The Metabolism Quiz

HEALTH

Staff

4 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

Get that body moving with this fast-paced metabolism quiz. Or just loaf around and make it a slow-paced metabolism quiz. Either way, you'll probably learn something about that pesky little process that burns calories.

Let's start with the basics: What exactly is your metabolism?

Everything with calories is converted into energy by the metabolic process.

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Calories are combined with what in the process of metabolism?

In the biochemical process, calories and oxygen combine to release energy.

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What does your body need energy for?

It's not like you just need energy to run around and play tag.

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So what does NOT require energy?

That's right, your metabolism is required for the teeny tiniest life functions.

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What's a basal metabolic rate?

The basal metabolic rate determines how much energy you need to simply carry on basic functioning.

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What are some things that influence your basal metabolic rate?

There is no KNOWN correlation between shoe size and metabolism.

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Why would your age influence metabolic rate?

More fat accounts for slower calorie burn.

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Who generally burns more calories?

Men generally have more muscle, leading to more calories needed.

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So how much of your daily calorie burn goes to your basal metabolism?

Just to keep breathing and functioning, you're burning 70 percent of your calories.

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What is thermogenesis?

I guess only one of those was likely in a metabolism quiz, but you never know.

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How many calories are required for thermogenesis?

Mayo Clinic estimates roughly 100-800 calories a day for thermogenesis.

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Does the amount of calories your body burn in thermogenesis fluctuate?

In general, calories burned in thermogenesis stay fairly constant.

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What else is going to help you burn calories?

Probably already guessed that, yes, physical activity is going to make you burn calories.

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Weight gain is often due to a slow metabolism.

Don't blame your body -- it's rare for your metabolism to cause weight gain.

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However, what is one disease that may cause the metabolism to slow?

Hypothyroidism will cause weight gain when the metabolism slows.

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Hypothyroidism is caused by:

Deficient thyroid hormones will cause hypothyroidism.

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If you're looking to lose weight, try:

Try both for more weight loss boosting.

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Why would strength training "boost" your metabolism?

By converting fat to muscle, you will burn more calories.

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Other than adding muscle, how can you boost your metabolism?

Sorry, there's no magic bullet to "speeding up" your metabolism.

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What is one thing that could slow your metabolism?

After dieting and calorie restriction, the metabolism does slow.

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Your metabolism slows for how long after a diet?

A 2016 study showed that metabolisms stayed slow -- or even became slower -- for years.

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Green tea will definitely boost your metabolism.

Although there are some studies that show a metabolism increase with green tea consumption, there's nothing extremely definitive.

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What happens to a pregnant person's metabolism?

The basal metabolic rate will increase as the baby grows.

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What is NOT a type of fat in the body?

Don't get too hung up on the color.

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Which fat burns energy and produces heat?

Brown fat contains tons of mitochondria and burns energy.

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So what does brown fat have to do with metabolism?

Which makes researchers think it might have a correlation to metabolism.

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What variable has shown to increase brown fat?

Cooler temperatures can apparently "turn on" brown fat production.

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What biological function has been shown to influence metabolism?

Sleep disturbances can influence metabolic function.

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When does your metabolism start slowing down?

So shortly after you start legally drinking, it's probably time to prioritize exercise.

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Spicy foods have been shown to cause a spike in your metabolism. Why aren't we jumping for joy and eating tons of peppers?

Remember that a little metabolic spike isn't going to create huge weight losses.

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