Bulletproof Diet Reviews
- 1 Bulletproof Diet Reviews
- 1.1 How the Bulletproof Diet Plan Works
- 1.1.1 1. Ditch Sugar Completely
- 1.1.2 2. Swap Calories from Sugar for Healthy Fats
- 1.1.3 3. Eliminate Vegetable Oil, Grain Oil, & Grain
- 1.1.4 4. Go Gluten-Free
- 1.1.5 5. Eat Grass-Fed, Free-Range MEAT
- 1.1.6 6. Peace Out: Synthetic Flavors, Additives, Colors
- 1.1.7 7. Bye-Bye Beans
- 1.1.8 8. Ditch Pasteurized Dairy
- 1.1.9 9. Farm-Raised Salmon? No Way.
- 1.1.10 10. Organic, Organic, Organic
- 1.1.11 11. Eat Fruit, But Not a Lot
- 1.1.12 12. Use a Gentle Touch When Cooking
- 1.1.13 13. Spice it Up
- 1.1.14 14. Enjoy Life…and Your Food!
- 1.1.15 Final Thoughts
- 1.1.16 Videos:
- 1.1 How the Bulletproof Diet Plan Works
The Bulletproof Diet has gained popularity in recent years as a method for improving focus, losing weight, and becoming healthier.
Bulletproof offers a variety of products and supplements to help make this happen, which we’ll detail below. Bulletproof coffee (see the recipe here) is one of products that helped put them on the map.
However, there are some simple changes that you can make with your diet and fitness routine that will help align your lifestyle with the Bulletproof way of life.
While I have yet to go “Full Bulletproof” I am slowly incorporating all of the suggestions you will read below, and as a result, I have been able to maintain a healthy weight, and feel sharper and healthier than I have in years.
I am currently utilizing some of the Bulletproof diet tips alongside intermittent fasting (read more about it), which has helped me achieve some pretty great results – I’ll be posting more about exactly what my routine includes very soon, so be on the lookout for that!
First, we’ll take a look at some of the guidelines Dave Asprey, the founder of Bulletproof, has for following his diet, and then we’ll examine some of the supplements they recommend for taking your focus and health to the next level.
How the Bulletproof Diet Plan Works
While there are many supplements and changes that you can use on an individual basis to improve certain aspects of your health, if you want to become fully “Bulletproof” Asprey recommends the following 14 steps:
1. Ditch Sugar Completely
This may seem like an impossible feat, but it’s actually easier than you might think.
Well, let me clarify a bit – it’s going to be hard at first, but once you free your body from the sugar stranglehold, life without it becomes easier, and you’ll notice how much better you feel the longer you make it without sugar.
The even includes things like honey, juices, sodas and sports drinks, and agave.
2. Swap Calories from Sugar for Healthy Fats
Eliminating, or greatly reducing your sugar intake is a key component to the Bulletproof lifestyle, and it’s just a good idea no matter what diet or lifestyle plan you’re following.
Some of these healthy fat sources include things like coconut oil, grass-fed butter, and ghee. Bulletproof provides some of these products, along with others like their XCT Oil and Brain Octane supplement.
3. Eliminate Vegetable Oil, Grain Oil, & Grain
Many of us grew up cooking with vegetable oil, and oils from grains, but under the Bulletproof plan, you will want to utilize alternatives like Coconut oil.
In addition to the oils, Asprey also recommends getting rid of grains entirely. So, if you love eating an Italian Sub sandwich for lunch every day, it may be time to look for an alternative!
4. Go Gluten-Free
Sorry, pasta and bread lovers, but if you want to be truly Bulletproof, you’ll also be getting rid of Gluten in any of its forms. I’m still working on this one, but I hope to be in full compliance with the start of the New Year. When you’re making the switch to Gluten-free alternatives, it can be easy to reach for foods that are almost as unhealthy as gluten is, so make sure you’re sticking with those healthy fats and food options.
5. Eat Grass-Fed, Free-Range MEAT
Hey there, carnivores, if you’re like those of us at The Diet Dynamo – you’ll love this option!
Unlike a lot of diets out there, Bulletproof includes a significant amount of high-quality meat, but you will want to make sure it meets the above criteria to be truly Bulletproof: It should be grass-fed and raised in a pasture rather than a factory farm.
Think meat like organic beef, buffalo, and free-range chicken, just to name a few.
6. Peace Out: Synthetic Flavors, Additives, Colors
Sad news, Diet Coke lovers. This includes artificial sweeteners, flavors, MSG, and dye. Noticing a theme here? If you want to go Full Bulletproof eating, natural, whole foods are going to be an essential part of your life.
7. Bye-Bye Beans
This would be harder for me if it weren’t for all of the grass-fed meat. Prior to going Bulletproof, I was on the Forks Over Knives kick, which is a meat-free diet. During this time, I ate a lot of legumes, nuts, and beans as a valuable source of protein.
They aren’t recommended by Asprey, however, nor are peanuts or lentils. If you can’t fully commit to eliminating them, he suggests eating those that are soaked, sprouted, or fermented.
8. Ditch Pasteurized Dairy
If you’re opting for options that are high in fat, then you can go with pasteurized, but make sure they are grass-fed. When it comes to dairy Asprey recommends sticking with “full fat, raw, whole dairy from grass-fed cows” for most people. Of course, there are many of us who don’t tolerate dairy very well, so if you fall into this category, then you may want to avoid dairy altogether, whenever possible.
9. Farm-Raised Salmon? No Way.
When it comes to seafood, you will want to look for options that are “wild caught” and as mentioned above, your meat will need to be grass-fed – this includes options like pork (more of the lean cuts, and less of the bacon), free-range eggs, ducks, turkey, and chicken. As far as fish goes, I prefer the wild-caught salmon and halibut.
10. Organic, Organic, Organic
Whenever possible, you will want to reach for the natural, organic options. This is especially important for fruits and vegetables and is especially important for certain plants in particular (read about them here).
11. Eat Fruit, But Not a Lot
Fruit is an important part of a healthy diet, but under the Bulletproof diet plan, you will want to restrict your fruit intake to just one or two servings per day. Certain fruits are better than others, and you will want to stick with lower fructose options whenever possible – think lemons and berries instead of apples or melon.
12. Use a Gentle Touch When Cooking
If you have to cook your food, use water and a low temperature when you can. Avoid foods that are fried or microwaved.
13. Spice it Up
Reach for the spices that are from herbs like thyme or basil. Stick with these over powdered spices whenever possible. Just like your whole foods, buy high-quality spices and make sure they aren’t old – use fresh spices when you can.
14. Enjoy Life…and Your Food!
Pretty simple, really. Just make sure you’re eating foods that you like and that make you feel good. The longer that you are on the Bulletproof diet plan, the more you will crave the foods, drinks, and supplements on this list.
This may seem like a long list, but you don’t have to master every point or requirement overnight.
Pick a few that you can start with, and then work more in over time. I have probably have about 7 items mastered so far, and hope to be sticking with full 14 recommendations come summer time – I’ll keep you posted!
Have you tried the Bulletproof Diet? Let us know how it went in the comments below!