Try An Unconventional Approach to Weight Loss
January 29, 2016January is National Healthy Weight Awareness month and with good reason as weight loss is always a popular New Year’s resolution. Because so many people struggle with losing weight using conventional tactics, i.e., exercising, restricting calories and eating low-fat foods, I wanted to share some information from The Bulletproof Diet®, written by David Asprey that I found interesting, including the following nutrition myths: |
- If you're not losing weight, you're not trying hard enough.
- You're not as hungry as you think you are.
- A low fat diet is healthy.
- Eating fat will make you fat.
- Cutting calories is the best way to lose weight.
- Everything natural is good for you, which happens to be the subject of a later post.
- You have to work out a lot to lose weight.
- Coffee is bad for you.
- Salt is hazardous.
- Moderation is the key to success when dieting.
Let’s start with the misconception that coffee is not good for you. The effect coffee has on our health has been debated for decades. Some experts believe the controversy stems from different processing methods that result in good coffee or bad coffee.
Most of my patients look at me like I'm crazy when I tell them that I drink Bulletproof Coffee®. I’ve been drinking it for quite some time because unlike most other brands of coffee, it uses a more rigourous processing method that prevents molds and bacteria from developing. Unfortunately, mold often grows on coffee beans and often produces mycotoxins, damaging substances that have been linked to an array of health issues such as high blood pressure, kidney disease and cancer.
To my coffee, I add two tablespoons of GRASS FED butter and between one and two tablespoons of a medium chain triglyceride (MCT) oil like coconut or olive. This is my breakfast; in fact, this alone is breakfast for many people. Occasionally, I have some eggs with it and if I skip the coffee, I eat eggs, avocado and some berries.
What’s the purpose of the coffee? First of all, many people think it’s delicious; I happen to really enjoy it. More importantly, coffee stimulates lipolysis, the release of fat from fat cells and therefore SMALLER fat cells. Coffee also contains healthy oils, kahweol and cafestol. These potent anti-inflammatory and neuroprotective chemicals can help protect the brain; yes, coffee may help prevent dementia.
To maximize your absorption of health fats and compounds, use a gold fenestrated filter rather than a paper filter when percolating your coffee, as oils can get trapped in paper. Blend the butter and oil into the coffee using a hand-held or standard blender.
The reason butter is important because it’s a great source of butyric acid, which helps to heal the gut and helps prevent leaky gut syndrome, as well as reduce inflammation in the brain. Remember – eating fat doesn't make you fat. Also, keep in mind that our cell membranes, exterior coating of nerves (aka myelin sheaths) and brain are made of FAT. How is your brain supposed to function optimally if you're depriving it of calories and, more specifically, FAT calories?
As for MCT, these oils feed certain gut bacteria, increasing the production of a chemical called FIAF (fasting induced adipose factor). When FIAF levels are elevated, your body burns fat; just as, when you feed your gut bacteria sugar and starch, your FIAF levels drop and you stop burning fat. Furthermore, the gut bacteria differ between people who are thin and those who are overweight. Thin people have more bacteroides, a species of bacteria that increases FIAF production, and the polyphenols in coffee are a fuel for this type of bacteria.
Bulletproof Coffee® also helps you to enter a state of ketosis. The MCT oil can't be stored as fat; therefore, it has to be burned as a source of fuel. I’ve noticed that my weekend workouts on are actually a lot easier after a serving. Additionally, MCT oil can suppress your appetite for hours. The caveat is that if you increase your fat intake, you must keep your carbs low.
Conventional thinking is wrong! I treat people and test inflammation and cholesterol every day. The best results are from patients who break traditional wisdom and realize that low fat, calorie restricted diets are a huge mistake.