Ramadan may be a chance for you to indulge in your favorite foods. That’s the least you’ll deserve after a day of fasting, right? Ramadan is an excellent opportunity to shed some extra pounds. You are already resetting your metabolism by the protracted, long overnight fast, as well as the daily fasting. Weight gain could be seen as one of these diseases. However, to lose weight during Ramadan fasting must be done in a very careful manner.
Further, eating once a day scares your body and your body starts to shut down and slow down your metabolism. You don’t want to slow down your metabolism or you will gain weight. In this article, I am going to give you some tips that will help you achieve this. If you want to lose weight this Ramadan, you simply have to follow these best must-dos!
The Best Weight Loss Tips During Ramadan
- In Ramadan, your metabolism slows down and your energy needs decrease as a result. The iftar meal isn’t supposed to make up those hours you spent without food. Forget that you haven’t eaten all day and imagine you have sat down for your dinner meal and eat accordingly.
- Have a couple of dates with a cup of water or some non-cream based soup then perform the maghreb prayers first before going back to the table. This has many advantages; it allows your body the time to give you the right signals on exactly how hungry it really is, but it also gives your stomach a heads-up to give it a head start on digestion without overworking it. You will eat less and digest far better.
- Eating new or unusual foods is also a problem for weight loss during Ramadan. In fact, making any lifestyle changes can be stressful and contribute to weight gain. Stress can cause weight gain in people that are susceptible to stress. If you are the type of person who does not like change and prefers that “everything has its place and everything is in its place” or you are happiest at home then you are probably a person who does not deal with the stress of change very well. Vitamin B complex vitamins can help people deal with stress. There are also many herbs that can help with stress.
- Run away from foods like sugar, white bread, white rice, ice cream, sweets, cakes, muffins, soda, soft drinks. You have to restrain yourself. Its ok for you to eat it once a week, but let it be small portion. Whatever you do, do not indulge yourself. Otherwise, you will put the weight back on. Remember, Ramadan is about self restriction.
- Stay active: Fasting is not an excuse for us to sleep all day or be lazy. In Ramadan, you should maintain your usual daily activity level to a certain extent, but do avoid the sun and heat at its peak.
- Incorporate fibers, fruits and vegetables in all your meals: Switch white rice and pasta for bran, white toast for fiber-high bread and sugar-laden cereal with oatmeal, Muesli or fiber-rich commercial brands like Nestle’s Fitness. Fruits, veggies and fibers will keep you feeling satisfied and quenched for longer and limit those sugar pangs.
- The types of food you chose to eat during Ramadan can also defeat your efforts to lose weight. If you eat too many salty foods your body will retain water and cause you to feel bloated. At the same time, a lack of water in the body causes the body to retain fat and other toxins more readily, as it does not have enough fluid to “flush” toxins out of the body.
- 1 hour before you break your fast in the evening, engage in light exercises like the jumping jacks, treadmill, etc. When you exercise 30 mins – 1 hour before you break your fast, you will be able to get healthy food nto your system quicker that your body will burn as a post workout meal.
Last, but not least, remember that Ramadan does not have to be the time of year to lose weight. Don’t focus on losing weight this Ramadan. Focus on the meaning of Ramadan, follow the tenants of good health recommended by our Prophet and you will find the weight will come off.