Healthy Ramadan, Healthy Weight

During the Holy Month of Ramadan, it’s not only a balance between material and spiritual needs, it’s a time to encourage a healthy lifestyle, that includes balanced meals and regular mental and physical exercise. Islam has always encouraged Muslims to ensure they are mindful of their health.

Fasting may cause weight gain in some people due to heavy eating between Iftar and Suhoor, which can also lead to tiredness and inactivity. Lack of portion control, i.e., eating large meals, especially fried, fatty foods, is also a contributing factor.

There are many ways to improve nutritional habits and control weight gain during Ramadan. Follow these simple steps for a healthy Ramadan:

  • Avoid overeating during Iftar and Suhoor by managing your portions and selecting the right foods.
  • After your dates and water, eat a light soup and salad they as they are low in calories and help to make you feel full.
  • Make sure to keep yourself hydrated. Drink at least eight glasses of water between Iftar and Suhoor.
  • Eat fruits instead of high calorie sweets.
  • Walk every day for at least half an hour to one hour to burn calories.
  • Healthy cooking also plays an important role in managing your weight.
  • Iftar is a time to obtain spiritual fulfillment and to enjoy your family and friends. Just remember to eat moderately, slowly and sensibly while resisting the temptation to over indulge.