Quiz How healthy are you re­ally?

To find out, take th­ese nine in­ter­ac­tive tests. They’ll tell you things no scale or blood pres­sure cuff could!

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Your body is an amaz­ing, com­plex puz­zle, but the in­for­ma­tion you get from a pinchy blood pres­sure cuff or a lab test is only an out­line. “Es­pe­cially when you’re young, sig­nif­i­cant prob­lems may not show up on those tests yet,” ex­plains Dr Michael Roizen, a well­ness of­fi­cer and coau­thor of This Is Your Do-over (Si­mon & Schuster, R286). “By the time they do, it’ll be harder to fix the dam­age.”

To help you get a fuller look at your health, we asked top health ex­perts to com­pile th­ese nine sim­ple but re­veal­ing tests. No pee­ing in a cup or fork­ing over a hefty sum re­quired!

Eating habits OK, let’s get started. How many times in the past week did you eat out for break­fast, lunch or sup­per? 0-5 You’re on the right track

“When you make your own meals, you’re way more in con­trol of the kilo­joules, in­gre­di­ents (like added fat, salt and sugar) and por­tion size,” says nu­tri­tion­ist Rachel Beller. And by the way, lunches out have the most kilo­joules for women: if you must buy your mid­day meal, be sure to make it heavy on veg­eta­bles a lean pro­tein.

6-1nd3 You’re set­ting your­self up to gain weight

Women who eat out this of­ten av­er­age 1 205 more kilo­joules a day, and have sig­nif­i­cantly poorer di­ets than those who dine out less fre­quently, ac­cord­ing to one study. On days when your di­ary is too fran­tic to pull to­gether a home­cooked meal, “just make bet­ter gra­band-go choices,” says Rachel. “You can buy a pre-made salad, soup, sushi or a bag of veg­eta­bles and an al­ready-done ro­tis­serie chicken as quickly as you can get a drive-through meal,” she ex­plains.

14+ It’s time to re-eval­u­ate your eating habits

You’re tak­ing in a ton of ex­tra kilo­joules and fat, and miss­ing es­sen­tial vi­ta­mins and min­er­als. One study found that peo­ple who mostly eat at restau­rants con­sume less fruit, whole­grains and dark green and or­ange veg­eta­bles. Rachel sug­gests pick­ing just one meal, like break­fast, to scale back on. “A lot of my clients cook enough oats for three days, and then warm up a bowl each morn­ing,” she says. “It’s so sim­ple.”

Sweet drinks

How many sug­ar­sweet­ened bev­er­ages (like fizzy drinks, juice or flavoured cof­fee) do you typ­i­cally drink each day?

ZERO You rock! Stay the course

“Sug­ary drinks shouldn’t be in your diet,” says Rachel. “Pe­riod.” One is fine, but not fan­tas­tic. Women who in­crease their in­take of th­ese drinks by one 350ml serv­ing a day gain, on av­er­age, an ex­tra 0.5kg ev­ery four years, one study dis­cov­ered. “Sugar-sweet­ened bev­er­ages are empty kilo­joules, and im­me­di­ately make in­sulin lev­els go sky­high, which can lead to en­ergy crashes and food crav­ings,” ex­plains Rachel. The Amer­i­can Heart As­so­ci­a­tion rec­om­mends hav­ing no more than one of th­ese drinks each week.

2+ You’re in risky ter­ri­tory

Mul­ti­ple stud­ies show that women who reg­u­larly drink sug­ary bev­er­ages are about 30% more likely to de­velop type 2 di­a­betes than those who rarely do. “Scale back grad­u­ally,” ad­vises Rachel. “If you’re crav­ing some­thing sweet while you ta­per, add a few drops of le­mon or lime juice to sparkling wa­ter.”

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