How to Lose Weight During Ramadan
I know. It's almost impossible, right? With all the ever-so enticing konafa with nutella, konafa with mango or God knows what konafa is going to be with this year, dieting in Ramadan seems almost implausible. Not to mention of course, all the drinks that keeps you bloated for the whole year (Did you know that one tiny cup of sobya has almost 300 calories?) and atayef and endless nuts and etc..., Ramadan is just a 30 day food festival. But what if you can turn the tables and use Ramadan as a natural detox? It's actually really simple; all you need to do is be strict on yourself (I know it's actually really hard). Here's how you should be able to lose weight in Ramadan.
Water is the key. I know that's ironic since you already think you drink too much water since you're thirsty all day long. But guess what? It's not enough. Not even close. Think drinking 2 cups after iftar and 2 cups at sohoor is enough? Well, think again. Add to these 4 cups of water between iftar and sohoor to make a total of 8 cups a day. Eight cups may sound too much knowing that there are only 8 hours, but they're just the right amount.
2) Eat iftar on 2 times
Don't double what you eat! But divide it on 2 times. Instead of eating one big meal, jujst eat a small portion, take a rest and then eat again.
3) Exercising in the right time
This is a common concern to many. When is the best time to exercise? If you exercised while you're fasting, you'll sure as hell be exhausted to carry on a whole exercise with full energy (although exercising while fasting will make you lose weight like crazy). But putting in mind that you won't be able to drink water while working out is really really tiring. Ideally, you should exercise between Iftar and sohoor, but without being too bloated. So here's food for thought, you can exercise between the 2 meals of your iftar. Considering that your first meal should be really light (soup and/or salad), you'll be able to burn more calories, have more energy and drink whenever you want!
If you can take up exercising more than once a day, you can go for a jog or lift right before iftar and then do cardio after. But if you did cardio make sure it's way before sohoor, so it doesn't leave you thirsty.
4) Never skip sohoor
Too little time yet too many meals, right? If you're eating the right portions and the right food in the right time, you'll never feel too hungry or too full. Beware of eating something salty on sohoor, though, so you wouldn't get thirsty. The ideal sohoor will consist of protein (yoghurt, eggs and milk).
Last but definitely not least, resist all the yummy food!! The may seem the hardest, but once you get used to eat, eating unhealthy will really make you feel bad. You should stay away from processed sugar and only drink water! You may only drink hibiscus (karkade), but never ever drink sobya, apricot nectar (amar el deen), etc... these are your worst enemy! And definitely, stay away from dessert! (unless it's fruit salad...)