Your Monthly Weight Control Calendar



April
12 Easter
Lay off the chocolate eggs in favor of a beautifully decorated hard-boiled egg. One is just 78 calories, and it's a terrific source of choline, an important brain chemical.
15 Tax Day
Breathe deeply between bites and when you do nibble, pay attention to the food's taste and feel. Otherwise, in your frenzied state, you'll mindlessly shovel in food, says Ann Pardo, director of behavioral health services at Canyon Ranch Health Resort in Tucson.

May
10 Mother's Day
On the country's most popular day to dine out, make your reservation at a gourmet restaurant that serves reasonably sized portions of ultrasatisfying food, suggests Carrie Wiatt, a celebrity clinical nutritionist based in Culver City, CA. By way of comparison: The sea bass with potato and leeks at Daniel, an acclaimed restaurant in New York City, has about 630 calories; a platter of fried shrimp, scallops, clam strips, and fish fillets at Red Lobster, up to 1,100 calories.
25 Memorial Day
Because creamy picnic side dishes damage a diet much more than the main course does, skip the calorie-dense potato and macaroni salads in favor of a 59-calorie ear of corn on the cob, advises Robyn Flipse, RD, author of Fighting the Freshman Fifteen.

June
21 Father's Day
Serve Dad's dinner in courses rather than presenting it all at once, says Will Clower, PhD, author of The Fat Fallacy: "Eating more slowly will give your body the 15 or so minutes it takes to register that it's full." Suggested menu of 511 calories: Start with salad, move on to shrimp cocktail, follow it with a small steak with mushrooms and steamed veggies, and end with fruit and pudding.
21 Graduation Party
Bring a camera and act as the "official photographer" (it can be part of your gift to the guest of honor) so your hands won't be free to pick up food.
28 Baby Shower
Have a bowl of satisfying soup—hot or cold—before you go. In a recent Pennsylvania State University study of nearly 150 dieters, those who consumed 200 calories' worth of soup before lunch and dinner every day lost 5 pounds more after a year than those who ate 200 calories in low-fat but salty snacks as an appetizer.

July
4 Independence Day
Lay off the lemonade. We know the weather's hot, but a recent study at Penn State showed that when women consumed 156 calories' worth of nonalcoholic caloric beverages with a meal, they only slightly adjusted their food intake and ended up 104 calories in the hole. Better choice: sparkling water with a few raspberries dropped in.

August
22 Wedding Reception
Eat two fat-free hot dogs without the buns at home and carry a clutch purse when you head out the door. Together, they will wipe out your desire and ability to stuff yourself with hors d'oeuvres. Think about it: Who wants pigs in a blanket after polishing off two franks? You won't have a hand free for food anyway, what with a clutch purse in one hand and a drink in the other (go for a 50-calorie wine spritzer).
28 Summer Vacation
Request that the minibar in your hotel room be emptied, and stock it yourself with water, milk, 100% juice, low-fat yogurt, and fruit. You can enjoy breakfast in your room every morning and avoid the temptation to eat your money's worth in pancakes, French toast, and omelets at the hotel's overpriced buffet.

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