PAGG Stack – Straightforward Explanation
This question has come up a lot lately, so I want to explain the PAGG stack – what is it, how does it work, why take it, where to buy it, when to take it and is it necessary?
As someone who is very familiar with a range of supplements, nutrition, herbs, vitamins and all things in between, over the last 7 years I have taken different things for different desired outcomes, including green tea with a tablespoon of cocoa and fish oil. I have also worked in the vitamin and natural health industry, so I get the theory behind the tablets. I won’t go deeper into this, but it’s safe to assume that if you read about something in a popular magazine, or website, or if you hear about something from a friend or at the gym, I am pretty familiar with whatever it is and how it works.
The vitamin, health care, and supplement industry isn’t perfect, in my opinion, which is why I remain very skeptical of all sorts of claims pushed out in marketing messages backed by large budgets. It is more than likely that taking Acai Berry alone will not make you look like a supermodel, and taking a protein shake mix after your workouts, will not solely push you into the realms of ripped body builder. In fact, I believe that most extreme results most likely have more cost than benefit for the majority of people. That said, I know there are simple changes (like drinking ice water) than can have some effect, and that if you combine enough of these minor things, you get a major change. What I like about this supplement combination is that Tim Ferriss doesn’t have a stake in a particular product that he is promoting. He uses affiliate links for supplements, but there’s no greater benefit to him in suggesting these supplements, vs many others. He has done a lot of research and testing, and I’m inclined to believe it is definitely worth trying and checking the results after 2 months.
The PAGG stack is described as an optional extra to the slow carb diet, in Tim Ferriss’ The Four Hour Body, and for this reason, we have delayed our start to using it, because we wanted to see if the slow carb diet, by itself, would have an effect. As we’ve mentioned in other posts, it definitely did, in a lot of ways. PAGG is the icing on the cake, or the extra action instead of taking an ice bath, or instead of an extra workout each week. Basically, all of these options can be combined in different amounts to create the desired result. I know some people out there are following every aspect of the Four Hour Body, including ice baths, etc.. but I think for most of us, myself included, we’re looking for the easiest stuff to follow that gets great results. I’m not after 100% results, 90% is just fine with me, if it takes 50% less effort (and I’m not going near an ice bath just yet).
So, on to our questions:
What is it?
PAGG is literally 4 different supplements, taken in a combination at particular doses.
Policosanol, Alpha-Lipoic Acid, Green Tea Extract and Garlic.
How does it work?
Each ingredient has a particular purpose, and working together they do their jobs a little better than one on its own does.
Alpha-lipoic acid works in a number of ways, but the simplest explanation for it’s inclusion is that it pulls more of the carbohydrate energy you eat, and delivers it to muscles, or to your liver, rather than sending that energy to increase the size of fat cells. This is good for the weight-conscious, and for those who are working their muscles.
Green Tea Flavanols have been shown in humans to inhibit the storage of carbohydrates in fat cells, much like Alpha-lipoic acid, as well as encouraging fat cell death (ie fat cells eliminating themselves because they are not needed). This second point is particular great, as fat cells normally tend to shrink and expand, not die off, which is why many people gain weight easily after losing it.
Garlic extract in an aged form, with high Allicin content, appears to stop or at least make fat regain more difficult, which is very helpful to those changing their body composition.
Policosanol has helped Tim Ferriss and a lot of his ‘guinea pigs’ with extra fat loss, while taking the AGG combination, so it is included.
Why take it?
As described in The Four Hour Body, a change in body composition can occur with a blend of 3 things: exercise, diet, supplements. PAGG falls into the supplements area, and can be included when one feels 100% adherence to diet or exercise may be difficult. Also, it can be included to maximize the benefits of diet and exercise regimes, like slow carb and Occam’s Protocol.
Where to buy it?
This gets a little tricky, because a couple of the supplements (like Policosanol and Green Tea Extract) proved very difficult for us to find, even when we scoured a range of large-name drug marts, pharmacies and vitamin shelves in large department stores. So, we went online and found an all-in-one tablet. They split out the Policosanol, because it’s only taken at night, but the other 3 are in one tablet, at the exact dose recommended in the book. This makes things a lot more straightforward, and in fact comparing to buying each item separately, it works out cheaper over a couple of months, and even cheaper because there’s 2 of us. They also added in the B vitamins you need when you’re taking it. Click here to check out the PAGG Stack tablets.
We will mention that this product is the one advertised on this site, and we do get a small commission on this link. It helps us with hosting costs, etc. We want to be totally clear about this – we’re not hiding the fact, and the only reason we have linked through to this is because we believe in this one enough to be taking it ourselves. We were not contacted by the manufacturer, we found it ourselves online while we were searching. Check it out and please decide for yourself.
When to take it?
The PAGG Stack is taken before meals and bed (depending on number of meals) – 4 times a day, 6 days a week, with a 1 week rest break off it every 8 weeks (important). You can see that individual tablets would get a little out of hand, which is why we went with an all in one tablet.
Thanks to Nancy who asked about which day to take off. You definitely want to be taking PAGG on your cheat day, and I think personally on the day after as well. So I’m choosing Mondays, because Saturday is my cheat day.
There has been some information come out that the occasional person finds that even with decaf green tea tablets, they are awake during the night more than usual. This isn’t common but can happen, and if it does, it’s better to not take the before-bed dose.
Is it necessary?
As we mentioned earlier, it’s not vital, but it can be one important element, that when combined with the slow carb diet and some exercise (nothing too extraordinary), can produce better results than with the diet and exercise alone. For us, we tested the diet without exercise and the PAGG first, because we wanted to find out for ourselves and be able to share those results with you. We’re very excited about the PAGG supplements, as we think we will just see even better results, magnified, as these things work together.
The Four Hour Body book (by Tim Ferriss) goes into more detail about how to take it, the science behind how this works, and some contraindications for people with certain health conditions, or taking certain medications. As always, consulting a doctor is a good idea, before you make changes like this. Lots of people are taking this supplement with benefits coming to them, and we believe supplementation can help get the results we are looking for.