Vivaldi by Michelin-starred Alfredo Russo at the Sheraton Dubai Creek Hotel and Towers has introduced a new seasonal lunch and dinner menu – available until September 10 – which will make choosing healthy options as easy as 1-2-3. All the ingredients are superfoods, so the meals are packed full of micro- and macronutrients – and super-tasty too. Choices include seed-encrusted salmon, crispy celeriac steak with green tomato sauce, and a salad containing just about every vitamin going. 04 207 1717
New Dubai residents rejoice – popular Pilates and yoga studio Real Pilates has a new branch in JLT. The bright, airy studio, located in One JLT tower on Al Sarayat Street, offers both group and private basic, reformer and barre workouts, as well as yoga and prenatal classes, and you can rest assured all instructors are fully Stott trained and certified. www.real-pilates.com
Train with the A-Team
The A-Tone Fitness Lounge by fitness guru Anjali Chandiramani and celeb trainer Yasmin Karachiwala is now open in Prime Tower, Business Bay. The lounge offers a holistic approach to fitness with its unique brand of body-image Pilates and the innovative Cross-cuit, as well as yoga, in a relaxing, supportive environment. www.a-tone.ae
3 online activewear options
1 Browse www.thehotboxkit.com for an eclectic range of yoga, dance and workout gear with brands including Onzie, Teeki Deer and Zara Terez. Delivery is just Dh25, or free for orders of Dh350 or more.
2 Try www.fitplum.com for high-performance products from trendy brands including Lexie Sport, Tonic and Vie Active. There’s also a selection of hoodies and cover-ups.
3 If you need versatile workout gear that won’t look out of place at a pre-class meeting or post-class coffee, check out www.hautletic.com for a great range of wearable brands such as Michi, Prism Sport and Alala.
Keen to shed a few summer kilos? Log on to www.loseit.com and download the app to track food, exercise and calorie burn, and connect with others in the same boat for support.
Keeping it low
Calorie conscious? Check out the new, innovative Under 500 café – with branches in JLT and Business Bay – where you’re guaranteed every dish on the menu is under 500 calories. You’ll find a host of healthy eating options catering for a variety of diets including low-carb, high-protein, vegan, gluten-free, vegetarian and raw, and chefs use only the finest fresh ingredients, with everything made to order. Choose from delicious dishes such as lean steak with kale, grilled salmon with avocado and chicken lettuce tacos. There are even burgers and a choice of desserts! www.under500.com
Consult the experts
Renowned dermatologist Dr Zein Obagi has brought his knowledge and expertise to the UAE. The new ZO Skin Centre offers Dr Obagi’s pioneering approach to skin healthcare, working on the premise that skin health comes from within. There are a range of options from simple facials to peels, advanced treatments and more, carried out by fully qualified and experienced aestheticians and skin health consultants. 04 380 9517
Skin suffering the summer blues? Check out Amazon Oil, the new ultra-nourishing product from Rahua Body. Priced at Dh395 and available at House of Fraser, Bloomingdale’s and Basharacare.com, the toxin-free treat contains sinchi and rahua plant oils – grown in the Amazon rainforest – packed with vitamins A and E to nourish skin, promote suppleness and smoothness and ensure hydration.
On a mission... the body I want
What’s happening? An unflattering photo of me prompted a decision: lose the last of the baby flab, get fit and get back to how I used to be.
What’s on my plate? I decided to take a hard-line approach this month and signed up for daily deliveries from Detox Delight – uber-clean cold-pressed juices, three meals a day and yummy, healthy snacks to boot. Who knew vegan soups and a raw food diet could be so tasty? I didn’t meet a single meal I didn’t like! I developed a new-found love for green juice and, best of all, I felt absolutely amazing. I wasn’t hungry once, I didn’t have any cravings for junk, and I had bags of energy. Definitely one I’d do again.
What about exercise? I finished up my Fitness First membership with a bang! Not for the faint-hearted, the freestyle group training area is right in the middle of the gym so everyone can see just how uncoordinated and unfit you are; luckily, nobody cares and the instructor is nothing but encouraging. I’ve been lugging kettlebells, wrestling with giant ropes and slinging padded logs around and, boy, is it making a difference to my shape. I won’t lie, it’s been the toughest exercise yet, but it’s been strangely enjoyable and definitely effective. I’ve always wanted arms like Michelle Obama’s...
And the vitals…
This is it, my last weigh-in before I go bikini-shopping and head off for the summer...
Starting stats Now Loss
Weight: 74kg 69kg 5kg
Body fat: 38.6% 28% 10.6%
Arms: 30cm 26.5cm 3.5cm
Waist: 84cm 72cm 12cm
Hips: 102cm 94.5cm 7.5cm
Bum: 114cm 102cm 12cm
Thighs: 63cm 56cm 7cm
So has it all been worth it? Yes, definitely. I haven’t lost as many kilos as I’d have liked, but I have lost a whopping 10 per cent body fat and gained muscle, which I’m pretty sure is far more important than mere numbers on a scale. I’m more toned, I’m smaller and – most importantly – I feel that I look better. Now, if I can just avoid the French bread and cheese over my holiday and stay like this...