Weight-Loss Myths
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Weight-Loss Myths

The diet industry earns big bucks off its promises. See how well you can separate false weight-loss claims from the truth.

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Question 1 of 20 Correct

True or false: You will gain weight if you eat at night.

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The correct answer is: This is false. It's a myth that calories consumed at night are metabolized more slowly than those consumed during the day. The truth is that it's how many calories you consume -- not when you consume them -- that matters.

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Question 2 of 20 Correct

True or false: You burn more calories chewing celery than you gain from eating the celery.

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The correct answer is: This is false. These foods, sometimes called negative-calorie foods, purportedly require your body to burn more calories for chewing, digesting and absorbing nutrients than it gets from the food. However, this is a myth.

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Question 3 of 20 Correct

True or false: Diets tied to your metabolism aren't effective.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Many plans promise to design a diet that matches your metabolism. While the resulting diet might be effective, it is not because it is your metabolic "match." Instead, the results are likely because people believe the metabolic-type diet will work or because the diet allows fewer calories than you were previously eating, which produces weight loss.

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Question 4 of 20 Correct

Which is healthier: a low-carb diet or a low-fat diet?

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The correct answer is: Many weight-loss plans identify specific macronutrients (carbohydrate, fat and/or protein) as the source of all weight problems and suggest that by cutting these from your diet, you will have weight-loss success. In reality, consuming too many calories, regardless of whether they come from, is the main cause of weight gain.

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Question 5 of 20 Correct

True or false: Diets may actually make you gain weight.

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The correct answer is: This is true. When you don't eat enough calories, you actually slow your metabolism and put your body into a pseudo-starvation mode. The result: your body holds on to all the calories you consume, which increases your chances of gaining weight.

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Question 6 of 20 Correct

True or false: Counting calories won't help you lose weight faster.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Most of us think that we eat much less than we do. Being mindful of what you are eating can help you think twice about what you want to eat before you eat it. Research shows that people who are successful at maintaining weight loss developed the habit of regularly monitoring what they eat.

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Question 7 of 20 Correct

True or false: Liquid calories are free calories.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Drinks are often full of empty calories (calories with zero additional nutritional value) and can add up quickly. Accounting for liquid calories in your day can help you make sure you're keeping your calorie intake at correct levels for your weight-loss plan.

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Question 8 of 20 Correct

True or false: Adding ginger to your food can help you lose weight.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Some experts say that, by adding certain spices such as ginger, mustard and cayenne to your diet, you may be able to burn up to an additional 50 calories during the day.

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Question 9 of 20 Correct

True or false: The older you get, the harder weight loss becomes.

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The correct answer is: This is true. As women age, their bodies create less estrogen as well as testosterone, a needed hormone for weight loss. However, by changing your approach to weight loss, you can find success.

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Question 10 of 20 Correct

True or false: Getting adequate sleep each night helps you lose weight.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Getting adequate sleep helps to normalize impulses, such as appetite, making it easier to follow healthful choices.

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Question 11 of 20 Correct

True or false: Stress can help you lose weight.

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The correct answer is: This is false. When you are under a great deal of stress, your body creates a large amount of the stress hormone cortisol. Cortisol acts as an alarm system for your body, telling it you're headed to an impending disaster. Your body, in turn, conserves extra fat and expends fewer calories.

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Question 12 of 20 Correct

True or false: The HCG diet is safe and effective.

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The correct answer is: This is false. The HCG diet's restrictive calorie allowance (500 calories a day) is responsible for the rapid weight loss promoted by the diet's claims. However, any diet that limits your calories to 500 per day is not safe or effective, and more research is needed.

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Question 13 of 20 Correct

Which of these fad diets has been found to be successful?

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The correct answer is: None of the above. Fad diets do not work. Any weight loss experienced while on the cabbage soup diet, grapefruit diet or cookie diet is likely due to a loss of fluids, not actual weight loss. None of these diets is practical or nutritionally sound, and the weight will return as quickly as it came off.

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Question 14 of 20 Correct

True or false: Everyone should go on a detox diet at least once a year.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Though detox diets -- programs that are supposed to help "cleanse" your body and peel off pounds -- have been around forever, they are completely unnecessary. Any weight loss you do achieve is usually temporary because no matter which type of detox diet you try, you're usually not taking in enough calories to survive beyond just a few days or weeks.

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Question 15 of 20 Correct

True or false: As long as you are getting adequate calories, juice-only diets are safe and effective.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Juice does not contain adequate amounts of carbohydrates, proteins, fats, vitamins and minerals that your body needs on a daily basis to optimally perform its functions.

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Question 16 of 20 Correct

True or false: A fast weight loss is better for you than a slow weight loss.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Slow weight loss is always better than fast weight loss because it allows your body to adjust to the physical changes.

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Question 17 of 20 Correct

What is a healthy weight loss rate?

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The correct answer is: Losing 1 to 2 pounds per week is a safe and healthy weight loss.

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Question 18 of 20 Correct

True or false: 50 percent of dieters gain their weight back.

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The correct answer is: This is true. According to the National Academy of Sports Medicine, 50 percent of dieters gain their weight back because most diets only focused on short-term results. So next time you're considering the latest fad diet or pill, consider adopting healthy habits such as filling up on your fruits and veggies and exercising. Chances are, you'll keep off the pounds.

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Question 19 of 20 Correct

Which of these is a reason why many people experience diet failure?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. Diets often fail because they are too complex or too restrictive. They might also fail because you become discouraged when you do not see results quickly enough.

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Question 20 of 20 Correct

True or false: Eventually, someone will create the perfect diet plan.

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The correct answer is: This is false. First, there is no such thing as a singularly "perfect" weight-loss plan. The best diet or weight-loss plan is one that provides adequate nutrients and helps you feel comfortably fulfilled. That means different eating plans and exercise routines for each person.

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