Islamabad: The desired loss of weight can be easily accomplished if you forego iftar in favor of dinner. The tradition of eating deep-fried, sugar-laden stuff at iftar and then following it up with a full meal makes us gain a lot of weight.
Dates are excellent for breaking the fast. They are rich in monosaccharides (instant sugar), carbohydrates (the energy givers) along with a healthy amalgamation of vitamins B and D, calcium, phosphorus, iron, and zinc (fight allergies) and reduce acidity and heartburn. These provide mandatory fortification along with water or low-fat milk till the actual dinner, helping you forego the rich iftar.
Fizzy drinks need to be avoided at all costs. These in addition to being high in unwanted calories, have a high salt content and increase thirst instead of quenching it. Yogurt-based drinks such as lassi (not the sweet variety) are excellent in both nutritive and cooling properties.
How to Lose Weight Fast in Ramadan Naturally?
Consume slow-to-digest, fiber-rich foods such as whole wheat bread/chapatis, pasta, beans, and lentils as this help maintain and even lose weight by keeping your satiety centers in the brain satisfied for longer periods.
Fresh fruit should be a must on the iftar menu, the way nature intended it to be eaten and not with added sugar as in fruit salad or spices in chaat.
The main meal should consist of protein (chicken, lentils) and carbohydrates (bread, chapati, rice) with a little fat. The festive nature of our iftars and the company of family and friends makes us quite prone to over-eating. The tip here would be to stop when you feel slightly less than full. Remember, there’s always the next time!
Desserts are the worst enemies of weight loss. Being a significant part of our iftar menu, these can test the patience of many. Eat but no more than a couple of spoons if you wish to lose weight, relishing the taste and making it last as long as possible to satisfy not your hunger but craving.
A comprehensive multi-vitamin intake is highly recommended as most of us are not disciplined enough to monitor our nutritional requirements. The best time to take the tablet would be two hours after iftar.
With the hectic schedule that Ramazan puts us through, it is quite challenging to work in an exercise regime. But even a 15-minute post-iftar walk can do wonders both physically and mentally.
In a nutshell, with a bit of self-discipline and restraint, this is the perfect time to detoxify, lose a few pounds or kick a bad habit.