Quiz – Are you ready for the holidays?
A study suggests that Americans probably gain only about a pound during the winter holiday season– but this extra weight accumulates
through the years and may be a major contributor to obesity later in life.
This finding runs contrary to the popular belief that most people gain from 5 to 10 pounds between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day.
This is the conclusion reached by researchers at the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development and the National Institute of
Diabetes & Digestive & Kidney Diseases.
Here is a fun quiz you can take to see how much you know about avoiding weight gain during the holidays.
1. How many excess calories does it
take to gain one pound
2. Skipping meals is a good idea to
3. How many grams of fat will you
avoid eating by removing the
skin from a 3-ounce serving of
4. What does a 3-ounce portion of
turkey look like in relation to
a) deck of cards
b) one set of dice
c) man’s shoe
5. These holiday treats are fun to
bake, but can really add up in
calories because it is hard to eat
just one (fill in the blank).
6. According to the American Institute
for Cancer Research, you
should fill up about 2/3 of your
a) plan t foods such
whole grains, beans, vege-
tables and fruits
b) lean meat or fish
7. Eating plenty of (fill in the
blanks) _____ and _________ will
help you eat less fat and more
fiber. You will feel fuller on fewer
8. According to the National
Weight Control Registry, people
who lost 30 pounds or more and
kept it off for at least a year did
one of the following on a regular
b) Watched TV
c) Followed fad diets
1. c, 2. b (skipping meals will lead to
over-eating), 3. c, 4. a, 5. cookies, 6.
a, 7. fruits and vegetables, 8. a.
Activity Calories Burned
Standing in line to see Santa 85
Wrapping gifts/writing Christmas cards 150
Building a snowman 160
Dressing for a party (from shower to shoes) 160
Trimming the Christmas tree 160
Preparing a Christmas meal 170
Christmas shopping 175
Christmas caroling 180
Cleaning house (dusting, vacuuming, mopping) 180
Putting up outdoor lights 215
Grocery shopping 240
Dancing at a party 270
Carrying groceries upstairs 545
*Calorie estimates are based on one hour of total activity for a 150 lb woman.
Submitted by Neva Cochran, MS, RD
Print handout from FoodandHealth.com – Are You Ready for the Holidays Quiz
Cathy Bowers, RD