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19 Life-Changing Secrets

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We've uncovered insider advice on what you need to know about absolutely everything -- for flatter abs, less stress, unforgettable sex, and more.

Your Best Diet

Eat sweets to curb a sugar craving? Overcome exercise inertia by writing a letter? Who knew? Insiders, that's who! We combed through the research and schmoozed with top doctors, trainers, nutritionists (and even a few Fitness editors) to uncover the single most important thing you need to know about everything -- from whittling your middle to picking a weight-loss plan that you'll actually stick to. Go ahead and pass these tips along. After all, some secrets are just too juicy to keep to yourself.

1. The Secret to... Picking the Right Diet for You

Look for your favorite foods. "An obvious but often overlooked point is that the best diet is one you'll stick to -- not a hyped-to-the-hilt plan or the strategy that helped your sister drop 10 pounds. If you adore fruit or pasta, for example, a high-protein regimen is a recipe for failure. Remember that a diet is a way of life rather than a quick fix -- and it's hard to live with a plan that keeps you away from the things you love."

--Lisa Sanders, MD, an assistant professor at Yale School of Medicine and author of The Perfect Fit Diet: How to Lose Weight, Keep It Off, and Still Have the Foods You Love (St. Martin's Press, 2006)

2. The Secret to... Curbing a Sugar Craving

Don't beat it -- eat it! "Your urge may be biological or psychological, but either way, deprivation only feeds it. Give yourself permission to eat the particular sweet you crave and it will lose some of its power over you. Fight the temptation to overeat by buying only single-serving packages (Oreos, for example), or take a reasonably sized portion out of the bag or box and give away the rest immediately."

--Susan McQuillan, RD, author of Breaking the Bonds of Food Addiction (Penguin, 2004)

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