ISLAMABAD, Jun 24 (APP): How to lose weight in Ramzan ?
Walking after taraweeh prayer (special evening prayer performed in Ramzan) is also effective in losing weight because the body is ready for physical activity, she noted.
Cardiology Consultant Eyas Al Musa said the best time for doing sports depends on the individual.
"But I would recommend immediately before iftar if the individual does not suffer dehydration, or three to four hours after the meal," he said, noting that sports alone is not enough to lose weight if the person did not decrease total calorie intake.
In Ramzan , the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar, Muslims abstain from eating and drinking from dawn to sunset. Consumption of food and beverages in Jordan tends to rise during the fasting month due to the change in eating patterns.
Badarein advised those who are seeking a healthy diet to avoid soft and caffeinated drinks and other popular Ramzan juices.
"Milk is important after sports to avoid hypoglycemia [low blood sugar]," she added.
It is vital for diabetic patients to check their blood sugar before doing sports; if it was above 200 mg/dl, they should not exercise, the nutritionist said.
Patients who suffer from high cholesterol are advised to fast, exercise and take vitamin E to get rid of the cholesterol, she noted.
She added that it is important to consume traditional Ramadan sweets such as qatayef (fried or baked pancakes stuffed with cheese, nuts, or cream) in moderation, and to replace the popular drinks such as tamarind with fresh juices.