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Zulekha Hospital restores shoulder functions for a biking enthusiast with a minimal invasive procedure

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42-year-old John Dingo Demadura Rojas, a resident of Dubai was biking in a mountainous area when he had an accidental fall and injured his left clavicle.

In severe pain John was rushed to another hospital where he was advised to undergo an open surgery to restore the shoulder function. However, he approached Zulekha Hospital Sharjah for a second opinion and was keen on an alternative to the open procedure. The diagnosis revealed a grade 3 (complete) dislocation of the lateral end of the clavicle – left shoulder. It was observed that the joint between the clavicle and shoulder blade had disrupted owing to complete disruption of ligaments. This resulted in dislocation of one end of the collar bone. His shoulder movements were painfully restricted in all the planes and there was a palpable deformity over the superior aspect of the shoulder from the dislocated collar bone.

After a thorough assessment, considering John’s desire to restore his shoulder functions through a key hole surgery, Dr. Biju Pankappilly, Specialist Orthopedic Surgeon advised an arthroscopic assisted reduction of the joint with suspensory devices, along with a semitendinosus autograft augmentation for superior results. This is a biological augmentation for added stability and speeds-up the healing process.

During the arthroscopic surgery, small key holes were made around the shoulder through which an arthroscope was introduced into the shoulder joint to look for any additional intra articular pathologies inside the shoulder which are very common following a fall on the shoulder. Intraarticular injuries can be been easily missed if one resorts to an open surgery alone. The patient had a very small partial thickness rotator cuff tear which needed only debridement. Dissections had to be made around the Neuro vascular structures to aid in passing the tendon autograft through the key holes with specialised instruments –  this was the most difficult part of the surgery. A small 1.5 cm incision was made over the collar bone for the purpose of drilling and a suspensory device with suture tapes and titanium buttons on both the ends were inserted to hold the acromio clavicular joint in reduced position. Semi tendinosis tendon graft taken from his leg further supported the fixation.

The patient said: “While I was worried about the incident keeping me away from my routine and sporting activities, it was an excellent experience to have had the procedure done through an arthroscopic technique. I have very little pain and I am confident I will be able to recover faster and have normal shoulder movements that will help me get back to my sporting activities in the weekends with family and friends.”

Dr. Pankappilly added: “Most people with low demands can be treated conservatively with such injuries as long as they do not mind a bony prominence from the dislocated collar bone over their shoulder and a dull ache at times. I would recommend surgery for people taking part in overhead sports, contact sports such as football or rugby, cyclists and manual labourers. Neglected injuries in this group of people may cause persistent pain and dysfunction in the shoulder and will affect their performance as they need overhead activities in their career.”

“Most surgeons perform the surgery as an open procedure. The results may be equally good but with a larger incision and dissection causing more postoperative pain to the patient and a delayed recovery time. Moreover arthroscopic surgery enables one to diagnose and treat any intraarticular pathology present. Patients who desire better cosmesis, less pain and a faster recovery will benefit more from an arthroscopic assisted procedure – this is what we did to help John.”

“The suspensory device plays a vital role in holding the reduced joint in position until the ligaments heal and the biological augmentation will make the construct much stronger speeding up the recovery. In an acute situation, one can opt not to have the tendon augmentation. However, in John’s case it was more than two weeks since his injury happened, which meant that the ligaments would have already started healing in an elongated position. This is why we decided to augment the reconstruction with a tendon graft,” he concluded.

The patient’s post operation X-ray shows excellent reduction of the dislocated acromioclavicular joint. John started his home physio sessions the day after the surgery and as time progresses he will be put on more aggressive regimes. If all goes well, John should be able to resume his biking activities in 3-4 months’ time.

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Giving children something to smile about

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Drs Nicolas and Asp – The Pediatric Dentistry Center makes your child’s dental health a top priority

Drs. Nicolas & Asp operates one of the leading specialty centers in the UAE and GCC, designed only for our Pediatric Dentistry patients. The professional team has spent years perfecting their techniques, which ensures your child always receives expert and up-to-date treatment.

