Help to keep your fat intake in check with the invincible ‘Bulletproof Diet’.
The bulletproof diet is all about the quality of fat you consume and not the quantity, and in fact, the more fat the better.
Dave Asprey, creator and author of “The Bulletproof Diet”, was formerly overweight at 300 pounds (approximately 136kg). He spent 15 years researching and experimenting with his own body to come up with this plan. The main aim is to eat the correct foods that can keep you lean, muscular and energetic. This will help ward off diseases and improve your mental sharpness.
In the bulletproof diet, 50 to 60 per cent of your daily calorie intake should come from healthy fat, 20 per cent from protein and the remaining from vegetables.
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Perhaps you have heard of bulletproof coffee, which is made by mixing low-mould coffee, at least 2 tablespoons of grass-fed, unsalted butter, and 1 to 2 tablespoons of medium-chain triglyceride oil or coconut oil. Most people start their day with this 450 calorie drink, which is said to stop hunger for several hours, improve your mental focus and surprisingly, help you to lose weight.
A point to note is that some shops sell butter coffee, basically just coffee with a scoop of butter and that is different from the original bulletproof coffee. The bulletproof coffee should taste like a very creamy latte with a layer of foam on top, instead of having a distinct butter taste.
In a nutshell
What you should eliminate in the diet: sugar (including fruit juice and sports drink), gluten (e.g. bread, cereal, and pasta), grains, legumes (e.g. peanuts, beans and lentils), all processed, homogenised and pasteurized dairy, and all synthetic additives, colourings and flavourings.
What you should add in the diet: healthy fats (e.g. grass-fed butter, coconut oil), grass-fed meat (e.g. beef, lamb), wild caught seafood, organic fruits and vegetables, and spices and flavourings (e.g. thyme, rosemary).
So… what’s our Bulletproof Diet verdict?
There are many people who swear by the Bulletproof Diet, claiming it gives them prolonged energy, sharpened focus and weight loss. However, if you were to do a simple Google search on “diets”, you will see a long list of different diets ranging from Paleo diet to Mediterranean diet to Vegan diet. There is no single ‘best’ diet that will suit everybody. Likewise, this Bulletproof Diet may not necessarily work for you yet works like a miracle for someone else.
Another rule-of-thumb is that too much of anything is usually bad. Although saturated fat is good, people should eat it with their meal and not as the meal. Drinking a cup of bulletproof coffee in replacement of breakfast stops you from getting many other essential nutrients. However, if you find that the bulletproof diet significantly improves your overall health and well-being, it may be worth the decrease in nutrient load.