Most people assume Ramadan is a month in which they can easily lose weight. Since they are refraining from food and water for the better part of the day, until dusk, they think they can easily lost the pounds that have piled up. This is incorrect.

Over the course of the day, if you do notice a drop in your total weight, that is mostly due to water being used up and not being replaced. This does not contribute as weight loss. If you really are serious about losing weight in Ramadan, here are a few tips.

  1. Bake it

One of the main reasons why people gain instead of losing weight in Ramadan is because of the food they consume at iftaar. After the long day of fasting, the body’s metabolism is slow to conserve as much energy as possible. Eating large quantities of food, or food that is deep fried and oily during that period is never a good idea. If iftaar for you is incomplete with the gold old samosas, try the healthy baked versions instead. Here is an easy recipe for you to try.

  1. Stay active

People tend to go sluggish during Ramadan as the day progresses. Agreed that lack of food and water during the peak day time hours, can have its toll, but slowing down and becoming inactive is not good. While heavy work outs and exercises are not recommended, a brisk walk, climbing up the stairs are good options. This moderate intensity power walk session is an easy way to stay in shape without overdoing it.

        3. Go natural

Your body needs proper nourishment after a long day of fasting. Avoid processed foods, sugary drinks and sodas at iftaar. Instead try using natural fruits and juices, and as many organic ingredients as you can find. Try this easy to make watermelon fruit smoothie that brings you instant energy while providing necessary nutrients and water to the body.

  1. Get enough sleep

Yes, the waking up very early for Sehri and spending late hours at night praying, hacks up your sleep time. But since the body is already going through a lot during the day, try getting a good night’s sleep, to reenergize the mind and body. If you find yourself unable to do so, here are some ideas to help you sleep better.

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