Diet Crutches: What Works, What Doesn't

Trying to lose weight? Here are 17 diet tricks that may or may not speed up your results.

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Cutting portions

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Be your very own portion police.

"All restaurants serve up different portions. I tell my clients to leave half or quarter of their plate," says Shapiro. "Half can be dramatic because let's say you just got a piece of fish—you want to eat until you feel satisfied."

It's a great way to eat something more decadent, while still adhering to a diet, Shapiro says.

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