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"Come on, another helping of mashed potatoes won't hurt."

Family members can be trouble when you're trying to lose weight, especially because you usually share meals with them. Hottinger suggest negotiating with them to keep trigger foods out of the house and temptation off the dinner table. An informal contract can be your backup when the undermining—"Look what I bought… Ring Dings!"—gets too intense.

Best response: "Thanks, but no thanks… we discussed this and I need to not have these foods around me."

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