The pediatric dentists at Drs. Nicolas and Asp have completed their postgraduate dental education and training and are certified by the American Board. They are highly trained and qualified to manage the necessary preventive, therapeutic and invasive dental treatments every child needs, in a comforting and child-friendly environment.

Dealing with children requires patience and kindness, and our team goes that extra mile to make your child feel safe and comfortable throughout the treatment.

At Drs. Nicolas & Asp, prevention is on the top of our agenda. Our qualified pediatric dentists use a variety of means and approaches to help protect your child against cavities and other dental issues.

Our specialized dental care includes regular check-ups, prophylactic sessions and cleaning, awareness for good dental hygiene, dental sealants and topical fluoride treatments, cavity fillings, pulp therapy, habit breaking appliances, conscious sedation, and orthodontic treatments.

In addition, our patient-oriented customer service has led to our patients being as comfortable with us as they are in their own home.

Located at Jumeirah 1, Jumeirah beach road, Drs Nicolas and Asp – The Pediatric Dentistry Center ensures that your child will always leave with a positive experience and a smile for a lifetime.

 

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Shah Rukh Khan Impressed by UAE’s Sports Medicine and Advanced Technology

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Recently, Indian film star and producer Shah Rukh Khan toured nanoM, a state-of-the-art sports and human performance facility based in Dubai that provides comprehensive health and fitness analyses.

Shah Rukh, who spent more than two hours at the facility, signed the clinic’s wall of fame and said: “I’ve visited many facilities around the world, including ones in the US and Europe, and nanoM’s equipment and technology are the most impressive by far.”

“I can see why professional footballers, cyclists and cricketers use nanoM’s services. My team – the Kolkata Knight Riders – and I will definitely be back for health and performance assessments,” he added.

Karan Rekhi, Vice President – Operations of Nano M, an Emirates Healthcare Company said, “We were delighted to host SRK at our facility. Our wall of fame is almost completely covered; I believe word spreads when you offer excellence. nanoM is the facility of choice for sports professionals and celebrities seeking to enhance their performances and address existing or potential injuries.”

Other famous visitors include English football legend Frank Lampard, who underwent a series of tests at nanoM earlier this year, and Lee Peltier, who plays for Cardiff City.

nanoM is a unique, premium health assessment facility with technology that is at least a decade more advanced than that in other facilities. The latest equipment is used to analyse health, fitness, total body functionality and physical performance capabilities, and the facility has a movement analysis area with high definition cameras to monitor and analyse whole body motion.

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Fakih IVF Fertility Center Aims To Increase Success Probabilities for IVF Patients This Festive Season  

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  • The center will offer special programs to encourage patients to opt for the most successful mechanism for conceiving

In-vitro fertilization has paved way for several people to become parents. Considering the benefits offered by this technology, and being one of the most successful mechanisms for conceiving, Fakih IVF Fertility Center has crafted special programs this festive season.

“At Fakih, we have always been committed to patients’ wellness, and introducing this special program in line with our vision to support the dreams of couples seeking to be parents, as well as increase the chances of success for participants,” said Dr. Michael Fakih, Medical Director of Fakih IVF.

Fakih IVF Fertility Center Dubai is offering free consultations to all the patients on their first visit with an additional discount of 10 percent on IVF and ICSI procedures during the month of December. In-vitro fertilization represents a significant hope for the scores of families who struggle to have children, and the introduction of this program is a part of Fakih’s responsibility to offer financial guarantees to its patients, whilst offering them a ray of hope this festive season.

“With the year coming to an end, we are working closely with the medical teams to develop programs that will offer easy access to patients to cutting-edge treatments. Our holistic programs will not only increase the fertility rates, but also offer the right emotional support that patients seek,” added Dr Michael Fakih.

