One of the hottest diet concepts that's circulating around right now is fasting. Fasting has received a great deal of attention in the diet world, partly due to the fact that when you fast, you're significantly increasing your calorie deficit, therefore fat loss will tend to move along much more quickly.

This said, is fasting a wise approach?

Just as there are many stated benefits about what it has to offer, there are also many people claiming that it may do more harm than good.

So what's the real deal?

What's the truth about fasting? Is it right for you?

Let's look at some of the main myths that you should be thinking about.

Myth 1: Fasting Will Cause Muscle Mass Loss

The first myth that you'll likely run into is the myth that states that fasting will cause you to burn up lean muscle mass. The people who believe this myth claim that as soon as you go more than 3-4 hours without food, your muscles will be a target source of energy.

This however, isn't the case.

Your body won't start utilizing your muscles as a fuel source unless you were going days without food. A few hours without food - 8, 10, 12, even 14 isn't going to have an impact. Assuming you are eating a good diet over the 24 hour period, so are making sure to take in enough calories when you are eating, you won't lose lean muscle while using a fasting approach.

Myth 2: Fasting Is Incredibly Hard

The second myth that you might come into is the myth that fasting is incredibly difficult. People claim that you're virtually starving yourself, so you're going to feel intense hunger and discomfort. Again, this isn't correct. What actually happens is the body will tend to release endorphins during the fast which can actually help to suppress the appetite, reducing the overall level of hunger you feel.

So rather than being hungry, you actually will feel rather unhungry the entire time. In fact, some people report feeling less hungry on a fasting diet than they do eating six small meals throughout the day. That type of set-up just tends to stroke their hunger, whereas fasting decreases it.

Myth 3: Fasting Will Slow Your Metabolism Down

Finally, the last myth is that fasting will slow down your metabolism. Again, this isn't correct. A Very low calorie diet is what has the potential to slow down your metabolism. As long as you are consuming enough food total over the course of the day, you shouldn't have to worry about this with the fasting diet plan.

Fasting for 14 hours won't send your metabolic rate into super slow. It'll be just as fast as it normally would, provided you're eating the same diet otherwise speaking.

So there you have some of the most important points to note about fasting. It really can be a useful diet set-up for some who are tired of always watching the clock and being stressed out about how often they're eating.

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

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