Difficulty Losing Weight – Questions From Confused Women

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This location was one of the first two Giant Eagle stores to open in the Columbus market in November 2000. The site previously housed a Hospitality Motor Inn location. At 111,131 square feet, this store was very large for a traditional Giant Eagle store, maybe even the largest non Market District location in the chain at the time it closed. This location’s sister location in Lewis Center was a little larger originally, but a couple years ago downsized and split some space off to Staples. Giant Eagle closed this store on March 4, 2017. The GetGo gas station is staying open despite the main store being closed.

This photo was taken on March 4th, the final day of the store.

Former Giant Eagle – 1000 E. Dublin-Granville Road – Columbus, Ohio

This is one of five closing Giant Eagle stores I covered in a larger post of mine. Feel free to check that post out here (…). The photos posted already will be included in an album here on Flickr as well.

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In today’s fast-paced lifestyles, it’s not always easy to eat healthy. Now couple this problem with weight loss and it seems almost impossible to ever lose those unwanted pounds. My experience as a wellness coach has helped and encouraged many women who have difficulty losing weight because they are confused about what foods to eat for healthy weight management. Here are two popular questions, answered.

Question: Can fast foods be part of a healthy weight loss program?

Answer: Not everyone has the ability to eat home cooked meals throughout the day. Quite often many people don’t have the time, or they eat on the run between appointments, or they dine with friends at restaurants. Fast foods can be included in a healthy weight loss program. The trick is to know how to make wise choices.

A good rule of thumb is to share a meal with a friend or eat half of the meal and take the other half home as leftovers. Instead of drinking calorie-loaded sodas, try water or iced tea instead. Choose salads topped with grilled chicken breast, fish or beef and ask for the salad dressing to be served on the side. Try tacos with salsa, chopped onions and tomatoes with a sprinkle of cheese. It is recommended to stay away from fried foods because they are loaded in fat and calories. However, an occasional small portion won’t harm.

You can still lose weight without eliminating favorite foods. It’s all about portion control, wise choices, and only occasional visits to restaurants.

Question: Are vegetarian diets healthy ways to lose weight?

Answer: Don’t be fooled into thinking vegetarian diets are healthier choices when losing weight. Vegetarian eating plans that include consuming large amounts of high-fat, high-calorie foods will not be helpful for weight loss. Also, vegetarian diets may lack certain nutrients found in animal products such as calcium, iron, protein, vitamin B 12, vitamin D, and zinc. These important nutrients come from the following food sources:

Calcium: dairy products, fortified soy-based beverages, tofu, collard greens, kale, broccoli

Iron: cashews, spinach, lentils, chick peas, fortified bread or cereal

Protein: eggs, dairy products, beans, peas, nuts, seeds, tofu, tempeh

Vitamin B 12: eggs, dairy products, fortified cereals or soy-based beverages, tempeh, miso

Vitamin D: fortified foods and beverages including milk, soy-based beverages

Zinc: whole grains, nuts, tofu, green leafy vegetables

A vegetarian diet is a good choice for losing weight if it is low in fat and includes all the important nutrients needed for health.

Despite popular belief, fast foods can be included in a healthy weight loss program and vegetarian diets don’t guarantee healthy weight loss.

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Donna Szczur is a personal weight loss coach for women who struggle to lose weight. Health and wellness has always been a priority in Donna’s life. Both of her parents developed cardiovascular disease during middle age. Since that time, eating nutritionally and living a healthy lifestyle have always played an important part in her life. Donna is the organizer of a women’s weight loss focus group in her hometown of Coquitlam, British Columbia. Like-minded women meet on a weekly basis to discuss their weight loss successes and challenges. In today’s fast-paced lifestyle, it’s not always easy to eat well and stay healthy and slim. The weekly support and nutritional tips help everyone to achieve their personal weight loss goals.

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