- The Bulletproof diet has worked! (for me, at least). But it’s less of a “diet”, and more of a lifestyle.
- To follow the diet long-term, some individual refinements need to be made (such as cutting back intermittent fasting, increasing carbs or adding a “refuel” day, or avoiding certain foods until pre-existing gut/autoimmune issues have been addressed).
- Out of range markers such as high LDL cholesterol were not due to the diet – rather, the diet “exposed” other pre-existing issues such as under active thyroid and adrenals, gut issues, and chronic infections.
It’s been a little over a year and a half since I decided to try out the “Bulletproof Diet“. In earlier posts (which I highly recommend skimming in order to get some background/context), I provided an overview of the Bulletproof Diet as well as recaps before and after my first 30 days:
- Bulletproof Diet and Intermittent Fasting – My First 30 Days (prior to starting)
- Bulletproof Diet and Intermittent Fasting – My 30-day Results
What is the “Bulletproof Diet”?
Taking many queues from the popular Paleo/caveman diet, the Bulletproof Diet could be called an “upgraded”/Paleo 2.0 diet. The premise is simple – eat a high (healthy!)-fat, low carb diet, getting 50-70% of calories from healthy fats, 20% from protein, and the rest from vegetables (with some fruits and starches). A major difference between Bulletproof and Paleo is the attempt to minimize toxins from the diet which are thought to play a major factor in everything from inflammation to “brain fog”.
By sticking to approved/”bulletproof” foods, you avoid/minimize eating things that can make you weak and fat, replacing them with high-quality foods that fill you up, maintain strength, and even enhance cognitive efficiency.
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The Bulletproof diet also incorporates intermittent fasting, whereby you consume most of your calories during a very small window, typically 6 hours and fast the remainder of the day. In other words, you would eat all of your meals between, say, 2pm and 8pm. By restricting carbohydrates, your body goes into ketosis, and starts to use fat as it’s primary source of energy instead of glucose. You can learn all about intermittent fasting at Leangains.com.
Note: If you have any adrenal/thyroid issues, read further down as you may want to minimize/stop intermittent fasting until those issues are resolved.
A staple of the Bulletproof diet is a magical concoction called… wait for it… “Bulletproof Coffee”. In fact, most people seem to come across the coffee first, then discover the diet. You get to “cheat” intermittent fasting by having a few cups of Bulletproof coffee in the morning – a combination of high-quality, single-origin, mold-free coffee beans with grass-fed butter and coconut or MCT oil, which does wonders to stave off hunger while increasing cognitive function over the final few hours of your fast.
My 1.5-Year Results
When I originally sat down to put together this update, It was closer to being my 1-year anniversary, but I decided to hold off on posting anything until I was able to address a number of issues (thyroid/adrenals, gut/autoimmune issues) that were uncovered over time (more details to follow).