Ramadan is a sacred time that provides us the chance to rebuild our faith and spirituality. When done correctly, fasting can be extremely beneficial to your health. Surprisingly, some people tend to gain weight during Ramadan. Here are some effective tips that will help you not only lose weight in Ramadan but also to keep your body weight in check:
Hydrate as much as you can:
Eliminate thirst by any means. Besides controlling your cravings for sugary foods, drinking water will also help in keeping you hydrated. Experts recommend two liters of fluids a day, which translates to eight glasses. Caffeinated drinks are discouraged and do not count thus they should be avoided. Water and herbal tea will suffice.
Don’t skip Sehari:
Skipping Sehari carries the potential of making you gain more weight as this will make you hungrier during Ramadan and make you overeat after Iftar. It is best to include complex carbohydrates such as whole grain bread and proteins sourced from the right sources such as eggs and cheese for your Sehari.
Stop Binge Eating:
Rather than trying to compensate for the skipped meals when fasting in a single sitting, it is advisable to control food portions. Avoid binge eating instead have a light and balanced Iftar. Most importantly, eat just enough to re-energize and strengthen the body.
Stay away from Junk:
Make sure that every meal you take has a balance of foods that are rich proteins and carbohydrates. Stay away from fried foods and junk unless you want to be a sumo wrestler.
The body burns more fat during Ramadan to keep you energized and strengthened. Staying inactive will not help shed off extra weight. Instead, 30 minutes of exercising in Ramadan such as sit-ups and squats will help lose weight. Occasionally take a walk rather than drive, take the stairs instead of the elevator.
Take control and do not be too harsh on yourself:
While it is impossible to avoid the temptations of your favorite foods and restaurants that can make you overeat, you can easily handle the situation by allowing yourself the pleasure of having your favorite meal or visiting your favorite restaurant at least once in a fortnight.
Instead of going for processed and unhealthy foods and drinks such as soda, go for natural foods such as fruits and juices. Health experts highly recommend taking meals and drinks containing as many organic nutrients as possible. Natural foods such as vegetables, fruits, and smoothies will instantly re energize and hydrate your body.
Get enough rest:
The body goes through a lot during Ramadan due to the waking up very early for Sehari, coupled with the hours spent for late night prayers. To stay healthy and help you lose weight, ensure that you get a good night’s sleep and rest to rejuvenate both body and mind.
Break your fasting carefully:
To prepare your body for digestion after fasting the whole day, begin your iftar with dates. Dates are rich in sugars that regenerate the energy lost through the long fasting hours. Proceed with a bowl of warm soup to comfort and prepare the stomach for digestion.
Make healthy food choices after the fasting:
Ensure that you make food choices that are healthy by having meals that are well balanced. Your meals should include proteins, vegetables, cereal grains, healthy oils and fruits in your iftar. Dairy products, legumes, eggs and other foods rich in protein should always be included in your meals because they decrease craving for sweets.
To wind up, not only does Ramadan present a golden opportunity to deeply search our souls and rekindle our passion and devotion to worship, but also presents an opportunity to shed the extra weight and lead a healthy lifestyle. For some people, fasting during the holy month can lead to weight gain due to various reasons such as being physically inactive and binge eating just to mention a few. However as observed, Ramadan provides a perfect opportunity to reinvent ourselves and begin living a healthy lifestyle that befits our body.
In case of any serious health issues, please take appointment from nearby general physician and get yourself checked up immediately.