What is required is a balanced and nutritional meal in terms of quantity and quality, rather than being deprived of food and sweets.
Ramadan is an opportunity to stop bad habits that negatively affect our health and adopt healthier and nutritious diets. Fasting relieves and strengthens the digestive system while increasing its efficiency, and helps adjust triglyceride levels in the blood.
Despite this, many have reversed the rule. With the abundance and easy preparation of food, people often break their fast with lavish feasts rich in a variety of dishes, sweets and fried food, leading to an increase in triglycerides and cholesterol, and perhaps diabetes and weight gain which is the opposite of what the fasting person is trying to achieve.
In order to have a healthily fast there’s a lot to think about – like what food to eat when you do break, what you should be drinking and how to prevent a disrupted sleep schedule.
Another big consideration for many practising Muslims is how best to exercise during the holy period.
The nature of Ramadan means sleep schedules are often disrupted, which can lead to tiredness and a lack of energy to work out. This can lead to an increase in appetite, so suggests combating this with regular naps.
“By getting a reasonable amount of sleep, you’ll able to better control your cravings during the day and improve energy levels,” and thus making exercise easier.