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The Metabolism Quiz
by Staff
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?

  • the process your body uses to get energy from food and drink
  • the organ used to process calories
  • the way to gain and lose weight

Calories are combined with what in the process of metabolism?

  • water
  • oxygen
  • nitrogen

What does your body need energy for?

  • moving
  • not moving
  • both

So what does NOT require energy?

  • repairing cells
  • fluctuating hormone levels
  • neither

What's a basal metabolic rate?

  • how fast your metabolism burns off a single calorie
  • the amount of calories you burn without doing a thing besides breathing
  • how much energy it takes for you to lose weight

What are some things that influence your basal metabolic rate?

  • your shoe size
  • your activity level and overall fitness
  • your size, age and sex

Why would your age influence metabolic rate?

  • you shrink
  • your muscle turns to fat
  • you do less

Who generally burns more calories?

  • men
  • women
  • their roughly equal

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

  • 50 percent
  • 25 percent
  • 70 percent

What is thermogenesis?

  • Storm's super power in the X-Men
  • freezing yourself after death
  • the energy needed to process food

How many calories are required for thermogenesis?

  • anywhere from 100-800 calories
  • about 45 calories
  • over 1000 calories

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

  • yes
  • no
  • never

What else is going to help you burn calories?

  • eating less
  • meditation
  • physical activity

Weight gain is often due to a slow metabolism.

  • TRUE
  • FALSE

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

  • hypothyroidism
  • hyperthyroidism
  • pneumonia

Hypothyroidism is caused by:

  • an underactive thyroid
  • an overactive thyroid
  • an enlarged thyroid

If you're looking to lose weight, try:

  • physical activity
  • strength training
  • both

Why would strength training "boost" your metabolism?

  • muscle tissue is going to burn more calories than fat tissues
  • it makes your thyroid produce more hormones
  • no one knows

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

  • eating blueberries
  • you kind of can't
  • fasting

What is one thing that could slow your metabolism?

  • eating carbs
  • severe dieting
  • being single

Your metabolism slows for how long after a diet?

  • possibly years
  • just a few weeks
  • days

Green tea will definitely boost your metabolism.

  • TRUE
  • FALSE
  • Maybe?

What happens to a pregnant person's metabolism?

  • nothing
  • it slows down
  • it speeds up

What is NOT a type of fat in the body?

  • yellow
  • brown
  • white

Which fat burns energy and produces heat?

  • neither
  • white
  • brown

So what does brown fat have to do with metabolism?

  • nothing
  • More brown fat has been proven to make your metabolism race.
  • people with more brown fat tend to have lower BMI

What variable has shown to increase brown fat?

  • cool temperatures
  • what region you live in
  • what job you have

What biological function has been shown to influence metabolism?

  • hair growth
  • sleep
  • sex

When does your metabolism start slowing down?

  • in your mid-40s
  • in your mid-20s
  • in your mid-60s

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

  • we should be
  • because the spike is much too brief to jump start weight loss
  • because it's a secret only we know about