Losing weight has two facets. First is to have a healthy, well balanced, low carbohydrate diet and secondly a well programmed work out. Ramadan is a Festival of Muslims during which mostly all Muslims fast over a period of a month and allowed to eat only once a day. This is the biggest opportunity for obese people and for health conscious people to lose weight.

Losing weight during Ramadan is not difficult as only one meal is allowed in a day. So, the calorie intake is already lessened. It would be an added advantage in losing weight if the person trying to lose weight drinks a lot of plain water during the fasting period. Avoiding of coloured and sugary drinks would be a plus factor for the weight losers, which is made difficult by the tantalizing stalls selling sugary drinks during Ramadan.

When the fast is broken one should not give in to the cravings of the sweet tooth, but try to consume a well-balanced meal with less of carbohydrate and more of proteins and health food. This is difficult because during Ramadan inciting sweets are prepared in every household and also available in the market. Hunger and thirst of the whole day makes one consume anything that comes handy and opts for the fried and sugary food. Once this fatty food is avoided, losing weight during Ramadan becomes easy.

Consuming a lot of water helps the faster from dehydration. If a well-planned programme of physical exercise is followed with this month-long fasting, losing weight during Ramadan can be a very successful venture. So, regular exercise carried out individually would go a long way in helping in the weight loss. Some fasters do not drink water or any kind of liquid during the whole fasting period. These fasters should be advised not to exercise to prevent dehydration. Physical training during Ramadan can be a boon to the weight-losers.

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 Ramadan the Fasting Month of Muslims:

Ramadan or Ramzan is a religious festival celebrated every year by the Muslims. Ramadan is celebrated in the 9th month of the Muslim calendar. This 9th month is declared auspicious as it is believed that during this month the holy book, Quran originated. Muslims all over the world fast during this month of Ramadan. Only the very old, pregnant women, very sick and very small children are exempted from the necessity of this fast. Muslims firmly believe in tolerance and self-discipline. These are the virtues that reflect in the followers of this festival.

Ramadan :

During this month long fasting, every Muslim is expected to spend the maximum time chanting the Quran or visiting the mosques besides the 5 times of daily prayer.

The basic reason of this month long fasting is the purification of the soul. Fasting enhances the virtues of tolerance and self-discipline in a person. When a soul is purified then Allah is appeased and the beholder of the purified soul is blessed by him. The fasters are expected to follow a list of things that are prohibited during this month-long fast which included no smoking, no drinking, honesty, kindness, charity, forgiveness are all practiced by all Muslims. Eating meat and keeping sexual relationships are also a taboo.

The rules that are expected to be followed by the fasters, purifies their soul, be-generates them to become a better person and a better worker. The 29-30 days of fasting ends the excitement of Id preparations. This is time for joyous celebration which brings families together to enjoy each every moment of this wondrous festival.

Ramadan ends with Eid celebrations. Markets get overcrowded and the shopkeepers serve the excited customers with a smile. All the things that make a festival complete are obtained by each and every Muslim. New clothes, good food, thoughtful gifts, the decorative streets with tinsel are all part of festivity. Non-Muslims also take part in their festival with their Muslim neighbours and friends.

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