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There's more to losing weight than simply counting calories. See how well you know the facts about calories with this quiz.

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Question 1 of 20 Correct

What's the most important thing to count when you're trying to lose weight?

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The correct answer is: The key to weight loss is burning more calories than you consume.

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Question 2 of 20 Correct

What happens to unused calories in your body?

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The correct answer is: Excess calories are stored within your body as fat.

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Question 3 of 20 Correct

How many calories will the average woman burn during an hour of running?

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The correct answer is: An average woman will burn 490 calories running for one hour. The average man will burn 606 calories in the same time.

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Question 4 of 20 Correct

How many calories do you need to burn to lose 1 pound of fat?

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The correct answer is: One pound of fat is equal to 3,500 calories. In order to lose one pound of fat, you will need to cut out or burn 3,500 calories over time. For example, if you are aiming to lose one pound each week, you will need to eliminate 500 calories from your diet each day -- either by eating fewer calories or by burning more calories through exercise.

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Question 5 of 20 Correct

Which contains the most calories per gram?

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The correct answer is: Fats have about 9 calories per gram, while proteins and carbohydrates have about 4 calories a gram. Distilled spirit alcohol (such as rum, vodka, or tequila) provides about 7 calories per gram.

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Question 6 of 20 Correct

True or false: Muscle burns more calories than fat.

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The correct answer is: The answer is true. Muscle burns more calories than any function of the body. The more muscle mass you have, the more calories your body will burn -- even while you're at rest.

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Question 7 of 20 Correct

How many minutes of bicycling does it take to burn off the calories from a hamburger?

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The correct answer is: A fast-food hamburger has about 560 calories. To burn those calories off, you would have to cycle at a moderate pace for 69 minutes.

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Question 8 of 20 Correct

Which of these oils has the most calories?

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The correct answer is: Regardless of the source, a tablespoon of oil contains 120 calories and 14 grams of fat. However, the fat found in liquid oils is often healthier than fats found in solids, such as butter or shortening. Most liquid oils also have different health benefits -- from extra omega-3 fats to vitamin E.

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Question 9 of 20 Correct

True or false: Getting one hour of exercise two days a week is more beneficial than getting 30 minutes of exercise five days a week.

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The correct answer is: This is false. There is no clear benefit to getting longer, less frequent sessions of exercise. In fact, three ten-minute sessions of exercise has been found to be just as beneficial as one 30-minute session. All physical activity is good for burning calories and building health.

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Question 10 of 20 Correct

What is basal metabolic rate?

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The correct answer is: Your basal metabolic rate refers to the number of calories needed to maintain basic bodily functions while you're at rest. For people who are trying to lose weight, it's important to know what your basal metabolic rate is so you can know the minimum number of calories you must consume in a day.

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Question 11 of 20 Correct

True or false: Calories from drinks do not count toward your overall daily calorie intake.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Calories are calories, whether they come from drinks or actual food. If you do not account for the calories you consume in drinks each day, your ratio of calories consumed to calories burned may be affected, and you may not see weight loss success as quickly as you had hoped.

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Question 12 of 20 Correct

What are empty calories?

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The correct answer is: Highly-processed sugary snacks, potato chips, soda, and candy are full of empty calories. That is, these foods contain a large number of calories, but they have very few nutrients or healthy benefits.

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Question 13 of 20 Correct

What percentage of your daily caloric intake should come from fats?

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The correct answer is: U.S. guidelines say adults should get between 20 and 35 percent of their calories from dietary fat. That's between 400 and 700 calories of a 2,000-calorie diet.

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Question 14 of 20 Correct

True or false: You burn calories while you sleep.

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The correct answer is: The answer is true. Your body constantly needs energy to maintain bodily functions. It uses the calories from food to keep functioning -- even while you sleep. About two-thirds to three quarters of the calories we burn every day are accounted for by resting metabolism.

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Question 15 of 20 Correct

Which of these has the most calories?

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The correct answer is: Because portions sizes have grown so large, the typical breakfast muffin often has more calories than a candy bar or a large soda. How much more? A large oat bran muffin has 375 calories, a chocolate bar has around 200 calories and a 12-ounce soda has only 136.

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Question 16 of 20 Correct

Which of these foods is mostly empty calories?

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The correct answer is: Soda, margaritas and candy bars are all examples of foods with empty calories -- foods high in calories but with little nutritional value.

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Question 17 of 20 Correct

True or false: Drinking a glass of water before each meal will help you lose weight.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Researchers at Virginia Tech found that people who consume 16 ounces of water before a meal eat about 100 fewer calories because they feel fuller faster. Over a period of 12 weeks, people who did this lost an average of 15.5 pounds.

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Question 18 of 20 Correct

True or false: High-intensity exercise burns more fat than low-intensity exercise.

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The correct answer is: This is true. You burn more fat overall with high-intensity activities, such as a fast-paced jog or run, boxing or a game of tennis than with low-intensity activities such as a leisure walk, water aerobics, or golf.

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Question 19 of 20 Correct

Which of these is an example of a low-density food?

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The correct answer is: Broccoli is an example of a low-density food. Foods that are high in water and fiber have the lowest caloric density, so you can eat more of them, feel fuller and not eat a large number of calories. Other low-density foods include grapes, carrots, whole grains and broth-based soups.

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Question 20 of 20 Correct

True or false: The hormonal changes women experience during menopause can cause them to gain weight.

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The correct answer is: The is true. Hormonal changes may make menopausal women more likely to gain weight. Women also become less active during and after menopause, so their calorie-to-exercise ratio may need to be altered in order to prevent weight gain.

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