We’ve all taken the internet as our own personal dietitian and thought it was going to change our lives for the better; we hate to be the bearer of bad news but that’s not the case at all. The interwebs is full of insight on just about anything, but it is also filled with different opinions and theories. When you’re about to be more serious than ever about adopting a healthy lifestyle with long term goals, and not just wish to fit in that outfit for your summer events in Amman - minus quarantine, then your best bet is to consult with a professional. Your dietitian will conduct a body assessment to make sure your body type is compatible with a diet plan, since the scale is not enough of an analysis. After all, everybody is equal, but not every body is equal. We sat with Haya Al-Attar, a clinical nutritionist and dietitian whose main purpose is to guide people on their journey to a healthy lifestyle and she provided a lot of insight on the topic with the most frequent concerns people usually have.
Out for blood:
More than you think, a lot of people could be suffering from unknown medical issues that affect their weight overall which results in weight frustration every single time leading them to believe that nothing works for them. Haya believes that some people have problems that they have no idea exist such as vitamins deficiencies and polycystic ovaries that make weight loss almost impossible. Haya recommends a regular medical blood test, in order to pinpoint issues that can be taken into consideration when given a diet plan tailored to that person with higher chances of it being efficient.
People think a dietitian is somebody who only fixes our weight issues which is false, that is just the surface. Haya Al-Attar describes herself and those like her in the profession as health professionals who customize a person’s diet based on their medical conditions and information obtained from a blood test. They add and subtract depending on what you have or lack in your body that is standing in the way between you and your long term health goals that can be maintained.
The food pyramid, but better:
For the sake of your metabolism’s maximum efficiency, a balanced diet should include three main meals everyday being breakfast, lunch and dinner and two light snacks. Haya explains that a healthy diet should also maintain your blood sugar and energy levels so that it functions normally even if you alter your lifestyle. You would think the less the better, but it is actually not in the quantity of calories you consume but rather their quality. Take this as a golden rule - the less you eat, the more you will eat. We don’t make the rules. If you divide your meals based on a 2-3 hour gap system, you won’t feel the need to go too crazy.
A complimentary duo:
There is a myth surfacing amongst people suggesting that exercising might get in the way of your weight loss process, but they actually go hand in hand and Haya proves so. Weight loss does not only mean lighter on the scale, it is more about how your body looks and feels. Any diet in the books that burns fat offers seriously noticeable change in how a body looks, and in all the places - right and wrong! If you prefer a certain area in your body to stay the same, that’s where you need a proper workout regime to sculpt your body however you choose while burning fat in other undesirable areas. Ditch the scale people, and focus on your before and after photos.
Have you ever had that moment after a meal where you wondered to yourself: “Did I really just pay that much for a quinoa salad?
We all thought that this year we will be able to wholeheartedly say that the Ketogenic Diet is “so 2019”, but no it is still going and running on full force taking over our lifestyles, social media and conversations.
Clueless as to which group class you should go for? Totally fine, we’ve all been there!
Are you going above and beyond in your weight loss journey and still can’t see any results?
Intermittent fasting is officially, totally a thing now. For some people maybe, it’s more like “Oh, you mean Ramadan?” Well, not technically there is actually a difference.
While culturally and especially in Amman, the Holy Month encompasses traditions of feasting rather than moderate eating, you can actually go above that and use it to your advantage to shed all this quarantine weight you might have helplessly put on. Here are a few tips to get back on track during Ramadan:
While the city of Amman is slowly going back to it’s livelihood amid the pandemic, it is without a doubt that gyms will not be open anytime soon, so it’s going to remain home workouts for now. Everywhere in the world people have proven that they can make a workout schedule work during quarantine, effectively and productively, but a lot of people are wondering whether or not it is healthy to workout while fasting or not. Well, the simple answer is that you can’t put the word workout and unhealthy in the same sentence, but there is a right way to do it that you can benefit from.
It’s not news anymore that home workouts is all we’ve got for the time being, and at least for the next quarter of this year thanks to the coronavirus that’s taken the world by a storm. Jordan is doing well in comparison to the rest of the world, but it is safe to say the gyms in Amman won’t be open anytime soon for precautionary purposes. If you’re about the look-good-feel-good life, then listen up, because it does come with a bonus - it won’t cost you expensive exercise equipment, just good ol’ affordable resistance bands that go hand in hand with your weight loss, strength training and toning your entire body.
We are all familiar with dopamine when it is related to exercise, but not so much when it comes to food. If you were ever wondering how someone could possibly be addicted to going to the gym, it is because they’re keen on getting their daily dopamine fix. Dopamine is basically a happy hormone, that your body releases through utmost exhaustion while working out - and when you start feeling it regularly, there is no going back and you won’t ever imagine yourself without it! Good news ladies and gents, because that happy pill we give ourselves can be also done through eating certain foods, and we’re not talking about everybody’s favorite junk food therapy, there are healthy alternatives high in tyrosine which is the amino acid that aids in the production of dopamine. Here are 4 foods that can boost your dopamine and hence make you oh so happy:
Adopting a healthy lifestyle can be difficult, but maintaining it can be even more difficult if you make a few wrong decisions that were not advised by a professional. There are a lot of things we tend to do merely based by things we read on the internet or solely base them on someone else’s experiences. We sat with Faten Abu Hasna, a specialist in clinical and sportsmen nutrition in Amman, Jordan who set the record straight on topics regarding leading a healthy lifestyle.
Boxing has gained a lot of popularity over the last couple of years, and for good reason. Whether it is weight loss you’re after or muscle development, you can literally achieve anything you want off your body just from boxing. We’ve heard a lot of people adopting boxing as part of their lifestyles with most gyms in Amman offering it in many forms, and at many places where you can be learning professional boxing and nobody ever regrets it! Here is why we think you should be the next one talking about it:
What everybody knows about nuts is that they for one are delicious, but also extremely therapeutic to munch on. If you’re a nuts lover and on a healthy lifestyle, then this reading is for you. What you might not know about nuts is that they actually can help boost your metabolism which in return will help you burn fat and lose weight, especially in the belly area. While you’re here, grab a bowl of nuts because we’re about to break some truths on how nuts can help you get those body goals: