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Why Aren't You Losing Weight?

Why Aren't You Losing Weight?

by Aviva Patz

You’re doing everything right, but the scale won’t budge. What gives?

When it comes to your eating style, you can best be described as:
1 of 8 questions

Option A

A grazer — every day is one long snack-a-thon

Option B

A traditionalist — it’s three square meals for you!

Option C

A skipper — you occasionally miss meals, especially breakfast. Calories saved!

Option D

A lapser — you eat mostly low-fat, nutritious food but often cave in to cookie-dough ice cream

When stress threatens to take over, you tend to:
2 of 8 questions

Option A

Feel frazzled. Doesn’t everybody?

Option B

Hit the gym. Spinning cures all

Option C

Take five for some deep yogic breathing

Option D

Call a pal who gets you giggling

Option E

Answers a and c

Option F

Answers b and d

Option G

Answers b, c and d

Option H

All of the above

Option I

None of the above

When you eat, you’re most likely to:
3 of 8 questions

Option A

Watch TV or read the newspaper

Option B

Catch up on e-mail or surf the Web

Option C

Inhale bites here and there at the kitchen counter

Option D

Take your time and savor the flavors. Yummy!

Your kitchen can be described as:
4 of 8 questions

Option A

A fat-free zone, baby!

Option B

A mix of diet foods for you and treats for your kids

Option C

A variety of whole foods, fresh, frozen and canned

Option D

A smorgasbord of tasty packaged goodies

For you, exercise is:
5 of 8 questions

Option A

Necessary! You’re addicted to your workout.

Option B

A necessary evil. You do it, but you hate it.

Option C

OK occasionally, like a long walk on a weekend

Option D

A modern form of torture. Boring!

Your feelings about dairy?
6 of 8 questions

Option A

Milk is for babies and kids eating cookies.

Option B

Dairy is fattening; just skim milk in my coffee, thanks.

Option C

I love it — ice cream, whipped cream and sour cream. Yummy!

Option D

Good stuff. I’m a fan of yogurt, cottage cheese and the milk in my cereal.

Do you keep a food journal?
7 of 8 questions

Option A

Sort of. You keep kind of a running tally in your head.

Option B

Yes, you try to write everything down.

Option C

Not really. You tried it once, but it was too hard to keep it up.

Option D

Nope. You never had the motivation.

Do you know what 100 calories looks like? Which of these fits the bill?
8 of 8 questions

Option A

An apple topped with 1 tablespoon of peanut butter and 1 cup of fat-free milk

Option B

A cheese stick and 1 1/2 cups of grapes

Option C

Six animal crackers

Option D

A small bag of banana chips