Ramadan Fasting Myths Explained

Fasting: here’s what to listen to and what to ignore
Friday , 26 May 2017
Ramadan Fasting Myths Explained
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With so much information available relating to the dos and don’ts of fasting, you can often feel confused and overloaded with supposed facts. Riham Shamseddine, senior dietitian for Right Bite, has investigated into some of the most common myths associated with fasting to shed light on what is true and what is not...

MYTH #1: FASTING AIDS WEIGHT LOSS
Fasting is not meant to be for weight loss. Breakfast generally jump-starts metabolism and this helps us burn fat faster. When we are fasting, we are reducing our overall calorie intake; and when our body senses that the calories we absorb are less than we need, it slows down our metabolism – conserving energy to remain e cient. This activates our body’s natural protective mechanism to resist what it perceives as starvation. 

MYTH #2: EATING A HEAVY SUHOUR MEAL WILL HELP A WHOLE DAY OF FASTING
Suhour should not be heavy. Big meals loaded with calories and fat cannot compensate for energy lost during the long fasting hours. The key to maintaining a whole day of fasting is eating the right foods. Suhour has to be balanced in carbohydrates, protein and good fat, i.e. an egg omelette with lots of vegetables and whole-grain slices of bread plus even more green vegetables. The most important thing is not to consume any fried foods and foods high in naughty salt. Doing that will help prevent excessive thirst the next day. 

MYTH #3: FASTING REMOVES TOXINS FROM THE BODY
Fasting alone is not enough for toxins elimination; it has to be accompanied by a healthy and balanced diet. The most important thing, whether fasting or not, is to limit unhealthy items and to maintain a diet rich in antioxidants to ght free radicals that cause illnesses, malaise and diseases. Consume superfoods like fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds, salmon, avocado and the like. 

MYTH #4: DOING EXERCISE WHEN FASTING IS NOT SAFE
If we need to exercise during fasting, it is best to do it directly before Iftar then replenish energy needs from food, or after consuming a light Iftar (one-two hours post meal) and then again have a post-workout meal rich in protein and carbohydrates. Of course, it is also imperative to always seek the advice of a health care provider or talk to Right Bite clinical dietitians prior to starting any exercise routine. 

For this special month, Right Bite, best known for its gourmet healthy meal plans, offers a Ramadan Package to help you achieve a healthy and safe Ramadan fasting. As with their regular programs, the Ramadan Package is also customized according to a customer’s dietary requirements to ensure the same health bene ts. INFO: Available at right-bite.com 

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