Bodybuilding During Ramadan

Bodybuilding During Ramadan


Hey guys, Sean Nalewanyj here of SeanNal.com
and BodyTransformationTruth.com, and I’ve been getting a lot of requests for this video
because it is the start of Ramadan which for those of you who don’t know, is a period
in the Islamic calendar where Muslims basically fast throughout the day, with no food and
also no water between dawn and sunset. Now, I do have a lot of subscribers and readers
out there who are Muslim and so I always get a lot of questions about this before and during
Ramadan, where I’m basically asked if it’s possible to continue gaining muscle or losing
fat during this period, or if the focus should just be on maintaining, and what the best
way to go about it is. So the short answer is that if you structure things properly and
you stick to it, then there’s really no reason at all why you can’t, not only maintain
the results you’ve achieved so far but also continue making muscle building and fat burning
progress even with that fasting period in place throughout the day. It might not be
100% optimal for some people, but there’s no question at all that you can continue to
make progress during Ramadan. All it really comes down to is knowing what your calorie
and your macronutrient needs are for your specific goal, so whether you’re trying
to bulk or cut, and then just laying out your food intake so that you’re able to hit those
needs within the time frames that you are able to eat. We already know from research
that eating frequent meals throughout the day is not necessary in order to maximize
muscle growth or fat loss, overall 24 hour intake is by far the most important factor,
and when it comes to the issue of bodybuilding Ramadan can basically just be looked at as
a form of intermittent fasting. And that’s a dieting approach that a lot of people use
successfully all year round as a way of losing fat and gaining muscle. So there’s really
not much to it, just allot your food intake to the hours before dawn and after sunset,
if that means that you might have to alter your schedule slightly then that’s something
to take into account, and since you can’t consume any water during the regular day,
I would recommend that you move your workout into one of the “feeding periods” so that
you can stay hydrated and because in terms of maximizing training performance as well
as preserving muscle tissue I don’t think that intense fasted training followed by no
post workout nutrition at all, I don’t think that’s going to be ideal for most people.
So I would say wake up, eat something, train, and then follow that up with a meal or two
as well as plenty of water to carry you through the day, or, do the same thing but just later
at night. The only possible challenge here might be that if you’re bulking and you
do have higher calorie needs and you find it difficult to consume all of your food in
those smaller feeding windows. If that’s the case then there are a few strategies that
you can use in order to get as many calories in as possible in a smaller volume of food
while still meeting your nutritional needs, and I’ll post a link in the description
box below to a post that I did where I cover that topic in more detail. If you’re cutting
then this really shouldn’t be an issue because your overall calories are going to be lower
and you’re not going to be consuming a high volume of food anyway. So, there’s really
not much more to say, it’s ultimately pretty straightforward, just move your food intake
into the two feeding periods, move your workout into whichever of those two periods is more
convenient for you, and if you’re serious about your goals and you do need to alter
your schedule slightly by possibly waking up a bit earlier or staying up later, then
that’s just something that you’ll have to do your best with during this period. And
in the end, remember that Ramadan is only 30 days long, which is not a big deal in the
overall picture, it’s basically 4 weeks that you’re dealing with here, so even if
for some reason you can’t stick to your plan 100%, it’s still not going to have
much of a noticeable negative effect if any at all, in the grand scheme. So thanks for
watching, I hope you found this Q&A useful. If you want to get my complete step-by-step
roadmap for building muscle and losing fat in the most efficient way possible then you
can download my complete Body Transformation Blueprint system by heading over to BodyTransformationTruth.com,
you can just click the icon at the top of the video or use the link in the description
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