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    Fasting and gaining muscle mass

    I am fasting for one month (Ramadan) from sun up till sunset, recently I started gaining some good muscle mass and I dont want to start losing it, what would be a good training and eating routine during this month so I can still keep gaining mass?

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    you probably cant really keep gaining mass, maybe somebody would be helpfull enough to tell you how to prevent losing it though.
    I think that if you dont eat during the day and dont want to burn muscle you shouldn`t work out those days either.

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    Islam really isn't the religion of bodybuilders, what with all these fasts and ****.
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    But at the same time, the self-control it takes to fast for a month would certainly come in handy when following the diet for cutting.

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    Invest in a high calorie weight gainer and some glutamine.
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    I have a bud who goes thru the same thing.

    Really, you just need to make the best of what you can do within the confines of your beliefs.

    I would suggest, if you can fit it in, a small meal after sunset, wait an hour, then train. After training eat everything in your house.

    The next morning, before sun up, eat a huge meal. When the sun comes up, go shopping to replace all of the food in your house.

    Repeat for a month.

    There was a diet out there (Animalbolic?) that suggested eating only one large meal a day, I have no idea if anyone ever had any success doing that.

    Might be a good time to try to drop a little bodyfat, though.
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    yeah..i suppose you could always look at ramadan as an annual four-week cut....
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    Originally posted by PowerManDL
    Islam really isn't the religion of bodybuilders, what with all these fasts and ****.

    i have had many friends who were islamic and buff
    king kamali is also islamic.

    Maybe Nasser el Sonbaty is also islamic, since i know someone with the same name who is islamic.
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    a good number of the top bodybuilders are muslim

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    i've been training and fasting for the last few years, it's still possible to gain muscle and strength during ramadan, but it means you are absolutely run-down after leaving the gym.

    in my opinion, as paul (stagg) said, start with a reasonably sized meal, then have a whey protein shake, before the gym. whey protein digests quick so you can take it very close to your workout. after your workout another whey protein shake immediately, then go home, shower and you can have another meal. generally, you should be okay 'til before bedtime when you should have a slow digesting protein like casein found in milk and again before sunrise more casein. the fact that the protein is slow digesting will help stop the catabolic effect. glutamine supplementing is as suggested very useful during these last two meals.

    try to cut out as much animal fats as poss, nut and fish fats are much better and make sure you drink lots of water - all the time.

    finally, i'd say try and cut your gym sessions down a bit, i do something like this:

    day1:
    legs/back/shoulders:
    squat, deadlifts, barbell rows, lat pulldowns, military press

    day2:
    chest/arms:
    bench press, incline press, ez-bar curl, cg. bench press

    day3:
    power cleans, cardio

    the aim really is to keep what you've got, trying to gain mass during ramadan is just physically too demanding, it can be done, but it requires a lot of discipline.

    good luck
    Last edited by firas; 10-20-2004 at 06:21 PM.

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