So I know there has been a lot of talk about coffee and intermittent fasting, and the fact that black coffee doesn't interrupt a fast. I do the leangains approach and enjoy my cup of joe in the morning. However, recently, I have been doing a bulletproof coffee (http://www.bulletproofexec.com/how-to-make-your-coffee-bulletproof-and-your-morning-too/) which is essentially coffee with a good amount of grass fed butter melted/blended in. I also take a vitamin k2/d3 supplement at this time since I figure I am getting quite a bit of fat so it is a good time to take fat soluble vitamins. I actually enjoy the taste of the bulletproof coffee and it gives me good energy. I feel like my "fast" can last longer and I don't really get hungry until well into the afternoon.
However, I am wondering if by adding butter to my coffee, I am ruining the effects of the fast... and if it is actually a "fast" anymore, since I am taking in a few hundred calories of fat. I emailed Martin Berkhan (leangains) and he said: "if you want to lose fat, dont put some fucking oil or butter in your coffee, it's bullshit."
He didn't really provide any actual scientific reasoning though so I was left unsatisfied. I figured I would ask you guys. How would adding grass fed butter to my coffee affect the intermittent fast?
With due respect to Martin and Anonymous Chump, the whole point of IF is that it puts your body into a desired state of fat-burning between meals.
As with everything else, we're all different and you may not be able to maintain the IF state if you use butter--but I can. I put cream in my coffee every morning and my body doesn't shift at all but keeps happily burning fat, a sensation I've learned I can feel (very faint tingling in my limbs, GI tract feels very quiet and I'm not interested in food.) My grandson feels it too, exactly that way.
Now, I'm talking a little bit of cream in coffee that's slowly sipped rather than steadily drunk. Let's just say my coffee is room temp long before I finish it. So, drinking it steadily might be different.
On the other hand, one bite of solid food, even protein/fat, and I shift immediately to a GI tract that's wide awake and clamoring for food.
As with all other n=1s, you have to try it both ways and see how you react. I am enjoying all the promised benefits of IF and having my cream too. :-))
I doubt it would make any more difference than coconut oil. But that's a thought. Never tried butter. Well, I don't have butter, but I do have grassfed ghee.
My only worry would be if there's an insulin response to it (to butter, not likely there's any response in ghee since the milk solids have been removed), but it's such a small amount, it probably has no effect.
Also since MCT, other fats, fructose, other sugars, and proteins all have different pathways, you're still in a fast. The sugar and protein pathways get no input, you should be just fine.
The little bit of fat from butter wouldn't be something to worry over, and there's zero insulin response to the fat, though you might want to go with ghee instead just to be sure. (The calories from it will be less than the calories released from your own fat stores.)
It's a fast. Taking almost 12 g of fat per tablespoon IMO is breaking a fast:
Nutrition Facts: Serv Size 1 tbsp (14g), Serving/ Container: Approx. 18 Calories 100, Fat Cal. 100, Total Fat 12g (18% DV), Sat Fat 7g (35%), Tran Fat 0g,Cholest 31mg 10%, Sodium 0mg (0%DV), Total Carb. 0g (0% DV), Fiber 0g (0% DV), Sugars 0g, Protein 0g, Vitamin A 7%, Percent Daily Values (DV) are based on 2,000 calorie diet. Ingredients: Fresh sweet cream, contains milk.
There is more information on the Bulletproof executive's site, but the basic theory behind it is that consuming fat only does not take you out of the fat burning/ketogenic state, however carbs or protein would. MCT oil can also increase ketosis, and coffee also helps. Whether this is technically "breaking the fast" is an irrelevant argument about terminology, not results. True, some of the fat that you are burning comes from the drink, but there aren't THAT many calories in it, so some of that burned fat still comes from your ass. If drinking it helps you with mental focus and keeps you from feeling hunger during your fast then it has done its job. That might be a worthwhile tradeoff for a couple hundred calories of burned fat, assuming you'd burn the same amount with or without the drink.
Also remember the creator if this bulletproof coffee fast a minimum of 24hours at a time. He says he drinks the coffee and doesn't even think about eating for 12 to 18 hours later. I wouldn't have that in the morning if you're only doin an 8 to 12 hour fast.
i started the bulletproof coffee thingy last week. i do one tbsp of ghee and one tbsp of coconut oil....it lasts me till about midday...then i will eat for the first time in the day...it is an amazing feeling to drink the coffee! my mind feels super sharp and my eye sight seems even better!