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Resolve the Paradox. The correct answer choice is (C).
The stimulus presents a paradox regarding toning shoes. Research shows that using toning shoes doesn't affect the major muscles any more than ordinary shoes, but those people who switch to toning shoes end up with stronger major muscles.
So, toning shoes are no better than ordinary shoes for strengthening muscles, but people who switch to them end up stronger. How? Well, one answer would be if the people wearing them used them a lot more. That would allow the stimulus information to be true and provide a cause for the difference.
Answer choice (A): This answer tries to draw your attention to different muscles than those discussed in the stimulus, where the focus was on "major leg muscles." Nice try, LSAC.
Answer choice (B): Even if this is the case, how does this explain the strengthening of the muscles when people switch to toning shoes? It doesn't, and is incorrect.
Answer choice (C): This is the correct answer choice. If this is true, when people switch to toning shoes, they being walking more, which would explain the difference seen in the stimulus while still allowing all of the information to be true.
Answer choice (D): This is nice to hear if I'm thinking about switching, but it's not a central issue in the stimulus nor does it help explain what is occurring. It's a classic distractor issue to get you thinking about an idea relevant to using or purchasing the shoes, but not the actual issue in the stimulus.
Answer choice (E): If I work in the marketing department at Toning Shoes Corp, I'm loving this answer but marketability isn't the issue here. However, this answer can be attractive so let's look at the pieces:
- "Shoes that strengthen major leg muscles..." — Well, we know toning shoes don't strengthen the major muscle groups any more than regular shoes for the same exercise, but we could say they do ultimately strengthen those muscles in some way. But since we already know how that matches regular shoes, does this explain the difference in the stimulus? No.
"...are more marketable than regular shoes." — Marketability also doesn't explain the difference in the stimulus so no matter how we interpret this portion it's irrelevant.
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