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Do you stop losing weight at a certain point?   You look down at the dreaded number on the weighing scale; the needle tip hovering below it, taunting you. It has been three weeks and your weight does not seem to budge. You’ve been progressing pretty well to reach your ideal weight but now your […]

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How to avoid gaining weight during Ramadan

Fasting during Ramadan can cause weight gain in some people. And if you are one of them, regulating your food intake in the evenings can help you control your weight. And consuming less food, will in turn decrease the calories consumed, allowing you to lose or maintain your weight during this holy month.   What […]

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A guide to a healthier diet this Ramadan

A balanced diet Those observing the fast should have at least two meals a day – the pre-dawn meal (Suhoor) and a meal at dusk (Iftar).   Dr Mahroof, an anaesthetist from Oxford, says your food intake should be simple and not differ too much from your normal diet. It should contain foods from all […]

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Top Ten Nutritional Tips for Ramadan

A healthy Iftar goes hand in hand with the traditions: starting with 2 dates, then a glass of water or laban, then start the meal with a warm bowl of soup, a salad and the main course. Of course moderation is key to health! Starting your Iftar meal with a soup comforts the stomach after […]

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Can people who have undergone bariatric surgery fast during Ramadan?

The requirement to observe a total fast (abstain from all forms of nourishment including liquids) during daylight hours in the month of Ramadan poses a greater challenge in the management of people who have undergone bariatric surgery. Bariatric surgery is increasingly performed for the correction of morbid obesity, particularly in people with co-morbid conditions such […]

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Choose your salad dressing wisely!   When you think of a healthy meal, salads are more often than not your first option. Fresh green leaves, a smattering of juicy tomatoes, cucumbers, fruits and a handful of white meat which are then topped off with a drizzle of dressing to add flavour to the mix. Sounds […]

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Planning Meal Times Before Exercise   When you’re on a weight-loss programme, you might think that skipping food ahead of your workout will help burn even more fats from those stubborn areas. However, engaging in this habit will only cause problems such as light-headedness and low blood sugar levels.   Why should I eat before […]

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How To Prevent Childhood Obesity

Do you notice your child overeating and snacking too often? Is his weight gain excessive and is he having difficulty with physical exercise lessons at school? If you answered yes, it’s time to monitor your child’s health and weight to ensure his well-being in future.   What is childhood obesity?   A child is of […]

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Effects of sodium on the body

Sodium, an element in the common salt, is one of the main essentials for a healthy body. Salt is found in most kitchens: it seasons your food, helps preserve them and makes them taste better. But before you toss a generous handful into your cooking pan, be aware of its effects on your body and […]

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How smoking can cause insulin resistance in the body

Cigarette smoking is gaining in popularity over the years. According to the Dubai Health Authority in 2011, smokers in the United Arab Emirates city consume 12 cigarettes daily – making them moderate to heavy users.   The statistics also revealed that one in three people out of nearly two million residents in Dubai are exposed […]

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