Are you diet smart?

By: Discovery Fit and Health Writers

Are you diet smart?
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About This Quiz

When it comes to diet and fitness, how much do you know? Test your knowledge! (Adapted from YOU: The Owner's Manual, by Mehmet Oz and Dr. Michael Roizen)
Which of the following is the best advice about diets?
The less you eat, the more weight you lose.
Would somebody please pass the bacon?
The best diet is one you can follow forever.
The key to a diet is loving it and being able to stay on it. Eating too little will slow your metabolism.
A good weight-loss diet includes foods with little to no fat.

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What is the greatest threat to your arteries?
An elevated blood pressure of 160/90
Blood pressure of 160/90 is more than three times more of a threat to your arteries than any of the others. That doesn't mean you should avoid physical activity or avoid lowering a lousy cholesterol reading; it just means that your blood pressure may be the most important number you know other than your spouse's birthday.
An elevated LDL (bad) cholesterol of 200
An elevated helping of fried zucchini sticks
An elevated amount of time spent on the couch

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What food has qualities least similar to that of an addictive drug?
No. 2 with a large Coke and a chocolate shake
Sugary cereals
Peanut
Only peanuts don't cause the direct release of the pleasure neurotransmitter dopamine. Peanuts are actually a healthy substance with both healthy fat and healthy protein.
Potatoes

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Which of the following is not an inherited taste?
Sweet
Sour
Adam Sandler movies
Fat
Fat is a learned taste, so you can change what kind of fats you enjoy tasting over an eight-week period.

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Which trick has been shown scientifically to help you eat less at a meal?
Eating a lot at your previous meal
Drinking a non-diet soft drink before your meal
Eating fat at the start of every meal
Eating a little fat first at the start of every meal slows your stomach from emptying; you feel full sooner and stay full longer, so you don't want to eat as much.
Duct tape

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What is the most likely effect of training for and running a marathon?
You will develop the cardiovascular endurance of elite athletes.
You will develop the cardiovascular endurance of elite athletes when training for and running a marathon.
You will do long-term damage to you bones and joints.
You will breathe in a lethal amount of toxins if you race in a large city.
You'll win a role as Bond's girl.

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What's the primary role of your muscles?
To sell jeans on TImes Square billboards
To store carbohydrates and sugars that your body digests
To help us move, think, breathe and urinate
Didn't think they did all that, did you? Muscles do help you move, breathe and urinate, and they even help you think, since exercise keeps your brain younger.
To justify a gym membership

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What are the three best forms of physical activity?
Cardiovascular exercise, weight training, any other
The three components of physical activity that independently affect your health include any physical activity, strength training and exercise that makes you sweat in a cool room. But to have the greatest chance of succeeding, do the "any activity" like walking before the weight training, and do the weight training before cardiovascular activity.
Walking, running, swimming
Morning sex, afternoon sex, evening sex
Does taking a shower count as physical activiy?

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Which of the following is most important when training with weights?
That you do enough repetitions and weight so that your muscles fatigue
It's only when your muscles are fatiguing within 12 repetitions that you are actually building strength in the muscles rather than just increasing their stamina.
That you use exercise machines
That you have a good view of the mirror
That you follow the form of other people in the gym

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Walking with "little" three-pound dumbbells in your hands is . . . :
A good way to build muscle and get a cardiovascular workout
An easy way to increase your calorie burn dramatically
Putting you at risk for shoulder surgery
Walking with little dumbbells should help employ an orthopedic surgeon who concentrates on shoulder repairs.
A heck of a lot better than walking with three-pound ankle weights

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