Upgrading the Fast With Bulletproof® Coffee

 

My wife and I have been drinking lately. We’ve also been losing weight at it, and increasing our mental acuity. We’ve been drinking Bulletproof® Coffee.

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A few months ago I decided that I was going to compete in a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu competition at the end of June. At my age (44) I need to maximize every angle, so I decided to cut some weight. This will give me a slight advantage in strength and size for my weight class since I would be competing below my normal weight. This is standard practice in Brazilian Jiujitsu, wrestling and MMA. Often this is done in an abbreviated and dramatic form involving last minute dehydration to lose water weight. I decided to do it slowly, modifying my body so that it would not affect my performance. Again, at my age I need to maximize every angle. I had cut weight in high school for wrestling and have also fasted for spiritual reasons. I enjoyed both the feeling of a productive hunger and the exercise of control over so basic an activity as eating. I felt that the hunger produced efficiency—reducing time spent on meals and meal-thoughts. This hunger also produced a biological efficiency, allowing my body to cleanse itself and do something other than digesting. I felt the control over diet was an exercise of will, always welcome. I began looking into intermittent fasting protocols. I came across Dave Asprey’s website, “The Bulletproof® Executive” and it floored me. Talk about maximizing every angle.

Dave Asprey calls his approach to optimizing performance “biohacking.” This is his definition:

Biohacking (verb, noun):

(v): To use system thinking, science, biology, and self-experimentation to take control of and upgrade your body, mind, and your life.

(n) The art and science of becoming superhuman

Biohacking has a strong nutritional component. In fact, the starting point is the Bulletproof® Diet, which Dave Asprey describes as Paleo 2.0. These dietary guidelines include lots of quality fats of animal origin, quality proteins also of animal origin, lots of vegetables, no grains. These are all things that seem like common sense to anyone familiar with either the paleo diet or Weston Price’s ideas and subsequent extrapolations of those ideas by Sally Fallon and others. This diet, itself, is a biohack, allowing the body to operate at its most effective state, which in most cases includes weight loss.

The mascot of biohacking, the gateway drug so to speak, is Bulletproof® Coffee. You may have come across this in social media. It sounds strange and intriguing. Basically you blend grass-fed butter and MCT oil, a concentrated coconut oil, in your coffee. Why, you ask?

 

Well, for one, you will not need to eat till late in the afternoon, the medium chain oils provide a stable source of energy. According to your biochemistry you are fasting. Exclusive intake of fats without carbohydrates and protein reproduces the characteristics of a fasting state.

There are benefits associated with fasting: weight loss, increased lifespan, positive changes in insulin and blood pressure, varied increases in resistance to environmental stresses through hormesis, the favorable biological response to low exposures to stressors. Add to that the effects of MCTs (medium chain triglycerides)—a metabolic boost of 20%, a shortcut into ketosis, direct fueling of the brain, a signal to burn fat stores. Butter itself is a source of short and medium chain fats but as grass-fed it provides CLA (conjugated linoleic acid), which promotes fat loss and lean muscle production, as well as heart health and immune system stimulation. Grass-fed butter also provides vitamin A, K2, a balanced Omega 3 to 6 ratio, and arachidonic acid, which enhances brain function. This is just the stuff we know.

Finally, there is the coffee. It’s gotten a bad rap, but coffee has been shown to increase metabolism and fat mobilization, aerobic and anaerobic performance, mental performance, short term memory, and provides a positive effect on heart rate said to be similar to Quigong exercises. Coffee also contains antioxidants and polyphenols, and the oils have anti-inflammatory effects on the brain. I recommend reading citizen scientist Dave Asprey’s cited and detailed blog on his website, The Bulletproof® Executive. (http://www.bulletproofexec.com/) Even well known health expert, Dr. Weil, cautiously recommends Bulletproof® Coffee in answer to a readers question on his website even stating flatly that the mainstream ideas about fat have been “refuted”. Check it out: http://www.drweil.com/drw/u/QAA401262/Should-I-Drink-Bulletproof-Coffee.html

Dave Asprey attributes his adaptation of Bulletproof® Coffee to having had a cup of butter tea in Tibet and feeling the “light go on.” It does seem likely that a culture spare in artifacts and material wealth, but rich in mental and spiritual culture would have developed a technique to enhance body-mind function, not merely as a high-calorie heat tonic. Just in case you might consider that this idea is some adopted orientalism of a soft headed new-ager, Dave Asprey is a Silicon Valley investor, computer security expert, and entrepreneur. He upgraded his brain by >20 IQ points, lowered his biological age, and lost 100 lbs without counting calories or exercising. Biohacking is his side project, which he is passionate about. One gets the feeling that this is someone on a journey sharing what he has discovered.

Anecdotal evidence takes into account the individual human being in a way that no study can. It asks the individual to assess his or her condition. Ideally, the whole human being responds. Facts, feelings, and the vast amount of subtle information that we are able to process are commingled. My anecdotal testimony is that this technique has worked for my wife and myself to achieve our goals—I’m at competition weight, and she has lost weight. Dave recommends a specific coffee, MCT and butter, but we have been following this protocol with the tools available to us (Trager Brothers Coffee, NOW brand MCT oil, and Kerrygold Pastured Unsalted Butter). Our Bulletproof® Coffee passes the ultimate test of the upgrading self, it feels good, it works.

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Bill Calvani
Grocery Department Manager

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