Some people gain weight in the holy month of Ramadan & others effort to maintain their weight from lessening off the standard range. In fact, fasting could be quite a confront for maintaining a healthy body weight. Particularly, if your food intake is not sufficient to meet the minimum caloric necessities for the basic needs of the body than it would be harmful.
Why Do Some People Lose Weight During Ramadan?
Sometimes fasting could last up to 13 hours or more. During this time the body requirements glucose which serves as its energy source and is essential for its appropriate functioning. Glucose from food could last up to a maximum of 5 hours, after that the body tends to use its fat stores in order to provide the necessary energy. And not restoring these reserves after fasting would result in weight loss.
Ways to avoid losing weight:
- Have your Iftar in two stages: Some people can get full just by eating dates, pakora & chaat. resulting in them having just a little bit of the main dish. This usually ends up with inadequate caloric intake and might lead to weight loss. You should instead try to have your Iftar meal in two sessions. First have dates, fruite chaat, juice, pakora..etc. Then go for Maghreb Prayer and come back to have your main dish. In this way you would have given your stomach enough time to prepare for the main dish.
- Good to Remember: If you feel full energetic during Ramadan, then make sure you drink water between your meals and not with them. Have 1 glass at the beginning of Iftar, wait a couple of minutes then enjoy your meal. The rest (6-7 glasses of water or fluids) can be divided within your non-fasting hours but only 2 hours after food.
- Enrich your dishes with healthy calories: Sprinkle a generous amount of olive oil to your salad, or slice some olives on your baked, low fat cheese samosa. You can also add some nuts, fruite chaat and Ramadan desserts.
- Make sure to have your Suhour: It will be very difficult to meet your nutritional requirements with just one meal. This is why it is absolutely essential to have a proper Suhour to provide your body with the additional calories vital for your wellbeing, and to prevent any undesirable weight loss.
In the end, there are many ways to boost your calories and avoid losing weight during this month. You can do that by adding healthy nutrient- and calorie-dense ingredients to the foods you are eating. These include healthy oils, nuts, avocados and olives. Also remember to remain physically active during this month since this will help stimulate your appetite.