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While some people gain weight during the holy month of Ramadan, others struggle
to keep their weight from falling off the normal range. In fact, fasting could be
quite a challenge for maintaining a healthy body weight. Especially, if your food
intake is not enough to meet the minimum caloric requirements for the basic needs
of the body.
You need not worry, unless your weight is at the borderline of the normal range
or lower than the normal value. You can find out if you are underweight by calculating
your BMI. To do this, divide your weight by the square of your height; if you get
a number of 18.5 or less then you your weight is below normal and you should prevent
any further weight loss.
Quite simply, if your height was 1.64m, the square of that would be 1.64x1.64, which
is 2.69. Now divide your weight, 50kg for example by 2.6 and you get 18.5. This
is your BMI. And going below that is not recommended.
Sometimes fasting could last up to 13 hours or more. During this time the body needs
glucose which serves as its energy source and is necessary for its proper functioning.
Glucose from food could last up to a maximum of 5 hours, after that the body tends
to use its fat stores in order to provide the necessary energy. And not restoring
these reserves after fasting would result in weight loss
In conclusion, there are many ways to boost your calories and avoid losing weight
during this month. You can do that by adding healthy nutrient- and calorie-dense
ingredients to the foods you are eating. These include healthy oils, nuts, avocados
and olives. Also remember to remain physically active during this month since this
will help stimulate your appetite.
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