FAQs

 

 

 

 

We get lots of the same questions over and over again in comments and through our Contact Us area, so we thought that creating an Advocare FAQ section would help you all.  So before commenting, check the FAQs and do a search on the site with some simple terms.  If you can’t find your answer in one of those places, or the comments,  please go ahead and ask your question.

Age

What Advocare Products Can Teenage Athletes Use?

Use the Age Indicators on this list.  Also, these articles should be helpful.

What Are the Age Restrictions for Advocare Products

This list is specific to age requirements by product.

Allowable Foods

What Vegetarian Options Do You Suggest?

Vegetarians can definitely do the 24 Day Challenge.  Here are some ideas for protein sources:
  • Incorporate the Vegetarian Meal Replacement Shake.
  • Tofu is good - we are big fans of the SoyBoy Tofu Lin
  • Natural peanut butter with no sugar added in very limited portions (no more than 2 tbs)
  • After the cleanse you can use additional meal replacement shakes and meal replacement bars
  • After the cleanse, try the Griller’s Prime burgers.  They have a lower carb content and taste fantastic.  Some of the veggie burgers are loaded with carbs and sodium, so be very careful.
  • If you are not vegan, you can use eggs, and after the cleanse you can add some dairy back in (Greek yogurt with no sugar added)

What Salad Dressing Can I Use?

You can use vinegar (not balsamic because of the sugar content) with a small amount of olive oil.  Also, Walden Farms dressing is acceptable.  You can get in bottles or individual packets (great for taking your lunch or eating out).  Hands down our favorite is the Thousand Island which comes in bottles and packets, and is kid friendly. We are frequently asked about using fat free or lowfat dressings.  Many low fat dressings are full of sugar and other things we are eliminating during the 24 Day Challenge, so best to avoid.  

Can I Chew Sugar Free Gum?

You just don't want to load up on artificial sweeteners (or sugar).  A few sticks here and there shouldn't hurt, but I personally have found that chewing gum got me hungry, so I gave it up and just have a Spark.  :-)

What can I eat on the Cleanse and Phase 2?

There are lots of great things to eat. Review the instructions for the cleanse and Phase 2, and take a look at our Great Foods Guide, which lists suggestions of foods to have on hand with appropriate amounts to eat. You should never be hungry with this plan if doing correctly. We frequently update the list, so be sure you have the latest one.

Can I have coffee on the 24 Day Program?

We get a lot of questions about why to eliminate coffee on the 24 Day Challenge. Here is a post that gives you all the info on coffee and caffeine.

Having Trouble

I am having trouble with fiber drink

We have seen this happen when people mix the drink and let it sit.  It will get way too thick that way.  Mix the drink thoroughly with cold water and drink immediately.  Yes, we are suggesting you chug it.  :-)  Do not mix with anything but water so it will work correctly. Some readers have suggested drinking through a straw.

How Do I Eliminate Constipation?

A small number of people report an issue with constipation. This should not be a problem if eating right and following the plan. Here are lots of helpful hints for you.

Instructions and Directions

How long do I have to wait to do the Challenge Again?

You don't have to wait.  After the 24 Days, continue on with more Phase II.  This is your new way of eating for optimal weight and good health.  Per the Advocare Docs, you may do a cleanse every 90 days.

What Should I Do When I Finish 24 Day Program?

If you need to lose more, just keep continuing with another 14 Day program and add ThermoPlus and take when you take your Catalyst (twice a day on an empty stomach - I take with my "before breakfast" and  "before lunch" packs from the strip pack).  If you are continuing to lose okay, you can add fruit to your meal replacement shake in the morning.  Feel free to use an AdvoBar Meal for lunch when you are in a pinch and can't get the proper lunch. Every 90 days, you can repeat the cleanse. If you are trying to maintain your loss, but still losing, you can add in some foods to keep you consistent, such as a high fiber carbohydrate at dinner (if you have not already been eating) or adding a snack in the evening.  A good snack which includes protein, would be  100 calorie bag of raw almonds, Advobar Raw, Chocolate Snack Bar, or Muscle Gain.  Be sure to continue the supplements and meal replacement shakes. Be sure you are exercising.  Do some form of cardio at least 3-5 times per week, and strength training 2 -3 times per week.

How Do I Use Catalyst and ThermoPlus?

  There are a variety of methods that you can read about on how to use these optional supplements.  Our best results are using them this way: Take 3 Catalyst half hour before breakfast on empty stomach, and 3 Catalyst half hour before lunch on empty stomach.  This is for all Phases of 24 Day and beyond. Do not take ThermoPlus during the Cleanse (Phase 1). After the Cleanse, add 1 capsule of ThermoPlus to the above regimen. So to recap:
  • During the cleanse, take 3 Catalyst half hour before breakfast on empty stomach, and 3 Catalyst half hour before lunch on empty stomach.
  • After the cleanse take 3 Catalyst and 1 ThermoPlus half hour before breakfast on empty stomach, and 3 Catalyst and 1 ThermoPlus half hour before lunch on empty stomach (at the same time as as you take your "before lunch colored MNS pack").
 

Help – I took the Wrong Pills or Forgot my Pills

This is one of our most common comments or question. Try to pay attention to which supplements to take at each time.  These two instruction sheets will help remind you.  Print out multiple copies for your convenience. If you do miss a pill or take the pill at the wrong time, just continue on.  Review the instructions multiple times.  :-)

How Do I Incorporate Catalyst and ThermoPlus?

During the Cleanse Take 3 catalyst half hour before breakfast and half hour before lunch Starting with Phase 2 and beyond Take 1 ThermoPlus and 3 catalyst half hour before breakfast and before lunch (with your MNS BEFORE BREAKFAST and BEFORE LUNCH packets).

Where Can I Find Directions for Phase II (MNS)

You can download the instructions and checklist here.  As lists are updated, this is where you will always find the latest version.  Suggest you print a few out be sure you have with you (at work, home, etc.).

Where Can I Find Instructions for the Cleanse?

You can download the instructions and checklist here.  As lists are updated, this is where you will always find the latest version.  Suggest you print a few out be sure you have with you (at work, home, etc.).

Medical

What Are the Age Restrictions for Advocare Products

This list is specific to age requirements by product.

Medical, Age, Pregnancy, Nursing

I Need Information About Medical Conditions and Medications

We occasionally get questions about medical conditions and medications.  As always, you should check with your own Doctor.  There are some additional resources:
  • Review the General Health questions
  • Check the other FAQs  and use the Search function on the Advocare site
  • Review specific Product Information - Underneath the picture of any product there is a link to product information.  This will download detailed product information including directions for use, indications, and ingredients.

Nursing

Can I Use Advocare Products While Pregnant or Nursing?

That totally depends on the product.  The list shows the recommendations.

Pregnancy

Can I Use Advocare Products While Pregnant or Nursing?

That totally depends on the product.  The list shows the recommendations.

Product Information

How Can I Find Information About Products?

Advocare has made it simple for you to get complete information about all the products. Go to the product that you are interested in, and click "Product Page" under the picture.  You will have a 3-4 page pdf with complete info on each product. For example, we have a question asked about what and how would I use CarbEase+.  Click on that page, and under the image of the product, click "Product Page".  You will see ingredients, directions, uses, benefits, etc.  Use this to be more informed about all of the products.

Weight Loss

How can I break a stall (plateau)?

Diamond, Matt Warren did a great guest post for us on this topic.