How Should I Take Weight Loss Medication During Ramadan?

How Should I Take Weight Loss Medication During Ramadan?

Ramadan is a sacred month observed by Muslims worldwide.  During the month of Ramadan, healthy adolescents and adult Muslims do not eat or drink during the hours of daylight. This is called fasting.

Ramadan remembers the month the Qur’an (the Muslim holy book) was first revealed to the Prophet Muhammad. The actual night that the Qur’an was revealed is a night known as Lailut ul-Qadr (‘The Night of Power’).

Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. The exact dates of Ramadan change every year. This is because Islam uses a calendar based on the cycles of the Moon.

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Changes to Eating Patterns during Ramadan 

During Ramadan, most Muslims fast between dawn and sunset. Fasting allows Muslims to devote themselves to their faith. It is thought to teach self-discipline and reminds them of the suffering of the poor. However, children, pregnant women, elderly people, and those who are ill or travelling don’t have to fast. 

During this sacred period it is common to have one meal (known as the suhoor), just before dawn and another (known as the iftar), directly after sunset.  Eating safely during Ramadan is essential to ensure that individuals maintain their health and well-being throughout the fasting period.

Tips During Ramadan When Taking Weight Health Medication

While fasting during Ramadan holds spiritual significance, it also poses challenges, especially for individuals taking medication. If you’re on a weight loss journey and are prescribed medication to aid in this process, it’s essential to manage your medication intake effectively during Ramadan to ensure both your health and adherence to religious obligations.

Sally-Ann Turner, Bodyline Founder and MD comments, “Managing weight loss medication during Ramadan requires careful planning, communication with your medical weight health provider, and a mindful approach to fasting. At Bodyline we prioritise both health and safety and we recommend that you discuss Ramadan and fasting with one of our specialist weight health clinicians.  It is essential for individuals observing Ramadan to maintain balanced nutrition, stay hydrated, get adequate rest and seek further medical advice if needed”.

Bodyline Recommendations for Weight Health and Ramadan

  • Consult Bodyline’s specialist weight health clinicians for advice personal to you.  Bodyline recognise that every weight health patient’s journey is individual to them.  Your safety during your weight loss programme is of paramount importance to us. 
  • There is no official approach to oral appetite weight health medication and Ramadan, therefore you can trial one of these suggestions.
    • You can choose to take the tablets when you break your fast at sunset prior to Iftar, although this may disturb your sleep.
    • You could take the tablets just before Suhoor which would give good appetite suppression during fast and less effect on sleep.
    • Another suggestion is to make it one of the last things you take before closing your fast. If you have a dry mouth, try taking half a tablet.
    • You can choose to stop weight loss oral tablets during Ramadan.
  • Unlike tablet oral weight health medication, Injectable weight health medication can be administered at any time of day as it does not affect energy/sleeping patterns. However, it is important to administer your weight loss injection at the same time every day even through Ramadan.  If you are a diabetic or have trouble balancing your blood glucose, you may need to consider if fasting with or without injections is appropriate as you risk suffering episodes of low blood glucose (Hypoglycaemia). This is normally avoided by eating regular meals.
  • Stay Hydrated during non-fasting hours.  Prioritise hydration by drinking plenty of water to compensate for fluid loss during fasting.
  • Monitor your symptoms and pay close attention to have your body responds to the medication during fasting hours. If your experience any adverse effects or notice any significant change in your health, consult Bodyline’s specialist weight health team for advice.
  • Focus on healthy eating and opt for nutritious and balanced meals to that support your weight loss goals and aligned with recommendations from your Bodyline clinician.
  • Prioritise rest and relaxation by maintaining a healthy balance between fasting, self-care and your weight loss programme requirements.  Get advice and practice relaxation techniques to manage stress, which will impact your weight loss journey and overall well-being during Ramadan. 
  • Seek advice from Bodyline if you are facing challenges in managing your weight loss medication during Ramadan.  At Bodyline your health is our priority

Weight Health with Bodyline

Bodyline is a leading provider of medical weight loss treatments that offer comprehensive support for individuals aiming to achieve their weight loss goals. With a team of experienced healthcare professionals, Bodyline offers personalised plans tailored to each individual’s specific needs. Their weight loss programs incorporate various strategies, including medication, nutrition guidance, exercise recommendations. 

Through regular consultations, monitoring, and ongoing support, Bodyline ensures that individuals receive the necessary guidance, education, and motivation throughout their weight loss journey. The combination of medication, lifestyle modifications, and a supportive environment sets individuals up for success in achieving their weight loss goals. If you are considering weight loss medications or seeking support in your weight loss journey, contact Bodyline today. Their dedicated team of healthcare professionals is committed to helping individuals achieve their weight loss goals and improve their overall health and well-being.

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