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what supplements increase effectiveness of fasting?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created August 04, 2011 at 1:24 AM

i think some supplements increase the burning of fats, such as ALCAR with ALA/RLA, or no-flush niacin, anyone have any thoughts on this? thanks

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on August 05, 2011
at 08:48 PM

sounds like fun, maybe i can ace med school

05055dcbf12c81f1cce777ec365870af

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on August 05, 2011
at 08:48 PM

+1 turkeytime, thats the kind of thing i'm thinking about

05055dcbf12c81f1cce777ec365870af

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on August 05, 2011
at 08:47 PM

so what about systemic enzymes? the effectiveness of taking them far away from food blasts away your theory.

05055dcbf12c81f1cce777ec365870af

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on August 05, 2011
at 08:46 PM

use up more bodyfat per session.

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on August 04, 2011
at 12:26 PM

Are you trying to use supplements because you are new to fasting, and you want training wheels? ... Or are you an accomplished faster who wants it to use more up more body fat per session? I think those are two separate questions.

B14dc4aa1ddefbec3bc09550428ee493

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on August 04, 2011
at 10:31 AM

If you are doing it for detox purposes couldn't certain supplements help the liver do its job better? Detoxing involves a lot of chemical reactions so I would think you could help those reactions out with the right supplements?

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on August 04, 2011
at 06:52 AM

While I do not think it increases effectiveness of fasting, I've started taking Vitamin C (in the form of 2x400mg of camu camu) upon waking up. I do this to lowe cortisol levels in the morning, as I fast until 11am-noon before my first meal. Anyone think this is a bad idea?

Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

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on August 04, 2011
at 06:18 AM

This makes no sense? Fasting and supplements is oxymoronic

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on August 04, 2011
at 02:30 AM

im 100% with this. Fasting is a cleansing clearing process. Dont add anything, let your body do its magic ;)

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A141571ee2453db572c9d3222657bf6b

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on August 04, 2011
at 02:18 AM

focus on fat loss first and supplement as desired according to that goal alone. do not fast for the sake of fat loss for that risks taking things to an arguably neurotic level and causing harm to ones self. only in a state of balanced health should one pursue a fast of any length as this is when the benefits of fasting will actually be realized.

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on August 04, 2011
at 02:11 AM

Taking supplements during a fast isn't really fasting. The way I look at fasting, the whole idea is to let the body metabolize and expel what is already present, not add more stuff. I don't know what length of time you intend to fast, or if you're talking about IF, which isn't fasting all the way, so I don't know if what follows applies. It might be helpful if you edit your question to be more specific.

People fast for different reasons, not just for fat loss, so the term "effectiveness" is going to mean different things to different people. Some want an overall cleanse, some want to restore healthy gut bacteria, some want to give their body a break, and other reasons. Yes, some do it for weight loss, but I think if that is the only goal, the other whole-body health reasons to do it are lost. I can't speak for everyone, but I think most people who fast occasionally do it for more reasons than fat loss, which is a long term process, not short term as most fasts are. It's about regearing the metabolism by clearing everything out, erasing cravings, and clearing the decks for a healthy balanced regimen, which may lead to fat loss.

We're not machines that are easily programmed, so I don't know that there are any silver bullets. Most weight loss from short term (less than a couple of days of) fasting is from water loss. Fat comes later by providing a diet balanced in nutrients that your body metabolizes well, and that isn't the same for everyone.

B14dc4aa1ddefbec3bc09550428ee493

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on August 04, 2011
at 10:31 AM

If you are doing it for detox purposes couldn't certain supplements help the liver do its job better? Detoxing involves a lot of chemical reactions so I would think you could help those reactions out with the right supplements?

4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

(22913)

on August 04, 2011
at 02:30 AM

im 100% with this. Fasting is a cleansing clearing process. Dont add anything, let your body do its magic ;)

05055dcbf12c81f1cce777ec365870af

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on August 05, 2011
at 08:48 PM

+1 turkeytime, thats the kind of thing i'm thinking about

05055dcbf12c81f1cce777ec365870af

(1791)

on August 05, 2011
at 08:47 PM

so what about systemic enzymes? the effectiveness of taking them far away from food blasts away your theory.

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on October 19, 2011
at 09:49 PM

Depends on why you are doing a fast. If you are fighting a bacterial infection you could "supplement" with some coconut oil as this will make the fast a bit easier to handle. The benefits from fasting primarily comes from restricting protein and carbohydrate. The lack of protein and carbohydrate will starve bacterial infections.

If you want to start protein recycling for any reason, then perhaps coconut oil will prevent that to some degree.

If you want to lose weight quickly, fasting is the wrong end to start at. Fix your diet first (you probably have already); if you are deficient in some micronutrient you will hurt your body more by not eating anything for any extended period of time. Hunger is imo a sign of deficiency so abort the fast if you experience hunger.

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on October 19, 2011
at 09:32 PM

I fast for psychological (clarity) and physiological (fat burning) reasons.

I write about the supplements that can help me achieve those goals here.

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Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

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on August 04, 2011
at 06:19 AM

Guarana and adipex cocktail.......??

05055dcbf12c81f1cce777ec365870af

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on August 05, 2011
at 08:48 PM

sounds like fun, maybe i can ace med school

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on August 04, 2011
at 04:56 AM

Coffee, Green Tea, ALCAR, MCT Oil, Ephedrine, Pseudoephedrine

Any stimulant really...

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