The Weight is Over

29 Jan 2015
POSTED BY Y Magazine

It’s your last chance to register for our slim to win competition and get your hands on RO500 cash and a share of RO2,200 worth of prizes

The wait is almost over. Soon we’ll be revealing the final participants chosen to take part in our first of its kind competition “The Weight Is Over” and if you’ve already applied, you could soon be getting ready to start.

We’ve been weighed down with entries as people decide to kick off their new year with a new lifestyle. If you haven’t signed up yet to take part, don’t worry there’s still time, but you’ll have to be quick. Saturday, February 7  is the final day to register with applications closing at midnight. Full details of how to enter are given here and with our online registration you can get on-board within minutes.
“This is your last chance to register so don’t miss out,” says Felicity Glover, Y Magazine’s managing editor.


“The response has been remarkable so far. Oman has shown that it’s ready to get fit and healthy. People want to get back on track with their weight.
“We’ll be shortlisting the final participants soon.”

Y Magazine has teamed up with Geely Oman, VLCC Wellness Oman and Balance Health & Fitness to give you a host of reasons to join in, with RO500 cash and R2,200 worth of prizes, including gym membership and health treatments, waiting to be won.

All you have to do is commit to trimming down for a month. Whoever loses the most weight during that time (based on a percentage of weight loss) in both male and female categories will be crowned the winner. There are also second and third place prizes.

“The Weight Is Over” will begin on February 12 and run until March 12.  The winners will be announced at a Grand Reveal on Saturday, March 21 in Muscat.
“We’re looking forward to the next stage of the competition when we meet our contestants,” says Felicity.

“Get ready for what promises to be a very exciting competition.” What are you waiting for? Sign up and take your first step towards a
new you.

We speak to four people who have already signed up to shed the pounds to win the rials and they tell Deeba Hasan why:

Muntashir Razzak, 22, graduate, from Ruwi
“I have always been on the heavier side and was already in the middle of a diet when I saw this competition and decided to take part. I want to lose weight to get back in shape, to get fit and look better. I am 104 kilograms now – about 20 kilos overweight – and that is a lot.
“The cash incentive for me is just an added benefit and also motivates me, but the most important thing for me is to lose my weight. I will follow some diet control and do a lot of exercises to lose weight.
“In my family, my mother and sister are slightly overweight, but I’m the heaviest and this is why I am taking part. Although I haven’t had any health problems because of my weight, it does make me lazy and sometimes I don’t feel like getting up. Plus, when I visit clothing stores, most of the clothes don’t fit me.”

Sanaa Abdul Aziz, 20, school leaver from Muttrah.
“I have been on a diet trying to lose weight since October. Up to now I have lost about 14 kilograms. For the competition I intend to lose about 10 more and 20 in total in time for my brother’s marriage a couple of months from now. I don’t have any health problems because of my weight, I just want to get healthier and fit.
“To lose weight, I will be following a nutritional diet, run on the treadmill and also go for walks. I also have a book, which I am using as a guide.
“My mother and my sister are also overweight. My weight now is 70 kilograms and by the end of this competition, I am aiming to get to about 60 kilograms.”

Matt Tipton, 40, a teacher at British School Muscat
“I’m going to try and lose weight by eating less, exercising and cycling a lot. I don’t have health issues because of being overweight – my heart rate and blood pressure are both normal – I only want to get lighter. I am about 110 kilograms now and would like to lose about 20 more. With the competition I want to lose about seven kilograms. There are also health impacts of being overweight. There are things you can’t do when you are overweight, I love cycling, but I can’t cycle the way I want to because of being overweight. I will also be doing five hours a week of turbo trainer with a cycle.”

Juhana Umpa, 28, a nurse from Ruwi
“I’m a staff nurse at Al Nahdha Hospital and it’s important that I’m not overweight, especially if I want to be a role model for the patients. I’ve been trying to lose weight since the end of 2013 because I had pains in my chest, but for some reason I stopped until I saw Y Magazine’s “The Weight Is Over” contest.
“I took this as an opportunity to renew my weight loss regime. I have started Zumba at home and intend to stay away from junk food and only eat healthy veggie meals.
“Back in 2013 I was 117 kilograms and managed to lose some weight and now I am 103. With the competition I intend to lose 10 more kilograms.”

Przies up for grabs!

First Prize Men and Women:
RO500 cash each and a Balance Health & Fitness health club single membership for one year worth RO399 each

Second Prize Men and Women:
RO350 worth of VLCC treatments each

Third Prize Men and Women:
RO200 worth of VLCC treatments each

VLCC Special Award (for Men and Women):
RO150 worth of VLCC treatments each

* Geely Oman, which is part of the Towell Auto Centre (TAC), has put up the RO500 cash prize for the men’s category, while Y Magazine has matched this for the women’s competition.


Want to take part?
If you are aged 18 or over and believe that you have got what it takes be a contestant with “The Weight Is Over”, the registration process couldn’t be easier. Simply pick up a registration form at these locations:

● Geely showrooms located in Wattayah, Azaiba and Barka.
@GeelyOman on Twitter

● VLCC branches in Al Mawaleh and Shatti Al Qurum

● Balance Health & Fitness at Al Qurum Complex, Muscat

● Y Magazine’s office at SABCO Media in Seeb, Muscat

Complete the form and post it in the drop box on site or:

Complete an online registration form on our website

Post your details on Y’s Facebook page /ytabloid or simply drop us an email at We will need your name, age and contact number to verify your registration and add you to the competition.

“The Weight Is Over” will feature two categories, male and female. Main prizes will be awarded to first, second and third place. The judges’ decision is final.

There will be three official weigh-ins: before February 12, midway through the contest and a final one after March 12.

Contestants must be free to attend the Grand Reveal, when the winners will be announced, on Saturday, March 21 in Muscat.


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