With daylight savings back, the sun is setting later and beautiful beach days are just up ahead. We're not sure about you, but we need some motivation to get our fit summer lifestyle back on track.
We got in touch with 3 real people in Beirut who've got their lifestyles in check all year round. They granted us the pleasure of tailing them for a day around their regular activities to see how they go about their routine: from working out, to eating meals, to walking their dogs and work meetings, and even to having a couple of drinks. You'll be seeing a few features for each person throughout the upcoming few weeks.
SO! If you too need a little push to get your summer bod on, start nowhere but here.
Summer Lifestyle Goals: Featuring Elie Bou Khalil
Elie is also a personal trainer and physiotherapist at U Energy gym in downtown. Needless to say, Elie is pretty much a reference when it comes to sports, health and maintaining a fit lifestyle.
Elie grew up and lived in Lebanon and is fluent in Arabic, French and English. His favorite sports are swimming and squash. Squash was a sport that he's been playing since he was a child and successfully at that, as he won a number of competitions. Not that we need any reason to like Elie any further, but he also has a German Shepard (Leo!) who he, and we quote: "loves to bits". Aww!
Part 4: Healthy Hearty Dinner
Elie's Dinner (& Drink) Habits
After a long workday (or workweek), who doesn't feel like going out for a delicious meal with a glass (or 2, or 3 :p) of wine? Apparently we can still do all of that, but in order to maintain a fit summer lifestyle, we still have to watch out for eating habits especially at night.
No better way than to see it first-hand, we joined him and Ruby Mikhael to dinner at Salon Beyrouth. They each ordered their own meals and he spoke to us more in depth about habits and tips he would give us about eating and drinking at night. Elie is truly a role model with the stuff, so much discipline we wish we can have as well.
"Cutting carbs at night is one simple rule to obey. Protein based meals at night help muscles get their proper growth. Antioxidant based fruits such as strawberries raspberries etc.. are the perfect fruits to have before going to bed. Although dairy products are not recommended, cottage cheese and yogurt are helpful for weight loss due to the probiotics and proteins found in them."
"The ideal dinner is a protein based meal with salad."
"I've recently grown a habit of ordering salmon as I'm trying to reduce my meat intake such as chicken or red meat. However, my sweet tooth traps me every time with dessert."
"Quinoa salad with beetroot avocado and mixed seeds is a great mix leaving you with protein, greens and good fat for a healthy digestion process."
"As fatigue hits me hard at night I don't get hungry so my meals are rather small. I prefer having early dinner because I get to bed at around 11."
"Of course cheat days are important; however, a cheat meal doesn't always have to be ultimate junk food. There's always a healthier way of eating a burger and a better choice of restaurant to avoid having toxic intake. Know the source of food you're having and the quality of food being cooked behind closed doors. I personally have cheat meals depending on my cravings. It could be once a week or every two weeks depending on what my body demands."
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Elie's Outfit Details
Ruby's Outfit Details
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Special thanks to Salon Beyrouth for letting us do this photoshoot there.