Calories are in practically everything but water, and in order to lose a pound a week, you have to lose around 3,500 calories. To accomplish that you need to burn off 500 calories a day, which you can do be eating less and working out at the gym. To help you reduce calories and get the most from your workouts, let’s test your calorie intelligence quotient with this True/False quiz and see exactly what you know.
Score: 9-10, you’re a mean, lean, muscle machine; 7-8, you’re heading down the right path to buffness; 5-6, you’ve got a slight stomach roll; 3-4, you not sure what the difference is between donuts and carrots; and, 1-2, exercise to you is lifting the TV remote control button.
True or False:
- Of the following four breakfasts—Great Harvest Apple Spice Muffin; McDonald’s Egg McMuffin; Starbuck’s 16 ounce Banana Chocolate Vivanno; or 1/4 cup granola and Yoplait’s 6 ounce Thick and Cream yogurt—the muffin breakfast has the least calories.
- A 20-ounce regular Cola drink contains 250 calories.
- Of the following four activities—stair stepping, rock climbing, handball, and inline skating—handball will burn the most calories.
- A portion of meat is the size of a piece of bread.
- Water interferes with digestion and you should drink it after your meal not before.
- To burn off a 200 calorie dessert you have to walk four miles in at least 35 minutes.
- You can burn more calories in an hour doing cardio than you can walking for 40 minutes and then doing 20 minutes of weight lifting.
- A serving size of cooked rice is one cup.
- One tablespoon of olive oil has less calories than one tablespoon of sunflower oil.
- Corn, egg yolks, and salmon will help you burn more fat than fruit or fruit juices.
- False. The muffin has the most calories and fat. It’s got 400 calories and 20 grams of fat. Next is McDonald’s Egg McMuffin at 300 calories and 12 grams of fat; the granola and Yoplait are third at 340 calories and 10.5 grams of fat, and Starbuck’s Vivanno is last at 270 calories with 5 grams of fat.
- True. In 2001, Americans drank 49 gallons of soft drinks per person, and while it might quench thirst, it doesn’t quench hunger. In fact, people make themselves fat on sodas because people add more extra calories to their diet by drinking soda than any other way. To learn more about how many calories you should drink each day read Are You Drinking Your Calories?
- False. For a 150-pound person in a half hour, inline skating will burn the most calories at 426.1, handball is next at 409 calories, stair stepping burns 306.8 calories, and rock climbing burns between 272.7 and 374.9 calories.
- False. A portion of meat is no more than 3 ounces and should about the size of your palm.
- False. In fact, it’s just the other way around. Water helps digestion, and if you drink it before your meal, you’re more likely to feel full sooner and not eat extra calories.
- True. You could also swim vigorously for 18 minutes, do step aerobics for 17 minutes, or ride the stationary bike for 16 minutes.
- False. One of the biggest mistakes people make when exercising is doing cardio alone. If you lose weight, and if you aren’t strength training, you’re losing muscle along with the fat, and muscle is what helps burn fat. So, for ever three pounds of muscle you put on, you’ll improve your Basal Metabolic Rate by 7%, which means you’ll burn almost 100 extra calories each day.
- False. A serving size of cooked rice is 1/2 cup. A serving size of spaghetti is 8 ounces (which is about the size of your fist), and a serving size of bread is one slice.
- False. All fats are equal when it comes to calories, but their not equal in terms of your heart or your health. To learn more read The Skinny on Fats.
- True. So will green leafy vegetables and squash. The reason why is these foods contain an antioxidant known as astaxanthin, and it increases stamina and helps you burn body fat.