You Can Lose Weight In Ramadan, And Here's How

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While culturally and especially in Amman, the Holy Month encompasses traditions of feasting rather than moderate eating, you can actually go above that and use it to your advantage to shed all this quarantine weight you might have helplessly put on. Here are a few tips to get back on track during Ramadan:

 

We are aware that it is what everybody is saying, but if we need to stress on it even more then so be it! Naturally while fasting, all you feel is extremely parched and all you want is that tall glass of cold water, and you would think people drink more than just that usually. Make sure you don’t only drink it when you feel like it, and actually drink more where that came from throughout the night and not just a few minutes before you have to fast again. Break your fast with a glass of water, and another glass every hour for the rest of the time. That ensures your hydration even for the next fasting day, and washing away all the sodium trapped in your body. Pro tip: refrain from sugary drinks and juices! 

 

Since it is the era of intermittent fasting, you might as well go along with the trend. This year’s fasting hours are about 16-17 hours, that means your eating time needs to be within the 8 hour period which is all great because you need to start fasting somewhere between 4 and 4:30 AM. To do it right, try to not eat anything past 3 AM or just count 8 hours from the time you break your fast since the timings will vary as we go on. Pro tip: try not to go all out on your Suhour making sure you have less carbs and more protein in your meal.

 

Speaking of protein, leverage the fact that you will be having a lot of lentil soup during the month, which is filled with protein. Now, by all means do not shy away from eating carbs but try to limit your starch intake to one meal a day, and eat more meats because they will give you the needed energy for the rest of the day and also help you burn fat. Pro tip: avoid fried meats as much as you can, for obvious reasons; and they also make you thirsty!

 

Ramadan is one of those tough times, and you have to be understanding with yourself so take it easy. Try to maintain a balanced diet, and here’s how you can do that. Break your fast with a glass of water, a couple dates, soup, salad or everyone’s favorite fatoush. Don’t have a huge meal just yet! Wait it out an hour or two, and then have a regular dinner. It is sometimes difficult to not feast but as you may have experienced in the past, it does not feel good afterwards! Be patient with eating, the food is not going anywhere, and just divide your meals wisely. Pro tip: take a nap an hour before Iftar everyday if you can, and it’ll basically be as if you had just gotten out of bed about to have a normal breakfast - and it won’t be much!

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