Editor's note: This post was written by Bryan who jumped on the "Bulletproof" coffee band wagon late last year to help in his training for a 42km nordic ski race. What was Bryan's experience? Read on to learn more.
We do a lot of investigation and experimentation with new stuff here at The Feed, and I think it's important for our customers and readers to know it. We're not just trying to tell you what to do blindly, we're testing new things out on ourselves so that we can better speak to how it might work for you.
I first heard of "bulletproofing coffee" last fall, and initially dismissed it as something I wouldn't try. However, the more I learned about MCTs (medium chain triglycerides) and saturated fats, the more I became interested in how I could use oil + butter in my coffee to my advantage.
I also reached out to our friends at Prescribe Nutrition to hear their opinion on the subject. This blog post is a GREAT read and a good place to start learning
This year I've been getting up early at 5:30am 4-5 times per week to go for a nordic ski, or a crossfit class before work. I find that getting something done early is always better than trying to motivate for a workout in the afternoon, or after work. I've always struggled to find the right food before these early workouts, which has given me "coffee stomach", or stomach cramps from coffee and no food pre-workout.
So, I started adding 1 tablespoon of coconut oil and 1 tablespoon of grass-fed butter to my coffee 30-60 minutes before a workout. I've been doing this as a meal replacement...not eating any other food throughout the workout and likely nothing until 30-45 minutes post workout.
I've found the results to be very positive. In general, my early workouts felt great and as an added bonus, I really like the way coffee tastes when it's blended with coconut oil and butter. Who would have thought it would be really good?
If you want to try this, here's what I recommend:
- As with anything, don't try this before a race or workout that is really important to you. If you're looking to set a PR that day, do what you already know works.
- If you have a history of high blood pressure, consult your physician FIRST to see if this might be a good thing for you.
- You can use MCT oil, or just plain old coconut oil. Coconut oil might actually be more beneficial.
- Please remember that you could be adding an extra 300-400 calories from fat to your diet. If you're looking to lose weight, you NEED TO CUT CALORIES from somewhere else in order to stay in caloric balance. I've been doing this by eating less sugar and more veggies (tons of kale and spinach, brussel sprouts, etc).
I should also point out that we're going to be digging into this topic more throughout the spring. Keep checking in on our blog posts as we're going to start testing ourselves at regular intervals to see what impact dietary changes based on nutrition "trends" like Bulletproof Coffee might have.