5 Healthy Fasting Tips from Nutritionist
TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - In the upcoming Islamic month of Ramadan, the Muslims will fast from dawn to evening. People tend to excessively eat a large amount of food during the fast-breaking due to the change of dietary habit.
In fact, the daily need for calorie during fasting is not different to when not fasting. Averagely, the adults need around 1,500 to 2,500 kilocalories of calorie intake every day.
A nutritionist Jovita Amelia says the need for calorie is adjusted to the activity and body weight of the person. "In order to keep the body healthy and stay productive during fasting, the calorie intake should not be reduced or increased. We have to pay attention to the nutrition intake to avoid any health problems," she said at an event in Senopati, Jakarta yesterday, May 4.
Jovita shared five tips in choosing consumption that can support your productivity during fasting.
1. Avoid caffeine and overly consume sweet foods or beverages.
2. Choose complex carbohydrate foods such as banana, tubers, and wheat-based foods.
3. Reduce consumption of deep-fried foods and coconut milk during fast-breaking.
4. Do not forget to eat vegetables to fulfill the daily need of fiber.
5. To avoid dehydration, drink enough water during the suhoor (pre-dawn meal) and fast-breaking, as well as after meal and before sleep.