PAGG Stack Side Effects & FAQ
PAGG Stack Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Is it required for the slow carb diet?
No. You do not need to use it if you don’t want to. It’s more of an enhancer than anything else, to help accelerate weight loss. That said, because it consists of ingredients that are known to give a lot of health benefits, lots of people take it anyway.
How does it work?
The ingredients work together to:
- Increase metabolism
- Prevent storage of excess carbohydrates as fats
- Help remove stubborn mature fat cells
And a mariad of other processes. The whole idea is to help you safely maximise fat lose.
Are the results proven?
Tim Ferriss’ been experimenting on himself for a long, long time. He first discovered the ingredients, their effects and the amounts required, then for the book, he grabbed a large group of people to replicate his findings.
So, in a way, yes, even though it’s not official research by some big shot institute, the results have been proven to work.
Not only that. If you look around, there are many cases where people have used it to help break through plateaus.
Are there any side-effects? PAGG Stack vs ECA Stack.
Apart from needing to take the usual precautions, no. The PAGG was created with the lack of side-effects in mind.
The PAGG was actually created to replace the famed ECA weight loss stack. This is because even though the ECA stack worked, it came with some negative side effects, some of which was personally experienced by Tim (pg 115-116 of the book) . In the end, Tim created PAGG so that he could get similar results without hurting himself.
Long story short, apart from a little acid reflex, which will be addressed in the next question, the only PAGG Stack side effects are positive.
As always however, remember to seek proper medical advise when required.
Read more about the ECA stack here
What if I get acid reflux?
Some people get an acid reflux (burping or heartburn) from taking Alpha-Lipoic Acid. If you’re one of these people we recommend taking the AGG with some food, either right before a meal, or after the first few bites. You will still experience benefits from the supplement and the food will help buffer the acid.
If it still happens, lower the Alpha Lipoc Acid (ALA) amount to a comfortable level.
Some people have reported that they don’t get the same problems when using R-ALA, the higher quality version of ALA that’s readily absorbed by the body. It also helps that you only need half the R-ALA to get the same, if not better results than standard ALA. Pareto Nutrition’s PAGG Stack is a good example of a packaged PAGG product that uses R-ALA. If not, you can get stand alone R-ALA, like Doctor’s Best R-ALA.
Personally, I don’t get the acid reflux when I use R-ALA or Pareto Nutrition’s PAGG Stack.
Read more about R-ALA here
Before or after a meal?
The book says prior to a meal, so 15 – 30 minutes before a meal is ideal.
Why do you need to take PAGG rest periods?
The recommendation is to take 1 day off per week, with one full week off every 2 months.
Main reason is to prevent the body from getting used to it.
Another reason is biochemical changes in the body. It’s a bit like exercising; you need to take a rest so that your body can recuperate, rebuild and improve. It’s the same for your body. The PAGG Stack encourages lots of positive biochemical changes but it needs to take a rest as well.
I want to keep it going. Will anything happen if I don’t take a rest?
It’s not like you’d break down or anything, but really, in this case, less is more. As previously explained, this is really to help maximise the effectiveness of the PAGG Stack.
So, you want to keep it going? Rest.
When is a good day to take a PAGG Stack rest day?
Up to you really, though you’d want to keep PAGG Stack on your binge day.
Personally, I like to take the rest on the day before the binge. It’s easier for me to remember.
Does it help build muscle?
Quite unlikely. The main purpose of the PAGG Stack is to help maximise fat lose in a safe manner.
You’d notice that other products like creatine are recommended in chapters like ‘Geek To Freak’ where the focus is to build muscle and bulk up.
Should I get the PAGG Stack seperately or one of those packaged ones?
I discussed that in length in this article: The PAGG Stack – Packaged or DIY?
In terms of convenience, it’s really a no-brainer. Getting a packaged, all-in-one capsule setup is much more convenient. You swallow less and carry less.
Here’s a picture I took recently so that you could see the difference. It’s for a 5 day supply:
Now, take that, times 6 and you have the amount for 30 days. Makes a lot of difference doesn’t it?
In terms of cost, most of these packaged stacks get cheaper when you order more at one go. And it’s not like you have to order hundreds of bottles, just getting 2 months brings the costs down to almost the same as buying them individually, with much added convenience.
Where to buy the PAGG Stack?
If you’re in the US and wish to buy the components seperately, go Amazon. Best prices and mostly with free delivery
If you’re Outside the US, (UK, Australia, Singapore, etc), go iHerb.com. Good prices with affordable delivery options. I’m from singapore and it’s where I get my supplements from. I compare the prices for Singapore, UK and Australia in this article: Cheap Supplements
If you don’t want the long story, get Pareto Nutrition’s PAGG Stack. It’s simple, convenient, safe and with the right amount of the best ingredients. Free delivery with 2 months or more to the US, UK, Canada, Australia, Singapore and anywhere in the world really.
Do read the following articles if you want to learn more:
The PAGG Stack – DIY or Packaged?
The PAGG Stack – Review and Comprison
Cheap Supplements for Singapore, UK, Australia and possibly, the world
Does it help increase testosterone levels?
Unlikely. When the stack was being tested, Tim was looking for its ability to reduce body fat, not increase testosterone. In fact, he had another chapter in the book that talked about increasing testosterone and the PAGG stack was not mentioned at all.
It smells when I pee. What gives?
Lots of people suspect garlic…which is kinda logical. It stinks, and it causes your breath to stink.
However, I did a small experiment on myself and confirmed it to be Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA) that’s causing it.
The stink never came across to me as a ‘galicky’ kind of stink. It smelled more acid-like. So, for a whole day, I took ALA out and didn’t notice the smell. The smell came back after putting it back into the stack the next day.
That probably explains why some people, including me, who are using Pareto Nutrition’s PAGG Stack don’t get the smell. It uses R-ALA, the natural, higher quality version of ALA that the body readily absorbs. Standard ALA consists of both R-ALA and the synthetic version, S-ALA. I believe the smell is the result of out body purging S-ALA from our body…but don’t take my word for it.