Among the countless diets to choose from, the Bulletproof diet has gained increasing attention. The diet, best known for its namesake Bulletproof coffee, was created in 2014 as a new approach to quickly lose one pound a day.
The Bulletproof diet shares some similarities with the keto diet and Atkins diet – the original high protein and high fat diet program. The main difference is that the Bulletproof diet is more restrictive, limiting certain major food groups such as most grains, beans and certain proteins like chicken, turkey and most fish.
“It is common for people to be enticed by the latest quick-fixes for weight loss,” says Ruth Lahmayer Chipps, a registered dietitian with Lahmayer & Associates in southern Minnesota. “What we know is that there are no easy answers for losing weight and most importantly, sustaining the weight loss. It takes a healthy lifestyle, balancing food intake with activity, to maintain a healthy weight.”
What Is the Bulletproof Diet?
Developed by technology entrepreneur David Asprey, the Bulletproof diet is best known for claiming rapid weight loss. Asprey weighed up to 300 pounds by his mid 20s and was not able to lose weight through existing diets. In his best-selling book, “The Bulletproof Diet,” Asprey describes his weight-loss journey and his discovery of a new immune approach to weight loss. The diet claims to allow weight loss without calorie counting or weighing food. It also claims to boost energy and willpower, increase cognitive function and mental performance, increase nutrient stores and strengthen immune system function.
The centerpiece of the diet is drinking Bulletproof coffee as a substitute for breakfast. The drink combines coffee with grass-fed unsalted butter and medium-chain triglyceride (MCT) oil, typically from coconut oil. The ingredients are mixed together and served hot like a creamy latte. The drink is promoted for its ability to prevent hunger and provide long-lasting energy and better mental focus.
In his book, Asprey says that, “eating carbs in the morning will set people up for an energy spike and crash along with food cravings throughout the entire day.” He suggests drinking…