The holy month of Ramadan has started from Sunday, May 5, and our Muslim community celebrates and honors this auspicious festival across the world. It means the chances are pretty high that you get to meet someone who is fasting and doing all chores that are specific to this unique month.
One question that crosses everyone’s mind whether Muslim or not, that not eating or drinking continuously for 15 hours benefit the human body in any possible way. Often people have questions like how fasting works and does it help in reducing weight.
Before diving into this question let’s understand first what exactly is Ramadan and what is its importance.
Ramadan is considered the holiest month of the year for the Muslim community. As per the Prophet Muhammad, “in the month of Ramadan, heaven gates are opened, and hell gates are closed, and the beasts/devils are also chained.”
Muslims believe that it was the month of Ramadan when God revealed Islam’s sacred text, Quran’s first verses to Muhammad on “The Night of Power,” also known as Laylat al-Qadr in Arabic.
In this entire month, Muslims keep fast from dawn to sunset. They considered this time to be of spiritual discipline, i.e., a time when one can have a deep thought of prayer, one’s connection with God, increase kindness and mercy, and great Quran learning.
Now you might have a bit clear idea of what Ramadan month is all about now let’s look at what effect of fasting is on our health and how keeping 15 hours fast impacts our body.
The first few days of fasting in Ramadan are the hardest. Our body goes through a cleansing process and both blood pressure and blood sugar level drop. People feel dizziness, nausea, headaches, and hunger. Activity the body gets habitual of the fasting schedule and digestive system also get relaxed. With a continuous period, energy level gets increased, and the mind focuses better. In the last few days of Ramadan, people feel more energetic with improving concentration and memory. Along with that, the body gets able to perform correctly.
If you’re wondering people keeping fast might lose weight during Ramadan, then you are mistaken the truth actually is just the opposite. The month of Ramadan is famous for causing weight gain. Because eating large meals late at night and early in the morning without any significant activity can affect your metabolism.
But if you will be careful, you can actually lose a few pounds. As per the scientific studies on Ramadan fasting effects on body weight, it has been found that the weight changes in this month are relatively small on negligible and mostly get reversed once it’s over. But fasting on Ramadan can be an opportunity to shed some weight with a structured routine.
Hence, like any other diet plan, you can lose some weight in Ramadan too. But in order to see lasting results, you have to work on maintaining a consistent and well-organized lifestyle.
This will provide some insights into what Ramadan month is and how fasting can benefit or make an impact on your body. Wish you all Ramzan Mubarak and hope you have a lovely time to celebrate this holy month with your loved ones.