Do you know how to get your body into a state of fat burning? Take the Quiz and find out:
1. True or false: A calorie is a calorie. It doesn’t matter where it comes from.
2. True or false: As long as I keep a low-calorie diet under 1,200 calories per day I will be losing weight.
3. True or false: As long as I eat less than 1,200 calories I can eat all the cake and cookies and soda I want. I won’t gain weight.
4. True or false: A low-fat breakfast of orange juice, a bagel with non-fat cream cheese, and a banana will make me lean.
5. True or false: Eating five small meals a day is better for fat burning than eating 3 square meals a day.
6. True or false: The less I eat and the more I exercise, the faster I lose weight and get to my goal.
7. Weighing myself is the best way to measure my progress.
8. Eating too much protein is bad for your health.
Here are the answers:
1. False. Calories are not created equal. Protein stimulates body fat to be burned for energy. Sugar stores body fat.
2. False. The old Weight Watcher’s idea of calorie restriction is quite outdated. The more you lower your calories, the more you slow down your metabolism. There is a fine balance between eating enough and too much.
3. False. Very false. Sugar makes you fat, no matter how few calories you eat. Even worse, it can cause constipation, skin breakouts, inflammation, aging, and a slew of other issues.
4. False. That breakfast may have zero fat, but it has more carbs than you can burn off in an hour-long run, so it will make you fat, not lean.
5. True. Eating small meals frequently keeps your blood sugar balanced, your fat burning and your energy balanced.
6. False. Over the long run you will slow down your metabolism, lose muscle mass and damage your metabolism. Exercise intensity, variety, and frequency along with a clean diet that supplies you with enough calories and the proper nutrients to build muscle is key to getting slim and strong.
7. False. The scale is probably the worst way of measuring progress. Body fat and inches along with your skinny jeans are the best way to tell what’s changing. The scale doesn’t tell you whether you lost fat, muscle, water, bowel contents or bone mass.
8. That depends. If you have kidney disease and overeat protein then there can be health consequences. A healthy person needs adequate protein to burn body fat, build muscle and supply every cell in the body with the building blocks to stay healthy. How much do you need? That’s really the key to fat loss.
Did you get at last 5 of the 8 questions right? No? Then why don’t you join me for my next Nutrition Workshop this coming week:
Monday, September 9th, 2013
Stepping Out Studios, 37 W. 26th Street, 9th Floor
For $25 you’ll learn all you’ll ever need to know about how to get lean, burn fat, build muscle and get as healthy as you need to be to kick butt for the rest of your life. You owe it to yourself to get your diet in order if you’re frustrated about your lack of progress. Sign up here.
See you there!