Coffee is becoming the most consumed beverage on the planet and as a result we humans seem to want to continually change and adapt it. Already resplendent with many health benefits, not least its ability to enable me to speak in the morning, when combined with butter or oil it is apparently meant to have a whole load more benefits, including… losing weight.
Now, not one to be a diet fiend (quite the opposite), I do wish to get to a point where I feel comfortable in my skin and with my weight. That doesn’t mean skinny, no no no, in fact a healthy happy size 14 is fine for me and I’m fairly close. But I do like to try new things that are not faddy, or involve any kind of replacements, points, negativity (e.g syns – WTF is that about???) etc.
So given that I am a coffee lover, some may say expert, I have decided to integrate bulletproof coffee into my daily routine, although not all 4 coffees a day!! I already have it at the weekends, and I must admit I love it, so taking some coconut oil to work should not be too much effort and lets see if it has any actual effect!
What is it meant to do exactly?
Well according to all the different websites and the original “inventor” of this beverage, the combination of butter/coconut oil and black coffee is meant to trigger weight loss by ketosis, ‘a metabolic state triggered by a lack of carbs that kick-starts fat burning’… yeah i don’t understand it either, but hey go with the flow. It apparently aids clarity and boosts cognitive function (thats coffee in general though) and stops cravings… hmmm On a weekend I admit I can go until lunchtime on a couple of bulletproof coffees, but I am not much of a breakfast person anyway, a banana is the most I can manage. So it will be interesting to see if on a daily basis any cravings I have are diminished.
The other benefits are bound to come from the many many amazingly wonderful properties of coconut oil (as opposed to butter) which include: properties that aid weight-loss (something called medium chain triglycerides – obviously), properties that protect from infection, helps reduce bad cholesterol and boosts brain function. It is also anti-fungal, anti-viral, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial. So what’s not to love! Plus any opportunity to have this wonder-stuff in my diet on a daily basis has got to be a good thing, right?
Some of the things I will look at are whether I feel more energised, obviously any weight loss and if some of my lingering cravings (mainly for crisps and the occasional can of coke) do disappear.
To make it is simple, some good quality coffee (NOT INSTANT!!!) – the inventor insists on his upgraded coffee which quite frankly is a pile of bollocks and plainly an attempt at fooling people into buying his specially roasted with no added benefits coffee for extra dollars. I don’t have dollars. I have pounds (some say a few too many extra ones!). So any well roasted coffee will do the trick. I have used Union Hand Roasted at home for this, you can use any good quality ground or whole bean coffee you can obtain – in the UK a few great brands are Orangutang, 360, Taylors of Harrogate, Starbucks, Grumpy Mule or any one of the numerous artisan roasters – Monmouth, Allures, Caravan, Square Mile etc etc. Make said coffee, ideally in a French Press or if you are fancy, a Chemex, V60 or Aeropress. Add a tablespoon of raw coconut oil. Enjoy!
Results to follow in a few weeks!