UAE based food Safety and Quality professional launches ‘Global Diet’, a new practical approach to safe and sustainable diet.
Dubai, UAE; June 14, 2017: At a time when nutritionists and fitness enthusiasts are overwhelmed with numerous diet plans for weight loss, UAE based food safety and quality professional, Ayman Natsheh has launched a unique practical concept of diet based on having a moderately balanced week of diet every week. This allows consumers to have their favorite food items, yet maintain a healthy weight. As explained in his newly launched book ‘The Global Diet’, it is an easy to follow plan, and for those with no prior knowledge of nutrition, it can be broken down into simple steps by a qualified nutritionist.
The diet moves away from the concept of eating only healthy food on a daily basis, which is difficult for most people to adhere to. Instead, it allows consumers to have their favourite food, provided the frequency and quantity of consumption is modified every week. The diet should be supplemented by an exercise programme equivalent to a person’s calorie intake.Until recently, Ayman Natsheh worked as the quality and regulatory operations manager at General Mills Middle East & North Africa, based in Dubai. The Palestinian food safety and quality professional has presented his approach to diet at various conferences such as Middle East Congress of Nutrition; and Dubai International Food Safety Conference.
According to Natsheh, “Having a nutritionally balanced week is an easier way of communicating, understanding and implementing nutritional recommendations, than following a balanced meal, because meals can have different levels of balance: totally balanced, almost balanced, partially balanced and non-balanced meals. The ‘Global Diet’ I have proposed in my book allows people to eat their favourite food, even if it is a burger or a pizza. All they need to do is organize their favourite food into a weekly table, and modify their quantity and frequency of consumption with the help of a nutritionist. In this diet, they can follow a moderately balanced week every week. In the long run, this can help in weight management and prevent lifestyle diseases.
”In his book ‘The Global Diet’, he presents two approaches: H.O.M.E for consumers and DACCF for nutritionists. H.O.M.E can be summarized into four steps, as described below: H: Have a list of your favorite food and meals (healthy and less healthy ones)O: Organize them in a weekly table as per your existing eating habitsM: Modify their quantity and frequency of consumption based on nutritionist’s recommendationE: Exercise frequently, burning calories in proportion to your calorie intakeThese steps encourage people to write down what they like to eat, then have what they committed to, with sustainable modification as per the nutritionists’ advice.
This is compliant with ISO standard, and in line with the philosophy “say what you do and do what you say.”Based on the same scientific principles of risk assessment of medicine intake where the dosage is determined depending on the concentration of the active substance, and the body’s need for it; and following a similar approach to Hazard Analysis of Critical Control Points (HACCP) which is an international food safety standard; Global Diet approach offers a Diet Analysis of Critical Components of Food (DACCF). This helps nutritionists to make a gradual, continuous weekly diet improvement, in three easy steps:a) Analyze the diet for critical components, such as salt, sugar, saturated and trans fats.b) Classify the meals within the analyzed diet into four categories, depending on their balance level.c) Improve percentages of consumption for the coming week, by increasing the quantity & frequency of consumption of recommended nutrients, such as fiber and vitamins, and decreasing the quantity and frequency of food containing over consumed nutrients, such as sugar and saturated fats.
“The Global Diet is an idea whose time has come,” says Natsheh. “It offers a common language between health professionals, health organizations, health authorities and the food industry. It gives the public a unified message of proper nutrition based on proper food choices available to them and according to their budget.”Although individuals can set their diet with H.O.M.E steps, Natsheh recommends consulting a nutritionist, initially, who will help prepare a safe weekly plan as per DACCF method.“If properly followed, this new diet plan can possibly help overcome the global challenges of diseases related to wrong nutrition,” adds Natsheh, who is currently looking for cooperation with organizations, universities and research centers worldwide interested in conducting further research using his Global Diet approach.