Studies suggest that several women between the ages of 18 to 44 have impaired fecundity – trouble conceiving, or trouble carrying. However, live birth rate for each IVF cycle started has a profound success rate. Considering the success that IVF offers, it is befitting that patients in the UAE have access to best fertility treatments at cost-effective rates.

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Award for innovator of pioneering health and wellness eco-system

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Dr Manoj Menon receives top accolade at Smart Health Dubai Awards for “Spotcheck”, judged by leading lights in global Health Technology Sector

The co-founder of Spotcheck, a technology driven health and wellness services provider, which offers an 8 minutes non-invasive health screening and a digital platform, has been awarded as one of the top 50 leaders in the healthcare sector in the region. Dr Manoj Menon was given the award at the Smart Health Dubai conference, a platform held in Dubai once a year which brings together decision-makers from corporates and government organizations from across the Middle East with researchers and investors in order to share knowledge and build alliances.  The two-day event took place at Raffles Hotel and was attended by over 200 individuals.

The pioneering Spotcheck ecosystem incorporates a non-invasive health assessment kiosk and a digital platform, ENHAPP, which provides the user with a personalized condition specific wellness program comprising fitness routines, meal programs, engagement with lifestyle coaches and tele-consulting sessions.  The kiosk uses FDA and CE approved health assessment technology and is being introduced to corporate and government organizations that have a strong internal focus on employee wellbeing.

Dr Menon carries 27 years’ experience and expertise in strategic informational technology planning with special emphasis on the healthcare sector. Along with his team, he began developing the Spotcheck kiosk and the wellness ecosystem in 2015. The system is geared towards corporates, government organizations, hospitals and clinics. Spotcheck has successfully completed 6,500 health assessments with an accuracy rate of 98.5%.

Dr Menon comments: “It’s a true honour to be recognized in this way by Smart Health Dubai, a highly regarded event in the healthcare technology space.  Receiving this accolade coincides with the launch of the ENHAPP digital platform for our valued customers in the corporate and government sector. “We are working closely with the HR Managers and the Health & Safety Managers to build a sustained wellness program for their employees. Over the past 12 months we have also introduced the kiosk into wellness and diagnostic centers where the feedback has been very positive.  Considering individual’s data privacy, the platform provides an aggregate corporate health analysis, highlighting top health concerns, hydration levels and other metrics which leads to the overall health score.”

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High-intensity sports and play can cause fractures in children

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  • Forearm fractures are responsible for up to 50 percent of all fractures in children

In an age that is dominated by screens and video games, parents generally encourage children to play outdoors to build upper body strength, balance and resilience. However, engaging in vigorous physical activities may lead to fall which can break a bone. Broken bones or fractures are common in childhood, with up to 40 percent of girls and as many as 50 percent of boys experiencing a fracture. In the UAE, there are several paediatric fractures recorded annually.

“Injuries caused by sports and high-intensity physical play are the common factors that lead to a fracture. Basketball, soccer, gymnastics, lacrosse, hockey and football are some of the common sports that can cause injuries. In the past five years, there have been several play and sport related emergencies at Burjeel Hospital for Advanced Surgery, with most of them falling under the 5-9-year-old age group,” said Dr Arkan Harb Alhuneiti, Consultant Paediatric Orthopaedic & Spine Surgeon – Specialising in Paediatric Spine, Hip Surgery and Limb Lengthening at Burjeel Hospital for Advanced Surgery (BHAS).

Dr Arkan is an MBBS, Jordan Board Certified specialist, holding a Fellowship from Canada and an American Fellowship in Spine Research from Europe Spine Surgery. Specialising in paediatric orthopaedic, Dr Arkan has a huge experience in the diagnosis and treatment of all orthopaedic cases. He has worked as a consultant orthopaedic surgeon in Jordan and Saudi Arabia and has performed over 1000 surgeries. His key expertise includes areas a paediatric spine deformity, scoliosis, developmental dysplasia of the hip, complex corrective osteotomy’s for paediatric deformity. paediatric trauma, cerebral palsy management and management of paediatric fractures.

