Does fasting to lose weight causes you to lose muscle?
No, it does not according to a new book called The Complete Guide to Fasting: Heal Your Body Through Intermittent, Alternate-Day, and Extended Fasting by Jason Fung, MD and Jimmie Moore.
“Alternate-day fasting over seventy days decreased body weight by 6 percent, but fat mass decreased by 11.4 percent and lean mass (muscle and bone) did not change at all,” Dr. Fung writes.
“The normal protein breakdown of around seventy-five  grams per day falls to fifteen to twenty [15-20] grams per day during fasting.
“Rather than burning muscle during fasting, we start conserving muscle.
“Much of the amino acids that are broken down during regular turnover of cells are reabsorbed into new proteins.”
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