7 tips of Ramadan fasting on your weight loss journey

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Ramadan is one of the Islāmic Calendar which is also a period of spiritual fasting. It is composed of 29 or 30 days. It is one of 5 pillars of Islam and a significant source of worship.

Ramadan fasting involves abstinence from drinking and eating from dawn till dusk. The practice according to Islāmic injunction is to eat 2 meals, 1 before dawn called sahur and 1 after sunset called iftar.

Millions of faithful Muslims observe this fasting throughout the world and the aim of the article is to look at the tips of Ramadan fasting offers on your weight loss journey.

1) It affects your metabolism by resetting it and your body begins to change the way it does things. During the first few days, you will experience dehydration. You will be surprised that you might lose between 2-3 pounds, but that’s just water.

Even though, no human being can lose that much of weight within those few days. Nevertheless, that’s exciting.

Even though, no human being can lose that much of weight within those few days. Nevertheless, that’s exciting.

2) It is very vital you avoid the urge for excessive eating during this period. It might make you gain weight. During this period, your body has been subjected to the state of famine, when you now eat excessively, it will store them as fat because it will be worried about its shortage of food supply.

During this period, your body has been subjected to the state of famine, when you now eat excessively, it will store them as fat because it will be worried about its shortage of food supply.

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By eating once a day, your body metabolism will slow down and this might affect your weight gain.

Nevertheless, having the urge not to eat during the day can help strengthen you to stick to the diet plan and cope with hunger.

3) Fasting help in losing weight and when breaking your fast, make sure you don’t overeat. You need to watch a number of carbs you consume in other to keep losing weight.

4) When you want to break your fast, make sure you re-hydrated first by drinking water. You can take fruits such as lime, orange, lemon and others if you find plain water hard to drink as prescribe in Islāmic tradition. Doing this will prevent you from overeating.

5) The food you can eat during Ramadan are the healthy meal to lose weight and for weight watchers like millet, oats, semolina, fish, chicken, brown rice, eggs, milk, ewedu, masa, moi-moi, low carb vegetables like cabbages, green vegetables, ugwu etc.

6) You must limit the intake of sweets, fried and fatty foods such as bread and baked goods to achieve your weight loss goal.

7) If you want to exercise during this period, it is better you do so during the time close to breaking of your fast.

For instance, if the fast break time is 7 pm, it is better to start the exercise around 6 pm because of the benefit of getting closer to the time of breaking which will help your recovery.

Exercise such as biking, treadmill and rowing machine are okay during this period. Higher intensity exercise is advice to be avoided but if you feel you can do it, then it is left to you to be very careful.

These are helpful tips for continuing your weight loss journey during Ramadan fasting.

These tips are also great for the Christian faithful during Lent.

 

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