It Isn’t True That ‘Ramadan Is Good For Losing Weight’, Here’s Why.

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How To Avoid Gaining Weight In Ramadan

Fasting in Ramadan can result in weight gain in some people. If you somehow happen to be one of them, controlling what you eat in the evenings can help you control your weight too. Eating less in Ramadan can help you to maintain or even lose your weight. But in some cases, eating less, starving and not eating proper food can also cause weight gain. Depends on what type of metabolism you have. One thing is for sure, you can definitely maintain and lose your weight in Ramadan. Start reading now!

Why Do We Gain Weight In Ramadan?

  • We eat continuously after we break our fast. Especially in the time between Iftar and Suhour. It not only upsets our weight but makes us lazy and tired because of fullness.
  • People usually remain inactive and lethargy. Don’t be a couch potato, get yourself moving.
  • We consume huge portions of food which is more than the usual days. Please don’t eat like there’s no tomorrow 😛
  • Eating a lot of fried food, full of fat and calories and that too in large uncontrolled amounts.
  • Dining in with people at iftar time eventually makes you eat more food than usual. A large amount of mouth-watering, but calorie dense foods can end up building more kilos up on you.

Healthy Cooking

Whenever you decide to cook in Ramadan, go easy. Try making your recipes healthier by avoiding deep frying. You can reduce the number of fats in your food if you choose to use olive oil, baking, roasting, steaming or grilling. Reducing fat in your foods clearly does not mean reducing its flavour. Enhance the taste by seasoning using fresh vegetables, herbs and spices.
With so many tips we are providing to control what you eat, try to resist the temptation of overindulgence. Please make Ramadan a joyous season and a healthy time.
Though eating moderately is the first option, avoid getting lazy and lethargic. Stay active and spend time with your friends and family. Make sure your Ramadan is filled with loving memories and a better-looking you not a sick you!

Never Skip Suhoor

Exactly as breakfast is the important meal of the day, Sehri is equally important during Ramadan. It helps us stay hydrated and fueled up on energy and nutrients until your next meal at iftar. It also helps you avoid overeating when you break your fast at sunset.

Aim To Eat At Least 7 Servings Of Fruit

Fruits and vegetables play the role of a great snack between meals. They are undoubtedly a healthy alternative to pastries and sweets usually consumed during Ramadan. Multiple fruits and vegetables naturally contain high water properties, especially cucumbers, watermelons, melons, squash and pumpkins. Eat those after breaking your fast, it can help you stay hydrated.

Make Soup A Regular Part Of Your Food

Soups are the easiest things to make. They are soothing on the stomach as well. They provide the body with fluids it requires. Soups are a great way to incorporate vegetables. Try to make soups from colourful vegetables that are available such as; carrots, tomatoes, pumpkins, bell peppers, spinach, zucchini and eggplants. Remember to limit the amount of salt and oil you use while preparing them.

Do not Work Out During Fast

There are many activities that leave you dehydrated. To avoid dehydration, the best way is to postpone working out until after fasting hours. It is suggested that you work out after breaking your fast. Give your body enough time to digest your food properly. Maintain hydration throughout your workout and don’t forget to drink plenty of water post-workout. Working our leads to sweating and sweating leads to dehydration. Water regulates your body temperature, lubricates your joints and transports nutrients throughout your body. Staying hydrated is particularly important during exercise.

Healthy Eating And Maintaining Weight

Here are some tips that will help you in managing your weight during Ramadan:

  1. Do not over-eat: Try having a light iftar that includes reasonable food portions
  2. It is recommended to chew your food slowly. It is important to avoid indigestion
  3. Drink at least eight glasses of water during the non-fasting hours
  4. The intake of sweetened fruit juices make you thirstier and you end up drinking a lot of them. They cause laziness. Try to drink water rather than any other drink.
  5. Consume low-fat dairy products.
  6. Exercise is an important factor and it helps you burn fat. Walk every day for at least half an hour, aiming to push it to one hour in order to burn the extra calories.
  7. Try to avoid food during iftar that is fried.

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Javeria Adil Chughtai

Javeria Adil Chughtai

A journalist and a medical researcher by profession, badminton player and photographer by passion. You can call me an artist but No, I can't draw you! 😀

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