Assalamu Alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh! Ramadan Kareem! I hope you’re all in the best of health and taking advantage of this month of mercy.
I’m going to share 5 easy doable tips that will help us all manage our weight while fasting in general.
#1 Drink Enough Water During Non-Fasting Hours!
Hydration is beyond important but drinking enough water can actually help you control your sugar cravings! Make sure you’re nourishing your body by intaking the minimum amount of water it needs per day.
The specific amount of water needed per day is calculated through body weight so it varies per person.
Here’s a resource to determine how much water one should drink!
#2 Moderation is Key!
Now I’m not saying you must go vegan or even strictly vegetarian but keep the iftar and suhoor meals balanced by ensuring that you’re getting enough nutrients. Having a little bit of what you love is no problem, however, overdoing it IS the problem.
Note to Self: If you’ve finished iftar and you can barely stand for taraweeh, then know that you ate too much my brother/sister! Be cautious of overeating, it is not acceptable in Islam. The Prophet Muhammed (SAW) said: “The believer eats in one intestine and the disbeliever eats in seven intestines.” [Al-Bukhari, Muslim]
#3 Reduce the Amount of Sugar You Eat/Drink!
Generally, excess sugar is a big cause of weight gain during Ramadan, if you can, try to stick with natural sugars like from fruit and such.
Limit the amount of sugary drinks as much as possible! This actually doesn’t just include sodas … it also includes fruit juices from stores too! Yeah I know 😦 but they’re actually loaded with sugar. Be mindful of that for whenever you decide to drink it.
For the most part, it’s recommended that one sticks to water (#1) and tea with zero calorie sweeteners or no sugar at all (perhaps slices of lemon). If you’re feeling bold, you could even go for coffee that contains no sugar or substitute with zero calorie sweeteners.
Below is the link to the Top Ten Sunnah Foods During Ramadan.
#4 Stay Active While Fasting
I know some of you are probably thinking I’m crazy lol but many of us are home right now so it’s easy to just be lazy and not do anything while fasting. It’s okay to rest but don’t overdo it!
We should still be continuing our regular activities that we would do even if we weren’t fasting. What if I told you that you could actually still be fit while fasting? Well you can!
Find a time in the day that best works for you to do some workouts or even take a walk. Honestly I’m not saying that you have intense workouts but as long as you are moving the body it’ll really help with weight maintenance!
Find things to do throughout the day like some housework, cooking some meals, cutting the grass, whatever! So long as you aren’t resting all day waiting for sundown to come.
P.S. I personally find it easier to fast when I’m active (going to school, work, chores, etc.)
#5 Fight the Urge to Sleep All Day
If you’re eating from sundown to dawn, and then you decide to sleep from dawn to almost sundown, what do you think will happen to your body? When we sleep immediately after eating, our bodies aren’t done breaking down the foods we consumed. Can you guess what that results in?
Weight Gain! Sleeping in all day will result in weight gain!
Managing your weight while fasting is important! If you leave the month heavier than when you started, know that something isn’t right in regards to how you chose to nourish your body. We are accountable for our actions.
This isn’t a punishment, you have a choice to apply these tips or not! This is just some of the information I obtained from research and personal experience.Awoken By Hadi
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