Modafinil: A Viable Weight Loss Solution?

There are many myths surrounding weight loss including many so-called “miracle diets” or supplements that claim to make you slim within two weeks, et cetera.

It’s quite funny to see how much time, money, and effort people place on these so-called miracle solutions, when in reality, the best solution is to simply eat less, exercise more, and avoid sugar. It’s really as simple as that!

Though we’re not going to examine dieting or exercise here. This article is about Modafinil, the famed “real-life Limitless pill” that many say boosts their brain power and even makes them love their work.

But can Modafinil also help you lose weight? That’s the big question but let’s first take a closer look at what exactly Modafinil is.

What is Modafinil?

Modafinil is a wakefulness-enhancing agent that was initially designed to treat sleep-related disorders. It’s also used off-label for a variety of purposes. Studies have proven its effectiveness in treating depression and ADHD, though doctors aren’t authorized to prescribe it for those reasons. Still, off-label use has been gaining popularity in recent years, mostly as a productivity and study enhancer. The 2011 movie Limitless has given rise to the nootropics community, with Modafinil at the forefront.

Up until recently, stimulants such as Adderall or Ritalin were the most popular cognitive enhancers in workplaces and study campuses. The downside is represented by the severe side effects and addictive potential of the two. On the other hand, Modafinil has few side effects and a significantly lower potential for abuse and addiction.

Modafinil is beneficial for healthy and unhealthy people alike. Unfortunately, the prescribed version (Provigil) is very expensive and isn’t always paid for by the government. This has led people to buy Modafinil from pharmacies located in India.

How Does Modafinil Make You Feel?

Some people compare Modafinil to a stronger cup of coffee, while others compare it to a weaker version of Adderall. Indeed, it shares traits with both stimulants, though it doesn’t fall into the same category. Modafinil makes you feel awake while also encouraging physical and mental activity. Stimulants typically cause a type of stimulation which feels forced, while Modafinil feels more gentle.

Furthermore, Modafinil is perfect for combating laziness and fatigue. It modulates dopamine and serotonin, two neurotransmitters that play a key role in motivation, energy levels and mood.

Another feeling that perfectly describes Modafinil is the “tunnel-like” vision. One can focus on a specific task for extended periods of time with ease, without getting bored or distracted.

Common potential side effects include difficulty falling asleep at night, agitation, anxiety, headaches, appetite suppression and dehydration. In rare cases, it may cause paranoia, rashes or abnormal heartbeat.

Can Modafinil Help You Lose Weight?

We’ve seen the mental aspect of Modafinil, so you may be asking yourself how this helps you lose weight. Well, first of all, Modafinil encourages physical activity, which makes it easier for people to start exercising or practicing a sport. Also, users have reported increased endurance, thus encouraging more effort and more burned calories. It’s unclear whether this is mental or physical.

The discipline and focus that Modafinil provides makes it easier for users to follow through with previously set goals. The task enjoyment that Modafinil is famous for also applies to goals that relate to following through with a workout schedule or practising a new sport.

Furthermore, there’s one so-called side effect of Modafinil that can help with weight loss. Modafinil causes appetite suppression, which can be of great help when it comes to fasting.

The Bottom Line

Modafinil has also been called “the world’s first safe smart drug.” Some scientists even recommend it to truck drivers or any other sleep-deprived person operating heavy machinery. The few side effects that it has can also be considered benefits. Weight loss is an effective benefit of an otherwise cognitive medication. Still, even though Modafinil is regarded as a safe alternative to Adderall or Ritalin, it remains a synthetic substance. Anyone wanting to take it should first consult his or her doctor.

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