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Does a tbsp of fish oil in the morning "break" the fast?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created May 15, 2012 at 9:04 PM

Been experimenting with Intermittent Fasting the past few weeks - which is a fancy way of saying, "skipping breakfast." I have been tweaking meals accordingly: big meal of the day to actually "break" the fast. I find it makes managing calories a lot easier - and nowhere near as hard as I thought it would be....

ANYWAY...

I take a few supplements in the mornings on the way to work, and have, for the past year or so: Vitamin D, B12, Calcium, and the most important: Fish Oil.

A Tbsp of fish oil is about 100 kcal or so. Is this "significant" enough to break the fast, and jeopardize whatever metabolic magic happens to my body when in the fasted state?

Thanks!

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on May 17, 2012
at 03:11 PM

Oh man. Thankyou. This is great.

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on May 16, 2012
at 09:51 PM

Here's the only citation I could find as it's been awhile since I've looked into it. I should save articles more often, while bodies are complex the pigs were able to use fish oil as energy suggesting that it was being used to break the fast and used for fuel. http://jn.nutrition.org/content/119/11/1741.full.pdf During my search, I did find some notes stating that the pill form may make it to the intestines before absorption. I couldn't find any further research at this time. If I'm wrong apologies! I love to be corrected.

01109277e48838b58279b1719fc23e72

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on May 16, 2012
at 04:03 PM

Thanks for the answer guys. Makes sense now. I've always taken vitamin supplements on an empty stomach, as a way to maximize absorption. Guess I was wrong: in the fasted state, my body is burning these nutrients as fuel, and not absorbing the nutrients, you're saying?

01109277e48838b58279b1719fc23e72

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on May 16, 2012
at 04:00 PM

I'm pretty low carb. I just mean with Intermittent Fasting, I have found it's almost impossible to eat too much in a day. My "break"fast is usually 800-1,000 kcal. And 2nd meal is about 20% less. I'm about 195 lbs @ 20% bodyfat more or less. CF 3-4X/week) for past year. Fitness is steadily improving, but feel like I've plateu-ed with fatloss. Hence, watching my calories. I've been taking the supplements regularly, as part of my morning routine, and it occurred to me after a few weeks, that even this little bit may be defeating the benefits of fasting. Thanks for your answer.

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on May 16, 2012
at 12:02 PM

I wager most fish oil is spent as energy as opposed to being used for other things. Reference that says PUFAs are preferentially converted to various other things?

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on May 16, 2012
at 12:16 AM

Sorry, I don't get you?

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on May 15, 2012
at 10:42 PM

If you are low carb and burning fat by that alone it would not change anything. I suspect if you are mentioning managing"calories" you are not low carb?? I agree with taking you supplements with food and not in isolation. rethink your eating plan if you need to watch your calories.

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44ba137f415e519582c6900d33fde80b

on May 15, 2012
at 09:32 PM

I think yes.

By the way, I don't think it's a good idea to take vitamins and fish oil in an empty stomach.

44ba137f415e519582c6900d33fde80b

on May 16, 2012
at 12:16 AM

Sorry, I don't get you?

E7e7e1c856d4494d4a1b700b6869df90

(982)

on May 15, 2012
at 10:42 PM

If you are low carb and burning fat by that alone it would not change anything. I suspect if you are mentioning managing"calories" you are not low carb?? I agree with taking you supplements with food and not in isolation. rethink your eating plan if you need to watch your calories.

01109277e48838b58279b1719fc23e72

(75)

on May 16, 2012
at 04:00 PM

I'm pretty low carb. I just mean with Intermittent Fasting, I have found it's almost impossible to eat too much in a day. My "break"fast is usually 800-1,000 kcal. And 2nd meal is about 20% less. I'm about 195 lbs @ 20% bodyfat more or less. CF 3-4X/week) for past year. Fitness is steadily improving, but feel like I've plateu-ed with fatloss. Hence, watching my calories. I've been taking the supplements regularly, as part of my morning routine, and it occurred to me after a few weeks, that even this little bit may be defeating the benefits of fasting. Thanks for your answer.

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1deaea445ff3b1cb5d1354a043dc8fb7

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on April 15, 2013
at 01:11 PM

it is a spectrum. I don't think it will have any significant impact, this would be even more true if you lowered the dose (half a spoon). Many people also state fat does not have the same fast breaking effect, and that the benefits of fasting can be obtained through just restricting carbs and protein. http://www.bulletproofexec.com/bulletproof-fasting/

Do you think the benefit outweigh the possibility of breaking your fast, it probably does.

Or you could just have it at a different time, i don't see why it would be necessary to have to in the morning, as opposed to other times of the day.

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B958be1f3a4a9743998ab2ea51d9c945

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on May 15, 2012
at 10:21 PM

It's got enough calories to break the fast. Fish oil should be taken after some other food has been put in your stomach to maximize absorption instead of burning it for fuel.

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41747)

on May 16, 2012
at 12:02 PM

I wager most fish oil is spent as energy as opposed to being used for other things. Reference that says PUFAs are preferentially converted to various other things?

B958be1f3a4a9743998ab2ea51d9c945

(205)

on May 16, 2012
at 09:51 PM

Here's the only citation I could find as it's been awhile since I've looked into it. I should save articles more often, while bodies are complex the pigs were able to use fish oil as energy suggesting that it was being used to break the fast and used for fuel. http://jn.nutrition.org/content/119/11/1741.full.pdf During my search, I did find some notes stating that the pill form may make it to the intestines before absorption. I couldn't find any further research at this time. If I'm wrong apologies! I love to be corrected.

01109277e48838b58279b1719fc23e72

(75)

on May 17, 2012
at 03:11 PM

Oh man. Thankyou. This is great.

01109277e48838b58279b1719fc23e72

(75)

on May 16, 2012
at 04:03 PM

Thanks for the answer guys. Makes sense now. I've always taken vitamin supplements on an empty stomach, as a way to maximize absorption. Guess I was wrong: in the fasted state, my body is burning these nutrients as fuel, and not absorbing the nutrients, you're saying?

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C4c3b2b485e0ac0b9c340c1fe4f1754f

on April 15, 2013
at 11:01 AM

From my experience and getting advice from those in the IF comunity, you can have aroune 80 cals day, spread through the day during a fast. Low or no calorie drinks (i.e. Monsters, Red Bull, Coffee with a small amount of creamer, etc.). As far a fish oil it's still uncertian because it's pure fat but amino's are a go.

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01adafcb4dd4147c6af543f61eee60a8

on May 16, 2012
at 11:34 AM

Water tea or black coffee are the only things that wont break a fast.

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Da3d4a6835c0f5256b2ef829b3ba3393

on May 15, 2012
at 11:52 PM

I think it does, but FWIW I asked Art DeVany this exact question about a year ago. He said that it didn't. Again, for what it's worth.

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