It’s the month of Ramadan and all our Muslim brothers and sisters are fasting and gaining spiritual, health and weight loss benefits. For Muslims, we have you covered on how you can get all the nutrients you need upon breaking fast. For the rest of us, are you eager to lose weight yet fasting sounds difficult to you? Ease into the practice and try intermittent fasting.
Intermittent fasting is a great option to try if you have struggled unsuccessfully with weight issues in the past. Done correctly, it has a lasting impact on not just weight loss but also your overall health. Having more thinking power, decreased risk of heart diseases, and favourable blood sugar levels are some of the benefits that studies of intermittent fasting have shown.
Intermittent fasting is an eating pattern which features definite pre-planned cycles of fasting and eating. Fundamentally, it focuses on when you can eat and when to stop eating, rather than limiting the types of food you can eat.
Here are a few popular methods of intermittent fasting:
1. Lean Gains, also known as the 16/8 method.
This involves fasting for 14 - 16 hours and restricting the daily eating window to 8 - 10 hours. It can be as simple as not eating anything after dinner and skipping breakfast
2. The 5/2 Diet.
This involves eating normally for 5 days of the week and restricting calorie intake for 2 days a week to 500 to 600 calories per day.
3. Circadian Diet.
Best for first-time intermittent fasters and easier on the body than other methods. This method requires you to fast for 13 hours and eat during the remaining 11 hours.
But it is not just a matter of skipping meals, you also need to watch out for your nutritional requirements. For intermittent fasting to be truly successful, you must be mindful that the quality of food eaten is nutrient-dense. So, binging on junk foods during eating periods will not help you lose weight or improve health.
If during your intermittent fasting period you are too busy to cook a nutritious meal, you can be rest assured that the BodyKey Meal Replacement Shake has your dietary needs covered. Containing 25 vitamins and minerals, this shake provides ⅓ of the daily meal requirement while controlling calorie intake. And, as a bonus, it is not loaded with artificial sweeteners and is free from artificial colour.
Tip: For fasting Muslims, make the shake as your go-to beverage upon breaking fast. That way, it prevents you from over-eating and grabbing all sorts of dishes as well as providing you with all the necessary nutrients you need.
We’re all about you losing the weight but nobody wants to lose muscle mass in the process! Make simple meals with our Soy Protein (yes, you can make a pasta dish or even this delish sesame noodles) or whip up drinks to maintain your muscle mass and fight fatigue.
Being a plant protein made with a unique tri-blend of wheat, soy and pea, it does not have artificial colours, sweeteners and flavours. Suitable for lactose-intolerant folk and available in Mixed Berries, Chocolate and Green Tea variants too.
Tip: For fasting Muslims, try one of those dishes we recommended above using the Soy Protein Drink upon breaking fast! As the human body does not produce protein, it must come from your diet. Grab all 9 essential amino acids to help satiate your hunger too.
Being well hydrated is also key, so get hydrated and active with the Nutrilite PhytoPOWDER. This orange-flavoured beverage powder is an electrolyte, vitamin and phytonutrient infused drink all rolled into one. It also contains fibre to help you keep full and is a fabulous substitute to high-sugar, calorie-laden drinks.
Meanwhile, XS Energy Drinks deliver a powerful punch of energy with a tasty explosion of flavours. As your go-to beverage for your active days, it contains multiple B vitamins to support your lifestyle and help you breeze through the day with ease. Did we mention the drinks are ZERO sugar = ZERO empty calories?
Tip: For fasting Muslims, feeling like having a cheat day meal? Just make sure you get a can of XS Energy Drinks or grab a glass of PhytoPOWDER to go with your protein-packed pasta dish.
Support your weight loss by maintaining good gut health with the Mixed Fiber Powder. Made from a unique trio blend of soluble fibres, it relieves constipation and normalises bowel movements, allowing you to feel at ease all day.
Tip: For fasting Muslims, we know not eating means it messes with your bowels and one can easily overlook not consuming fibrous food. Leave that problem to us because all it takes is a sachet of the Mixed Fiber Powder. Feeling stuck? Move it with fibre.
Cautionary note: Intermittent Fasting may not be suitable for the following groups of people: