If you haven’t heard of Bullet Proof Coffee (BPC) yet, you will soon. It gets a lot of press, and the creator of BPC opened his first brick and mortar shop in California this winter.
Many of you have heard of it though, because I get asked about it all the time. I’ve been Bullet Proofing for a couple months now, but this Post isn’t an endorsement, it’s just information. (By the way, I haven’t given up my raw cream totally, I’m only BPing half the time.) Here’s why, here’s what it is, here’s how you may need to tweak it, and here’s why it could totally, completely backfire on you.
BPC isn’t Dave Asprey’s brain child, he discovered it while climbing mountains in Tibet; apparently the Sherpas drink something similar (with yak dairy), eat very little, do strenuous work, and have great energy. Dave had similar results and then brought the idea back to the US. Wow, has that ever worked for him! (He’s built a pretty profitable empire)
What is BPC? The general recipe is 2 cups of clean (mold free) coffee, blended with 2 tbsp of grass fed butter and 2 tbsp of MCT oil. Other ingredients could be added, such as vanilla powder, coconut oil, or stevia, or even collagen, which I’ll cover later. Oh, it’s supposed to be blended as opposed to just stirred; I use a little milk frother, but you could use a smoothie maker.
Will BPC work for you? There’s a bunch of pro’s and cons here, and don’t for a second think that Bullet Proof Coffee is a Magic Bullet for any weight issues you’re having. We’re a chemistry set, and there’s way more to our weight than a few good, or bad, choices.
Here’s some facts:
If you’re NOT adrenally fatigued, coffee’s good for you! Antioxidants and polyphenols in coffee lower the risk for different cancers (prostate, liver, and colorectal). Coffee drinkers have a much lower risk of developing diabetes T2. Coffee’s nutrients and caffeine lowers the risk of Alzheimer’s by about 60%, and gives protective qualities against other neurological disorders, like Parkinson’s and dementia. Coffee’s nutrients have liver protecting qualities. And we all know about caffeine’s effects on energy, performance, and brain recall: good, good, and good.
What’s not to like? Well, if you’ve been burning the candle at both ends so much that you use coffee all day long, and barely feel it’s effects, you’ve set up a hormonal situation that negates any benefit coffee could provide. You probably need to go on a coffee detox, and abstain for a while until your adrenals hormones, thyroid hormones, sex hormones, leptin, and all your other hormones can normalize. Sad news, I know.
More bad news on coffee? It’s grown in tropical climates; mold and bugs are a big problem. Fungicides, pesticides and herbicides are all sprayed very very heavily, so go organic. The Bullet Proof brand is created with this in mind, and is clean and free of any of those poisons, but I’m sure many other brands are also. BP’s a little pricy for me, but I do buy their decaf, which is done without chemicals as opposed to the highly chemical-ized typical way of separating the caffeine out of coffee.
My biggest Con – and it’s important and has to do with your weight – will be at the end. Let me go over why BPC could be good for you first.
When we wake up in the morning, if we’re normal, we’ve been in a hormonal state that’s triggered our cells to use FATTY ACIDS for fuel instead of glucose (sugar). If we’re normal, we haven’t eaten for several hours, our blood sugar is low, and our insulin levels are low. This is why we’re using fatty acids for fuel: low insulin. Remember, when insulin’s in the blood – fat is never ever ever used for fuel. Only sugar is. Low insulin=fat burning.
How do you know if you’re not normal? Lot’s of ways: high fasting morning blood sugar, belly fat, and labs that show a high level of hsCRP. High levels of hsCRP mean Leptin Resistance, which means ABNORMAL. Pay attention here, because typical BPC protocols aren’t for you if these are your body signs.
BPC can be used two ways. 1) you can have a cup or 2 in the morning before your breakfast. 2) you can drink it all morning long until it’s been about 16 – 18 hours since you’ve had dinner, and then start eating. It’s complicated and if you’re interested in the Bullet Proof Fasting, read up on it. Links at the end of Post.
Benefits of BPC besides the benefits inherent in coffee? If we avoid carbs in the morning, and just have the BPC, which is very high in FAT, we keep insulin low, blood sugar low, and Fat Burning Up. As long as we don’t eat carbs, the Fat Burning Continues. This is a good thing, and effective – if you’re normal. High fat diets provide a lot of nutrients and have a great effect on our hormones; plus, our cells become good at burning fat/using fat for fuel when fat is a normal and substantial part of our diet.
BPC really does make you feel very alert, and it does have an effect on cravings via fat’s positive effects on satiety hormones. Additionally, the nutrients in grass fed butter and MCT oil are very good for our brain, heart, and gut.
There’s plenty of antidotal evidence that BPC can help you lose weight and become mentally sharper. If you visit the site, you’ll see testimony’s by actors, doctors, and athletes singing it’s praises.
Still, it’s not for everyone, and like I said before, it’s not a Magic Weight Loss Bullet. Here’s why.
First, BPC is based on the principle that a high fat or ketogenic diet is good for you, which I believe in and use myself. I don’t eat sugar or grains and I haven’t for years. No problem. If you do eat sugar and grains and think you’re going to get away with BPC, you’re wrong. Lots of carbs + lots of fat = Lots of Body Fat.
Who else shouldn’t rely on BPC as a meal, or try that 16/18 hour fast I mentioned above? Food Addicts and Chronic Dieters. BP fasts or efforts will most likely throw you into a food binge rebound, just like all your other diet attempts. Don’t do it! Addicts and Dieters need to practice normal meals with Real Whole Food, and no snacking. Baby steps.
One more caveat: we women, with all our wonderful, fluctuating hormones, may need to add some collagen to the coffee. Remember collagen? Lots of amino acids that are very different from the amino acids in muscle meats like burger, or dairy, like whey. Again, it’s a long explanation, and there’s a lot of science behind it. Check out the links if you want to explore farther.
What if you’re interested in BPing, but don’t like coffee? There’s other ways. You can use green tea, black tea, ground cocoa, or even vanilla powder. Again, check out the links.
There you have it! Bullet Proof explained. And just to really nail it home: Bullet Proof doesn’t equal Magic Bullet. You still need to Sleep, Manage your Stress, Exercise, and eat Real Whole Food. Have a good week!