“Fractures in children are caused when more force is applied to the bone than the bone can absorb. Breaks in bones can occur from falls, trauma, or as a result of a direct blow or kick to the body. As a child’s bone heals faster than an adult’s bone, healing occurs faster. It is however recommended to treat a fracture correctly to make sure children don’t run into problems down the road,” added Dr Arkan.

Forearm fractures are the most common fractures in children, responsible for up to 50 percent of all fractures, and are much more common than leg fractures.  Other common fracture locations include the distal radius, elbow, clavicle and tibial shaft. While each child may experience a fracture differently, the most common symptoms are pain and swelling in the injured area, deformity in and warmth, bruising, or redness in the injured area.

Fractures in children can heal well if the child is young and doesn’t have a medical history. But, since young bones are fragile and growing, a fracture can cause problems as the child grows. As such some fractures require surgery to stabilize growing bones, while others can be treated with immobilization or casting. At Burjeel Hospital for Advanced Surgery, doctors determine a child’s treatment based on the extent of the fracture and child’s tolerance for specific medications, procedures, or therapies. The ultimate goal of treatment is to control the pain, promote healing, prevent complications and restore normal use of the fractured area.

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Wyndham hotels in Ajman receive free dental check-ups

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The associates from Ramada Hotel & Suites by Wyndham Ajman, Ramada by Wyndham Beach Hotel Ajman and Wyndham Garden Ajman Corniche were all smiles as they received free dental screenings and treatments from a mobile dental clinic, as part of Ajman University’s corporate social responsibility program.

Iftikhar Hamdani, cluster general manager of the three hotels, said: “We have an established alliance with Ajman University and we are thankful to be chosen as beneficiary for their CSR project. This gesture is guaranteed to help our staff, as well as other residents of the emirate who can take advantage of this opportunity to get free dental health services.”

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Diabetes cases in the MENA region expected to increase by 110% to 82 million by 2045

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  • In 2017, almost 39 million adults in MENA region were diabetic – numbers expected to more than double to 82 million by 2045
  • According to the International Diabetes Federation, healthcare expenditure on diabetes in MENA reached US$ 21.3 billion in 2017 and is expected to jump by 67% to US$ 35.5 by 2045
  • New report highlights key factors impacting “Diabesity” epidemic in MENA region and its future outlook

A new report by Colliers International titled “Diabesity – Impact on the MENA Region” has revealed that the number of diabetic patients in the Middle East & North Africa (MENA) region is expected to increase by 110% to 82 million by 2045, second only to Africa (156%), significantly impacting mortality, loss of productivity (GDP) and increased healthcare expenditure.

The report, which is part of the Arab Health Market Series, also highlighted the economic burden of diabetes in the region which reached US$ 21.3 billion and is expected to jump by 67% to US$ 35.5 billion by 2045. Meanwhile, eight Middle Eastern countries – Kuwait, Qatar, Egypt, KSA, Bahrain, UAE, Jordan and Lebanon – have the highest ratio of obesity among adults globally with 27% to 40% of the total population affected.

Published ahead of Arab Health 2019, which takes place from 28 – 31 January at the Dubai World Trade Centre, the latest research from Colliers International provides in-depth analysis of the key factors impacting the “Diabesity” epidemic – which refers to a twin occurrence of the epidemics of Type 2 diabetes and obesity – with a focus on the MENA region and its future outlook.

Commenting, Ross Williams, Exhibition Director of Arab Health, said: “With health professionals and researchers considering “Diabesity” as potentially the greatest epidemic in human history, the advancement of communication technology, telehealth and application of Artificial Intelligence (AI) is now playing a critical role in management of chronic illnesses such as diabesity and obesity. The economic and societal impact of the epidemic is a catalyst for the entire healthcare industry to come together to offer collective solutions to this global problem.”

