During festive Hari Raya, many of Muslim taken big amount of food. It will effect our weight and health during this period. Research states that average weight gained during any festival is between three to five kilograms. For those worried about the weigh gained during Hari Raya try these tips :
1) Drink more water: Drink one to two cups of plain water before eating. This is because water will fill 1/3 of the stomach. It also could stop from overeating. But avoid drinking water with sugar. Plain water is the best.
2) Increase daily exercise: Increase your exercise time a bit everyday. Not just go to gym, you also can do routine work such as mopping the floor, wash clothes using hands or wash your car. You can also take the stairs to help you build up a good appetite and earn that second helping. If possible, do some light running to help build your metabolisme. Try to achieve a minimum of 30 minutes exercise a day.
3) Eat what you like- but only a few bites: Do not overeat. Just get a few bite to feel the food is enough. If you need to eat a lot, make sure you could calculate the calories. Pace yourself, watch your portions. Choose smaller plates for your meal.
4) Avoid eating after 7pm: Avoid munching after 7 pm as eating beyond 7 pm will trigger our body to store the food eaten as fat.
5) Eat lots of vegetable and fruits: Do not forget to eat your greens and fruits. Vegetables can help you balance your diet as well as keeping your weight in check.
6) Offer to babysit the kids: During this festive season, do offer to babysit because chasing them helps you to burn some calories.
7) Fuel At Home: Before going to open houses, do not arrive hungry. Eat a little first at home and it will make you more likely to resist the temptation of invading the tempting Raya cookie.
8) Hari Raya is not about food: Keep in the spirit of Aidil Fitri and maintain the lessons of Ramadhan. Hari Raya is a joyous time to express thanks for everything the Almighty has blessed us with. It is for us to enjoy each other’s company and maintain friendly ties with one another.