You are using an older browser version. Please use a supported version for the best MSN experience.

Bulletproof Coffee Diet: Does It Really Work?

Medical Daily logo Medical Daily 3/17/2017 Lizette Borreli
Coffee © Coffee Coffee

If you're a coffeeholic and struggling with weight loss, the idea of drinking coffee to lose fat is alluring. Celebrities like Ed Sheeran have boasted about Bulletproof coffee, a high-fat breakfast creation that claims to promote weight loss. But, can drinking fat really make you burn fat?

In the video, "WHAT? Lose Weight with BULLETPROOF COFFEE?" PictureFit explains Dave Asprey, the creator of the "it" beverage, has touted Bulletproof coffee for its ability to transform your cup into a potent health and energy food. A single serving consists of one cup of freshly brewed coffee, one to two tablespoons of unsalted, grass-fed butter, and one to two tablespoons of MCT (medium-chain triglycerides), which is a more concentrated version of coconut oil. Although Asprey says you need his special blend of MCT oil and "toxin-free" coffee beans to see results, there's no scientific data that finds this to be true.

Asprey chose these essential ingredients because unsalted, grass-fed butter contains higher levels of conjugated linoleic aka (CLA), known for being a fat-burning fatty acid. However, studies have seen little to no effect in weight or fat loss with CLA. Previous research has found CLA led to participants losing on average 2.5 pounds in a span of four months.

Meanwhile, MCT oil has produced mixed results. MCT can be quickly metabolized in the liver to provide energy and circulate ketone bodies, which are byproducts from the body breaking down fats for energy. This is ideal for those who need an extra energy boost or are seeking ketosis, which is something the body does to keep working. Typically, increased weight and fat loss with MCT oil is seen, but this has only been done with participants who are overweight to obese. There have been no average-sized populations with significant results.

So, does Bulletproof coffee work for weight loss?

Yes and no. Bulletproof coffee has globs of butter and MCT oil, which can lead you to put off eating til the late afternoon. Two tablespoons of butter and MCT oil will set you back by 435 calories for a single cup of coffee. This is a lot of calories with little to no nutrients other than fat.

If you tend to have a big breakfast, a late lunch, or want to stay in ketosis, Bulletproof coffee could be for you. It's best to plan the rest of your diet accordingly, but if you don't think you'll benefit from the added satiety, then it's best to stick with a healthy, balanced meal.

Don't let starvation diets trick you.: Don't let these fad diets fool you. There's a reason people feel so accomplished when they lose weight: for most of them, it's hard work, and for some, it can take a lifetime to find a plan they can stick to successfully.While we've heard the "calories in, calories out" approach a million times, for many people, seeing those numbers on the scale go down takes more than just knowing how to lose weight; they also need to apply that knowledge day in and day out, no matter how many times a double cheeseburger or ice cream sundae seems to be calling their name.The problem in with the notion that eating less and moving more is all it takes to get to your goal weight is that it's painting weight loss as a one-size-fits-all issue, when there are so many components that go into a successful weight loss plan. It's why so many people give up on healthy eating when they don't see immediate results, and why so many turn to the false promises of fad diets to help them.What they don't realize, while they're popping diet pills, fasting, or injecting themselves with supposed weight loss hormones, is that all these fad diets do in the end is slow their metabolisms, make them more likely to binge, and create a vicious cycle of crash dieting that can feel nearly impossible to break free from. To improve your chances of long-term weight loss, add some of the 100 Superfoods That Double Weight Loss to your menu and make sure to steer clear of the 40 Wildest Ways People Try to Lose Weight! The 40 Wildest Fad Diets


More from Medical Daily

image beaconimage beaconimage beacon