Ramadan – the month of blessings, happiness, spiritual enlightenment, and much more. It brings Muslims close to their religion emotionally and with enthusiasm.
Where Ramadan gives us a chance to rediscover the immaculate wisdom of Holy Quran, to rekindle our faith, to pull ourselves close to the Mighty Lord, it also teaches why fasting from dawn to dusk is practical and beneficial. It’s a built-in, enduring practice of not just weight loss for the body but also spiritual involvement.
So, witness Ramadan with your spirituality along with physical healthy activity through keeping your stomach hale and hearty.
In Pakistan, it’s the utmost norm and belief to keep the table occupied by different delicious foods. Deep fried, baked, grilled or greasy – doesn’t matter, the preparation is always done in full swing from 1’0 clock to last word of Azaan e Magrib. The result is pretty obvious. Pakistan has been ranked 9th in obesity during a survey conducted by Global Burden of Disease Study in 2014.
In order to keep yourself not only healthy but to control your weight too, follow these five ways to lose weight in Ramadan and stay in good shape.
1. Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate
Undoubtedly, it’s Mission Impossible to consume an enormous volume of water in Iftaar, but it’s the basic key of losing weight in Ramadan. Drinking enough fluids will not only keep you from becoming dehydrated while you fast, but will also help you control your sugar cravings after you break your fast. Avoid fizzy or caffeine drinks that result in kidney issues.
2. Tutti Fruitti
Samosas, Pakore, Jalebis and Fried Chicken can be easily interchanged with seasonal fruits. Just a bowl of your all beloved fruit with pinch of chat masala or salt and black pepper will be just fine. It will refresh your stomach, help you retain power and lose weight.
3. Go Get Some Exercise
It’s certainly a tough job to even walk after Iftaar but following the afore-mentioned diet will help you preserve energy. Apart from that, make sure that during the day as well you do very light 15-to-45 minute activities like walking or cleaning.
4. Never Sleep After Seheri
We can lose weight during Ramadan if we do a walk after Fajr instead of sleeping again. Sleeping after Fajr is mostly done in countries like Pakistan, where fasting timings are quite lengthy. People can’t sleep on an empty stomach and that is why they sleep just after Fajr when their stomach is filled, which definitely contributes to obesity and makes you lazy throughout the day.
5. Interval between Iftaar and Dinner
Make sure that that there is a gap of an hour between Iftaar and dinner. This will let the food you ate for iftaari settle down. Use this time to talk with your family, friends and scrolling through Facebook. If you like desserts, have them, but after at least a two-hour gap.
By following these five useful ways, you will surely lose weight while remaining active in the days ahead during the whole month of Ramadan!