The health and fitness community over the years has been riddled with numerous fad diets, quick fixes and “tips” to help you lose weight, de-bloat, and get into shape. However, as with most fads, these strategies were often proven to be ineffective and eventually replaced by another “diet”.
One fad that I’ve seen and heard a lot about in the recent few years has been this “magical” drink, known as bullet coffee, bulletproof coffee, or any of the other 5 million names for it. Paleo diet followers in particular are very familiar with this drink. Its surge in popularity also peaked around the time a key member of One Direction bragged to a magazine about drinking it everyday and how he was fitting into size 26 women’s jeans. Normally you wouldn’t hear men bragging about these fad diets in this way, but it caused a lot of people to look into it and even try it for themselves, as on the surface it appeared like a solid solution to being fit. But is it really?
Well, what this drink is essentially is a very “rich” tasting coffee, loaded with butter and coconut oil, supposedly regulating your appetite and energy levels. The fat, which is supposed to be a “good” fat coming from only the best type of butter (grassfed) and coconut oil is supposed to give your body a good fat surge in the morning, keeping your energy levels up throughout the day and your metabolism running, all the while removing your desire to eat a ton of food. While there are packaged for this sold in various places using MCT oil, you can also make your own using grassfed butter, only the best organic coconut oil, and a blender.
As a coffee lover myself, you can imagine the joy I felt at the thought that my favorite drink could now help me get a super hot bod? Hell yeah! But… does this special coffee mixture work?
Well, short answer is no. Long answer is no, nope, no way, not really, not at all.
The focus and energy aspect of this fad is sort of true…but that is not rocket science nor is it new. It’s the fact you just downed 2 cups of coffee and a lot of triglycerides (naturally used by the body for energy rather than fat) first thing in the morning. Energy and focus levels go up after that much caffeine and triglyceride consumption? Shocking!
In all seriousness, yes the temporary effect is there…but as far as weightloss goes? Not so much.
The thing about bullet coffee is that numerous people who have tried this method found that their appetite remained in tact, which kind of defeats the weight loss purpose. Secondly, skipping breakfast naturally increases the risk of you overeating later in the day, as coffee is not a meal replacement, even with healthy fats in it, which, again, defeats the weightloss plan you had going.
Perhaps the most significant con to this fad diet is that it can actually harm your body, significantly. Consuming this large of an amount of healthy fats without other nutrients can result in liver damage, as endotoxins are then pulled from your intestines and into the bloodstream, if you keep this up long enough.
Your metabolism REALLY suffers if you practice this fad, as you are only consuming liquids without any sodium or glucose. Your body needs these things to function! Think of it like this, if you drank only water all day, every day, you’d likely run into issues, yeah? Well consuming this “magic” coffee puts a lot of strain on your metabolism, so yes you will temporarily maybe see weight loss, but that’s because your body goes into panic mode and starts eating itself from the inside out, kind of like the effect starvation has on your body. So unless you want severe health issues or death, you’ll likely have to start eating again at some point, which results in all the weight lost to return and then some. This is why you shouldn’t be trying these yo-yo, fad diets… they’re not able to sustain you long term, nor are they good for you!
So, yes in a perfect world this fat burning, appetite decreasing fad appears to be great in quickly trimming a few inches off your waistline. But, the risks outweigh the benefits. It will not give you the healthy lifestyle or the appearance you want to maintain long-term, instead it will just stress out your body. Is it worth it to you? Probably not. You can look up more information and research actually done on this fad online, and you’ll get more of an in-depth analysis of why it is harmful to you. Otherwise, take my word for it and try and get fit the old fashioned way, exercise and a balanced diet.