There are a lot of diets out there, some of them useful and great, some of them completely pointless and weird.
One of the biggest ones at the moment seems to be the ‘Bulletproof Coffee’ diet. The deal is, you drink a high calorie black coffee drink that contains two tablespoons of butter and one tablespoon of MCT or coconut oil, in replacement of breakfast. This is meant trigger weight loss and keep food cravings away until later in the day.
Paleo eaters rave about it because it’s all about cutting out carbohydrates in the morning and switching over to higher protein stuff. It sort of trains your body into using oil and protein as a food source and then you don’t eat actual food until around 2pm.
David Asprey, owner of Bulletproof Executive, says he designed the drink to:
Supercharge your brain function and create effortless fat loss with no cravings.
People on the diet say it’s a good way to get healthy fats first thing in the morning, which provide energy. It’s also meant to be good for cognitive function and supports your hormonal system.
Obviously it would be pretty counterproductive to stick with the coffee drink in the morning and then eat a load of crap like delicious toxic pizza all afternoon. So you need to combine it with a balanced diet and preferably exercise in the evening.
If you want to go the whole hog, you can get Asprey’s book The Bulletproof Diet, which even has a wall chart on what you can and can’t eat (see picture). It eliminates loads of ingredients like gluten, artificial sweeteners, even legumes and grains. So if you’re a fussy eater this might not come so naturally to you.
Loads of people are jumping on the bandwagon now due to the effective weight loss and because of the lack of processed food, it’s generally regarded as pretty healthy. You’re meant to be able to lose up to a pound a day. Even that dickweed Harry Styles is into it.
Of course, nothing is without its critics and while this diet has been championed as the ultimate food hack, other people are saying that this is a completely unhealthy way to lose weight.
While there are few studies out surveying whether the Bulletproof method is good for us or not, some doctors anecdotally say that the high saturated fat content of the meal plan has led to patient’s cholesterol shooting up.
As well, some of the ingredients do seem a little elitist. If you’re trying to survive on minimum wage or you only have access to a Tesco Metro on the way home, then it’s going to be pretty damn difficult to just pick up some grass-fed steak and organic butternut squash on the travel back from work.
I guess the key is to plan ahead. Anyway if you’ve reached mid-January, Slimming World really isn’t working for you and you love the idea of drinking a massive buttery coffee in the morning then maybe check it out.
We don’t have a full on meal plan for you, but to try the drink you just blend together two cups of coffee, two tablespoons of grass-fed, unsalted butter and one or two tablespoons of MCT oil. Mmmmm, buttery goodness. Hopefully it will be easier than The Rock’s insane seven meal a day workout diet.