Introduction to Ramadan:
Approximately 1.6 billion Muslims will be fasting in the Islamic month of Ramadan in the next month. Fasting is the complete abstinence from food and drink from dawn to dusk. It is not required for people who are ill, frail, travelling, pregnant, menstruating, or breastfeeding to fast until they recover from it.
Islam promotes Healthy Lifestyle:
Islam encourages Muslims to be mindful of their health by undertaking a healthy living lifestyle that includes a balanced diet, regular mental and physical exercise and a balance between material and spiritual needs.
Prophet Muhammed (SW) mentioned:
“Take advantage of the good health before illnesses afflict you”.
Fasting during the Islamic month of Ramadan can be good for one’s health and personal development. This is a great chance to:
- Discipline our mind, body and routine
- Practice patience and modesty in everything, including food
- Prepare ourselves for a healthy lifestyle (body spiritually and physically)
Losing Weight during Ramadan?
Ramadan, is NOT a good time to lose weight, because fasting causes a drop in metabolism which makes you weak and dependent on the little food reserves you have in the body. Trying to lose weight during the fasting days will only make your body to lose water and the reserved glycogen stores (body’s carbohydrate source) but not fat. Your body holds on to the fat for later use.
But Can Prepare You for Healthy Living or Weight Loss
Whatever your goals are: whether it is Weight loss, Control Blood Glucose Levels, Improved Blood Pressure, Lower Cholesterol, Improved Digestion or Healthy Lifestyle, this month can help you set up for this – If Done Right
What to Expect for Ramadan this Year?
If you are living in North America, this time of the year, the fast begins from about 3:50am (Fajr/Dawn) and ends at around 9 pm (Maghrib/Sunset). This mean you have long days and short nights, and have only about 6 – 7 hours of eating and drinking at night.
Why this Guide?
This guide is designed to help you and your family find healthful and ready-to-use strategies to apply daily in preparation for the long fasts in Ramadan. Each day you will receive tips that you should consider implementing on the same day, which we will build over on the next day.
Please share this with all your family and friends to also help them get ready for this Ramadan. These tips are designed for the general Muslim population and can be applied to all cultural and ethnic backgrounds. Please spread the word and help our Muslim brothers and sister find success in this World and the Hereafter.
What You Will Need To Get Started:
- 2 Practice days of Fasting
- A water bottle (with measurements)
- Measuring cups
- A notebook or tracker
- An alarm or reminder app/phone
- A Positive Attitude
- You may also want to check your weight: before, during and after Ramadan
- to see how your intake is affecting your weight
- You do not want to lose too much weight too quickly, this may be water or muscles loss, if you have lost a lot of weight (more than 5 pounds in a week) re-adjust your diet or contact a dietitian
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