For a month of fasting and abstaining from eating, losing weight is relatively hard. Matter of fact, most people find it adds even more to their weight. Summer is right around the corner, and it would do good to take the month as an opportunity to get a head start.
- Water, water, water!
To make up for bodily water lost throughout the day, water should be your best friend during the holy month. 2-3 liters a day is the goal, and can be divided throughout fitar, midnight meal, and suhoor.
- Do Not Eat Everything at Iftar
Once the maghreb prayers are done, most people would rush to stuff their stomachs with everything they’ve been withholding throughout the day. Nutrition experts, however, advise against that. Having a couple of dates, then performing maghrib prayers would be idea to give time for your stomach to give you the right signals as to how hungry you really are.
- Fried food will only make you hungrier.
Simple carbs cause the blood sugar to rise then fall afterwards, leaving you craving more.
- A midnight or post-taraweeh meal could go a long way.
Aside for making your body accustomed that you will eat during the evening, it will help curb any hunger cravings. Things like veggies, fruit and nuts will keep the hunger at bay.
- Swap konafa for dates.
During Ramadan, your body will be craving sugar heavily. With the exciting varieties presented each year, it can be tempting to devour all of them. A good tip would be to have a date or two before dessert, to allow your body to get the sugar it needs. Cravings and hungry would subside afterwards.
Perhaps not related to eating but working out can be a sure fire way to loose weight. Before iftar, you should opt for lighter workouts so as to avoid getting dehydrated. Relaxing after iftar for a while and opting for a high intensity workout would be ideal.