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April 28, 2021 2 min read

Among the most common questions that are asked during Ramadan are; Do you lose weight in Ramadan? In fact, the answer to the question is very simple. You can think of this period like any other time of the year, if you take in fewer calories than you need to eat, you may lose weight, and if you eat more, you may be at risk of gaining weight.

The only difference here is the meal patterns and the number of meals. Usually, you need to eat the foods that you get with the meals that you distribute throughout the day in the meals that you are planning such as the dawn, breakfast and snacks in Ramadan.

If you want to use Ramadan as a weight loss opportunity, it pays to be careful. If you are feeding on energy and nutrients that are very low than you need to eat, your metabolism may slow down in the long run, and even if you seem to be losing weight at first, you can regain the weight you lost afterwards.

To lose weight in Ramadan.
You can plan for all the foods that you need to eat during the day, such as Iftar, Suhoor, and a light meal.

Thinking that I am not hungry during the day, and that I do not need to get up for the pre-dawn meal, may cause your metabolism to slow down and increase your weight afterwards. For this reason, even if you do not feel hungry at that moment, do not miss the pre-dawn meal.

You are hungry all day, and I understand you well, but if you turn breakfast into a feast, your Ramadan weight loss plan will stop. Instead of filling your stomach and eating what you need to eat all day at breakfast, first eat a warm soup and wait a while.

- Try to consume foods that contain carbohydrates such as bread, soup, bulgur, pasta, potatoes, and pastries by balancing them in the Iftar and Suhoor meals. One handful of Arabic bread equals one slice of bread. Even if you consume pita bread for breakfast, prefer wholegrain bread for suhoor to keep satiety longer.

To avoid problems such as weakness, fatigue and headaches during the day, meet your fluid needs between breakfast and the pre-dawn meal and drink plenty of water.

Make your choices of fruit desserts or ice cream instead of desserts saturated with sugar or fried with heavy oils and limit 1-2 desserts per week. Try to take a 1-2 hour break instead of eating right after breakfast.

After breakfast, if you can, try to walk a little, as this helps to lose weight while supporting the digestive process.

Breakfast meals are usually high in fat, so you should pay attention to the part in choosing cheese and olives, and start with soup and dates.

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