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 Great Morning: 4 Steps to the Perfect Morning Routine

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4 Rules for a Great Morning… Every Day!

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Drink Water Right After Waking Up

Your body needs water to, well, to survive. But you don’t want to just survive, you want to thrive. Check our post on how to get enough water throughout the day and watch your skin, energy, and brain power improve!


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Make a Simple, Fresh, Healthy Breakfast

You don’t have to get fancy here. A homemade smoothie is so easy, so delicious, and best of all, so good for your body. Check out our post on how to make smoothies part of your morning routine.


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Do Easy but Effective Body Weight Exercises Right in Your Own Home

Don’t get me wrong – I’m all for you going to the gym. But if you are pressed for time or money, there is really nothing better for your morning routine than a quick run through some body weight exercises. Check out our post on how to use these effectively right in your own home for great results!


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Do Something You Enjoy in the Morning

The secret to getting up easily in the morning is having something you want to get up for. Set aside a little time each morning for something you love to do. Need ideas? Here are a few!

Read something you love.

Keep a journal.

Start a blog!

Go for a run!


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Skincare for Men: A Simple Morning Routine Your Face Will Love

I have two quick questions for you today.

Do you want to be more attractive?

Do you want to reduce your risk of cancer?

If your answer to these questions is “No” then carry on with whatever you were doing. But if your answer is “Yes” then let’s look at a simple habit that will accomplish both.

Apply an SPF moisturizer to your face every morning.

An SPF moisturizer will make you more attractive. How? There are 2 key benefits. One is it makes your skin look as good as possible today. Daily use reduces dryness, puffiness, blemishes, wrinkles and other things which would otherwise make you less attractive. Think of it like your wardrobe. You could just wear some ratty old clothes, but a tailored shirt and a nice suit make you look your best. The other advantage is it makes your skin look better down the road. Proper moisturizing and protection against ultra-violet rays is one of the single best anti-aging habits you can have. With just 30 seconds a day, you are making sure your skin looks amazing today and for years to come. Imagine how confident you’ll feel at work or on dates knowing that you look your absolute best.

You’ll love that women love your skin, but perhaps even more importantly, by using an SPF moisturizer, you’ll be protecting yourself from cancer. Let’s briefly look at the grim data.

Approximately 20 percent of Americans will get skin cancer in their life.

Scary. That’s 1 in 5. Don’t let it be you. An SPF moisturizer not only helps you look sexy, it may save your life. Your face catches more sunlight than you may realize. Driving, walking, sitting near windows – it all adds up and overtime increases your chances of being stricken by cancer. Wearing an SPF moisturizer every day won’t guarantee you stay cancer-free, but can cut your risk significantly.

Some men balk at the idea of putting anything on their face. I understand. I grew up in a small town, and there, the idea of a guy wearing an SPF moisturizer was pretty foreign. If fact, you risked being teased if someone knew you did really anything in terms of taking care of you skin. But here’s the deal – the manliest thing you can do is put your best foot, or I should say, face, forward every day. Your career, your dating life, and your self-confidence all deserve your attention and care. Additionally, we may not fight tigers or lions or woolly mammoths today, but we do fight against other threats, perhaps none as sinister as cancer. Fighting off cancer and protecting yourself is pretty manly thing to do too.

This summer walk out of your home each morning with a face ready to make other men respect you, women swoon, and cancer run – apply an SPF moisturizer.

Choose one of the following 3 options for a great deal and healthy face.

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Nivea for Men Face Care Energy Lotion Q10, SPF15 1.7 Fluid Ounces (Pack of 3)

Specially formulated for men, Revitalizing Lotion Q10 revitalizes, moisturizes, and protects tired, stressed skin.
Enriched with skin’s own Coenzyme Q10 to helps maintain skin’s vitality and elasticity
SPF 15 helps protect against damage caused by UV rays
Skin is left looking healthy, fresh and fit
Dermatologist tested.


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  • A facial recovery accelerator of sorts, itll help skin resist the effects of environmental stress for a healthy, invigorated appearance
  • The formula, with vitamins C and e, chestnut extract and soy, helps waken tired-looking skin and helps improve skins look and texture
  • With use, skin will feel refueled, re-energized and revitalized

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Lab Series Skincare for Men Treat – Daily Moisture Defense Lotion SPF 15, 3.4 fl oz

All-day moisturization and environmental defense for fresher, healthier-looking skin. (Formerly Day Rescue Total Face Therapy SPF15.) Lightweight moisturizing SPF 15 lotion infused with antioxidants continuously hydrates and helps protect the skin from UVA/UVB rays, smoke and pollution. Minimizes signs of aging, smoothes fine lines and improves overall skin texture.

No matter which product you choose, make sure to make it a daily habit to apply. Within a few weeks you’ll notice the improvement in the health and appearance of your face. And in the long-run, this is one habit which just may save your life. A daily application of an SPF moisturizer is a simple, powerful way to improve your life this year.

To your daily self-improvement!

Jamie

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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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