Dave Asprey starts almost every day off by blending around 6 spoonfuls of KerryGold butter and/or MCT Oil (another fat source) into his morning cup of coffee.
For the last 2 years, he has consumed between 4000 and 4500 calories daily without exercise.
At one point in his life, Dave weighed over 300 lbs and was obese.
Today, Dave is in the best shape he has ever been.
Despite common belief surrounding his butter-blended coffee and high-calorie diet, Dave currently sits just over 200 lbs and is the ripped guy you see in the picture below.
How did Dave Asprey go from dieting and exercising all the time and weighing over 300 lbs, to eating 4500 calories daily, never exercising, and losing 100 lbs?
You’re about to find out.
Dave Asprey, aka The Bulletproof Executive, is the ultimate biohacker. He has spent over $250,000 in the last 15 years to hack his body, upgrade his IQ, and dramatically increase his mental and physical performance.
I was initially turned on to Dave’s blog and podcast a few weeks ago when I was searching for a high-quality whey protein to start using as a supplement for myself. @DrRCPatel on Twitter recommended Dave’s Upgraded Whey Protein and I began checking out some of the articles on Dave’s BulletProof Executive blog.
One of the first articles I came across on the blog was the recipe for Bulletproof Coffee. Initially, I thought Dave was just some crazy guy who put a lot of butter in his coffee, but I was intrigued enough to continue exploring his site. It quickly became clear to me that Dave knew what he was talking about, and there was plenty of research and results to back up his unconventional methods.
If you look at nothing else on Dave’s blog, please check out the Bulletproof Diet Infographic. I have talked a lot in previous posts about upgrading the paleo diet for maximum benefits, and the Bulletproof Diet does exactly that. The infographic separates foods by categories so not only can you pick from proteins, veggies, and fats, but you can see which foods are the BEST proteins, the BEST veggies, and the BEST fats. He even does this for non-paleo options like grains, legumes, and added sweeteners. I have included a screenshot below, but sign up for The Bulletproof Executive email list to download the full PDF. I hope this doesn’t spoil things for you but beef, butter, and chocolate are all foods you should be eating more of!
This infographic takes most of the guesswork out of eating quality food. While Dave’s recommendations look very similar to a paleo diet, there are a few key distinctions between the Bulletproof way of eating and standard paleo:
1) The Role of Mycotoxins
Mycotoxins are mold toxins that are formed by yeast and fungi and can dramatically damage the quality of our food. They are especially prevalent in things like corn, wheat, and other grains, but they can also effect otherwise healthy foods like coffee and chocolate. This is why the Bulletproof Diet recommends strict standards for buying coffee as well as opting for European-sourced dark chocolate such as Lindt. For more information on mycotoxins, read this article.
2) The Effect of Cooking or Overcooking on Food Quality
This is something most paleo advocates recognize as an issue, but tend to ignore in favor of simplicity. There are a lot of studies that suggest the dangers of microwaving or overcooking food and Dr. Mercola has written a couple articles outlining some of these issues. As the Bulletproof diet suggests, lightly cooked or even raw food tends to be your healthiest option.
3) Adding Important Supplements Can Optimize Your Diet and Overall Performance
One of the assumptions with a standard paleo diet, is that supplements are not necessary when you are eating real food all the time. While I believe this to be true to an extent, there are some key differences between our current food supply and what our hunter gatherer ancestors ate. Mycotoxins, depleted soil and water, and current food production methods are just a few of the things that are making the same food less nutritious today than it was in our ancestral past. It’s actually been estimated that the average person would have to consume over 27,000 calories daily just to meet their recommended vitamin and mineral needs. But instead of just popping a multivitamin and calling it a day, the Bulletproof Diet would like people to make a more targeted approach with valuable supplements like vitamin D, calcium-D-glucarate, magnesium, and fish oil.
Over the last few weeks I have been experimenting with some of the Bulletproof principles by eating more butter (about a half a stick of KerryGold daily), chocolate (close to 1 full 85% Lindt bar daily), and coffee (I went from no coffee to about 1 cup daily). I have also been eating more food raw or lightly cooked, and started adding in some key supplements like magnesium, vitamin D, and glutamine. I look and feel pretty good so far and will keep everyone updated as I continue to experiment even more.
I have also tried both the Upgraded Coffee and the Upgraded Whey that Dave sells and I am very happy with both. While they are more expensive than most coffee or protein products out there, I have little doubt that they are among the highest quality forms of either one that you could buy. My brother claimed that the Upgraded Whey tastes like concrete, but personally I like the taste and don’t mind drinking it just mixed in water. The coffee, on the other hand, tastes amazing, especially when blended with butter and coconut oil. I feel pretty Superhuman (or should I say, Bulletproof) when I drink both and that is what really matters.
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If eating more butter, chocolate, and coffee interests you than I would highly recommend checking out The Bulletproof Executive blog or listening to the Upgraded Self podcasts which you can find for free on ITunes.