As we go through the last few days of Ramadan, some of us have lost weight and are feeling the benefits of fasting while others have indulged in sumptuous iftars and suhoors and hence weight gain is understandable.
Over Ramadan, our metabolism changes and we look towards returning to normal routine and getting back in shape when the Eid celebrations are over. With the holy month almost over, it is time to reset and reassess our eating habits. VISO brings you some tips to stay healthy after Ramadan and Eid.
Balance your meals
As we transition from fasting to regular meals, focus on a healthy diet that is balanced and includes all food groups as well as hydrating. This means including carbohydrates, fats, proteins by consuming vegetables, healthy shakes, fibre, grains and lean protein through small meals through the day and drinking lots of water.
The sudden rise in sugar and active fat absorption will cause fatigue. Avoid sugary snacks, fizzy drinks, excessive coffee and meals that are rich in fat. Eat big breakfasts with a lot of fruit and protein and increase your consumption of nourishing foods, such as vegetables, fruits and salads.
Post Ramadan, get back to working out for about 30-45 minutes each morning or go for a walk without straining your body too much if you have been sluggish. This will help burn calories, remove toxins and get you ready for full workouts.
Catch up on Sleep
During Ramadan, the sleeping schedule changes with getting up early and going to bed late. Remember that lack of proper sleep increases hunger and anxiety so it might be wise catch up on sleep and rest.
Fasting has physical and mental benefits, such as improved memory, sleep, concentration and increased energy. Try intermittent fasting, which is beneficial for the body and mind. You can follow the Sunnah of the Prophet and fast on Mondays and Thursdays.
You can follow the 80/20 rule and eat only until you are 80% full. Start by eating slowly to feel full on less and it helps the body to properly digest the food you eat.
Maintain Digestive Health with probiotics
Change of eating habits can take a toll on your digestive system. Take a probiotic supplement to replenish the levels of good bacterial flora in your stomach.
Finally, remember that great health maximizes productivity and makes you feel good. Make yourself a priority to see amazing health benefits after Ramadan and Eid this year.