During Ramadan, families never stop gathering, and the Egyptian buffet is one of a kind that combines nearly all food types on ONE and ONLY dining table. I wish it is just this reason for people to gain weight, but it is not it, Egyptians must include their traditional desert right after “Iftar”. Here are our tried and tested 6 tips to help you lose weight in Ramadan!
- Don’t skip your workout!
If you hit the gym before Ifitar, go for 30 min cardio and don’t over do it! During intermittent fast, the body uses fat as its primary source of energy instead of sugar. That’s great but remember that you can’t outrun a bad diet. Start on a healthy diet this holy month and hey you can do without caffeine, nicotine and sugar for 16+ hours a day! Push your self a tad further and you are set!
- “Battalo tedeboha 3ala el fitar, 7aram 3aleiko!!”
Break your fast on dates; the dates will give a refreshing burst of energy. Fruit juices will also have a revitalizing effect. The meal should remain a meal and not a PARTY! Try to minimize the high-calorie dishes that traditionally celebrate the fast. Yes, your grandma’s special Roa’a! You should not be eating more than soup or salad and one piece of anything scrumptious such as Sambousak, fatayer, etc.
- Watch out your carb intake!
An hour after “Ifitar”, eat a small portion of a balanced meal, combining protein, fat and vitamins. Carbs are your source of energy; don’t cut out on carbs completely! Stock up on Complex carbs! The “good” guys, which give you energy and full satiety for longer time, and are often rich in fiber and found in green veggies, beans, lentils and peas. Avoid the Simple Carbs! The “bad“ guys, basically SUGAR! Such as; chocolate, jam, jellies, soft drinks, etc.
- Size Matters!
Two hours after your meal, you can eat the desert of your liking, remember! quantity matters; your portion should not exceed the size of half of your palm.
- Stay hydrated!
Drink water infused with lemons and a bunch of fresh mint leaves, it will keep your body hydrated with natural electrolytes. This is a great source of vitamin C and antioxidants, which will help maintain your body energy during the fasting hours. It gets better, lemon mint water is great for your skin and it acts as anti-aging remedy. It boosts your metabolism too.
6. “Abous edeiko battalo ramrama”.
Avoid unhealthy snacks between Iftar the Suhur time. Snack on food that boosts your metabolism during your day such as; almonds, avocado, chia seeds, lemon, berries, grapefruit, cucumber, broccoli, carrots, spinach, yogurt.
Stay tuned for our Suhur Tips!