Do you lose weight during Ramadan?

So do you lose weight during Ramadan (or Ramazan)? Oh! some of you might have already heard “yes” or believed it to be true, but it is surprisingly not true. You do not lose weight during Ramadan, instead-often- you may gain weight.

This is because of filling your tummy too early in the morning then staying less active in the day as compared to other days and then eating openly from the evening time makes Ramazan (Ramadan) notorious.

“Weight changes during Ramadan were relatively small and mostly reversed after Ramadan, gradually returning to pre-Ramadan status. Ramadan provides an opportunity to lose weight, but structured and consistent lifestyle modifications are necessary to achieve lasting weight loss.” [1].

There are many benefits of Fasting. which include:

1. Enhances heart-health

Heart diseases contribute in 31.5% of deaths globally. Fasting reduces the risk of heart diseases and promotes heart-health. A study[2] suggests that eight weeks of alternate-day fasting reduced levels of “bad” LDL cholesterol and blood triglycerides by 25% and 32% respectively – Healthline. it also helps in lowering of blood pressure.

2. Could improve brain function and protect from cognitive diseases

Several studies suggest that fasting could have a powerful effect on brain health. One study which was based on mince showed that intermittent fasting for 11 months improved both the function and structure of brain[3]. Remember that this study was done on mice, so 11 months might not be MUST for humans.

Other animal studies suggest that fasting could protect brain health and increase the generation of nerve cells and enhance cognitive function [4].

Some studies suggest that fasting may protect against conditions such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, even improve against their actions[5].

3. Increases growth hormone, metabolism, and muscle strength

Human growth hormone is a type of protein that is central for your health. Research shows that this key hormone is involved in growth, metabolism, weight loss and muscle strength[678] – Healthline.

4. Makes you stay young for a longer time.

Well yes, Fasting could delay aging. As per one study conducted on mice, fasting could make experience a delayed rate of aging and mice -were seen- lived 83% longer than rats that didn’t fast[9].

5. May prevent cancer

Studies conducted on animals suggest that fasting may benefit the treatment and prevention of cancer.

Some research is lacking in this field but improvements are being made.

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Original article “Ramazan: Benefits of fasting – Scientific and Spiritual” was published on Ganaie.com.

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