Why replacing breakfast with bulletproof coffee is a bad idea
Enter the latest cultish diet trend – replacing breakfast with bulletproof coffee. As we mentioned earlier, this homemade coffee blend essentially contains black coffee, grass-fed butter and MCT oil. While butter and saturated fats have been unfairly demonized and are actually good for your health, it’s important to keep in mind that everything depends on dosage and context. Just because a certain amount of something is healthy, it doesn’t mean that a ton of it is even healthier and unnaturally large doses can actually be dangerous. That being said, we’re all happy to see more and more people embracing fats and butter again while also limiting their sugar intake even further.
Bulletproof coffee has been used as a replacement for breakfast by many fitness-oriented people, and for all the wrong reasons. First of all, bulletproof coffee is very low in essential nutrients, even though the butter in it contains fat-soluble vitamins that contribute to good health – but that’s pretty much it. Second, MCT oil is a refined and processed fat with zero nutritional value, so you can think of it as 100% empty calories. Overall, a dose of 2 cups of coffee, 2 tablespoons of MCT oil and 2 tablespoons of butter offers 441 calories, including 1 gram of protein, 0 grams of fiber, 51 grams of fat, under 10% of the RDA for every nutrient except Vitamins A, B2 and B5. Therefore, the nutritional profile of bulletproof coffee completely pales in comparison to what you would get from a high-protein, nutrient-rich breakfast.
Furthermore, for saturated fat to have positive effects on your health, you need to eat it along with other foods instead of pouring unnaturally large amounts of it into your coffee. Consuming too much of it on this way can lead to serious health problems, instead of improving your well-being.
For some people, especially those who are on a ketogenic diet, adding bulletproof coffee to their diet can work great, help them lose weight and increase their overall energy levels. However, this drink shouldn’t be used as a replacement for a well-balanced, healthy breakfast in the long term. Ask yourself this: is the ultimate goal of eating to eat less or to nourish the body? A meal with 1 gram of protein isn’t a meal that can meet your body’s nutritional demands, increase fat loss, help you perform better at the gym and enhance muscle growth.
When you’re trying to slim down, eliminating breakfast from your daily list of meals may be tempting. However, research has shown that people who eat a healthy breakfast lose weight much faster, enjoy better overall health and build more muscle mass in less time. When you eat a well-balanced breakfast in the morning, you are actually regulating your blood sugar levels, while skipping breakfast can result with a number of cardiovascular issues. Additionally, many research studies have found a link between skipping breakfast and decreased insulin sensitivity, which contributes to the development of type-2 diabetes. Not only skipping breakfast won’t help you lose weight faster, be healthier or build more muscle, but replacing it with things like bulletproof coffee can only lead to serious health problems. Instead of starving your body, put the coffee aside and try to consume a big, protein-rich breakfast every day and you’ll be feeding muscle instead of fat, besides being more satiated, energized and concentrated. It seems that breakfast really is the most important meal of the day, after all!