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Title: 
Exercise responses and training during daytime fasting in the month of Ramadan and its impact on training-induced adaptations
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Keywords: 
Acute exercise
Adaptations
Chronic exercise
Intensity
Training load
Issue Date: 
2014
Citation: 
Nurhayatul Filzah Damit, Lim, V. T. W., Ahmad Munir Che Muhamed, Chaouachi, A., Chamari, K., Singh, R., Chia, M. Y. H., & Abdul Rashid Aziz (2014). Exercise responses and training during daytime fasting in the month of Ramadan and its impact on training-induced adaptations. In H. Chtourou (Ed.), Effects of Ramadan fasting on health and athletic performance (pp. 3-12). Foster City, CA: OMICS Group eBooks.
Abstract: 
During the month of Ramadan, restriction of food and fluid intake for many hours before and during exercise, together with other
Ramadan-associated negative factors such as sleep and mood swings can be a real challenge for fasting Muslim athletes to perform
at their optimum level. Numerous studies have looked at the effects of Ramadan fasting on exercise responses and performances but
these studies were mostly focused on the effects of the religious fast on acute training sessions. This review aims to present studies that
analyzed the effects of fasting during the daytime period on chronic training and on the magnitude of training-induced adaptations
over the Ramadan month. These studies were selected based on a set of criteria laid out by the authors to ensure valid comparison. The
results from the small number of validated studies chosen, in contrast to our initial hypothesis, have indicated equivalent improvements
in the magnitude of training-induced adaptations by both fasted and non-fasted individuals during post-Ramadan testing. The data
suggest that in order for optimal training-induced adaptations to take place in Muslim fasted athletes during Ramadan, a training
programme imposing a sufficient training load or stimulus with the presence of optimal nutrition and rest-recovery are key factors.
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