Bulletproof: Real Deal or Snake Oil?

Many people in the self-improvement world are already familiar with Bulletproof. For those of you who aren’t, check the video above for a brief introduction.

The basic premise of Bulletproof is that through biohacking, we can have more energy, need less sleep, feel better, lose weight, etc through easier methods than just slogging out hours in the gym or nitpicking every detail of our diet.

I’m a cynic at heart, so when I hear claims that seem to be too good to be true, I generally expect them to be b.s.

So I’ve dug into the ideas behind Bulletproof, and I am pleasantly surprised, though perhaps not fully convinced yet. Let me explain.

About a year ago, I began to increase my consumption of protein and especially fat. I’m naturally thin, so I was trying to bulk up (I’m up 10 pounds in 6 months 🙂 )

But surprisingly, I feel mentally sharper and have more energy than I did before my dietary changes.

It turns out, I unwittingly had started following a rough approximation of the Bulletproof diet. Here’s the diet is explained in a bit more detail, from BulletproofExec.com.

How To Eat Bulletproof

The Bulletproof® Diet is the foundation for a Bulletproof Body and a Bulletproof Mind. It’s one of the most important things you can do to increase your performance across the board.

Target 50-60% of calories from healthy fats (this is easy and tastes good), 20% from protein, and the rest from vegetables.

Using the roadmap is simple: eat the stuff in the green zone and watch what happens. No calorie counting. No measuring. Just eat until you’re satisfied and enjoy the benefits of eating good food: feel your brain, body, and hormones re-awaken, effortlessly lose weight, and gain muscle with little or no exercise.

The Bulletproof Diet looks related to paleo, primal, or caveman diets based on what our ancestors probably ate. There are certainly similarities, but the Bulletproof Diet’s approach to nutrition is slightly different from that of a paleo-style diet. The Bulletproof Diet arose from research into biochemistry and human performance. For example, it doesn’t shun supplementation just because cavemen didn’t supplement, and it doesn’t promote all the foods our paleolithic ancestors likely ate. For that reason, the Bulletproof Diet overcomes some of the problems that can arise from long-term paleo dieting.

Now the fun part of this is how Dave Asprey recommends getting some of those extra fats into your diet – Bulletproof Coffee. Bulletproof Coffee is low-toxin coffee mixed with grass-fed, unsalted butter and brain octane oil.

For people trying to lose weight, the coffee can be drunk in place of a meal at breakfast. For people like me who are trying to bulk up, you can drink it along with a high protein breakfast like ham and eggs.

I’ve tried it, I love it, and about 200,000 people have tried it out as well, including a lot of people in demanding roles like performers, executives, and entrepreneurs.

All that said, there is one part of Dave Asprey’s overall approach I do not agree with. He diminishes the importance of exercise, but there is simply too much research that supports the vital role exercise plays in many areas of our life – heart health, mood, sleep quality, stress reduction, etc.

So while I think the Bulletproof Diet and Bulletproof Coffee can have a positive impact and in your life and I encourage you to give it a try, I do not believe it should be used as an excuse to reduce exercise.

Bottom Line: Add Bulletproof to your life, but don’t do it instead of the other healthy habits you already have (or are working to develop).

All the best,

Jamie

How to Have a Quick, Healthy Breakfast Every Morning

Your mornings are slammed. Wake up. Gym. Shower. Catching up on news. Prepping for this morning’s meeting. Some days breakfast is the last thing on your mind. Now I’m not going to regurgitate that line about breakfast being the most important meal of the day. Honestly, all meals are important because you need proper nutrition all throughout the day if you want to be healthy, sharp, and feeling good. It’s just that breakfast tends to be the one that gets sacrificed most often because of time constraints. So what can we do if we chronically face a shortage of time in the morning? If you want to have a quick healthy breakfast, get a blender.

Seriously, if you make breakfast with a blender, your prep time gets knocked down to about a minute. You can drink your meal in a minute as well. Clean up? Less than a minute. In the time it takes to brush your teeth, you can prep, eat, and clean up your entire breakfast. Plus, a blended meal is portable, so you can take it with you if needed. Best of all, it is easy to make something healthy and delicious. You really only need milk and some fruits and veggies. Alternating between various fruits and vegetables gives you endless flavors and textures to choose from each day. You can add protein powders as well to support your gym goals.

A big factor in living a successful life is building simple habits that make it easy to reach your goals. Grab a gallon of milk, your favorite fruit or vegetable, and a blender, and start making breakfast the easy way. You’ll save some time, have more energy, be healthier, and feel great each morning.

Here’s my recommended blender if you are overwhelmed by the plethora of options out there. Inexpensive, good reviews, and has sealed cups for breakfast on the go.

To your daily growth!

Jamie

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