The Ultimate Weight Loss Quiz

By: Staff

4 Min Quiz

Image: refer to hsw

About This Quiz

Diets: You've tried them all, with mixed results. At least you know all about diets ... or do you? Test your diet IQ with this weight loss quiz.

Who wrote the "New Diet Revolution" in 1972?

Dr. Robert Atkins wrote "Dr. Atkins New Diet Revolution" in 1972. The Atkins Diet took a few years to catch on, but when it did, it really took off.


At any given moment, what percentage of American women are dieting?

At any given time, an estimated 40 percent of American women are on a diet.


What's a good rule of thumb measurement for the size a portion of meat, poultry or fish should be in a healthy diet?

A serving of meat, poultry or fish should be about the size of a deck of cards or the palm of a small or average-sized hand.


What is the basal metabolic rate?

The basal metabolic rate is the amount of energy your body needs to function when at rest, which accounts for about 60 to 70 percent of the calories the average human burns each day.


What's the idea behind lower carbohydrate intake to lose weight?

The theory behind a low-carb diet is that carbohydrates can cause blood sugar levels to spike and drop, causing an increase in appetite. Reducing carbohydrate intake is thought to help better regulate appetite by cutting out these spikes and troughs in blood sugar.


What is the best way to tell if you're overweight?

The body mass index (BMI) quantifies whether you're overweight. Divide your weight in pounds by 2.2 and your height in inches by 39.37. Now you've got your metric measurements. Multiply your height in meters by itself (e.g., 1.89 x 1.89), use that product to divide your metric weight and you've got your body mass index number. A normal BMI is between 19 and 25.


Which of these isn't an actual diet?

The St. Louis Salt-only Diet isn't a real diet. The Hollywood Miracle Diet and the Cabbage Soup Diet actually are.


The initial weight loss seen at the beginning of a diet comes from:

At the beginning of a diet, the initial weight loss comes from a loss of water and the breakdown of muscle protein rather than the loss of fat.


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

The American Heart Association's Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes program suggests 25 to 35 percent of your daily caloric intake should come from fats. Remember some fats are better than others, however.


Using which of these is an easy way to shave a few fat grams off your intake when dieting?

Using nonstick pots and pans can reduce the amount of added fats (in the forms of oil or butter), you need when cooking.


Explore More Quizzes

About HowStuffWorks Play

How much do you know about dinosaurs? What is an octane rating? And how do you use a proper noun? Lucky for you, HowStuffWorks Play is here to help. Our award-winning website offers reliable, easy-to-understand explanations about how the world works. From fun quizzes that bring joy to your day, to compelling photography and fascinating lists, HowStuffWorks Play offers something for everyone. Sometimes we explain how stuff works, other times, we ask you, but we’re always exploring in the name of fun! Because learning is fun, so stick with us!