My mom has found that drinking plenty of water, eating a moderate breakfast, having lunch, eating a light dinner like salad (nothing after ~7:30), and walking for 30min everyday is very effective. For Ramadan, drinking plenty of water, having a moderate suhoor, a moderate dinner (iftar is old school – dates and water), and keeping up her walking works well.
I also thought this would be interesting…
I stumbled on an old Reader’s Digest article - “Eat More, Weigh Less”- a few days ago that discussed a type of diet (called Life Choice or something) that was supposed to help people who were at risk for heart disease. Most people lose about 20 pounds, but one lady lost like 65 pounds of the baby weight that she had never been able to lose before.
According to the author, the people on the diet could still eat a significant amount of food, but they would have to watch the type of calories they were taking in – fat calories versus protein and carb calories. Protein and Carbohydrates produce about 4 calories per gram while fat calories produce about 9 calories per gram. In addition to this, the body uses fewer calories to convert fat calories into actual body fat. It takes the body 3 calories to convert 100 fat calories into body fat, and it takes the body 23 calories to convert 100 calories of protein/carbs into body fat.
According to the author, nearly 40% of the calories people consume are fat calories. In this diet people reduce fat to about 10% of the caloric intake. The stay away from oils, roasting or grilling meat in small proportions, eating low-fat/non-fat dairy in moderation, and eating large amounts of beans, fruits, grains veggies, complex carbs (like bread, potatoes, and pasta). Complex cabs are fine because they are low in calories, high in fiber, and they make you full without adding too many pounds as long as you flavor them with herbs and spices. They only become a problem when you combine say a baked potato with a ton of butter, etc.
They only exercise recommended for this program is walking 20-60min per day at a moderate pace.