One of my daily internet habits is to check the Yahoo homepage to get a brief glimpse of what’s going on around the world before moving onto the Yahoo Finance page. One day I noticed an article on how Alex Smith does intermittent fasting and drinks Bulletproof Coffee daily to help him stay in shape. Knowing I had Alex Smith as one of my QB’s for a fantasy league I was in I clicked on it.
I already knew what intermittent fasting was so that did not interest me. But what was this Bulletproof Coffee?
Turns out that its quite simply some really fancy coffee beans, grass-fed butter (ghee), and MCT oil (coconut oil). The CEO of Bulletproof Coffee is a guy named Dave Asprey. He went on some adventure through the Himalayas and on his trek he stopped at a hut and was served coffee with oil and butter in it. He felt a rush of energy and clarity from that cup of coffee which propelled him onwards.
Or something like that.
When he got back from his journey he founded Bulletproof Coffee and got to work on trying to make the worlds best cup of coffee. Appears he’s doing quite well with this.
But what interested me was when I heard athletes were having this one cup of coffee as their “breakfast”. So I went and bought the starter kit.
Well that’s new
What makes the Bulletproof method different than a regular cup of coffee is that you need to brew the coffee and then transport it to the blender. From there you put a tablespoon of their “Brain Octane Oil” and some ghee into the blender with the hot coffee and blend away.
It might have been the prettiest cup of coffee I’ve ever made. All frothy and caramel looking.
I’ll tell you this. I’ve been drinking coffee daily for about six years now but do not consider myself a coffee drinker. Add a little bit of cream and that’s good for me.
But the cup of Bulletproof Coffee I had might have been the best tasting cup of coffee I’ve ever had. Something about the butter and oil made for a delicious combination. Plus, there seemed to be something a bit more “premium” about the beans. Bulletproof talks a lot about what makes their beans better and there might be something to that claim.
Here’s the thing
Its not so much about the premium coffee beans, oil, and butter. Its more about the “Bulletproof Method”. Which is you drink this cup of coffee and it unlocks energy due to your body burning the fats from the oil and butter putting you into “ketosis”. Throw in some intermittent fasting and your body turns into a calorie burning machine. Its very “Paleo” or “Primal” and “Keto”.
I didn’t experience any of the energy, focus, or clarity gains I was supposed to. And I followed the method to a T for two weeks.
I continued following the “Bulletproof Method” for about two months as I bought a second kit. I’ll admit to being a little lazy and not blending it every day. Somedays I just put the ghee and Brain Octane Oil in my cup and stirred with a spoon. Not as pretty but it worked.
In the end
I just don’t think drinking Bulletproof Coffee is going to make that much of a difference for me. And when I read about pro athletes using it I’m also reading how they changed their diet. Plus, they’re like pro athletes and they’re running around burning thousands of calories a day. One slight change to what they put into their body might make a noticeable difference.
For shlubs like myself I don’t think so.
I could kind of say I was doing a similar method with my morning Shakeology. For those two months I moved Shakeology to the afternoon to give the Bulletproof Coffee and “method” a chance to work. For the past six years I typically have Shakeology and a regular cup of coffee in the morning.
I’ve stopped buying Bulletproof Coffee and doing the “method”. We’re still going through some ghee which I’ll put in my regular boring cup of coffee from time to time. But I’m not buying the Brain Octane Oil or ground beans anymore.
All of it was rather expensive too.
We typically buy whatever bag of ground coffee beans that are on sale at Kroger for $8 or something and it lasts us a week or two. The Bulletproof Coffee Starter Kit was over $50 and lasted two weeks. That’s kind of a lot of money for coffee beans, oil, and fancy butter.
I’m not saying I wouldn’t buy it again as it was a delicious cup of coffee. It would be more of a treat instead of an everyday sort of thing mostly due to me not experiencing any of the benefits of drinking Bulletproof Coffee.
It was worth a try but its back to boring coffee and Shakeology in the morning for me. I get that subtle caffeine kick from the boring coffee, a boat load of vitamins, and a similar amount of calories you’d get from the Bulletproof Coffee in Shakeology.