According to the report, factors contributing to the “Diabesity” epidemic in the Gulf region include altered eating patterns due to increased income and urbanisation (only 38% of the GCC population eats fresh fruit and vegetables), sedentary lifestyles (60% of men and 73% of women are physically inactive), barriers to a healthy diet and lesser emphasis on nutritional education, as well as increased consumption of sugar and sugar substitutes (GCC countries represent a US$ 8.4 billion soft drink market).

The report also outlined a number of preventative measures being taken by governments around the region to tackle the growing problem of diabesity. For example, the UAE has developed a clear roadmap for combating and controlling diabesity. Though the challenges are still being faced in some areas such as lifestyle modification, physical inactivity and diet, government measures have led to a drop in the prevalence of diabetes in the UAE from 19.3% in 2013 to 17.3% in 2017.

Some of the current measures being carried out by the UAE government include the Abu Dhabi Children’s Obesity Task Force which plans to reduce obesity by increasing physical activity in children by 15% and reduce the average body mass index by 15% by 2020, as well as the introduction of a 50% “sugar tax” on soda and 100% on energy drinks and tobacco products, in order to lower obesity and diabetes rates.

Arab Health, the largest exhibition and congress for healthcare and trade professionals in the MENA region, will host the 5th Diabetes Conference bringing together the region’s foremost experts to measure the prevalence of “Diabesity” in the region and to discuss the latest developments in its prevention, treatment and management.

“The Diabetes Conference at Arab Health is the perfect platform to bring together all stakeholders – from government authorities to the region’s leading diabetes experts – to assess the various public health measures and technological advances that can be adopted in order to tackle the growing burden of this epidemic,” added Williams.

Organised by Informa Life Sciences Exhibitions, the 44th Arab Health Exhibition & Congress will welcome more than 4,150 exhibiting companies from 66 countries and an anticipated 84,500+ attendees from across the globe. As well as providing a platform for the world’s leading manufacturers, wholesalers and distributors to meet the medical and scientific community in the Middle East, delegates can benefit from 11 Continuing Medical Education (CME) conferences as part of the Arab Health Congress.

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Hospitals and clinics warned to do check-ups on new law as healthcare competition heats up

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Fines and medical license suspensions could put some out of business says law firm

UAE hospitals and clinics have been warned to do a thorough check-up of the new law which protects consumers from healthcare scams before using social media to stand out in the increasingly competitive market.

Sunil Thacker, Senior Partner at STA Law Firm, believes some healthcare establishments could be forced out of business through not paying proper attention to the Federal National Council law passed in October.

“The healthcare industry has become enormously competitive, as witnessed by the volume of activity on social media, SMS campaigns and other forms of advertising and promotion by hospitals and clinics that we see today,” said Thacker.

“They are advised to take a long hard look at the new law and all its implications to ensure they comply, as the warnings are clear and the penalties for offenders could have serious business implications.”

The new law requires all healthcare establishments to obtain permits issued by the Ministry of Health and Prevention (MOHAP) before promoting advertisements on social media platforms.

It follows an increase in the number of complaints about medical procedures and unethical advertisements posted online, some falsely claiming endorsement by celebrities like Kim Kardashian.

Those failing to obtain the necessary permits will face fines of up to one million dirhams, as well as the suspension of their medical license for a period of six months. The website carrying the advertisement may also be blocked.

Healthcare bodies must register online in the MOHAP advertising licensing services programme and submit advertisements for approval, a process normally taking one to three working days.

Advertisements posted on social media without permits will attract fines ranging from AED1,000 to 1,000,000. For non-permitted ads published online and on social media, fines range from AED100,000 to 200,000.

The law also brings penalties for confidential patient data published online without prior consent, including videos and images of medical procedures.

