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CAIRO – 13 April 2021: Bad eating habits in Ramadan result in weight gain in some people despite fasting for many for a month. Here are tips to avoid weight gain and to minimize the feeling of thirst during the holy month.
1 – Soft drinks
Soft drinks are full of sugar and harmful ingredients while having no benefits at all. Replace them with natural juices.
2 – Salty food
Salty food causes water retention and thirst. Avoid them in the suhoor meal.
3 – Chili food
Chili food should be avoided during Ramadan because they expose the stomach to acidity and problems in the digestive system.
4 – Dessert
One of the main reasons why some people gain weight in Ramadan is that they eat a lot of desserts after iftar. If you eat ate dessert moderately, you will lose weight in Ramadan. Or replace dessert with fruits, which are also full of fluids and vitamins and will not cause weight gain.
5 – Pickles
Much like salty food, pickles are full of sodium, and too much sodium is very bad for your health and will invoke thirst while you fast. Athletes in general are advised against pickles.
6 – Canned food
After fasting for more than 15 hours, you would need a variety of nutritious that you most definitely won’t have from canned foods. Stick to fresh food and avoid canned food as much as you can.
7 – Rice and pasta
Try to reduce the amount of rice and pasta you eat because they are mostly carbs and will weigh down your stomach.
8 – Citrus fruits
Avoid citrus fruits because they cause stomach acidity and gas.
9 – Fat rich food
Food such as cream, fatty meat, ghee and other fat rich food cause thirst, early hunger and increase cholesterol levels.
10 – Fried food
Try to avoid fried food and replace them with vegetables. Fried food causes weight gain and indigestion.
11 – Tea and coffee
Don’t drink tea and coffee right after you break your fast because they prevent iron absorption and anemia.