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Lose Weight: Avoid 3 Temptations for Diet Success

Lose Weight: Avoid 3 Temptations for Diet Success

Ever wonder why you ordered the four-cheese pizza with pepperoni and sausage instead of that salad? Or why you can't keep your hands off those adorable 100-calorie snack-packs? Everywhere you turn, there are sneaky temptations that can bamboozle your best intentions. Watch out for these three diet deceivers.

Use this trick to stop food cravings in their tracks.

Unhealthy foods masquerading as good stuff. Don't let clever writing fool you. A healthy-sounding name on a menu or package can make you choose something that's higher in sugar and fat than you really want. Guilty offenders: Candies called "fruit chews," sugary shakes promoted as "smoothies," salty-fatty snacks labeled "veggie chips," and oily noodle dishes flecked with a few carrots and broccoli bits that call themselves "salads."

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Cute mini packs that look irresistible. Bite-sized 100-calorie treats can be a great way to get a little taste of your favorite snack. But they can also make your mind play tricks on you. If you're working hard to lose extra pounds, mentally classifying them as skinny food often leads people to eat nearly twice as many calories as you would in a small portion from a regular package!

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Healthy menu choices that let you off the hook. Sounds crazy, but just seeing menu options described as "dieter's delight" or "reduced calorie" or "healthy" leads some weight-conscious folks (you?) to indulge in a double bacon cheeseburger or giant bowl of fettuccine Alfredo. Somehow, just being near healthy choices tricks your brain into thinking you've made one. Don't be fooled: See "healthy" and order it, not it's neighbor on the menu!

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