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Weight loss and how to maintain it during the festive season

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Ms. May Al Joudeh, Clinical Dietician, Medeor 24×7 International Hospital, Al Ain

  1. What are the best recommendations to maintain your ideal weight after losing the extra pounds?

Maintaining an ideal weight is not easy, yet it is not as hard as it seems. It is important to keep an ideal weight because it reflects an overall healthy body and protects you against diseases on the long term. The easiest way to maintain an ideal weight is to balance the calories we consume with our workout. Balancing calories means following a healthy diet that contains all the food groups, making sure it is colored and varied to avoid losing interest, and also giving your body all the important nutritional elements, such as vitamins and minerals. Below are some tips to help us stay in shape after losing weight.

  • If you feel thirsty, drink water instead of soda or sweetened juice.
  • If you feel hungry, eat snacks and appetizers, such as fruits and veggies instead of desserts.
  • Exercise portion control during your three main meals. Giving up a meal will make you feel more starved and may put you at risk of eating a larger portion in the next meal.
  • Eat fiber-rich foods, such as fruits, veggies, legumes and whole grains, as they will make you feel full.
  • Use smaller plates to eat your meals. Fill half the plate with colorful veggies, a quarter with protein-rich food, such as fish, meat, chicken or beans, and the final quarter of your plate fill it with complex carbs, such as potatoes or whole grains (e.g. brown rice, brown bread, brown pasta).
  • Do not eat your meal while watching TV.
  • Chew your food slowly, as eating too fast causes you to eat a larger quantity. It is also recommended to drink water between meals.
  • Sleep well at night. Lack of sleep may cause hormone changes, which would result in you experiencing more food cravings or eating larger quantities of food and consequently gaining weight.
  1. What is the average amount of weight loss per week?

The average amount of weight loss per week is ½ -1 KG. Losing too much weight too fast puts us at risk of gaining it back or even putting more weight than we had before.

  1. What mistakes do we usually make after following a particular diet and losing weight?

Most people who have completed a particular diet and reached their desired weight, start changing their lifestyle and reverting to their bad eating habits. They start eating large quantities of food, especially desserts and fried food, and their preference goes back towards unhealthy foods, skipping breakfasts, eating fatty meals at night before going to bed, and becoming too lazy to do any exercise. To avoid such a set back the diet to be followed should result in permanent behavioral change in eating habits and lifestyle choices. To do so make sure to follow a healthy balanced diet that keeps you feeling full and satiated while providing a variety of options of all food groups.

  1. How many meals should we eat a day?

Organizing your daily meals is very important for maintaining an ideal weight after reaching your target. It is recommended that you eat controlled quantities in all the 3 main meals. Skipping one meal will make you feel more starved and may cause you to eat a larger portion in the next meal. Light snacks (2-3 snacks) can be taken between the main meals every day.

  1. Is eating bread after a diet a major reason for gaining weight?

Certainly not. Our bodies need a balanced diet that contains all the food groups, with varied and colored options of these food groups. What causes us to gain weight is eating large quantities and not varying our foods or not cooking our meals in a healthy way. We can eat carbs; it is better to opt for whole grains, with controlled quantities.

  1. What happens if you go back to eating desserts after giving them up for a long time? Is this going to make us gain weight?

Among the bad eating habits commonly developed, especially after following a weight-loss diet for some time, is eating large amounts of food, cakes, and desserts after skipping them for a long period of time, which causes a severe indigestion. Therefore, for our own safety, we should exit our diet gradually.

  1. What are the best five snacks that we can eat between main meals? What is the allowed quantity of chocolate a day?

Eating some snacks between meals can prevent you from overeating in the next meal. Therefore, you should make sure you eat some snacks during the day. The healthy snacks should be small meals, containing the nutritional elements that may be lacking in the rest of the meals. Examples of snacks are fresh or dried fruits, vegetable slices, such as carrots or cucumbers, raw nuts (unsalted) or milk (low-fat), and some low fat dairy products or a dark chocolate (30 grams) which is the amount allowed per person per day. Always remember that even if your options are healthy, do not take excess quantities of them.

