Trying Bulletproof coffee
The name alone was enough to sell it to me, and with devotees saying it helps with everything from boosting mental clarity to keeping hunger at bay, I had to give bulletproof coffee a whirl.
To the uninitiated, it’s black coffee with butter and coconut or MCT oil, thoroughly blended so it resembles a flat white. How much butter and oil you throw in is up to you – it depends on what effect you’re aiming for and how much fat your stomach can stand first thing in the morning. I started with half a tablespoon each of butter and coconut oil, and downed the concoction in the morning before walking to work. I was picturing globs of fat floating on top but after it’s whizzed in a blender (an essential part of the process) it tastes divine. It’s like a flat white on steroids; super-creamy and so satisfying that you start to feel full before you’ve even finished a mug of the stuff. The idea is that the saturated fat in the butter leaves you feeling nicely satiated, without raising your blood sugar levels like high-carb foods do. After upping the butter content to one tablespoon I was happily lasting until 2pm without eating a thing. I noticed a drastic decrease in my sugar cravings – as a sugar addict, this was by far the biggest plus for me.
However, I had to stop drinking it on consecutive days, because after about three days in a row I was starting to have some pretty severe gastro upsets. Laxative effects aside, there was also the worry that a fat bomb hit every morning might start to block my arteries.
Admittedly, plain black coffee generally keeps me going until 10am. I think if you’re the sort of person who feels hungry early in the morning, or usually eats big breakfasts but wants to experiment with intermittent fasting, it could be worth a try. It didn’t make me lose weight or feel mentally clearer but it definitely helped curb my sweet cravings – and for that reason, I still drink it once or twice a week.