How to effectively fast during Ramadan

Ramadan fasting, a religious obligation can theoretically be a golden opportunity to adopt healthy lifestyle and dietary habits which could lead to weight reduction, better control of diabetes, improved insulin sensitivity and biochemical changes associated with metabolic syndrome.

When lifestyles are imbalanced and not regular, fasting the right way can help balance our excesses. It not only helps in controlling weight, but also promotes better digestion, improves energy, prevents diseases, gives a feeling of lightness and wellbeing. Fasting must not be undertaken by chronically ill, under-nourished, pregnant, lactating women, those suffering from serious illnesses or on long-term medication. If at all, you must, fasting must be done under physician or nutritional supervision.

Experts at Weightmonitor UAE suggest that a sensible fast for health and well-being should include plenty of vegetables, fruits and fluids, and modest amounts of dairy, nuts, seeds and sprouts, for the body to function effectively.

A sound fasting program must aim to:

· Eat less but not starve
· Include plenty of fluids, water, fresh fruits and vegetables
· Increase disease fighting nutrients like anti-oxidants and phyto-chemicals
· Include variety through alternative foods and ensures better nutrition

Breaking a fast is critical and must be done intelligently. Here are some tips from the experts from Weightmmonitor UAE on how one should ideally, break-a-fast:

· With a fruit or dry fruits along with fluid- Laban or buttermilk/vegetable or fruit juice / iced tea/ cold coffee coconut water/soup · Do not eat too much immediately, there are no specific guidelines as to the time gap to be maintained to have a proper meal but it is definitely essential to keep a watch on the quality of meal. Do not burden the stomach- keep it light.

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