enhances positive moods and reduces cortisol levels in the body. Start your day off with a cup of black tea, and sip it throughout the day. Worried about the caffeine levels? Go for decaf black tea. You'll still get the fat-reducing benefits.

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Question 18 of 20 Correct

True or false: Drinking a glass of red wine each day makes burning belly fat more difficult.

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The correct answer is: This is false. In fact, the opposite is true: A glass of red wine each day can actually help you fight inflammation and decrease belly fat. But stick to just one glass (about 100 calories) each day. More than that, and the risks outweigh the benefits.

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Question 19 of 20 Correct

Beans are chock-full of which nutrient that helps reduce belly fat?

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The correct answer is: Beans, beans, they're good for your heart -- and your waistline! All types of beans, including pinto, kidney and black, are chock-full of soluble fiber, and research shows that soluble fiber fights belly fat. In fact, for every 10 grams of soluble fiber a person consumes each day (a half cup of cooked beans averages about 2 grams), she will gain 3.7 percent less belly fat over time.

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Question 20 of 20 Correct

How do chili peppers increase your body's fat burning potential?

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The correct answer is: Spice up your dishes and melt away the pounds. Spicy peppers, dried pepper and hot sauces all activate fat-burning proteins in your body. In turn, these proteins decrease appetite, boost your metabolism and your body's ability to burn fat and calories.

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