Often, we have noticed during the Ramadan season devotees tend to gain weight rather than lose weight. Does that seem odd? Well, let’s shed some light onto this topic.
Nutrition Journal by Balkees Abed Bakhtomah shows, out of 173 practicing Muslim families interviewed, 59.5 percent reported weight gain after Ramadan.
On an average, Muslims around the world fast for 12 hours a day, which results in abrupt and fairly poor physical activity throughout the day. Through the course of non-fasting hours devotees consume food which is high in sugar and fat. I mean can you really say no to your favorite food when it’s kept in front of you after fasting throughout the day! It’s like keeping candy in front of a child and expecting him not to eat it.
Are you looking to lose weight this Ramzan? Follow our simple and easy hacks, you will have the perfect Ramzan diet to lose weight.
Check out some Ramzan weight loss tips below-
Water, your best friend.
Being hydrated plays a vital role for your system, regardless if its Ramadan season or not. The good part is it will control your sugar cravings after you break your fast. Ideally we should be consuming at least 2 liters/8 glasses of water a day. Here’s a table we like to follow-
- 2 glasses at Iftar
- 4 glasses between iftar and suhur
- 2 glasses at suhur
P.S – It’s best to avoid tea and coffee, herbal tea makes a great substitute for the same.
A light and balanced Iftar.
(Yes, this was coming)
It’s natural tendency for your body’s metabolism to slow down during Ramadan. This translates to your body needs less energy to function.
The best way to lose weight would be to assume you are sitting down for a regular dinner, ignore the fact that you have been fasting all day.
You don’t need to have more than one date per meal as it contains ample sugar. Go for a smaller portion of soup and avoid cream based soups; vegetable and lentil soups are the best. Follow it up with a mixed vegetable salad but do not add more than 1 – 2 teaspoons of olive oil dressing. Skip all the appetizers that are high in carbohydrates. It is essential to take a break after you’re done with your appetizers, you don’t want your digestive system overwhelmed. Complete your prayers, interact with others, and keep in mind that it’s important to take a 5 minute break. While resuming your meal choose your main dish wisely and stick to one food item and avoid fried food. It needs to have a balance between carbs and protein (control your portions! It’s crucial.) Using a calorie calculator for weight loss might be a good idea.
DON’T! This is a common mistake made by many. This year the ‘eating hours’ are quite limited but it’s no excuse to skip Suhur. Skipping suhur will spike your hunger pangs the next day and you will end up overeating at the Iftar.
Consume complex carbohydrates during Suhur, it will give you energy for the rest of the day.
We know it’s difficult, but being active during the day will go a long way. It’s ideal to stick to your regular activities during the day. Avoid the sun during its peak hours, it will drain glucose out of your body making you crave for sugar. P.S – Avoid processed sugar.
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We hope the weight loss tips mentioned above have been helpful. It is essential to keep your BMI in proportion to lead a healthy lifestyle, there are multiple body mass index calculators available online, make sure your BMI is in check!