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Intermittent fasting, Coke zero, sugar free gum/mints?

Answered on December 21, 2017
Created December 27, 2013 at 6:51 AM

Are coke zero, sugar free mints/gum allowed during 'fasting' state? I noticed that each sugar free gum piece has 3-4 calories, will consuming this kick me out of 'fasted' state and entering 'fed' state?

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on December 28, 2013
at 04:09 PM

if thats true, then we have solved the energy crisis. We can create energy out of nothing!

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on December 28, 2013
at 01:43 AM

It depends on your goals. If you are fasting to starve pathogens, and your pathogens can't feed off of coffee, MCT, or whatever else, then it's not necessarily counter productive.

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on December 27, 2013
at 03:31 PM

While I am a proponent of going hungry from time-to-time & a proponent of coffee -- needing hormonal response to dampen hunger during a fast is counter-productive. If you are that hungry during your fast you should eat.

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on December 27, 2013
at 12:46 PM

I think I remember over at Lean Gains that he mentions that a little cream in coffee isn't anything to worry about. So a couple calories from a piece of gum isn't going to sink the ship. The only way to know is to experiment. I'll side with the others that you should ditch the chemical sweeteners, but to each their own. I drink beer. It's not paleo. **Raises middle finger to the sticklers** We will all die of something one of these days.

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on December 21, 2017
at 02:05 PM

I chew 2 pieces of sugar free gum in the evening during the 4-5 hours of fasting I do after my last meal.  My excellent progress along with simple common sense tells me that the gum is not an issue.  This is certainly better than the extra thousand or so calories the old me used to graze on all night after dinner and before bedtime.

I also have to keep my "OCD Monster"  at bay.    In this case it means not allowing my obsessive compulsive tendencies to cause me stress over whether the 5 calories in a piece of sugar free gum are going to derail my progress.   That type of  thinking is the hallmark of eating disorders and a total roadblock to recovery from addiction.   The focus here should be progress---not perfection.   The OCD Monster is what caused me to go on a lifelong pattern of yo-yo- dieting and re-gaining weight.  It was like if I made one little mistake, why bother going on?     I will never give food that much power again, and I certainly will not fret over whether a piece of sugar free gum is going to sabotage all my efforts.

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on December 30, 2013
at 05:09 PM

Depends on what you mean by fasting (there's different aspects that people follow for it). In general, fasting = not taking in any calories. However, some of the info based on autophagy indicates you can take in limited fats, but no carbs. Carbs = out of fasting. That's the group that takes in bulletproof coffee for example.

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on December 28, 2013
at 11:35 AM

To come at it from a different approach... If I'm fasting, one thing that's guaranteed to make me hungry is chewing gum or drinking anything fizzy. Even fizzy water on an empty stomach will have it rumbling in minutes. I have no idea what the mechanism at work there is, but I wouldn't do it for those reasons, personally.

I do like sugar free gum if I feel like I want something sweet after a meal, and I have struggled with the Coke Zero, so I won't give you any self-righteous 'it's not Paleo' crap. It's an insult to your intelligence if nothing else :)

I like a mug or two of bone broth during a fast, depending how long it is. That probably counts as breaking the fast, but I'm not looking for machine-like accuracy, being a living-breathing human and all that.

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on December 28, 2013
at 06:24 AM

I've heard from some nutritionists that splenda-based artificial sweeteners are legally zero calorie but that your body converts them into calories. Even though I wouldn't advocate sugar free gum or coke zero because it will potential excite your palate and get you salivating, be careful to avoid things that are actually going to spike your blood sugar.

The Jewish secrets I follow for fasting on Yom Kippur and other times are to eat really light before you start and to avoid sweet foods the week before. Even though it's not traditional, it helps me to drink a lot of water and loose-leaf non-sweet herbal tea.

3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

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on December 28, 2013
at 04:09 PM

if thats true, then we have solved the energy crisis. We can create energy out of nothing!

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on December 27, 2013
at 02:16 PM

Purely answering the question, and purposefully avoiding the "Those are not paleo" crap.

Fasting will not be ruined through the addition of some calories. The body is in a near-constant digestion mode. dead cells, mucus, and bacterium are constantly being expunged from our systems, so adding calories from gum is not going to hurt the fast.

Also, when I did my ketosis experiment, I experimented with artificial sweeteners and stevia. Neither did anything to knock me out of ketosis, So I would imagine that the diet soda would not effect the fast either.

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on December 27, 2013
at 12:04 PM

You're asking if artificially sweetened junk food will affect the benefits of fasting?

This question is probably better suited for the Atkins crowd, as most people following a Paleo lifestyle would not consider eating those items, fasted or not.

A popular Paleo approach is to consume a stimulant (like coffee) or get some exercise during a fast. Both will trigger stress hormones, which can dampen the hunger signal.

But before you consider fasting, I would work on overcoming your addiction to the taste of sweet. It will help you immeasurably.

Good luck!

3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

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on December 27, 2013
at 03:31 PM

While I am a proponent of going hungry from time-to-time & a proponent of coffee -- needing hormonal response to dampen hunger during a fast is counter-productive. If you are that hungry during your fast you should eat.

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on December 27, 2013
at 07:07 AM

I wouldn't recommend chewing anything. Chewing=salivation="food is on its way!!" signal.

Personally, if I'm going to fast, I'm going to fast; no black coffee, no tea, no MCT oil(how exactly is throwing back hundreds of calories "fasting") etc etc.

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