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As you embark on your soul-cleansing journey during Ramadan with rigorous fasting, this is also your golden opportunity to detox your body and reset your eating habits. Fasting is known to have many important benefits, such as improved cardiovascular health and lower blood pressure.
However, the drastic change that your body goes through during fasting can take a toll on your metabolism. Long period of fasting causes a shock to our system and our body tries to preserve as much energy as possible by slowing down our metabolism. It is, therefore, important that you undertake appropriate measures to keep your metabolism in check during Ramadan.
Here are five steps to have better control on your metabolism while fasting:
Your body needs water to process calories. Even mild dehydration can slow your metabolism down. Research shows that drinking 17 ounces of water can increase resting metabolism by 10–30% for about an hour. This is even more effective if you drink cold water, as the body uses energy to heat it up to body temperature. To stay hydrated, drink at least two glasses of water before your suhoor and iftar meals.
Try to eat 4-5 small meals during the night. Getting food in your body regularly helps to keep your metabolism running and leaves your body in a much better state to burn some energy for you. On the contrary, eating only one big meal at iftar can make your body store it as fat in fear of starvation. You want to ensure that you’re eating just enough. It takes twenty minutes for your stomach to tell your brain that you are full, so put small portions on your plate first.
Include some cardio workouts during your non-fasting hours. Being active will automatically boost your metabolism. For example, walk instead of taking a car; and take the stairs occasionally instead of the elevator. Brisk walking, cycling and jogging are other cardio workouts that can be done during Ramadan to increase metabolism.
Even if you lift lighter weights, weight training is the most effective exercise for improving your metabolism. The more you engage your muscles, the better your metabolism will get. However, make sure you do them after your iftar and not on an empty stomach.
A well-rested body is more efficient in burning calories compared to an exhausted one. People are recommended to get sufficient sleep at night as well as during the day for a short time. Moreover, excessive eating right before bedtime can also lead to increase acid influx and sleep disorders.
Continuing a healthy lifestyle after Ramadan is equally important to avoid abrupt changes in your metabolism and rebounding all your lost weight. FCBS Dubai helps clients to not only effectively lose weight and excess fat but also to tone up their bodies and achieve the best shape they can in a safe and healthy manner. To know more about our weight loss services, call us on +971 4 3255481 or email us at email@example.com.
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