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Best diet discoveries of 2013, from weight loss chocolate to sleep slim-downs

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If you're contemplating making resolutions to lose weight in 2014, you might get some carbohydrate-cutting clues by checking out the best weight loss discoveries of 2013. From dark chocolate's fat-burning finds to sleeping to slim down, Fit Sugar revealed the year's winners on Dec. 26.

Here are the delightful diet discoveries of 2013:

  • Dark-chocolate eaters who ate more calories than non-dark chocolate eaters weighed less. The reason? Researchers believe that an antioxidant found in dark chocolate, epicatechin, blocks your body's absorption of fats and sugars. If brownies are your delight, get a recipe for low-calorie brownies by clicking here.
  • Indulge in more sleep to reduce junk food cravings. If you lack enough sleep, you respond more strongly to fattening foods like pizza. Having problems getting enough sleep? Dr. Mehmet Oz explains how to determine your specific sleep type for weight loss: Get the skinny by clicking here.
  • Protein power wins for losing weight. Researchers discovered that dieters who ate more protein than the recommended daily allowance (RDA) boosted their weight loss. Learn about the different types of protein powders for increasing your RDA by clicking here.
  • One of the culinary delights of the world: Taking a break in the midst of the day with a large lunch. And now you have an excuse: Those who ate their largest meal at noon lose weight more easily, according to a new study. And for variety and health, try an occasional plant-based lunch: Get the dish on the best new vegan and vegetarian cookbooks by clicking here.
  • You can't do it all. So if you're trying to decide whether to focus on starting a new exercise plan or a new diet, researchers discovered that those who developed a steady fitness routine first and then improved their diets lost the most weight. How hard should you work out? Learn about why intensity counts by clicking here.
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