  1. Which types of desserts contain the highest calories?

The highest calorie desserts include those containing high amounts of fats, sugar and cream, such as fried pastries, sweets or cake covered with cream, sweets and desserts made or covered with syrup, among others.

  1. What habits should we follow at dining table in order to have control over the food quantity we eat?

You can control the amount of food you eat daily by following some tips, such as:

  • Learn to limit the quantities you eat. You can use tools to help you measure the amount of food and the size of fluid you consume, such measuring cups, a teaspoon, or a food scaler.
  • Use a smaller size plate. If you replace your plate with a smaller size one, you will not notice the difference in feeling full neither in the amount of food. Also, avoid putting the main plate on the dining table, but instead, try to scoop the appropriate portions in the plates in advance. This will help reduce your appetite for having another serving, since it is away from your eyes or reach.
  • Control the amount of food you eat in the restaurant by eating half a meal, or sharing the meal with you friends. If you are having a salad, ask for the sauce to be put on the side of the dish rather than inside the salad, and opt for a low-calorie sauce– a teaspoon of olive oil with a little vinegar or mustard can be enough.
  • Add vegetables to your meals. Try starting your meal with a bowl of vegetable soup, as it is low in calories. Starting your meals like this makes you feel fuller quickly. Also add vegetables to your plate or sandwich so as to increase the size of your meal and feel full quickly without having to consume more calories.
  • Do not listen to false hunger pangs. Eat when you are really hungry, and stop eating once you feel full. Do not forget to drink water regularly. In most cases, feeling thirsty can be why you are feeling hungry.
  • Drink plenty of water. Drinking water makes you feel your stomach is full, and feeling thirsty may be the reason why you feel hungry as well.
  • Chew your food well. Chewing food well and longer gives the brain enough time to register the feeling of fullness more quickly, and keeps you from eating more food.
  1. What are the steps we should take through the holiday season to maintain our weight?

The holiday season is approaching, bringing with it all sorts of delicious food and beverage. We can avoid gaining weight in the holiday season by adopting healthy eating habits, such as the following:

  • Do not go out on an empty stomach. Before going out to the concert, be sure to eat whole-wheat cereal, a plate of fruit salad or sliced ​​vegetables such as carrots. Skipping your daily meals and going to a party while hungry cause you to increase your intake of calories, which you should avoid.
  • Eat your food slowly. Take your time and enjoy your food. Make sure you eat a small amount and chew it well and slowly. The brain takes around 15-20 minutes to realize that your stomach is full, which means that when it’s time for desserts, your stomach will have become full already.
  • Eat the food that suits you first. Start with the food that appeals to you, along with a bowl of gravy or green salad to reach fullness quickly.
  • Shop Smart. When buying your food for the holiday season or the holidays, always choose fresh fruits and vegetables instead of canned food. As for desserts, use natural sweeteners that taste just like refined and processed sweeteners. Low-fat dairy products and whole grains are also healthy and good alternatives.
  • Plan wisely. When you invite guests to your place, do not plan to prepare a menu that includes food choices containing fatty sauces or high calories. Instead of fried chicken, go for a roasted chicken, cooked with vegetables in a healthy manner.
  • Serve healthy sweets. Dissolve at least 70% of a piece of healthy dark chocolate, then dip strawberries inside and serve with fresh fruit pieces as a delicious, tasty and healthy dessert.
  • You do not need to eat the festive and holiday seasonal foods all together or all at once, there are plenty of time. So chose one thing you like or want to eat and have it one day and rest for another day. Distributing the consumption of desired food over a long period of time reduces its weight gaining and unhealthy effects without feeling that you are compromising the joy of the holiday season.
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