Bulletproof Coffee is one thing that I look forward to every morning when I wake up. It has taken the nutrition world by storm and it seems that everyone has their own variation of it. Created by Dave Asprey, CEO of the Bulletproof Executive, Bulletproof Coffee promises to help weight loss, increase energy, alertness and focus and suppress hunger.[i] For those that have never tried it, let’s look at these claims and what to expect if you add this into your routine.
What is Bulletproof Coffee?
In its most basic form, Bulletproof Coffee is a cup of coffee blended with grass fed butter and some form of medium chain triglyceride (coconut oil, MCT oil, XCT oil, etc.). If you use coconut oil, use virgin unrefined coconut oil that you can buy at the grocery store. To make your Bulletproof Coffee officially Bulletproof, check out Brain Octane. This is essentially a concentrated form of MCT’s that are found in coconuts. It is more easily absorbed by the body and turned into Ketones which is great if you are trying to reach ketosis. This is what I use and it will really give you a boost to your day.
Benefits of MCT’s
Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCT’s) are dietary fatty acids that have a shorter carbon atom chain than their Long Chain (LCT’s) counterparts. They have fewer calories than LCT’s and are burned quicker by the body, meaning that it is used by the body as an immediate fuel source rather than stored as fat. [ii] In a double-blind study, those that ingested MCT’s rather than LCT’s on a regular basis over 12 weeks lost significantly more weight and body fat than the control group ingesting LCT’s.[iii] Simply put: adding MCT’s to your diet can help you lose weight.
Despite being labeled as unhealthy food in the past, modern research is showing that butter, if it is grass fed, has numerous health benefits, and should be added to your diet. Grass fed butter is a good natural source of conjugated linoleic acid, an omega 6 fatty acid that has been shown to promote fat loss. [iv] Grass fed butter also is a good source of Omega 3 fatty acids and vitamin K2 making this a nutritionally solid addition to your diet.[v]
Breakfast on the Go
Bulletproof Coffee is designed to be a meal replacement, not in addition to your normal breakfast. A cup of this will put you back about 400 calories as it’s mostly fat, so if you drink this along with your usual breakfast you will put on a few pounds. This drink is a delicious on the go meal replacement that is perfect for drinking on your morning commute or when you are in a rush. The addition of extra fats in this drink will help suppress hunger levels throughout the morning, but to really reap the weight loss benefits, try to use this along with intermittent fasting.
Makes 1 serving
- Brew a cup of coffee. Preferably organic if you have it.
- Add 1-2 tablespoons of coconut oil, MCT oil, or Brain Octane to the coffee. Starting out you will want to start with 1-2 teaspoons of oil until your stomach gets used to it. Adding to much too soon can cause stomach upset so work up to 1-2 tablespoons over a week or so.
- Add 1 -2 tablespoons of grass fed butter.
- Add any of the following extras:
- Honey (very little for sweetness, avoid sugars and creamers)
- A bit of coconut milk
- A dash of cinnamon, turmeric, cayenne pepper, ginger, salt, or nutmeg
- A drop of vanilla extract
- Organic unsweetened cocoa powder
- Blend for 20-30 seconds until frothy. I have a NutriBullet blender and I love it. It makes the perfect cup of coffee to fit in my travel mug for work.
I don’t usually have much of an appetite early in the morning so drinking coffee is preferable to eating something. It did take me a while to work up to 2 tablespoons of MCT oil so don’t be alarmed by jitters and stomach upsets early on. I love the flavor of Bulletproof Coffee, its rich and buttery and I’m usually excited thinking about it when I get up. I feel alert in the mornings and can focus on my work well. Usually around noon to 1pm I’m hungry, but I don’t feel like I’m starving yet, which makes an intermittent fasting routine easy to follow. I have not been drinking it consistently long enough to see weight loss results yet, but I don’t mind. I feel better than when I eat in the mornings and I notice work more efficiently on it. Give it a shot and see for yourself!