4 Habits When Fasting That Makes Weight Gain


Suara.com – Fasting for a full month means that the food you eat will decrease. Logically, you should lose weight too, right? But the strange thing is, why do you gain weight while fasting?

Apparently, weight gain during fasting can be caused by some trivial habits that you are not aware of. What are they? Let’s look at the small habits during fasting that trigger weight gain, as reported by the Mayo Clinic.

1. Go to sleep right after eating sahur
After sahur, you rush to pray Fajr, and go straight back to bed to make up for the lack of sleep. Well, this habit can be the cause of weight gain while fasting, you know.

The reason is that calories from sahur are not used as energy to carry out activities, but are burned during sleep. And you know, when you sleep your body burns less energy than you do walking, doing housework, or any other activity.

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So, make sure you don’t go to sleep right after sahur, okay? Fill the time after sahur by cleaning the room, doing light exercise, or praying.

2. Lack of sleep
Many people become sleep deprived in the month of fasting. The reason is to wait for sahur. They worry that if they fall asleep, waking up in the morning will be more difficult to do.

In fact, in addition to making you sleepy, lack of sleep can also be the cause of weight gain while fasting. When you are sleep deprived, the regulation of the chemical compound grrelin, which increases hunger, will be disturbed. That is why, when you are sleep deprived, your stomach will feel hungry and trigger you to eat more than you should.

3. Iftar with ice and fried food
Both drinks and favorite foods to break the fast can make your body excess calories, which will lead to weight gain. These foods and drinks make the amount of calorie intake so much more. Most eating sweet foods when breaking the fast or high-fat foods at dawn makes the calorie intake you get far more than what is needed.

If these extra calories are not burned into energy, the body will store them as fat. Over time, this condition can cause weight gain while fasting.

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4. No exercise
Fasting should not be an excuse not to exercise. Even if you are weak, you still need to move. Just choose a light intensity exercise that is done in the afternoon.

Not exercising and being lazy to move, especially after eating suhoor or breaking the fast, can be the cause of weight gain while fasting. Calories from food that should be used as energy for activities, instead settles into fat. This accumulated fat can later make weight gain.

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