No one would ever believe that the secret to losing weight was greasy coffee laced with butter, but it turns out that most nutritionists love drinking this concoction first thing every morning in order to keep a slim waist.
Thousands of people are turning to this bizarre diet fad and swear by this miracle drink for its numerous health benefits. But how does it really work?
Does Butter Coffee Make You Invincible?
You must have heard that sugary, creamy Starbucks drinks are bad for your health and can cause weight gain. But how do you explain the popularity of a new paleo diet fad which calls for several spoonsful of butter added to your morning coffee and claims that it helps you lose weight and become ‘invincible’ ?
This high-fat, high-calorie breakfast is something that most nutritionists swear by for weight loss and many have even gone as far as saying that drinking butter coffee every day boosts your mental clarity and gives you long-lasting energy throughout the day.
The Origins of Bulletproof Coffee
The creator of bulletproof coffee, David Asprey, who became the first guy to bring this strange concept of butter coffee to the market, says that he researched on the subject for several years and played around with the quantities of different ingredients to come with the perfect formula for weight loss. Asprey said that the inspiration for the concoction came after the popular yak-butter tea he had while he was visiting Tibet. The locals in that area had been drinking it for decades to boost their energy and live for longer.
After returning to U.S., Asprey shared his yak-butter tea experience with Fast Company which is when they decided to experiment with concept, but using coffee instead. The bulletproof coffee formula was perfected in 2009 and the original recipe called for two cups of good quality coffee, two tablespoons of butter (only organic, grass-fed kind was used) and two tablespoons of coconut or palm oil – any other type of fat with medium-chain triglycerides (MCT) could be used instead.
Losing 100 Pounds With a 1000-Calorie Breakfast?
You’re probably wondering the same thing as we are – how many calories are inside this oily breakfast drink? Surprisingly, the bulletproof coffee clocks in at around 800 calories, or the equivalent of three grande lattes from Starbucks made with full-fat milk.
The bulletproof creator says that he doesn’t stop at 2 tablespoons of butter in his coffee. In fact, he uses as much as six tablespoons of it every day in his coffee and drinks it as a breakfast replacement every day. So how does your body react to such a calorie-dense drink after having it regularly for years on end? David says that he has lost 100 pounds so far by consuming this miracle concoction every day!
Nutritionists Say that Butter Coffee Could Help You Lose Weight, But…
We thought that David Asprey is crazy for thinking that 6 spoonsful of butter could help you lose fat, but other nutritionists and naturopathic doctors are agreeing with the benefits of butter coffee. Dr. Weil, a well-known naturopath says that the medium-chain triglycerides are easily metabolized in our liver and become a fuel to provide long-lasting energy instead of being stored in our body as fat.
Studies conducted regarding this subject have also found that adding butter to your coffee helps you lose a modest amount of weight. It is important to note that the real benefits of this drink can only be reaped if you use organic, grass-fed butter. This type of butter has many anti-inflammatory properties due to its high omega-3 content. Omega-3 fatty acids are beneficial for enhanced brain function and improved gut health.
Amy Shapiro, a nutritionist from New York says that butter-coffee can promote fat-burning and provide your body with essential nutrients, but consuming this high-calorie can also backfire and cause weight gain if the rest of your diet throughout the day also consists of high-calorie foods.
Most people often think that the bulletproof coffee alone is enough to lose weight, hence they tend to eat more mindlessly throughout the day which minimizes the benefits of the drink. This is why Dr. Amy suggests that the bulletproof coffee diet works best with a low-carb lifestyle.