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Be Patient with Your Taste Buds

If you've reduced sugar from your diet and find you have a hankering for sweets a day (or even a week) later, hang in there. For Jennifer Homendy, 45, her sugar cravings began to dissipate after three to four weeks of reducing her intake. "It is amazing how the desire for sugar goes away."

The science: In a 2015 study from the Monell Chemical Senses Center, people who followed a low-sugar diet for three months rated pudding as tasting 40 percent sweeter than did those who stuck with their typical, sugar-filled diets.

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