Secrets of a Former Fat Girl
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Secrets of a Former Fat Girl

Author Lisa Delaney lost 70 pounds and shared her story in her book, Secrets of Former Fat Girl. Take our quiz to learn her tips.

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Secrets of a Former Fat Girl
Question 1 of 20 Correct

According to author Lisa Delaney, what personal quality helped her lose weight?

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The correct answer is: Former Fat Girl Lisa Delaney says she became a faithful member of her exercise class because the people-pleasing perfectionist in her wouldn't let her quit. What she didn't expect: When she couldn't make it to class, she found she actually missed working out.

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Question 2 of 20 Correct

You're one of those types that hates to exercise. Which of the following should you do to get in the fitness habit?

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The correct answer is: All of the above are ways to quiet your inner whiner. Exercising at home leads to excuses NOT to follow through, so join a gym or YMCA or go for a walk outside. Make exercise convenient by selecting a gym or park on your way home from work, or working out on your lunch break. And last but not least, be specific about your workout routine. A firm schedule will help you stick to the plan, and leave no room for excuses!

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Question 3 of 20 Correct

The Former Fat Girl recommends which of the following as the kickstarter for healthy weight loss?

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The correct answer is: To lose weight, Delaney recommends starting with exercise before you tackle a change in eating habits. That's because exercise can help you see yourself in a powerful way, while dieting involves a lot of telling yourself "No." Develop a fitness habit first and you'll have an easier time sticking to the tough dieting stuff.

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Question 4 of 20 Correct

Which of the following statements best describes the right way to lose weight?

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The correct answer is: According to Delaney, one of the most important steps in losing weight is to think about what a proper goal is. Focusing on the scale takes the emphasis off actions that you can control. Instead of making your goal a number on the scale, focus on working out three days a week, which is something you can control.

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Question 5 of 20 Correct

Where is the best place to stand during an exercise class?

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The correct answer is: One study suggests that watching your body in the mirror move in unfamiliar ways might make you feel as if you're working harder than you actually are. It's better to claim your spot a couple rows back in your fitness class, so you're not constantly bombarded by your own reflection.

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Question 6 of 20 Correct

Should you tell people you're dieting?

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The correct answer is: Many weight-loss gurus say you should be open about your weight-loss efforts, but not Delaney. Announcing your weight-loss plans invites discussion about what kind of diet or fitness program you're on and opens up the possibility of negative feedback as well as the potential for you to doubt yourself. Sharing your weight loss goals may also bring out the "diet police." Imagine you're at dinner and your friend asks if you really should be ordering that steak. What you order is nobody's business but your own.

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Question 7 of 20 Correct

If you have to spill the beans, who is the right person to talk to?

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The correct answer is: Sometimes it's impossible to keep a secret so big from those closest to you. Sit down with your husband, BFF or mom, and let them know you are determined to lose the weight for good. You'll also want to ask them to let you bring up the subject when you want to talk about it. Assure them that you'll let them know when you're ready to talk. This may keep them from making comments and asking questions that you may hear as nagging or judgmental.

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Question 8 of 20 Correct

What's the best way to handle a buffet full of fattening–and yummy–foods when you're on a diet?

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The correct answer is: Don't refuse food -- it may appear rude, and you'll have to explain yourself. Instead, sample the foods that appeal to you most in very small portions, and don't feel bad about leaving some on your plate. Face it: you can't be a Former Fat Girl AND a member of the Clean Plate Club.

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Question 9 of 20 Correct

Which of these is the better choice for breakfast when you're dieting?

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The correct answer is: Sure, granola has cred as a healthy food, but the truth is, Bran Chex is more filling and less fattening. You can have 10 spoonful's of Bran Chex–or two measly spoonful's of low-fat granola. This is an example of what Delaney calls being an illusionist: filling your plate with foods that have a lot of water, air or fiber in them (aka low-density foods), such as most veggies, fruits and fat-free dairy foods.

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Question 10 of 20 Correct

Which of these foods are considered high-density (aka red-light) foods?

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The correct answer is: High-density foods that aren't considered "light" are regular crackers, cookies, chocolate, frostings, nuts, butter and full-fat condiments such as mayonnaise. Go light on these foods, and load up instead on very low-density foods like berries, melons, citrus fruits, apples, unsweetened or artificially sweetened yogurt and skim milk.

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Question 11 of 20 Correct

Picture a tennis ball when estimating the serving size for…

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The correct answer is: Here's your portion control cheat sheet: Imagine a tennis ball when serving pasta, a CD case for one slice of bread, four dice for cheese, a TV remote control for 10 French fries, a baseball for ice cream, an Altoids box for meat, 2 C-sized batteries for nuts and a DVD for flapjacks.

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Question 12 of 20 Correct

Which describes a Former Fat Girl at lunch?

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The correct answer is: A Former Fat Girl employs all of these tricks to eat her lunch slowly and avoid overeating. Slowing down your meal helps you get more pleasure from eating and fills you up faster, so you don't eat as much. Another Former Fat Girl trick? Use chopsticks. It makes eating a little challenging and slows down the meal.

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Question 13 of 20 Correct

Which car part should you think about as a metaphor for weight loss?

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The correct answer is: When dieting, think about what happens when you hit the gas in your car: Just like pressing on the gas affects the speed of your car, how much you exercise and diet directly affects how quickly you drop the weight. Keeping this in mind will make it harder for you to skip out on that Jazzercise class or go for seconds at tonight's dinner club.

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Question 14 of 20 Correct

Which of these routine change-ups can help you meet your weight loss goal?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. It might sound crazy, but doing the unfamiliar pushes you into the "Uncomfort Zone." Switching stalls, ordering a different drink on your morning Starbucks run or shaking up the family dinner routine will get you used to making changes and being more flexible. Soon enough, you'll switch up your diet and exercise routines, too.

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Question 15 of 20 Correct

Which of the following activities builds strength in women over 40?

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The correct answer is: Delaney suggests finding activities that allow you to build strength. Yoga in particular challenges your body and helps with body image issues.

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Question 16 of 20 Correct

Which of these fun activities can help you and your partner burn the most calories together?

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The correct answer is: Losing weight and keeping it off can be difficult when you're in a committed relationship, especially if your partner is less active than you. Try giving your partner a massage, which burns 272 calories -- more than a bowling date or even sex! Then make sure you get one in return.

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Question 17 of 20 Correct

We get it: there are only so many hours in a day. If you have to cut something out to exercise, what should it be?

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The correct answer is: Surprised? It's likely that much of your time is spent caring for others. But to reach your weight loss goals, you may need to shift some of these duties onto other people. It's OK to ask for help and leave some things undone in order to fit in your exercise time. You'll love the payoff and be a stronger person for it.

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Question 18 of 20 Correct

True or false: It's okay to eat something sweet every day.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Delaney enjoys a little sweet treat every day: mini ice cream sandwiches that are just 150 calories per serving and won't bust her calorie bank. The key is to keep the sweet treat on the small side.

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Question 19 of 20 Correct

Which one of these sweets is better for your waistline?

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The correct answer is: According to Delaney, when people choose a fun-size bar over a piece of a full-size chocolate bar, they end up eating more in the long run.

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Question 20 of 20 Correct

For a leaner look, which of these is a Fat Girl fashion "do"?

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The correct answer is: A skirt that stops at the knee makes you look taller and leaner. When it comes to pants, a wide-leg trouser creates a long, lean line and downplays wide hips.

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