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18. Don't desert dessert.

You don't necessarily have to desert dessert. Eat 25 percent less and be proud of yourself. Call a food "forbidden," and you'll start an internal war that is almost guaranteed to have you throwing in the towel (or napkin). Sweets, or any food for that matter, don't have to become an all-or-nothing scenario. Make that slice of Death By Chocolate just a sliver instead of a hunk; the cookies, a couple rather than a entire row; and the candy bar, a mini morsel rather than a one-pound bar. Remember, anything can be low in calories if you don't eat a lot of it.

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All tips written by Joan Salge Blake, M.S., R.D.

--Updated August 2003

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