Ramadan is a month of fasting and blessings. It is also a time when most of us eat more than usual. As much as we feel free to indulge in our favorite foods during Iftar, it is important to remember that a healthy lifestyle is also important. Not gaining weight during this month of fasting is also a part of this healthy lifestyle.
If you don’t want to gain weight during Ramadan and are looking for a weight loss treatment, we have listed a few tips that you can follow to make this happen.
Since you are fasting for more than 12 hours, your metabolism is bound to slow down, meaning that your energy levels also decrease. When it is time for Iftar, try your best to eat as if you were not fasting, and this includes breaking your fast with a couple of dates to give your body the sugar it needs. After that take two healthy appetizers like light soup and a salad. Then have one main course dish instead of eating everything that is on offer. It is important to give your body a break after each course and not eat everything at once. It will not overwhelm your digestive system.
Most of us know that fried dishes taste the most ‘delicious’ but they are the most unhealthy. If you do not want to gain weight during Ramadan, choose dishes that have the least fat. If any dish has fats, make sure it is the healthy kind, like olive oil.
If you want to keep your weight in check, it is important to hydrate yourself. Try to aim for the 8 glasses of water daily, starting from when you break your fast to when you have Suhoor. Start with two glasses, then have four in between, and two more at Suhoor.
The dessert table might be calling out your name, but if you want to maintain or lose some weight, ignore its calls. This also goes for the sweet beverages and the sugar you add to your tea and coffee. Research has shown that desserts eaten during the non-fasting hours during Ramadan are the cause of weight gain. So, have the strength to say no to the sweet dessert.
There are some people who choose to stay indoors and sleep or become a couch potato just because they are fasting. Unfortunately, fasting should not be an excuse to stop your daily activities. The only thing you should avoid is the scorching heat outside. Just remember not to push yourself if your body doesn’t feel right, because if you do your body will fight back.
This is the pre-dawn breakfast that you have before starting your fasting for the day. If you skip it, you will feel very hungry during your fast, and at Iftar time, you will overeat and the kilos will just pile on up.
Take care of your health and have a blessed Ramadan.
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