Should you bulletproof your coffee?

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There are some fads in the fitness industry that refuse to go away, no matter how many times they are broken down. Many so-called experts preach eating a certain way or at certain times, also some foods and/or recipes are touted as being better than others.

The ketogenic diet is the prime example of this trend.

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There are some fads in the fitness industry that refuse to go away, no matter how many times they are broken down. Many so-called experts preach eating a certain way or at certain times, also some foods and/or recipes are touted as being better than others.

The ketogenic diet is the prime example of this trend.

The ketogenic diet is basically removing all sources of carbs from your diet other than green leafy vegetables. It is claimed to provide faster fat loss than any other diet, but when you look at the evidence, the opposite seems to be true. In a meta-analysis done by Kevin Hall, it was found that high carb diets actually slightly outperform keto and low carb diets in terms of the rate of fat loss when calories and protein are matched.

Instead of fading away, this keto fad has now brought along its little brother and has named it 'bulletproof coffee.'

So what is this Bulletproof Coffee (BPC)?

Bulletproof Coffee basically, is a hot coffee, two spoonfuls of butter, another couple spoons of coconut oil or MCT oil (medium chain triglyceride oil) all mixed together in a blender.

Believe it or not, some people think adding a dollop of butter and coconut oil will somehow help them lose fat. BPC advocates even claim that drinking a cup in the morning instead of eating a healthy breakfast is a ”bio-hack” to lose weight and gives you mental superpowers. In fact, most of the claims made about bulletproof coffee are very absurd, they are : -

  1. You can program your body to burn fat all day.
  2. You can lose up to a kg a day on this diet.
  3. Coconut oil/MCT is a superfood.
  4. You’ll get a longer lasting caffeine boost without any crashes.
  5. It improves focus and increases the brain power.

Here is a chart comparing bulletproof coffee to your regular cup of coffee:

Type of coffee

Total kcals

Fat (saturated)

Carbs

Protein

Bulletproof

468 kcal

52 (44 sat.) grams

0 grams

0 grams

Half and half

40 kcal

3 (2 sat.) grams

1 gram

1 gram

Whole milk (1 oz.)

18 kcal

1 gram1 (0.6 sat.) gram

2 grams

1 gram

If you look at the chart above, you’ll find that bulletproof coffee is nothing but a very easy way to add a lot of extra calories to your diet, and to claim that it’s a fat-burning drink makes no sense at all. If anything, it’s an easy way to just add calories making it a fat-gaining drink.

Also, butter is a food that needs to be moderated since it can have potential disbenefits to the blood lipid profile by increasing your apolipoprotein B (apo-B) levels, which is deemed potential to raise the risk for cardiovascular disease. Not just raising apo B levels, adding supplemental MCT oil to coffee can potentially raise your fasting blood glucose and triglyceride levels too. Both of these effects work against good health.

Conclusion:

Ultimately, it seems to me that Bulletproof Coffee is another in a long list of “superfoods” that promise to have some kind of special benefits when in reality it is nothing more than a way to drink coffee that will make cleaning your blender a very difficult task every morning.

At the end of the day, your overall calories will decide whether you lose or gain weight, not some exotic sounding drink or recipe. Eat less than your maintenance calories and you'll lose weight, eat more and you'll gain. There is no secret recipe or a superfood that can help you achieve that.

So stick to the basics and keep it simple!

Reference(s) - https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28193517

- Nav Dhillon (Coach, GetSetGo Fitness)

 

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There are some fads in the fitness industry that refuse to go away, no matter how many times they are broken down. Many so-called experts preach eating a certain way or at certain times, also some foods and/or recipes are touted as being better than others.

The ketogenic diet is the prime example of this trend.

The ketogenic diet is basically removing all sources of carbs from your diet other than green leafy vegetables." data-share-imageurl="">