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For most people the daily fast of Ramadan is tough, but for those with eating disorders (EDs) this time of year can have a more sinister allure. “One of the common misconceptions in the Middle East is that EDs are a ‘Western problem’,” says Dina Zalami, a counseling psychologist from Thrive Wellbeing Centre. “While diagnosable eating disorders may have been more present in the West in the past, globalization and social media have given rise...

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Why not build on the health opportunities that Ramadan provides, and use the Holy Month to build habits that will last the whole year through? Fasting in Ramadan is similar to a consistent practice of intermittent fasting, in which food is consumed within a smaller window of time. During the Holy Month, fasting is done between the Fair and Magrib prayer – roughly 12 hours between dawn and dusk. Fasting is considered to be a natural...

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There is no better time to set personal fitness goals than during the Holy Month, which is all about setting aside time to reflect, rejuvenate, break old habits and start new ones. Here’s how I managed to lose weight and build muscle last Ramadan.  Step 1: Decide Ramadan is the most sacred month in the Islamic calendar. Muslims fast from dawn to sunset, abstaining from food and drink, among other pleasures (particularly the guilty ones)...

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We searched the Livehealthy archives for the best healthy Ramadan advice and tips: everything from what to eat, to when and how; when to workout and what to do; how to be more sustainable, more mindful and more meditative, and how to clean out your closets – and your mind. Go easy on high-intensity cardio One thing that can happen during Ramadan is that the body can enter a catabolic state. This is when the body...

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Your body goes through a number of changes during Ramadan when you’re fasting, owing to the adjustment in sleep patterns, fluid intake, modifications in what and when you eat, as well as altering the timings of your exercise schedule and indeed the type of exercise you can among to do. All of these changes can lead to a loss of lean muscle mass.  Maintaining and indeed increasing lean muscle requires following a careful diet and...

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In this exclusive piece for Livehealthy, Lebanon’s five-times tennis champion Sandrine Jabra uses the occasion of the International Day of Sport to write about how hope is the key to overcoming pandemic challenges We are constrained with socially distanced rules imposed by the pandemic that are keeping us apart from our beloved ones. Like other industries, the sports world has also been in shock for more than a year and organizations are searching for means to...

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It’s been a stressful 12 months, so reports of a a 2,000 percent increase in Google searches on headaches should not come as a huge surprise. Headaches affect up to 78 percent of the global population at some point in their lives. Then there’s the 15 percent of people who suffer from the crippling impact of migraines.  According to the Migraine Research Foundation, migraines are the third most prevalent illness in the world, classed by the...

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It’s one of the most popular sports in the UAE and this week sees the return of its flagship tournament: the Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championship (ADWPJJC).  Now in its 12th year, the competition takes place from Tuesday to Friday (April 6 to 9), with the world’s best going up against local talent. There are also competitions for junior fighters under the age of 18. In total, some 2,000 athletes are expected to compete...