Ramadan and Bodybuilding

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Here are some bodybuilding workout and nutrition tips for those observing Ramadan. For those who don’t know what Ramadan is, its a time for spiritual reflection and it is the most sacred month for Muslims. Between sunrise and sunset, they do not eat nor drink anything and there other restrictions as well. As you can imagine, it does make gaining muscle and losing fat a bit of a challenge and it also reduces sports performance. There was a study done in 2007 of two Algerian soccer teams which showed a marked decrease in soccer performance during Ramadan and the two weeks following so it appears that this kind of intermittent fasting is not as beneficial as the leangains protocol might be ( blog post coming next week). So during Ramadan, how can you keep making progress in terms of strength gain, mass gain, and bodyfat reduction? Rather than do copypasta, I will point you to some excellent articles on this subject on the AskScooby forum. First articles on nutrition during Ramadan:


And two articles about workout strategies during Ramadan:


Here are some articles that my Facebook fans have indicated are good as well:

Ramadan fasting tips from the UAE News

7 Surprising health benefits of Ramadan from UK Yahoo Lifestyle

Metabolic changes during Ramadan fasting for those of you with scientific curiosity.