I am very interested in new fads of the western world, especially when it involves one of my favorite things: Coffee. Therefore, I wanted to explore more in to the trend of “bullet proof coffee” to establish if this a health fad that can support a healthy lifestyle and body; or does it fall short like many dietary fads as far as logical support and research.

So what is bullet proof coffee? This morning drink blends a cup of black coffee with 1-2 tablespoons of unsalted, grass-fed animal fat butter, and 1-2 tablespoons of coconut oil. Although this concoction packs in the calories for just one little drink at about 450 calories; the energy and performance that it is said to support is thought to help people lose weight by suppressing the appetite and increasing brainpower for day long energy.

I want to reveal why exactly this “special coffee” may actually be a good way to support a healthy lifestyle. First of all, calories are elevated from the simple reason that the drink contains lots of fat calories. Fat is extremely satiating, causing you to feel fuller longer. Not only is it full of fat calories; but the fats used are actually really beneficial fats to the body. Coconut oil/ MCT oil is a medium-chain triglyceride oild

In case you haven’t heard, butter is the new cream when it comes to your morning cup of joe. Called Bulletproof coffee, the trendy “health” drink blends a cup of black coffee with 1 to 2 tablespoons of unsalted, grass-fed butter and 1 to 2 tablespoons of something called medium-chain triglyceride (MCT) oil, a type of easily digested fat. If anyone has ever used coconut oil for cooking, baking, healthcare needs, or an amenity of other things; you know that there really is very little that coconut oil cannot do! Therefore as an advocate for coconut oil, I see no reason why it would not be a wonderful addition to your caffeine beverage every morning.

I continued to read research about adding pure fat in to the morning cup, thinking it seems more of just an American Trend seeing that we seem to try to enhance everything with additional fat. Nevertheless, adding pure fat to the coffee is a way to stimulate fat burning potential from the very start of your day. From waking up in the morning, most of us have already fasted during out sleep hours for about 6-8 hours; therefore, the next thing you consume in the morning is going to be your energy charge for the day. Many people do not realize that to burn fat, you have to eat fat. Meaning, if you think you are going to get skinny from eating “zero fat” foods. You are wrong. Not supplying the body with fat just tells your body to go in to starvation mode and store the fat you already have. Nevertheless; it’s not just about providing the body with fat, but also about providing with good fats such as fish oil, coconut oil, omega 3 oils, etc. These fats stimulate a fat burning potential from the beginning of the day by providing good fats to the body at awakening.

Overall, I think bullet proof coffee can be a good means for energy and weight loss if it is used how it is supposed to be. If you are consuming the coffee then eating your regular calories, sugars, fats, etc in your diet after that; then of course you are not going to lose weight. But if you are drinking the coffee as an appetite suppressant from the beginning of the day and not bingeing on junk the rest of the day; it could absolutely work as not only a weight management protocol, but also an energizing zip to start your day. Call our office today in Crown Point, Indiana to see how we can help you with weight management and nutritional support. Optimal Chiropractic in Lake County, Indiana has all the essential tools to help you reach a state of optimal health! Call us today at 219-661-8680!

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