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Are you diet smart?
by Staff
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.
  • A good weight-loss diet includes foods with little to no fat.

What is the greatest threat to your arteries?

  • An elevated blood pressure of 160/90
  • An elevated LDL (bad) cholesterol of 200
  • An elevated helping of fried zucchini sticks
  • An elevated amount of time spent on the couch

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
  • Potatoes

Which of the following is not an inherited taste?

  • Sweet
  • Sour
  • Adam Sandler movies
  • Fat

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
  • Duct tape

What is the most likely effect of training for and running a marathon?

  • You will develop the cardiovascular endurance of elite athletes.
  • 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.

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
  • To justify a gym membership

What are the three best forms of physical activity?

  • Cardiovascular exercise, weight training, any other
  • Walking, running, swimming
  • Morning sex, afternoon sex, evening sex
  • Does taking a shower count as physical activiy?

Which of the following is most important when training with weights?

  • That you do enough repetitions and weight so that your muscles fatigue
  • 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

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
  • A heck of a lot better than walking with three-pound ankle weights