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"Here, try these brownies… I baked them just for you."

Guilt-inducing? Sure. But typical. Half of all dieters report that other people pressured them to eat food that was not on their diet, and a whopping 56% succumbed to that pressure, usually because they didn't want to hurt the brownie-baker's feelings.

Best response: Pass the buck, says Frances Largeman-Roth, RD, a nationally recognized health expert and the co-author of The CarbLovers Diet, and do it with a smile. "Wow, that's so sweet! I'm not eating that right now, but I'm sure Sally in accounting would love them!"

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