GMAT Practice Question (One of Hundreds)
The technique of counting calories in order to lose weight can be counterproductive. People can become overly conscious about food intake or tire quickly of calculation and overeat in exasperation. Thus, it is best to forgo this outdated method in favor of a balanced diet and regular exercise.
The reasoning in the above argument is most flawed in that it:
Correct Answer: B
The argument states that it is possible for the technique of counting calories to be counterproductive and then draws the conclusion that this method should not be used. However, the fact that an outcome is possible does not mean that it is likely; this point is summarized in the correct answer. Many of the answer choices require you to dissect the structure of the argument.
- The argument is not about correlation or causation.
- The fact that counting calories can be counterproductive does not mean that it is likely to be.
- It is true that the argument does not examine the benefits of the technique, but that is not the biggest flaw in its logic.
- This is outside of the scope of the argument.
- Providing an example can strengthen an argument, but the omission of an example is not the most critical flaw in the reasoning in the statement.