Test Your Fitness Knowledge

Are You a Fat Loss Expert?


Are you a Fledgling Fat Fighter or a Fitness Authority? Take our Thintelligence test and see! Following is a list of fitness facts and falsehoods. Can you tell which statements are true and which ones are false?
See below for answers.


  1. Aerobics burn more calories than weight training.


  1. The elliptical trainer is the best health club machine for burning calories.


  1. Moderate walking 30 minutes a day does little to get rid of fat.


  1. Taking rapid, short baby steps is the best way to lose fat on a stair climber.


  1. Dousing your food with red pepper can help curb your appetite.


  1. Eating a salad as the first course can cut the total caloric intake of a meal.


  1. Running increases the risk of arthritis.


  1. It’s best to stretch before your warm-up exercise.


The Answers:

  1. False. Research shows that aerobics and weight training burn the same amount of calories. A 70-minute weight training session increases metabolism and burns the same amount of calories in a 24-hour period as 50 minutes running at 70 percent of maximum. 
  1. False. Studies show the treadmill is the best machine for trimming calories quickly. But if you start out too fast, you may fry yourself and end up burning only a few calories. Vary the exercise intensity and alternate between running and walking. To spice it up, listen to music and use the pre-set programs.
  1. True. While the U.S. Surgeon General recommends that healthy adults exercise moderately, such as walking at least 30 minutes a day, Canadian researchers have found that is not enough to get rid of fat. According to a study, people who exercise intensely lose a lot more fat than people who exercise moderately.
  2. False. To get the most out of the stair climber, take steps that are eight to 10 inches deep. Taking baby steps and supporting your weight with locked elbows may burn time, but not many calories.
  3. True. In addition to singeing the inside of your mouth, Japanese researchers found that adding red pepper to soup, or administering the spice in a pill, decreased appetite and helped people lose more fat. The more your taste can handle, the more the spice works as an appetite suppressant. So don’t be shy of that “extra spicy” label!
  4. True. In a study at Penn State, researchers discovered that eating a low-calorie salad as a first course cuts calorie intake by 12 percent for the total meal. But hold back on the dressing! A high- calorie dressing can increase total food intake by 17 percent! So load up on the low-cal greens and you will eat less!
  1. False. For years it was assumed that the pounding a long distance runner’s joints suffer will lead to arthritis later in life. However, researchers in the department of orthopedics at Harvard Medical School disagree. They compared the incidence of arthritis in former collegiate runners with former collegiate swimmers and found runners less likely to suffer from the disease.
  1. False. Do not stretch before your warm-up; instead, do whole-body exercises at submaximal intensity. Stretching decreases muscle strength for about 15 minutes and may actually increase the risk of injury. Stretching after your training session is recommended.


How Did You Do?

Tally up the number of correct answers and see where you rank.

0-2 correct: Fledgling Fat Fighter

3-4 correct: Fat-Burning Aficionado

5-6 correct: Exercise Disciple

7-8 correct: Fitness Authority


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