A member of the Herbalife Nutrition Advisory Board for Turkey has recommended some key activities to help Muslims fasting to avoid weight gain by the end of Ramadan.
Associate Prof. İsmet Tamer says changes to eating and sleeping patterns during the month affects the body’s biological clock (circadian rhythm) and care must be taken not to injure the body.
According to him, due to long hours of fasting, the human body slows down metabolism in order to use energy as efficiently as possible. He, therefore, advises that if the fasting Muslim doesn’t watch what, when and how much he/she eat, gain weight is possible.
“If people who usually maintain a healthy lifestyle by exercising don’t take the necessary precautions or follow a regular routine during Ramadan, they might do more harm than good to their body, including weight gain at the end of the month,” he said.
He added that “As people are not able to eat or drink water during the day, they then binge on food, switch to a lighter workout routine, or quit exercising altogether during Ramadan, causing the excess energy they consume to turn into additional weight.
Prof. Tamer points out that it’s important to pay attention to the timing of exercise due to the long hours of fasting during Ramadan.
“Ramadan is a special month of self-reflection and worship for millions of Muslims all over the world. There are a lot of temptations that could stop one from safely and effectively progressing through the holy month healthily,” he said.
- May 17, 2019