Helwi El Hayet’s episode 34

Hi all,

Our main guest today was actress Diamand Bou Abboud who plays Chirinne in the Lebanese drama series Ruby aired on LBCI.

She talked to us about the challenges of playing such a role and shared with us the research she did prior to the filming to be able to portray a person with a handicap.

Our next guest was nutrition expert Christelle Bedrossian who talked about gender differences in weight loss. Men and women have two different body types.

Men tend to be apple shaped, storing more body fat in the upper body, known as central fat. Women tend to be pear shaped, storing more fat in the hips and thighs (known as “peripheral” fat), and beneath the layer of skin, which is called “subcutaneous” fat. This explains why women also tend to have visible cellulite more often than men.
Women have seven to ten percent more body fat than men and less muscle mass.
Muscle burns more calories than fat: this difference in body composition means that men have higher metabolic rates – they burn more calories – and will need more calories, about 300 more per day,  than women of comparable weights.
Not all fat is created equal.  Where body fat is stored can make a big difference in both how risky it is to your health, and in how easy it is to lose. Central fat represents a greater health risk, but is easier to lose than peripheral fat. This is because visceral fat, which is metabolically active, is the body’s preferred energy source when fat is burned as fuel. Therefore, men and women who are “apple” shaped will have an easier time losing fat—especially in the beginning. This doesn’t mean that it’s impossible to lose subcutaneous or peripheral fat. If you maintain a caloric deficit, your body will burn fat from wherever you have it stored. In general, most people lose fat deposits in a “first on, last off” pattern.

We also met with Vice-President of AUT foreign affairs Marcel Hinain and Dean of the faculty of applicative science of AUT Dr. Hadi Tabbara to talk about the upcoming conference on water management. The conference is under the auspices of the Ministry of Energy and Water and includes international guests, especially one from UNESCO Institute for Water Education in Holland, one of the best research centers in the world. The conference is meant to help our policy makers learn from the experiences of Arab and regional water management expertise. It is open to all, scientists, university students, policy makers and the press of course.

Director Wissam Charaf dropped by to talk about his documentary It’s All in Lebanon that will be showing at Metropolis theater starting the 31st of May.

The movie takes place 17 years after the civil war, the Christians, the Muslims, the Israeli invasion, the Syrian ocupation, the Palestinian cause and the 200,000 victims, we thought it was over. For us survivors, the end of the war meant the beginning of peace.
This film tries to retrace, since the end of the Lebanese civil war, the path of a country where war has never ceased to exist, through the image culture of the main protagonists and enemy brothers of post-war Lebanon.How do Pop and Propaganda co-exist? Why is Beirut the capital of Arab showbiz, for the better and the worst? Pin-up icons or icons of war heroes ? Icons of reconstruction and money or icons of the resistance and war “till the liberation of Jerusalem”? And most of all, why, 20 years after the official end of the war, have we not been capable of building a nation ?

Hope you enjoyed today’s episode

See you tomorow,


Helwi El Hayet

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About helwielhayet

Helwi el-Hayet discusses your favorite topics every week day at 4:30 p.m. Beirut time. From fashion to psychology to books to art to nutrition to cooking and coaching (and much, much more), Helwi el-Hayet is here to shed light on the latest trends and to share with you reports, interviews and recipes from Lebanon and the region!
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