Diet in Islam: How and why is it identical with Ketogenic diet?

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At present, people’s health awareness has increased with the increase of various diets! “This food has protein, this food has vitamins. Must eat avocado and dates!” The above comments are proof that the nutritional value of food has also increased. The promotion of various diets and food lists has also increased on social media and internet sites.

At the top of the list of things to talk about with this diet is to keep the body healthy and lose weight through a maintained diet chart. So, how much importance has been given to diet in Islam? Interestingly, from the beginning of creation, Islam has talked about different types of eating habits. Along with this, our beloved Prophet (SAW) also taught about the benefits of regular fasting. Many of these eating habits match today’s diet.

Diet in Islam vs Diet in western society

But these were not accepted by western society till a few days ago. Today, the importance of fasting and diet has suddenly increased to such an extent that it seems as if they have just been discovered!

In fact, the matter is different. As time goes on, the disadvantages of the Standard American Diet become clear to us. But this diet is so intertwined with our lifestyle that it is quite difficult to get rid of it. That is why the tendency of people towards alternative diets is increasing.

Therefore, we have to make a goal in this new year Ramadan. This is a month we should follow a special diet. This will reduce the number of extra carbohydrates in our body through ketosis, the body will produce energy by burning excess fat. This will make us healthier and stronger.

Hearing this, many may think that the writer may have fallen into the trap of getting sick quickly. But in fact, the practice of this type of food has been Halal in our religion for a long time. Our beloved Prophet (SAW) used to call it Sunnah. Through this kind of eating habit, one can also improve oneself as a human being.

If we follow this practice and fast properly without unreasonable unscientific means, then there will be no fatigue in the worship of Allah.

Some misconceptions about the diet in Islam

Diet in Islam is often questioned during Ramadan. This time we all listen to different opinions about the disadvantages of fasting for so long. Even many wise people say that the health of Muslims is ruined due to this silent fasting of Ramadan. Weight gain is quite a lot.

But more than 70 recent studies have shown that proper fasting during Ramadan has significantly reduced the weight and body fat of Muslims. So it can be said that the simple solution to the problem of weight in our present life lies in our religion.

The month of Ramadan is actually the month of making one’s body healthy and wholesome. But since it calms down and emphasizes the worship of Allah, it is still not accepted by the rest of the world.

Concepts about the activity of our body

Our bodies basically store energy from carbohydrates. Most of the daily diet consists of carbohydrate-rich food. Since most of our foods are sugary, whatever we eat during the day falls into that carbohydrate intake. Not all of these can use the brain and muscles. Excess sugar is therefore stored in the liver or the body as fat.

So, if we can’t give up sugary foods, the number of carbohydrates stored in our bodies will increase. In other words, we will gradually move towards diabetes and obesity.

On the other hand, if we gradually reduce carbohydrate intake. Then the body will first use the stored carbohydrates for energy. Then gradually the sugars that have turned into fat will break down and generate energy. The physiological process breaks down fat to form a substance called ketones. Energy is generated through these ketones. The exact presence of this ketone in the blood is called ‘nutritional ketosis.

As a result of this ketosis, the body gradually comes to equilibrium. Weight loss will be followed by fatigue and constant tiredness. As the amount of energy increases, the human brain becomes more powerful.

By fasting, we take food at a certain time and in a certain amount, which accelerates this ketosis process. That’s the decent thing to do, and it should end there.

Prophetic lessons of diet and eating habits

The Prophet (SAW) was against overeating and wasting food. That is, from many hadiths we see that the beloved Prophet (SAW) was always in favor of eating small amounts of food.

Narrated from Qatadah (Rah.). He said: “Once we were with Anas (R). Anas (R) also had his cook with him. He said: The Prophet (SAW) did not eat thin soft bread and roasted goat meat until he met Allah (until his death).

The Prophet (SAW) further said that one-third of a person’s body should be full of food, one-third of its water, and one-third of its air. Otherwise, the man becomes arrogant. He also told to take food while keeping the spine straight.”

From this hadith, we know that it is forbidden to eat leaning on anything. As a result of leaning, the stomach gets bigger. Second, it is a sign of arrogance.

So changing eating habits based on our religion and beliefs may be very different from the American Standard Diet. That habit may not be compatible with our modern way of life. But if we have faith in Allah. Besides, if we want to take responsibility for our own life along with our own faith, then we must follow the eating habits of the beloved prophet.