Weight Loss: Test Your Fitness IQ

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By Lynn Bode, fitness trainer
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You've tried virtually every diet you can think of and still haven't lost weight. You feel like you are in a never-ending battle that you can't win. Does this sound familiar? Stop beating yourself over the head in frustration.

Read and answer the questions below to learn what's true and what's false in the world of diet and fitness.

Skipping meals is a good idea? False. The idea behind this myth is that you'll consume fewer calories in the entire day. The reality is that you probably will consume at least the same amount, if not more. Eating several small meals per day helps you stabilize blood sugars and control your appetite.

Eating late at night makes you fat? False. Your body doesn't determine your weight based on when you eat, it just cares how much you eat. What's important is determining how many calories are coming in versus how many are going out.

Eating less than 1,200 calories will accelerate weight loss? False. Too few calories per day causes your body to adapt to a minimal amount of food and slows down your metabolic rate.

You can lose and maintain weight without exercise?True. When it comes right down to it, weight loss is about the difference between intake and output. As long as you are burning more calories then you are consuming, then you should be able to lose weight.

You shouldn’t exercise every day? True. It's not necessary to exercise every single day of the week. Sure, it's great if you can get some type of physical activity in on a daily basis. But, it also is important to give your body rest time to recover and improve.

You should wait to strength train until you’ve lose weight?False. Strength training is an essential part of good fitness. Virtually everyone should include some type of strength training in their weekly workouts regardless of whether they are wanting to lose weight, just maintain it or build muscle.

Lynn Bode is a certified personal trainer specializing in Internet-based fitness programs. She founded "Workouts For You," which provides affordable on-line exercise programs. Visit for a free sample workout. Fitness professionals improve your business,