Why Ramadan is the best time to set yourself fitness and diet goals and start a plan

The timeless hadith of our beloved prophet (SAW) regarding healthy eating habits sums up why Ramadan is the best time to start a fitness plan/exercise routine:

“A human being fills no worse vessel than his stomach. It is sufficient for a human being to eat a few mouthfuls to keep his spine straight. But if he must (fill it), then one third of food, one third for drink and one third for air.” [Ibn Majah]

Portion control/calculated meals and dietary guidelines were suggested more than 1400 years ago, before we even stepped into the craze of fitness/weight loss.

Ramadan provides you with the opportunity to

  • Develop more self-control with eating habits,
  • No longer binge eat which inevitably leads to weight gain, laziness and lethargy and in extreme cases metabolic diseases
  • Helps beat addiction
  • Opportunity to develop better lifestyle habits, which are the ultimate goal of BNB.
  • Balance your hormones/optimize your hormones.
  • Reverse the effects of aging.
  • And of course lose fat and build muscles.

Lose Weight

Intermittent fasting aids weight loss, and is a tool used by many including athletes to achieve breath-taking results. Fasting can be a safe way to lose weight as many studies have shown that intermittent fasting – fasting that is controlled within a set number of hours – allows the body to burn fat cells more effectively than just regular dieting. So after a day of fasting, it will be more effective if you exercise for at least 30 minutes, with a particular focus on cardio. You will be burning more body fat during fasting days versus non-fasting days, because intermittent fasting allows the body to use fat as its primary source of energy, instead of sugar.

Fasting Is Not Starvation

Some people are under the impression that fasting starves the body and hence you go into “starvation mode”. That is not true. Fasting is not starvation. It is simply not eating or drinking for a period of time, not continuously for days on end without basic nutrients.

Martin Berkhan, a nutritional consultant and personal trainer, stated the following in his article regarding fasting and its myths: “Starvation literally means starvation. It doesn’t mean skipping a meal or not eating for 24 hours. Or not eating for three days even. The belief that meal skipping or short-term fasting causes ‘starvation mode’ is so completely ridiculous and absurd.”

Fasting is a natural detox

Have you noticed that during Ramadan our bodies feel more rested? It is because fasting gives your digestive system a rest, and this can energize your metabolism to burn through calories more efficiently. If your digestion is poor, this can affect your ability to metabolize food and burn fat.

Fasting can regulate your digestion and promote healthy bowel function, thus improving your metabolic function. According to some researchers, not eating anything for just one day has shown to help the body clean up the toxins and regulate the functioning of other organs of the body including liver and kidneys, health expert, Nathan Hewitt, mentioned in one of his articles.

Although fasting has numerous benefits that have been established scientifically, it should not be a permanent solution to weight loss since the initial appealing factor of fasting and experiencing weight loss is quick fluid loss, not substantial weight loss. If it was easy, it would come back just as quick when we go back into our normal routines. So just keep that in mind: fasting helps you jump-start a weight loss process and it is not a permanent solution.

Article By Azhir Khan
Strength and Conditioning Coach

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