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sparkling water and intermittent fasting

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Created June 04, 2013 at 3:29 PM

Does drinking sparkling water break your fast if you were on IF? I.e. on something like 16/8 fast/eat

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^This. "Breaking" a fast doesn't have a scientific definition. At least to my knowledge, no one's come up with a hard and fast rule of how to break a fast: some think it's when insulin rises above a certain level, others measure it based on whether your hunger returns mid-fast (most fasters find hunger disappears or no longer becomes noticeable in the fast) and I'm sure there are other hypothesis out there. Long story short, if you still feel like you're in a fasted state, you're probably good.

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on June 18, 2013
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Simple answer: absolutely not. Breaking a fast involves eating or drinking energy (i.e. calorie) bearing foods. Water, sparkling or not, has no burnable energy, so no calories. However, people do debate whether small amounts of calories (e.g. cream in coffee) break a fast or not.

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on July 02, 2013
at 06:28 PM

^This. "Breaking" a fast doesn't have a scientific definition. At least to my knowledge, no one's come up with a hard and fast rule of how to break a fast: some think it's when insulin rises above a certain level, others measure it based on whether your hunger returns mid-fast (most fasters find hunger disappears or no longer becomes noticeable in the fast) and I'm sure there are other hypothesis out there. Long story short, if you still feel like you're in a fasted state, you're probably good.

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on June 04, 2013
at 03:39 PM

True sparkling water is just carbonated, creating effervescence (bubbles)...

as in 'eau gasseous.'

If you are adding flavoring and sweetener, that's a different story.

The thing is water is water. It's about taste, in that case.

I'd rather have spring water (ours comes from our spring) or if I'm drinking carbonated/sparkling, I'd put some vodka in with a twist of lime :) Just saying.

Water should be taken during fasting.

The only people I know who won't are trying to meet a number on a scale, like in wrestling or boxing, where they need to fit into a class. If you're hoping to see a number on a scale due to liking a specific number on a scale, that reflects only total body mass, which isn't a good way to judge health or fitness (lean body mass or body fat % is a better measure -- or how many stairs you can run, etc.).

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