We’ve all heard the term “bulletproof coffee” thrown around and, most likely, we’ve all wondered what the heck it could mean. Uh, yeah, coffee makes me feel bulletproof, but that’s only after approximately three cups. Just me?
But really, “being bulletproof” is a new trend sweeping the nation. The idea was curated by the founder of Bulletproof, Dave Asprey, who believes in biohacking the brain and biology of the body through nutrition, exercise, and some other weird things we probably haven’t heard of before.
Wait, what is biohacking, you may ask? It’s basically the philosophy that we can better our mental state and performance with the help of external forces.
In the spirit of complete honesty and transparency, I’ll preface this article by saying that though I am a pretty big fan of Asprey and his company (I listen to his podcast religiously and enjoy a nice hot cup of bulletproof coffee myself), I take most of his ideas with a grain of salt. A lot of claims are not backed by specific scientific research but by general research that could support it. In other words, none of his claims have been specifically tested but there are ideas borrowed from past experiments that have been conducted.
So, to give you an example:
In a nutshell, bulletproof coffee is regular coffee blended with up to 2 T of butter (grass-fed and unsalted or ghee, nothing else) and MCT (medium-chain triglyceride) oil, meant to be a breakfast replacement. It’s marketed to be delicious, curb hunger for four to six hours, promote mental clarity, support hormones, and initiate fat burning. But here’s the science of it:
Your body goes into a fasting state during sleep and remains in that state until your first meal of the day. Where carbs and protein are converted to glucose and blood sugar is raised by insulin, fat in itself converts to ketones, which keep blood sugar relatively low. When carbohydrates are kept at a very low concentrate in your diet, your body will go into a state of ketosis, in which ketones are burned rather than glucose for energy. Therefore, you burn more fat by using this energy source rather than glucose.
What the heck does this all mean?
Basically, drinking bulletproof coffee promotes fat burning throughout the day. And helps you with that brain fog. And is an amazing upgrade from your normal cup of coffee. I mean, who doesn’t love butter? And coffee?
Here’s my take:
I love bulletproof coffee, but I never consume it by itself for breakfast. Never. Not once. Maybe this makes me biased, but I don’t believe in drinking your breakfast and I never will.
Though Asprey claims it’s sufficient energy for your morning, I tend to disagree. Fat does contain 9 kcal of energy per gram, but even still your body needs fuel to get through the day– fuel which coffee in itself cannot provide.
I do, however, believe that eating low-carb, high-fat breakfasts is beneficial for metabolic function, specifically fat-burning. For me, this makes breakfast a mixture of bulletproof coffee, eggs and egg whites, and an extra protein source, usually turkey or chicken sausage.
That being said, my body is different than yours and I am not one to prescribe breakfast recommendations. I’m just putting options on the table. If you feel better after eating carbs for breakfast, then do that! If you want to try only slurping a bulletproof coffee down for breakfast and see how it makes you feel, I support your decision 100%. What I don’t support is drinking coffee for breakfast, feeling sluggish and hungry till lunch, and continuing to do it anyway because you think it’s going to make you lose fat. Don’t do that.
Find what works for you and live it.
And now… A recipe:
Time: 2 minutes
When to Drink It: With or before breakfast
Perks: Read above
Sh*t You Need:
1-2 cups of your favorite coffee*
2 T unsalted, grass-fed butter or ghee
1-2 T MCT or brain-octane oil
*Dave recommends mycotoxin-free coffee, but it’s not completely necessary to get the effects.
1. Place all ingredients in a blender and blend, blend blend! 2. Pour into your favorite mug. 3. Sip that frothiness and enjoy!
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