How can I enjoy my life in Dubai without gaining weight??

I have been living in Dubai for few years and me and my family had to adapt to a very different lifestyle here from what we were used to back home. One of the major changes is that both me and my husband work until 8-9pm so we tend to eat dinner really late. This has of course led to major weight gain and the kgs just seem to pile on without us being able to control it. We eat quite healthily and both of us avoid eating greasy food or food high in refined carbohydrates. Do you have any solution for us?

This is a very common problem for lot of people in Dubai and unfortunately it is a fact that lot of  people who move to Dubai pack on weight both because of the long working hours and because the weather doesn’t really allow lot of out doors activities. It is true that one of the most important factor to lose weight is eliminating food intake late at night as everything you eat late will eventually be stored as fat. Not only does eating late cause weight gain but it also keeps your digestive system  working while you sleep so your body doesn’t rest as it should and you wake up tired the day after. But there is of course solution to this problem and you should be able to lose the excess weight without too much effort.

  1. Eat regularly or every 2-3 hours to speed up your metabolic rate. If you do that you will feel less hungry at night and you wont eat as much.
  2. Take with you an afternoon snack that is really filling, a salad or a soup will then be satisfying when you get home. Most people fail to eat in the afternoon so they feel starving when they get home and when you feel that way it becomes difficult to eat light.
  3.  I understand that for most people dinner is a time when the family comes together to eat and that doesn’t have to change. The only thing that needs to change is what you eat. As vegetables  speed up your metabolic rate (especially raw veggies), fill you up and are very low in kcal the best choice for dinner would be a salad or a soup.
  4. Even though fruits are very light and easily digested, I don’t recommend fruits at night. Fruits are high sugar that you don’t need late at night before going to bed.



Helga Marin

Health Mind and Body

Tel Dubai 00971 50 5518482

Tel Iceland 00354 8458174



About healthmindbody

Helga Marin hails from Iceland and has over twenty years experience in fitness and health. She has been living in Dubai for the last 10 years where she conducted numerous workshops and seminars helping people to improve their health and general well being. She is the co founder of the successful weight loss programme “8 weeks to a new you” and she is also the founder of the New “Health Mind and Body” programmes that promote both Physical and mental Health through nutrition education, NLP/behavior modification and exercises. Prior to starting her own company, Helga worked for seven years at the GMC associated Clinics. Helga’s qualifications 1. Sport and Nutrition degree from the University of Sport in Stockholm, Sweden 2. BA in Psychology from University of Stockholm 3. NLP Master Practitioner certified by Paul McKenna and Richard Bandler (founder of NLP) 4. CTI Life coach level 1 5. Certified Personal Trainer 6. Certified Fitness and aerobics Instructor 7. Certified in Pilates lev.el 1 8. Certified Massage Therapist Contact details: Helga Marin Tel Dubai 050 8490198 Tel Iceland 050 8458174
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