There is a lot of talk about bulletproof coffee these days or keto coffee or butter coffee as it is also known.
What’s the big deal?
Well, there are lots of good reasons to jump on the bandwagon.
I drink bulletproof coffee most days and it is the beverage of choice for Ketogenic Dieters. It’s also very popular with people who want to hack their energy levels and lose weight. Created by Dave Asprey of the bulletproofexec.com, bulletproof coffee is an energy boosting drink that is full of good fats and has zero carbs.
What’s in bulletproof coffee?
The ingredients are typically coffee, grass-fed butter and MCT oil (or coconut oil). The MCT oil gives you an extra mental boost as it gets converted quickly into energy for the brain and body. Drinking it helps increase good fats in the diet and can keep you feeling satiated for hours. It is also a creamy and delicious drink.
Blast through weight-loss plateaus with intermittent fasting & bulletproof coffee
Intermittent fasting is a technique that has been used very successfully for people who are experiencing a weight loss plateau. This type of fasting seems to kick off weight loss, whether you are struggling to lose weight full stop or have lost weight and are stalled at your current weight. It’s also great as an ongoing weight maintenance strategy.
Intermittent fasting is a technique in which you fast for a number of hours during a 24 hour period but not for the whole day. In other words – eat keto or low-carb food during a short window of 6-8 hours. Choose the eating window that suits your lifestyle best. A common fasting period that works for many people is 9pm – 1pm. So you stop eating after 9pm and then your next meal is at 1pm the following day.
I drink my bulletproof coffee instead of breakfast – this is a type of intermittent fasting called “fat fasting” where you only consume fats during a fasting period and no carbohydrates or protein.
Fat fasting introduces the twist that you consume only fats during the fasting window. The theory behind this is that many of the benefits of fasting are a result of the body producing less insulin. Insulin is produced in response to carbs and protein and excess insulin production is the cause of the diabesity problem in western countries. If you only consume fats, then you kick off a much smaller insulin effect. This signals the body to start burning fat.
Benefits of intermittent fasting:
- kick off fat burning
- reduced insulin levels
- improved insulin sensitivity
- reduced blood pressure
- reduced bloating
- improved mental clarity
- increased energy
- lowers blood cholesterol
- reduced inflammation
Optional – I often add 1 tbsp Great lakes Gelatin Collagen Protein to the coffee mixture at the end and give it a quick whiz. Collagen is great for great for regulating the metabolism, repairing connective tissue such as bone, hair, skin, nails. The body’s ability to produce collagen starts to diminish in our mid-twenties, so supplementing is a good idea.
I usually use 1 tbsp regular coffee with 1 tbsp decaf to reduce the amount of caffeine.
Play around with the ratios to find what works for you.
Start with 1 tsp of MCT oil and increase over a few days.
Play around with the ratios of butter and MCT oil to see what works for you.
Use grass-fed ghee if you want to avoid dairy.
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