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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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"When people skip meals, they think they're saving calories," says Shapiro. But the habit always backfires. "It can wreak havoc on their metabolism, and they tend to eat more later because they're voraciously hungry."

Some research shows that as long as calories stay the same, it doesn't matter if you eat small quantities more often or large quantities less often.

Eating more small meals may help dieters to quell cravings, though, and it also discourages bingeing later, says Shapiro, who recommends meals of less than 500 calories every three to four hours.

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