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Top Surefire Ways to Lose Weight - Healthy Gift Baskets

Sep 3, 2008
A piece of fresh fruit from food gift baskets can curb our craving for sweets. Losing weight is a never-ending battle for many us who strive to keep our weight at a healthy level. There are countless diet books, diet experts on television, grapefruit diets, cabbage diets and the list goes on. All of us are guilty of trying a fad diet from time to time, to join in with our friends and lose a few pounds. Eating, simple fresh foods is always recommended.

Today's medical community and nutrition experts send out mixed messages. Some will try to convince you that low carbohydrates and high protein is the answer, and while it might be tempting to eat a half pound of bacon in one sitting, over time those diets are hard on your kidneys. Then there are the minimalist diets that clean and purge your system by asking you to consume vinegar, lemon juice and /or cayenne pepper and honey. It must be hard to maintain energy on that combination. Then there are the side effects of the cabbage dietwell, let's not even go there.

If you want, you can think of it this way: more calories have to go out than the number of calories that come in. This sounds too simple to be true, but it is. It comes down to our willpower to stop eating foods that are bad and the self-discipline to keep up a regular exercise program. Are there steps we can take to maximize our chance at success?

Notice that we are not recommending that you reward yourself with food the food in your basket is to give you energy to complete the tasks you set for yourself. A package of dried Bing cherries to get you through a two mile walk, for example. Your rewards are the packets from your pamper baskets, and of course the good feeling you get from taking control of your lives. Ideas for your natural food baskets besides fruit and nuts include items that are known to encourage weight loss, energy bars, trail mix, and granola, for example.

Having a friend to work with is a powerful impetus. It allows you to voice your frustrations and share your successes, as well as permitting you to brainstorm activity ideas. Two can do so much, including biking, hiking, golfing, tennis, rowing - anything that gets you up and out. Anything that gets you back to that pampering basket for your reward!

Working out in a pair is always more fun than doing it by yourself. You can inspire each other to keep going when it gets tough, and doing it together will ensure that neither of you quits along the way. While you're walking with a friend, you can even use the time to socialize and share gossip. You can compete with each other to set a record for the fastest or longest walk, if you feel up to it. After a good workout, share a low-calorie snack together.

Camaraderie has so many benefits, not just for diet success but for the socialization and the fact that there's nothing like a friend to keep you grounded! You can even compete for one of the prizes in your pamper basket. And the beauty of it is that you can fill your natural food basket and your pampering basket for less than the price of two gym memberships for a month!
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During this holiday season, attractive holiday gift baskets are the perfect presents to give. These unique Christmas gifts are filled with healthy goodness that will delight any dieter.
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