First, I want to preface this post by saying I am not a doctor or nutritional/fitness professional. I am merely sharing my results with the Bulletproof method and what that journey looked like for me.
So, what is the Bulletproof Diet? In short, it is a ketogenic diet that consists of high fat intake and avoiding sugars, carbohydrates, and dairy. When my husband and I first discovered the Bulletproof Diet about 7 years ago, we both lead pretty sedentary lifestyles (ie. office jobs). We were looking to improve our health and we found Dave Asprey’s blog all about “bio-hacking.” It was a pretty new idea at the time, but it basically comes down to optimizing what you’re putting in your body for optimal performance. His diet boasted higher energy and focus, as well as had a version for weight loss.
We went all in. To this day, I credit this diet for first getting me to think about what was in my food and furthermore what my food eats. Bulletproof is the reason we first started buying grass-fed meats and is how we found out about sustainable agriculture. If you know us, you know we later changed our whole lifestyle to start making our own food in this way.
Another big part of the Bulletproof Diet that you may have heard of is the “butter coffee.” I know you’re thinking that sounds so weird but… I actually think it’s pretty yummy. There are Bulletproof or Keto Coffee products on the market but you don’t actually need any of that. Just use as fresh of coffee as you can buy, coconut oil, and grass-fed butter. Get yourself a frother and voila! Weight loss coffee!
On the version of Bulletproof for weight loss (intermittent fasting), you drink this coffee pretty much all day. But remember, it’s got butter in it, so it’s oddly filling. You only eat between the hours of 3 – 8 pm. What this looks like for me is usually a plate of eggs, bacon, and avocado right at 3 pm. Then I’ll usually snack on jerky or beef sticks (as long as they’re not overly processed) or some mixed nuts (as long as they’re not salted or seasoned in any way).
Now let’s talk dinners. The first time I went Bulletproof the whole family did it with me, so dinners weren’t a stressor. However, this second time around I realized that my boys simply need the carbs. They’re both underweight as it is and one is extremely picky. So, I will admit dinners were a challenge at first. What, am I supposed to just NOT eat spaghetti after making it from scratch?
After I came back from the ledge, I formed a new dinner game plan. So here’s what I do these days: I simply adjust my dinner plate. I still cook a yummy dinner for the family, I typically just skip the carbs. For example, if they’re having tacos, I have taco salad. If they’re having burgers, I have beef salad. Tonight, we actually adjusted one of our favorite meals and it was delicious!
Our non-Bulletproof meal: chicken, artichokes, tomatoes, and basil baked with penne pasta and heavy whipping cream, topped with cheese.
Our Bulletproof version: chicken, artichokes, tomatoes, and basil baked with boiled cauliflower. We skipped the dairy and it was still an uber flavorful dish. This was actually my first time cooking with cauliflower and I’m already planning more ways to use it.
Now let’s talk about weight loss. I typically lose between 1-2 pounds a week when I’m following the Bulletproof Diet. A couple years back I wanted to slim down for a beach vacation and I lost about 10 pounds in just a few months. It’s definitely effective, but I am hoping this time around not to use it as a temporary fix, but rather a lifestyle change like we did the first time.
In closing, I encourage you to check out the “Bulletproof for Beginners” guide and get the “Bulletproof Roadmap.” If you try it, let me know how it works for you. If you have another diet method you swear by, let me know. I am also always looking for clean recipes so, comment away below or find me on Instagram/Facebook! 🙂
XO – Olivia