Fans of Bulletproof coffee - which contains butter and oil - claim that it helps them lose weight, boosts energy and sharpens the mind, but is it all it’s cracked up to be?
Can ‘Bulletproof’ coffee, complete with butter and oil, really promote weight loss?
The idea of adding butter and oil to your morning cup of coffee may make you feel slightly queasy, but this unusual concoction is a fast-growing health trend known as Bulletproof coffee. But can Bulletproof coffee help you lose weight or will it just make you a wired tubby?
Bullet Proof Coffee lovers claim that Bullet Proof Coffee can give you more energy, improves your focus and helps you lose weight. Of course it will give you energy because it has caffeine, medium chain triglycerides (MCT); an energy source that does help with weight loss)
The Bullet Proof Coffee recipe involves a combination of filter coffee, two tablespoons of grass-fed butter and two tablespoons of medium-chain triglycerides (MCT) oil, whizzed together in a blender.
4 Steps To Bulletproof Your Coffee
#1 Make coffee: Brew coffee as you normally would. Make sure it’s the right kind of coffee. If you haven’t purchased Bulletproof Upgraded Coffee beans, read this post to find the best coffee in your area. Use a brown paper filter.
#2 Pre-heat blender: Boil extra water and pour it into a blender while your coffee brews to pre-heat the blender.
#3 Froth: Empty hot water from the now pre-heated blender and add the brewed coffee, unsalted grass-fed butter, and unflavored MCT oil. Blend until there is a thick layer of foam on top like a latte. You may well baulk at the idea of adding two tablespoons of butter to your brew, but butter made from the milk of grass-fed cows is high in vitamins, omega-3 fatty acids and beta-carotene, all of which are good for the immune system, brain and stamina.
#4 (optional) Add cinnamon, vanilla, or a sweetener like Stevia, erythritol, or xylitol
It sounds revolting, but the theory is that the ingredients in Bulletproof coffee trains the body to burn fat instead of sugars, thus promoting weight loss, while the healthy fats provide energy and support cognitive function.
Bulletproof Coffee Risks
Bulletproof coffee makes some impressive claims. But it has also raised a number of concerns. For a start, it contains a whopping 475 kcal and 54g of fat (of which 45g is saturated). It’s intended to be drunk as a breakfast replacement to get your fat furnaces firing, but in reality it has to be used in place of breakfast because of the shear amounts of calories and amount of fat the drink contains.
You should not just start consuming Bulletproof coffee and expect to follow your normal diet. Some serious adjustments and monitoring would need to be done to ensure that you are being properly nourished, since you will need to drop your calories and rearrange your macros. Since Bulletproof coffee contains no protein and has a VERY low nutrient profile, it’s essential to ensure that the rest of your food intake for the day contains plenty of lean protein, low glycemic carbs, less fat and includes enough vitamin- and mineral-rich fruit and veggies.
Another concern is that Bulletproof coffee may increase high cholesterol and high triglyceride levels in otherwise healthy patients. It would also be wise to lower your fat intake for the rest of the day and opt for mostly mono-unsaturated and polyunsaturated sources to maintain a good balance.
The Verdict is IN on Bulletproof Coffee
The verdict: should you drink Bulletproof coffee?
In my opinion, NO!
Drink your normal high caffeine Coffey, train hard and eat clean and you will look ripped if you desire.
You do NOT need a magic concoction to look FABULOUS!!
b]About the Author Jeff Behar
Jeff Behar, MS, MBA, is a well-known health, fitness, wellness author and anti aging, champion natural bodybuilder (2014 Masters Grand Prix Champion, 2015 California State Masters Champion), and a recognized health, fitness and nutrition expert with over 30 years of experience in the health, fitness, disease prevention, nutrition, and anti-aging fields.
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