Fat is not fattening (Hard to believe! I don’t blame you)
For decades we have been told fat is bad. It is no wonder as a lot of research (sponsored by big food companies) has reiterated that ‘reduce your calories to reduce your weight’. This approach may work if you starved yourselves. However, it will also deprive your body of essential nutrients and will make you feel fatigued all the time. Our body burns carbohydrates very quickly, which means if we ate a carbohydrate-rich diet, we will feel hungry more often (good for food businesses but not so good for our body). Also, if the body gets all the energy it needs from the carbohydrates we eat, it will keep storing the fat and will never go in ‘fat-burning mode’.
As most of you will be aware that many of our body’s functions are dependent on hormones. For the body to start burning fat for energy we must have lower levels of insulin. Eating carbohydrates increases the insulin levels in our body and hence any fat we eat gets stored in the fat cells. Insulin also dominates leptin, a hormone responsible for signaling your body and mind that you are full and don’t need more food. This means you will gain weight and feel hungry most of the time.
Bulletproof Coffee – Does it work?
Bulletproof coffee was made popular by Dave Osprey – a bio-hacker (yes that is a profession in the 21st century). However, Dave was not the first to identify the benefits of a fat rich diet; the importance of including healthy fats in your diet has been stressed in various ancient literature. He came up with the concept after drinking a Yak butter tea in Tibet. The key ingredients in a Bulletproof coffee are: Coffee brewed from single-origin reduced toxins coffee beans, unsalted grass-fed butter or ghee, and MCT oil. Put everything in a mixer or blender to get a frothy latte. There are various versions of Bulletproof Coffee. I tested and tried a few of them and then finally settled on my own adapted version. And did it work? Hell yeah!
The idea behind this recipe is that early in the morning when your body is starving, it is ready to absorb anything you eat. Starting your day with healthy fats will straight away put your body into fat-burning mode. As the body burns fat more slowly as compared to carbohydrates, you will feel fuller for longer. 60% of our brain is made up of fat, hence it should not come up as a surprise that when our brain utilizes energy from healthy fats, it performs better. Below I have listed the ingredients for my cup of ‘morning power’ along with their benefits:
Filter coffee brewed from freshly ground single source Organic beans
· Lowers risk of type 2 diabetes
· Lowers risk of Alzheimer’s disease
· Protects against Parkinson’s
· Reduces risk of heart disease
· Reduces colorectal cancer risk
· Protects against liver disease
· High in antioxidants – which are good for brain and longevity.
One tablespoon of Grass-Fed Ghee (Clarified Butter)
· Protects and nourishes the brain
· Heals digestive systems
· Rich in Vitamins A, E and K2, Omega 3 and 9.
Two tablespoons of MCT oil
· Better memory and brain.
· Helps in weight loss
· Lowers cholesterol and blood sugar levels.
· Improves focus
· Better sleep
· Supports relaxation
· Boosts cognitive performance
· Boosts immune system
Half tea spoon of Bacopa monnieri (Brahmi)
· Rich in anti-oxidants
· Reduce inflammation
· Boosts brain performance
· Reduces anxiety and stress
Half teaspoon of turmeric
· Reduces inflammation
· Increases the antioxidant capacity of the body and slows aging.
· Improves brain function and lowers the risk of brain disease.
· Prevents cancer.
· Prevents Alzheimer’s disease.
For added benefits consume turmeric with black pepper. Black pepper contains piperine which can help the body to absorb curcumin (the most powerful component in turmeric).
This blog is posted by Anurag Rai. Anurag is the Founder of Superhuman In You and Superhuman University. He is also the founder of multiple other businesses and a certified NLP & meditation practitioner.
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