(3TV/CBS 5)-- Is fasting healthy or unhealthy?

Is breakfast really the most important meal of the day?

There are a lot of myths when it comes to a healthy diet.

Approximately 45 million Americans go on a diet each year and spend an estimated $33 billion on weight loss products.

Researchers at UCLA say 80 percent of dieters will gain back the weight within just two years.

Registered dietitian and author of "Living Skinny in Fat Genes," Felicia Stoler tells us the facts and fiction of dieting. 

Myth #1: Fasting Is Unhealthy

Fact: Stoler says that fasting has been practiced since the beginning of time and five major religions support the practice. Feasting, on the other hand, is a modern tradition centered on popular holidays, which encourages continual eating, despite the increase in obesity rates.

Myth #2: Fasting Causes Muscle Wasting

Fact: Sugar and fat are the only two forms of energy the body stores and thus is what the body will use for energy while fasting. Stoler says it's too inefficient for the body to attempt to break down muscles first.

Myth #3: The Most Important Meal is Breakfast

Fact: Stoler says that while you were sleeping you have been in a fasting state and the most important meal is not breakfast but rather when you break from your fast.

Myth #4: Eating After Fasting Turns Into Fat

Fact: When you break your fast, your body will be looking to replenish its stores of glycogen in the liver first where we typically store 2,000 calories. Stoler says it's the easiest energy source for the body to access.

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