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Iftaar Foods and their Impact on your Diet

Despite what you may think, fasting could expand your waistline. When your body feels hunger it automatically stores fat, and then eating late at night when you're hungry can encourage you to eat more than you need while the body is in a resting state when it will store rather than burn accumulated calories.

To avoid a Ramadan bloat, start each iftar with a combination of dates and water. Not only are dates delicious,they're also rich in iron and potassium. Allow a little time before you move to your next course and avoid the bread basket at all costs - Arabic flatbread may be tasty, but the high wheat content could leave you feeling bloated and lethargic. When moving on to your main course at the buffet, never be tempted to overfill your plate - eat slowly, savouring every bite. Ramadan is not a time for excess. Learn to appreciate every mouthful and this lesson that will be as good for your soul as it is for your waist measurement.

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