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Why Can't I Lose Weight?

You eat healthy and exercise like crazy, but the scale still stays stuck. Know how to beat that plateau? Find out in our quiz.

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Why Can't I Lose Weight?
Why Can't I Lose Weight?
Question 1 of 20 Correct

True or false: How your clothing fits is a better indicator of weight loss than the number on the scale.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Sometimes eating right and exercising will change your body composition without moving the scale. If you are in any strength training program and are eating right, you may be gaining lean body mass, which will make your clothes a little looser. For a better idea of results, track your body fat percentage instead of body weight. You can assess body fat percentage using hand held analyzers or electronic scales that use bio-electrical impedence to estimate body fat percentage. Another easy way is to use girth measurements using soft tape measure and popular conversion charts.

Why Can't I Lose Weight?
Question 2 of 20 Correct

How much do people underestimate the amount of calories they take in?

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The correct answer is: Research shows that most people underestimate the calories they take in by at least 20 percent. This means that many people think they're eating less than they actually are. Track your meals, snacks and drinks in a food diary for better weight-loss results.

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Question 3 of 20 Correct

If you do weigh yourself, how often should you do it?

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The correct answer is: Sharecare expert Lisa Lynn suggests weighing yourself at least weekly. That way, if you gain a couple of pounds, it's time to tighten up your weight-loss plan and get back on track.

Why Can't I Lose Weight?
Question 4 of 20 Correct

True or false: Aiming for a specific weight is the best way to set a weight-loss goal.

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The correct answer is: This is false. It's important not to get hung up on the numbers. Being stuck on one number can be challenging because it may not be totally realistic for you and it may be hard to keep your body at that one number all of the time, which then sets you up for failure. Try aiming for a range, say 20 to 30 pounds.

Why Can't I Lose Weight?
Question 5 of 20 Correct

What is a healthy amount of weight to lose per week?

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The correct answer is: One common weight-loss blunder is expecting to lose the weight quickly. A healthy rate of weight loss is up to two pounds a week.

Why Can't I Lose Weight?
Question 6 of 20 Correct

What can you do to avoid impulse buys at the grocery store?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. Sticking to a set grocery list and shopping the perimeter of a grocery store helps you to avoid the rows and rows of processed foods that seem like easy dinners, snacks or desserts. Also, foods labeled as "Low-Fat" may seem like a quick fix to a food craving you may have, but they're sometimes loaded with hidden sugar and chemicals to make the food taste better. (Of course, low-fat dairy is obviously an exception to the rule!)

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Question 7 of 20 Correct

Which of these can help you make better food decisions at a restaurant?

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The correct answer is: Using cash instead of credit cards can limit the options on the menu and keep you more aware of what you're ordering. If you do keep a wallet full of cash, be weary of small bills. Nothing loves a small bill like a vending machine. When you have them at the ready, you are one step closer to an impulsive, calorie-loaded afternoon slip-up.

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Question 8 of 20 Correct

Which of the following makes your body more aware that it is full?

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The correct answer is: Eating sitting down enables you to be aware of what you're eating and eat it slowly so that your body can tell you you're full before it's too late.

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Question 9 of 20 Correct

Which of these could add up to 1,000 calories to your diet?

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The correct answer is: All of the above can contribute to extra calories in your daily intake, but eating bites off of someone else's plate can add up to 1,000 extra calories, says Dr. Oz.

Why Can't I Lose Weight?
Question 10 of 20 Correct

Which of the following can derail your diet?

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The correct answer is: Very low calorie diets are dangerous, difficult to sustain and often ineffective for long-term weight loss. Skipping meals is also harmful to your diet because it causes hunger and oftentimes leads to overeating later on that day. When you're hungry, the temptation for high-calorie, high-fat foods increases, which sabotages your dieting efforts.

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Question 11 of 20 Correct

Which of the following food label items is most important?

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The correct answer is: While everything on the food label is important, it is the serving size that is the basis for determining the number of calories and amount of each nutrient in the food that you are eating.

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Question 12 of 20 Correct

True or false: Fat-free means calorie-free.

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The correct answer is: This is false. When it comes to weight loss, the amount of calories listed on the food label is especially helpful. The key is to balance how many calories you eat with how many calories you burn. And remember, fat-free DOES NOT always mean calorie-free.

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Question 13 of 20 Correct

Which of these fast-food items has more calories?

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The correct answer is: Don't forget that liquid calories count, too: A McDonald's cheeseburger has 300 calories, while a 16-ounce caramel frappucino with whipped cream tops that at 410.

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Question 14 of 20 Correct

True or false: French fries can be addictive.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Wondering why it's so hard to say goodbye to french fries and other junk foods? White carbs found in junk food affect the part of the brain that produces dopamine, which controls how we experience pleasure, making these foods addictive. It's best to keep these kinds of foods out of reach or completely out of the house, and when you need a #4 from your favorite fast food joint, opt for a fruit side.

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Question 15 of 20 Correct

Which of these can help you quash cravings?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. You know you're in a grip if you're craving just one type of food (you know the what they are: sweet, salty, creamy or crunchy). Emotion easers like exercise and yoga, taking a break by calling a friend or a good 'ol nap can all make you feel better and erase cravings.

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Question 16 of 20 Correct

Which of these will satisfy a chocolate craving?

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The correct answer is: Binging on chocolate can wreak havoc on your waistline. You can actually stimulate serotonin with sunflower seeds, which is a key reason we all crave chocolate!

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Question 17 of 20 Correct

True or false: A newbie shouldn't start bootcamp-style workouts.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Getting into a workout routine is important, but jumping into a boot camp class could scare you away from exercise or seriously hurt yourself. Take your time in selecting the right workout routine for you, and you can eventually work your way into a boot camp class.

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Question 18 of 20 Correct

True or false: It's possible to lose weight by exercise alone.

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The correct answer is: This is true -- but also very rare. Most people will lose weight by combining good nutrition with exercise. Fitness expert Kimberly Garrison believes the right weight-loss equation is actually 80 percent good nutrition and 20 percent exercise.

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Question 19 of 20 Correct

Which exercise burns the most calories?

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The correct answer is: Some exercises burn more calories than others. High intensity interval training (HIIT) elevates the body's metabolism for an extended period of time after the workout. Another high calorie-burning exercise is circuit-training with weights, which also gets your metabolism going while you're exercising and after you're done.

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Question 20 of 20 Correct

Which is more important when you're exercising to lose weight?

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The correct answer is: Both intensity and frequency are incredibly important when it comes to exercising to lose weight. In order to give your muscles an intense workout, you'll want to work the muscles with resistance until they're tired, which will send signals to your body to work on strengthening and improving muscles. Frequency is all about spacing out workouts so the body can recover and adapt to become stronger. Always give yourself a day or two in between workouts to allow this to happen.

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