This is the time of the year when many of us make unreasonable demands of ourselves and resolve to do the impossible like eat better and get in shape.

Take me, for example, I just want to lose weight by eating lots of sweets and sleeping until noon.

Is that too much to ask? Apparently not. In fact, here are five ways to drop a few pounds while embracing so-called "bad' habits:

Drink wine. There's an antioxidant in the grapes that's been shown to boost your metabolism and slow down the growth of fat cells. White wine, by the way, is better than red, but don't overindulge because one glass has about 125 calories.

Eat chocolate. Researchers at U.C. San Diego found that people who ate chocolate regularly -- especially dark chocolate -- tended to be thinner even if they consumed more calories on a daily basis.

Sleep in. When you don't get enough sleep, you're more likely to binge eat. And a recent study found teenagers who lost just one hour of sleep ate an average of 200 extra calories a day, which is enough to make you gain two pounds a month.

Use butter, not margarine. Recent studies have found butter is better if you're trying to lose weight because of the fatty acids in it, and because it doesn't have trans fats like margarine.

Eat pasta. You can actually burn calories by eating pasta. The trick is, though, you have to put it in the fridge first. The drop in temperature changes the nature of the carbs in the noodles into “resistant starch,” meaning your body has to work harder to digest it. Pasta has also been found to increase feelings of fullness by over 50 percent.

Thanks for the tips, Yahoo. I would do anything to lose weight -- except eat healthy and exercise.

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