Similar to LA, Dubai is the land of the bronzed, the toned and the beautiful. We can guarantee that more people than you realise are calorie counting and if you fall into that camp then this new home-grown concept is for you.

New JLT café Under 500, offers up a range of healthy meal and dessert options, which are all 500 calories or less – hence the name.

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Yes, this delicious looking brownie is less than 500 calories

Using fresh, nutrient-dense ingredients, Under 500 serves up a la carte breakfast, lunch and dinner, with dishes made-to-order including salads, wraps and mains.

Some of the more popular dishes include chicken lettuce tacos, grilled salmon and avocado, lean steak and kale, all made fresh daily.

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One of the Under 500 dishes

Fadi Ghali, Co-Founder of Under 500 said: “We pride ourselves on only serving our customers the finest quality foods, with the freshest ingredients. We wanted to offer our customers healthy, guilt-free dishes bursting with loads of flavour, at an affordable price and that’s what Under 500 is all about.”

Read: Where To Find Healthy Burgers In Dubai

Not only does Under 500 offer a wide selection of delicious, wholesome and healthy meal options all under 500 calories, but they also cater to allergies and intolerances with a selection of raw, gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan, high protein and low carb dishes.

Under 500 has two locations: Ground Floor, Lake Shore Building, Cluster Y, JLT, Dubai. Tel: (04) 2759034; Shop 12, Damac Executive Bay, Business Bay, Dubai. Tel: (04) 4298959. You can also order online via Dilveroo.

Read: Top 5 Places To Get Vegan Pizza In Dubai

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Under 500 allows you to indulge while being aware of the calories you consume

Here are 5 fitness apps to help with calorie counting and hitting goals

1. My Fitness Pal

One of the most well-known and well-loved fitness apps of all, MyFitnessPal is a food and exercise diary app, boasting the largest food database by far with over 5 million foods.

2. Charity Miles

Every time you walk, run or cycle, you can be earning money for charities. Browse the app’s list of charities, find the one that you’d like to support, and for each mile you complete, the app’s corporate sponsors will donate a few cents.

3. Styck

This Dubai-based app grants you physical rewards for completing workouts or exercises. Through various partnerships with hotels, cafés and fitness organisations, users are compensated for their efforts with rewards such as juices, paddle boarding and fashion. 

4. Cody

Social networking for fitness fanatics. Cody allows users to share workouts, with your fitness progress being tracked using a timeline that can be commented on or ‘liked’ by other members of the Cody community.

5. Lose It!

An app that serves as a weight loss programme planner and calorie counter – kitted out with a barcode scanner, allowing for more specific nutritional information on what you’re consuming.

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