If you're about to get going with the LeanGains approach, chances are good that you're wondering about some of the information you've heard about this or the intermittent fasting protocols.

It's no secret that these are quite unlike any other program that you've likely done before, so at times you may find yourself wondering whether they are going to work as well as some other approaches.

With many false statements about these protocols spreading around, it can be quite easy to get confused.

Let's look at a few of the top LeanGains diet myths that you need to know about so that they don't impact your decision of whether or not you should be using this program.

You'll Lose Lean Muscle On LeanGains

The very first myth that tends to circulate around with regards to LeanGains is that you'll lose lean muscle using the approach. Nothing is furthest from the truth.

People get into the thought pattern that if they go for more than 3-4 hours without food, their body automatically thinks its starving and you'll begin eating up your lean muscle tissue.

Not so. The fact of the matter is that it's perfectly okay to go four, six, eight, or even ten or more hours without food.

The body has built in defense mechanisms for these times and will not go into starvation mode. You'd have to go days without food for that to occur.

You'll Lose Focus And Energy During The Fast

The next myth that circulates is that you'll see a sharp decline in energy while using the LeanGains approach.

Again, not so. Most people find that their energy level actually increases while using LeanGains, so this approach may work to your advantage.

You'll think clearer and your mind won't be fixated on when your next meal is coming.

Your Workouts Will Suffer

Moving along, the next thing to note about the LeanGains approach is that your workout will not suffer. Again, people think that exercising fasted is a horrible idea and you'll have no energy.

But the fact of the matter is that endorphins will be high when doing the fast and these will actually provide more energy to the body.

The end result is that you burn up fat much more quickly and you have a higher power output.

Plus, you will be taking 10 grams of BCAA's before the workout, which helps preserve the lean muscle tissue.

Eating So Much At Once Will Cause Fat Gain

Finally, the last myth is that eating so much will cause fat gain to occur. People think that piling in thousands of calories at once will limit the body's ability to process these and anything it doesn't process will get immediately converted to body fat.

This isn't the case either. The only reason why any calories you eat will be converted to body fat is if you eat too many calories over maintenance level.

Then you'll have problems to worry about.

If you're eating at maintenance level or just slightly under for weight loss or over for muscle gain, you'll be fine.

So there you have some of the diet myths associated with LeanGains. Were you falling for any of these?

About the author: Shannon is a fitness trainer and freelance writer who has written for Bodybuilding.com.

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