Health/Keeping a Healthy Weight, in Islam (yes–Islam really *does answer everything:)

The worst vessel that the son of Adam can fill is his stomach (hadith).

While you eat, you should fill (only/no more than) one third of your stomach with food, one third with water, and leave a third for air. (Hadith).

Health is a n’imah (blessing), and we shouldn’t abuse it.

Here are some tips that I found that I am trying to implement into my life. No offense, ice-cream, but you are simply too calorie-filled, and my life  can go on without you.

(in no specific order)-

  • Most people have a natural “eating pause,” when they drop the fork for a couple of minutes. Watch for this moment and don’t take another bite. Clear your plate and enjoy the conversation. This is the quiet signal that you’re full, but not stuffed. Most people miss it. (WebMD.com)
  • Document everything you eat.
    • You’d be surprised at how much food you consume without even thinking about it.
    • When you know you already have “a bowl of spaghetti” in you tummy, it automatically makes you feel less hungry for that slice of pizza (for example).
  • Sleeping an extra hour a night could help a person drop 14 pounds in a year, according to a University of Michigan researcher who ran the numbers for a 2,500 calorie per day intake. His scenario shows that when sleep replaces idle activities — and the usual mindless snacking — you can effortlessly cut calories by 6%. Results would vary for each person, but sleep may help in another way, too. There’s evidence that getting less than 7 hours of sleep revs up your appetite, making you uncommonly hungry. (WebMD.com)
  • Go for Whole Grains. Whole grains such as brown rice, barley, oats, buckwheat, and whole wheat also belong in your stealthy weight loss strategy. They help fill you up with fewer calories and may improve your cholesterol, too. (WebMD.com)
  • Sip Smart: Cut Back on Sugar.
    • Replace one sugary drink like regular soda with water or a zero-calorie seltzer and you’ll avoid about 10 teaspoons of sugar.
    • The liquid sugar in soda appears to bypass the body’s normal fullness cues. One study compared an extra 450 calories per day from jelly beans vs. soda. The candy eaters unconsciously ate fewer calories overall, but not so for the soda drinkers. They gained 2.5 pounds in four weeks. (WebMD.com).
    • Avoid soda, store-bought juices, café drinks (like laates and stuff) as often as possible. They all have too much sugar, in them. Instead, drink things like lemon water, herbal tea/green tea without sugar (maybe a little honey, instead), and freshly-squeezed juice (with no sugar added).
    • – Drinking green tea may also be a good weight loss strategy. Some studies suggest that it can rev up the body’s calorie-burning engine temporarily, possibly through the action of phytochemicals called catechins. At the very least, you’ll get a refreshing drink without tons of calories. (WebMD.com)
  • GoMeatless More Often.
    • Eating vegetarian meals more often is a slimming habit. Vegetarians tend to weigh less than meat eaters. While there are several reasons for this, legumes may play an important role. Bean burgers, lentil soup, and other tasty legume-based foods are simply packed with fiber. Most Americans get only half of this important nutrient, which fills you up with fewer calories. (WebMD.com)
  • Burn 100 Calories More.
    • Lose 10 pounds in a year without dieting by burning an extra 100 calories every day. Try one of these activities:
    • Walk 1 mile, about 20 minutes.
    • Pull weeds or plant flowers for 20 minutes.
    • Mow the lawn for 20 minutes.
    • Clean house for 30 minutes.
    • Jog for 10 minutes. (WebMD.com)
  • Remember:
    • Remember; you are in control of your own life, and that
    • Allah s.w.t. will ask you about your health, and how you used it (along with time, wealth, youth, and all the above).
    • 🙂

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**update! Here are some videos that I find to be very health-promoting. (and cool):

thank you to the people who made them.

4/13/15

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