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Can Drinking Coffee With Melted Butter Make You Lose Weight?

posted in Health & Fitness
01/27/2015
  • Whichever way you take your coffee—whether black, with a scoop of sugar, or just a splash of almond milk—it likely doesn’t involve a spoonful of melted grass-fed butter. But could this unlikely combination suppress hunger and promote weight loss? Marketed as Bulletproof coffee, this latest diet fad has been gaining major traction with health fanatics, celebrities, and other insiders (basically everyone in L.A.). So we set out to investigate what all the hype is about. Keep reading to learn about Bulletproof coffee—and if it can actually help you drop pounds.

  • The brainchild of Silicon Valley entrepreneur Dave Asprey, a health and fitness fanatic, Bulletproof coffee is a mixture of coffee, butter, and medium-chain triglycerides (MCT) oil. The drink is part of his Bulletproof brand, which includes lifestyle changes and products that claim to help you take control of your body and biochemistry, keeping you healthy, trim, and happy.

  • Asprey came up with the concoction after an intense hiking trip in Tibet, where locals fed him yak butter tea, a creamy cup of tea made from tealeaves, fresh yak butter, and salt. Nomads from the region are said to drink tens of cups of yak butter tea a day as it provides caloric energy for life at extreme altitudes.

    Finding the drink to be restorative, Asprey tweaked the recipe to involve low-mold coffee beans (caffeinated Arabica beans tend to be lower mold) so it’s as pure and toxin-free as possible, unsalted grass-fed butter (such as Kerrygold), and medium-chain triglycerides (MCT) oil,

  • The creamy, frothy drink contains healthy fats that are supposed to keep you fuller longer, help you avoid crashes and sugar cravings, provide an energy boost, and improve mental clarity. Asprey says after consuming a cup of the coffee, “you will have no interest in food for four to six hours,” which contributes to the purported weight loss.

    Coffee itself is a known appetite suppressant, but the way it’s traditionally prepared involves lots of sugary add-ons and is often followed by an early afternoon crash.

  • Asprey says that the specific kind of butter (grass-fed and unsalted, or ghee) and quantity (2 tbsp. max, once you build up to that) will put your body into fat-burning mode for the rest of the day. He compares it to other healthy fats (like the kind in avocados and nuts), which optimize cholesterol, and don’t raise it.

    Keep in mind that Bulletproof coffee itself is meant to be a meal replacement, so you are only supposed to drink the coffee for breakfast, not have it alongside other healthy food.

  • Ingredients:

    8 oz. filtered water

    2 1/2 heaping tbsp. freshly ground Bulletproof Upgraded Coffee beans (or, if you don’t want to buy the Bulletproof brand of low-mold beans, just make an 8 oz. cup of regular coffee, ideally using fresh-roasted beans)

    1 tsp. MCT Oil (coconut oil can work as a substitute)

    1 tbsp. grass-fed, unsalted butter (or ghee)*

  • Asprey recommends graduating to two tbsp. once you acquire the taste for it.

    Combine the brewed hot coffee, teaspoon of MCT oil, and tablespoon of grass-fed, unsalted butter or ghee in a blender to get a frothy, creamy mixture like that of a latte. If you just stir the butter and oil into the hot coffee, the oil won’t blend and will sit on the surface of the drink. Then drink up! Just remember, due to the calories and fat content, Bulletproof Coffee is intended to be your breakfast, not to be consumed in addition to your usual breakfast.

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