Ramadan typically comes with a list of goals we would like to achieve before the end of the month. And every year we find people who are eager to lose weight during this blessed month. They might commit to eating less during Iftar and Suhoor. While there is nothing inherently wrong with wanting to lose weight, this may distract many of us from the spiritual rewards and blessings of Ramadan. When we focus on losing weight during this month we take away from all the blessings and rewards Ramadan has to offer. Being stressed about shedding pounds during this time should be the least of our priorities.
This should be a time when we as individuals get closer to our faith.
Given the rise in popularity of intermittent fasting, many Muslims find Ramadan to be an opportunity to mimic that weight loss method. This is partly why wanting to lose weight during Ramadan is such an easy way for us to get distracted. If we focus on intermittent fasting rather than Ramadan, we are only focused on the number changing on the scale. During the period of fasting, we are focused on how to minimize calories during our Iftar meal rather than focusing on worship. If we do happen to eat more during Iftar, we feel guilty not realizing that it’s okay to indulge in specialty foods that are exclusively prepared only during the month of Ramadan.
The purpose of fasting during Ramadan is not to lose weight. Losing weight should never be the priority during this month. This should be a time when we as individuals get closer to our faith. It’s also a time for reflection and gratitude for all of the blessings and privileges we have. Fasting during Ramadan is a humbling experience. Our time and energy should be directed toward worship and becoming better Muslims. Moreover, Ramadan is the perfect month to build good habits and get rid of bad ones.
Instead of counting calories and trying to reach a specific number on the scale, create a better lifestyle and relationship with food.
While losing weight should not be a Ramadan goal, eating healthy should be on the list. Taking care of our bodies and respecting the needs of our bodies is a major component of Islam. Instead of a singular goal of losing weight, we should focus on eating healthy and nutritious meals during Ramadan. Instead of counting calories and trying to reach a specific number on the scale, create a better lifestyle and relationship with food.
May this Ramadan prove to be peaceful and one in which you experience spiritual and personal growth!