Now look at the yearly weight loss calendar. The first use of a diet calendar is to decide what days or months that you do not want to be on a diet. Think of these as your diet vacations. Pick times that are always difficult to diet anyways like Christmas and or Thanksgiving. I find it easier to diet at the beginning of the year when everyone else is dieing and in the summer when I can eat lots of fruits and vegetables. You should not diet for too short a time period and you should take a break for more than a day so that you can relax. A week is a good amount of time to take a break. If you only have a little to loose, you might try additional time which you designate as maintenance weeks (I find maintenance weeks difficult, but others may not.) See below for an example of a Yearly Calendar.
Now go ahead and schedule your year. Keep in mind this is the big picture with yearly goals being supported by daily actions. Remember that if you want to loose weight you will need
more weight loss days than vacation days. Maintenance days do not need to be counted. (I am not too crazy about maintenance days because it is almost as hard to maintain as it is to
diet. It is a difference of only about 500 calories.)
Now put your choices on paper and stick to it. When you are tempted and people say…You can cheat just for this party….You can say… No it is against the rules of the “Yo-Yo diet." (I am in the process of writing a book called "The Yo-Yo Diet....How to Lose Weight by Controlling the Yo-Yo." to be at Yo-Yo-Diet.com. They will have no idea what you are talking about but will realize that it is important and that it is against the rules. Or tell them according to the "Yo-Yo diet" I will have to diet three more days to make up for one day off track and to get back on track. Your commitment will eventually materialize into weight loss results.
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