How To Lose Weight During Ramadan
Hello! My Tribe,
Ramadan Kareem to all of you who are fasting.
Its a beautiful time of year, so serene, peaceful and blissful. I love it.
How to lose weight
Rule no#1: Drink More Water and Hydrate
Although it may seem like mission impossible with the long fasting hours, hydration is key to weight loss in Ramadan. Drinking enough fluids will not only keep you from becoming dehydrated while you fast, but it will also control your sugar cravings after you break your fast.
Rule no#2: Replace Refined Carbs to Complex
Eliminate those calorie-filled and nutrient-poor refined carbs. Instead, replace those carbs with foods that are higher in fiber and less processed such as whole grains, fruits and vegetables. These foods pack a powerful nutritional punch including vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.
Rule no#3: Quit sugar
It seems the number one cause of weight gain in Ramadan is not the food you eat for iftar. You guessed it, it’s the sugar you consume from Ramadan beverages and sweets. This Ramadan, challenge yourself to only eat naturally occurring sugar such as fruits, dried fruits, molasses and honey. This will be life changing and oh so effective in ensuring a nice surprise the next time you stand on the scale.
Rule no#4: Choose more greens and Whole Foods
Whole foods are healthier and keep you full for longer hours. They will help you with the hunger pangs. And greens like cucumbers, lettuce and other vegetables are high in fibre and water. They not only help your body feel cool, but are also a great choice for keeping your skin healthy and avoiding constipation during Ramadan.
Rule no#5: Stay away from processed ready meals
Cook fresh and healthy meals at home, instead of buying readymade packets, which may contain preservatives and high fat content. Eating fresh food is always healthier when compared to processed and packaged food.
Rule no#6: Stay away from fried food
Greasy and fried food, such as fried dumplings, samosas, pastries and oily curries, should be avoided as they are loaded with fat and stored in the body as fatty tissue. Eating fatty foods after long hours of fasting causes acidity and indigestion. Frying can be replaced by grilling, boiling or baking.
Rule no#7: Reduce meat and chicken
Avoid chicken, as a health coach I would say, avoid chicken at all times, its filled with hormones that messes with our system completely. Red meat takes a log time and energy to digest so makes us feel lethargic and heavy and low on energy. So it best to avoid meats at the time of Ramaradan.
Rule no#8: Chew your food
It’s natural to want to eat as fast as you can when you’re very hungry, but slowing down can help. Research has shown that eating slowly and mindfully helps you eat less, aids the digestion process and enhances the pleasure of the food. The physical process of chewing food in your mouth helps to break down larger particles of food into smaller particles. This helps to reduce stress on the esophagus and helps the stomach metabolize your food. When you chew each mouthful properly, you also release a lot of saliva, which contains digestive enzymes. As you release these enzymes into the throat and stomach, you further improve the digestive process.
What do you like to incorporate during Ramadan for your health and over all wellness?
Share with me and my tribe.
Love and health