First it was juicing, then smoothies, and then protein shakes. Now it’s coffee sweeping the fitness world.
The diet emphasizes an eating plan with “healthy” fats, such as monounsaturated fats; and restricts consumption of carbohydrates. The Bulletproof diet also recommends incorporating intermittent fasting and “Bulletproof Coffee”, a coffee beverage made from low-mold coffee beans, grass-fed, unsalted butter and either coconut oil or medium-chain triglycerides.
Dave Asprey, the creator of the small company Bulletproof Coffee that popularized the concoction of coffee, butter and MCT oil, claims the high-fat diet can lead to weight loss. Other supporters say it gives you an extra energy boost, helps you avoid the afternoon crash and keeps you mentally focused. Yet skeptics point out concerns with the high amount of saturated fat and the number of calories.
Benefits of Bulletproof Coffee
Fat Loss. Plain and simple, the consumption of medium-chain triglycerides (MCT) has been shown to lead to greater losses in adipose tissue (fat tissue), in both animals and humans.
Eating Fat. Do I even need to explain this one? Eating fat has been shown to lead to greater amounts of energy, more efficient energy usage, and more effective weight loss.
More Energy. Studies have shown that the rapid rate of oxidation in MCFAs (Medium Chain Fatty Acids) leads to an increase in energy expenditure. Primarily, MCFAs are converted into ketones (our best friends), are absorbed differently in the body compared to regular oils, and give us more energy.
Heart Attacks. The myth that saturated fats increase the chance of Coronary Heart Disease has been debunked over and over. Recent studies show that saturated fats can actually have a positive effect on your overall heart-health.
This is my personal opinion on this weight loss craze. Let me start by saying I realize there are all kinds of coffee drinkers. I am a 3 cups in the morning, coffee drinker. I know people who will drink coffee all day, those that drink coffee as a treat, and many who use coffee as a pre-workout drink or a mid-day pick me up. We all know caffeine gives us energy and can make us more mentally focused, TEMPORARILY. This BulletProof coffee recipe claims a purpose for weight loss and better health. The purpose is to start your day with a morning caffeine rush from the quality coffee beans, then be able to fast for ten hours as the fat in the oil and butter keeps you full. Okay, having gone through years of dieting fads, this to me seems a bit over the top. It is a glorified Atkins/Red Bull/Fast diet. Could it work for weight loss? It certainly may, but at what risk to your health and how long could you possibly sustain such a diet before you go off the deep end? I am not a physician, but common sense says the caffeine jolt cannot be good for your heart or blood pressure. The overdose of fat and the lack of nutrients also cannot be good. Plus, fasting on a daily basis will inevitably screw up your metabolism, and chances are it will result in gorging when you eventually go back to eating regular meals. So, my opinion is to stay away from anything that is extreme. I am all for the organic, mold free coffee beans. I think grass-fed butter is the best if you are going to indulge in butter. We are all aware of the research on the benefits of coconut oil as a healthy fat. Incorporate all of those into your healthy diet, but fad diets never stay. Never forget the low fat diet, the no carb diet, the grapefruit diet, the vegetable soup diet; need I say more? I don’t think so.