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Effects of Ramadan Fasting on Biochemical and Anthropometric Parameters in Physically Active Men

Author(s): Khaled Trabelsi | Kais el Abed | John F. Trepanowski | Stephen R. Stannard | Zohra Ghlissi | Hanene Ghozzi | Liwa Masmoudi | Ahmed Hakim | Kamel Jammoussi

Journal: Asian journal of Sports Medicine
ISSN 2008-000X

Volume: 2;
Issue: 3;
Start page: 134;
Date: 2011;
Original page

Keywords: Islamic Fasting | Aerobic Exercise | Dehydration | Body Composition | Lipids Profile

Purpose: The aim of this study was to assess the effects of Ramadan fasting on several biochemical and anthropometric parameters in physically active men by comparing fasters and nonfasters before, during, and after Ramadan. Methods: Eighteen physically active men (10 fasters and 8 nonfasters) participated in this study. Subjects visited the laboratory for a total of four sessions on the following occasions: three days before Ramadan (Bef-R), the 15th day of Ramadan (Mid-R), the 29th day of Ramadan (End-R), and 21 days after Ramadan (Post-R). During each session, subjects underwent anthropometric measurements, completed a dietary questionnaire and provided a fasting blood sample. Results: Body weight and body fat percentage decreased in fasters by 1.9% (P
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