almost undoubtedly suffer from this phenomenon. Why?..
For starters, life in the KSA is extremely sedentary and any forms of exercise are often forgotten very early on arrival. Living in a society that discourages pedestrians and heavily enforces women not be seen performing any form of exercise/sport publically can become very discouraging very fast. Also, with limited all female –gyms that have hefty membership premiums some expat women don’t see the payoff of enrolling. When I say very limited, I mean it. There are less than a dozen Gym Centre Franchises in the Kingdom and only a couple have Women Centers. Don’t forget that only those that are lucky enough to be working in the three larger cities in the Kingdom will have access to such facilities.
- It is so hot in the desert that you will sweat off the pounds … LIE- you will never be without air conditioner, it’s unheard of!
- There is nothing to eat in the desert. LIE- food is taken seriously here with a plethora of supermarkets and thousands of restaurants for your every need
- Too busy to eat… LIE – Most women will hold standard work hours not exceeding 4pm, meaning you have all evening to eat!
- Eating out is costly… LIE- compared to dining prices back home, eating out here is very affordable. Some say it’s even cheaper than cooking at home.
- If you live in a compound you won’t be bored- …Lie- yes it is true you are more accessible to facilities, but like I said with no other past times other than shopping and eating. Eating out quickly becomes a very common thing to do!
- If you eat the local food you won’t get fat- Lie- true that McDonald’s is a lot unhealthier than traditional cuisine. But you will find out very fast that the traditional KABSA – Chicken and rice… doesn’t compare much differently in the long term.
current second year here. This is how.
- 1. Limit Carbs- You don’t need the energy overload it supplies if you aren’t active (I am not)
- 2. Limit Sugar- Sugar is used here without thought.Everything has sugar in it and a lot of it.
- 3. Exercise – Try to be active, despite it being hard for some (location). Simple walks, Tae-bo at home doesn’t hurt either
- 4 Plan your meals so that you can get the most out of your grocery trips- experiment it helps (healthy recipes)
- 5. Drink a lot of water and that’s all – try to limit the flavored drinks (full of sugar)