When you tell a girl who has counted calories for YEARS in an effort to lose weight & get healthy that calorie counting doesn’t work….her mind is BLOWN, she feels lost and confused and ultimately resorts to “but why?!”. And when you tell her to start adding 200 calories into her black coffee every morning – her world turns upside down.
As I embark upon a 2 week bulletproof coffee challenge, I’m researching the deets. WHY is so much fat good for you? Is it important to have it first thing in the morning? What are the benefits? Is it worth the increase in calories?
I typically take my coffee black with a dash of cinnamon = 0 calories.
NOW I’m adding MCT oil + BUTTER to my coffee, with a grand total of 210 calories.
But get this….calories are not created equal. They have differing metabolic effects depending on their source, so counting calories is useless for successful weight loss. #mindblown (If you don’t believe me, just ask Dr. Mercola) With this new data & a passion to try new things, I’m up for giving this bulletproof coffee thing a shot!
So let’s get right into it.
How to make bulletproof coffee:
1-2 cups coffee
1 Tbsp MCT oil
1 Tbsp grassfed organic butter
Blend (it’ll take forever to stir) and enjoy
Why are people doing this? The main two reasons I’ve found is that it helps with weight loss & an increase in energy. Because research shows that the diet that was pushed on Americans since 1961 (low fat, higher carb (through veggies, etc)) actually was never tested and that a diet filled with higher fats is actually better for the human body. At first, you’re probably like – um, no. People (and maybe even you) can understand cutting back on white flour or gluten, but getting them to eat fat is almost impossible. It takes many people a long time to eat hard-boiled eggs and cheese without feeling guilty. It’s true though, that eating this way is more satisfying and it fills you up for a longer period of time.
The truth is, when you eat more fat…you naturally eat less carbs! For people looking to lose weight, this is a good sign. Low-carb (NOT no carb) diets also tend to get rid of excess water from the body. Because they lower insulin levels, the kidneys start shedding excess sodium. This leads to much more weight loss the first few weeks. Including more fat in your diet also has shown to increase energy levels throughout the day.
My Day 1 experience, so far:
- Typically, coffee barely impacts my energy level. With my bulletproof coffee this morning, I did feel energized after drinking it. It was more of a sustained energy level and not a sudden burst of it.
- It tasted surprisingly good; however it was creamier than I like. For people who like to add cream in their coffee, this will be PERFECT. But for those of us who prefer black coffee – it’ll be something to get used to.
- I had 2 pieces of avocado toast for lunch about 2 hours ago I’m currently not hungry for an afternoon snack (I usually start to get hungry between 230/330
- It’s 2:30pm as I write this and I have no desire for an additional cup of coffee or my energize (yes, Energize is my pre-workout but I may be slightly addicted 😉 ).
- I’m excited for Day 2!
3 benefits of eating more fat (I’ll be sharing new facts with each update!):
- Eating more healthy fat can drastically reduce the risk of heart disease and type-2 diabetes, reduction in blood pressure, an increase in HDL (the good cholesterol) and aid in many brain disorders.
- The best way increase HDL levels is actually to eat fat
- If you eat fat at breakfast you’re more likely to burn the concentrated energy source over the length of the day — for workouts and all the activities of your daily routine — than if you consumed the same fat at night. High-fat foods take a minimum of two hours to digest (hence, why we feel full for so long!). When you eat fat late in the day, you’re more likely to store it since you’re not using it for a workout or daily activities.