During the holy month of Ramzan, when you are fasting and are in a happy spiritual state, you might not realize that despite the fast you are gaining weight at an alarming rate.
Studies have shown that most Muslims gain the most weight during Ramzan. So why is this exactly? And do all Muslims gain weight or is it just a few? Well, not all Muslims gain weight during the holy month. In fact, some manage to lose a lot of weight. So what are they doing right to lose weight while you gain weight? Well, for starters, they are mindful of their bodies and take steps to ensure that they lose weight in a healthy way. By following a few simple steps, you can also make sure that you avoid gaining weight during Ramzan.
1. Avoid overeating at Iftar
After fasting all day, it’s understandable that you are hungry and can eat an army of hungry elephants. But just because you can do it doesn’t. Instead of trying to make up for all the meals you skipped that day eating until stuffed, try to eat sensibly. Break your fast with dates or fruit to appease your initial hunger pangs, then move on to eating your favorite food, but in moderation. Moderation is the key to avoiding weight gain during Ramzan.
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2. Practice eating slowly
You were probably taught as a child to eat slowly while chewing your food well to promote better digestion. Not only does a slow diet aid digestion, it also ensures that you don’t overeat. When you take your time to chew and savor each bite, you tend to eat less. In addition, it is proven that it takes almost fifteen minutes for your stomach to send signals to your brain that you are full. So when you swallow the food, you actually get past the feeling of fullness and keep eating until your stomach signals to your brain. So, practice a slow diet to avoid eating more than you need.
3. Stop obsessing over food
Constantly thinking about what food and what food is waiting for you at the end of the fast is not going to help your cause. Try not to think about food all the time. Devote yourself to spiritual learning and other similar activities that will help keep your mind fully occupied. When you are constantly thinking about food, you start to imagine what you want to eat, which triggers memories of delicious food in your head. And the more you think about food, the more you want to eat when you break your fast. You have to realize that what you want to eat and what you need to eat are two very different things.
4. Share your food
Being a glutton will do no good to you or to others around you. Eat to nourish your body, not to nourish your taste buds. Eat enough and share the rest with those less fortunate. There is no greater joy than sharing and isn’t that the true spirit of being a Muslim. So whenever you want to eat more just because you like the taste and not because you are still hungry, make a conscious effort to share that food with those who really need it.
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5. Make healthy choices
When you are hungry, your brain tends to turn to fatty foods. This means fatty, unhealthy foods look more appealing than healthier options. Fatty and unhealthy foods are the main culprits for weight gain during Ramzan. So try to break your fast with healthy foods such as fruits and juices, dates and nuts, and other similar foods.
We hope these tips will help you avoid gaining weight during Ramzan. Have a blessed Ramzan!
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