Ramadan is a time of fasting and reflecting; and it is also a time when most of us eat more than we usually do when we are not fasting. 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 and this can include not gaining weight during this month of fasting.
If you are one of the many who would not like to gain weight, or rather lose some, we have listed a few tips you can follow to make this happen.
Have a balanced and light Iftar: 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 though you were not fasting, and this includes breaking your fast with a couple of dates to give your body the sugar it needs. Follow with two healthy appetizers like light soup and a salad. Then have one main instead of eating everything that is on offer. It is important to remember to give your body a break after each course instead of eating everything at once so as not to overwhelm your digestive system.
Stay away from fried dishes: 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 and if they do, make sure it is the healthy kind, like olive oil.
Hydrate: If you want to keep your weight in check, it is important to hydrate yourself. Try to aim for the 8 glasses of water, starting from when you break your fast to when you have Suhoor. Start with two glasses, and then have four in between, then two more at Suhoor.
Check your consumption of processed sugar: 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.
Stay active: There are some people who choose to stay indoors and sleep or be a coach 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.
Whatever you do, do not skip Suhoor: 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 come Iftar, you will over eat and the kilos will just pile on up.
Have a blessed Ramadan.