Covid Curves, the Solution is Not Fad Diets


Shockingly, nearly half the UAE population (49%) believes that extreme or fad dieting is safe! 

Dubai UAE: Post Covid lockdowns, behaviour change for weight loss is more important than ever. Self-compassion is step one. But for those who want to lose weight, adopting healthier habits is also key. However, remember your body survived a pandemic. Don’t punish it with fad diets. Rather telling or indeed shocking, many of us still have misconceptions as to what is the healthy way to lose weight. As seen in the Allurion 2021 survey, physical exercise and healthy diets are the most considered weight loss methods and yet nearly half the UAE population (49%) believes that extreme or fad dieting is safe! 

Remember, no weight loss program is a magic bullet and an effective one is based on good healthcare and science. With this in mind, the Allurion program by Allurion takes a holistic approach to losing weight and more importantly, reducing the risk of having diseases attributed to being overweight or obese, including, cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes, and polycystic ovary syndrome to name but a few. 

As the pandemic raged, the UAE was told to sequester itself to stay well and safeguard others. For many this meant living a more housebound life than normal. The country developed an intimate familiarity with the textures of its couches and grew deeply attached to the softest items in its wardrobe. 

Now as the UAE slowly emerges from its collective hibernation, it’s unsurprising that many bodies have changed. However, with this change, if there was ever a time that one should be kind to themselves and others that would be now. 

The COVID-19 pandemic changed many from the inside and out. For many people, those outward changes weren’t especially welcome. However, these weight changes have come with good reason, as people’s diets, activity levels, sleep habits, and daily routines have been turned upside down by the pandemic. As cited in the Allurion 2021 survey with YouGov, the pandemic has had a direct impact on weight for half the UAE population. Besides keeping in contact with family and friends (video calls and phone calls), one of the most increased activities during the pandemic was snacking with 53% of the UAE residents snacking more frequently between meals than they used to do before the pandemic. Interestingly, besides being less physically active, the main cause of weight gain in the UAE was indeed snacking. And unfortunately, the result is now 47% of UAE residents eat more than they used to do before the pandemic. As the next half of the year starts, (51%) of the UAE population states to have gained weight during the pandemic with a significant increase of 8.0 Kg.

With over 40,000 patients who have sought out its help to date, the Allurion Balloon comes at a much needed time using a holistic method that requires no surgical insertion or even anaesthesia, it is a world-first technology allowing patients to lose an average of 10 to 15% of their body weight within that time frame and tackle the post-pandemic weight issue and in turn be kind to themselves.

Allurion’s Program is the world’s first and only weight loss device that requires no surgery, endoscopy, or anesthesia. It is a swallowable capsule that expands in the stomach to around the size of a grapefruit and allows patients to lose an average of 10 to 15% after approximately 16 weeks. Allurion’s Program combines its high-tech balloon solution with a full package of support to help its patients develop good lifestyle habits that can remain with them long after their balloon has gone. Patients benefit from six months of dietary support from a nutritionist to ensure lasting lifestyle changes alongside an Allurion Connected Scale and Allurion Health Tracker both connected to the Allurion App.