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Bulletproof diet

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Given Bulletproof diet’s promise of mental sharpness and increased energy, it’s not surprising that many people in the invisible illness community are curious about it. This diet was created by biohacking lifestyle guru Dave Asprey of Bulletproof coffee fame. For the moment, it’s definitely one of the trendiest diets around, and it’s endorsed by celebs like Shailene Woodley. Even if you’re not on the Bulletproof train right now, there’s a good chance you’ve heard someone mention Bulletproof coffee (and we’re guessing you were either completely fascinated, or mildly horrified!) The Bulletproof diet claims that you can lose up to a pound per day, reduce inflammation, and maintain peak performance by following a strict diet of high-fat, moderate-protein, and low-carb foods, with the help of intermittent fasting. If some of this sounds familiar, this plan does incorporate a lot of elements of other diets, including keto and anti-inflammatory diets. But, there’s an added focus on food purity, sourcing, and preparation, as well as detoxing. There are also a lot of trademarked products to buy. As for the diet’s food, you’ll get up to 60% of your calories from healthy fats (like coconut oil, avocado, and grass-fed and/or pastured meat), about 20% from protein, and the rest from nonstarchy vegetables. The plan is similar to keto because it encourages keto-style eating for 5 to 6 days, followed by 1 to 2 days of “carb cycling,” meaning you can include starchy foods like sweet potato, white rice, and squash. The idea is that your body will be put into a state of ketosis, maximizing fat burn, but you won’t experience the potential side effects (constipation, kidney stones) of the keto diet due to your carb-inclusion days. Sounds fairly simple? Well…not so fast. Bulletproof puts a lot of stock into the quality of ingredients. Guidelines state that if you can find grass-fed meat, choose the fattiest cuts possible. But if you can’t, choose the leanest cuts of grain-fed meat. Why? The explanation is that grain-fed meat is high in pro-inflammatory omega 6 fats and has accumulated toxins in its fat from the cattle’s feed, while the grass-fed meat has more anti-inflammatory omega 3s and is lower in toxins. Getting dinner on the table never seemed quite so complicated—and this is just one small example! Bottom line: There are some people who thrive on diets with a lot of rules and regulations, others who prefer swaps, modifications, and cheat days (or entire cheat weekends—no judgment!). If you’re in the rules-and-regs camp, the Bulletproof diet could be an attractive way to test out a new approach to clean eating.

Foods to Eat

Bulletproof Upgraded coffee, green tea, coconut water Non-starchy veggies, like cauliflower, bok choy, asparagus, lettuce, zucchini, broccoli, artichoke, celery, cucumber, radish, green beans, spinach, and brussels sprouts Fruit: Blackberries, blueberries, cranberries, raspberries, strawberries, avocado, lemons, limes, pomegranates, and olives Oils and fats: Bulletproof Upgraded MCT oil, pastured egg yolks, grass-fed butter, grass-fed ghee, coconut oil, avocado oil, macadamia oil, olive oil, cocoa butter, fish oil, and palm oil Nuts and legumes: Coconut, almonds, walnuts, macadamias, and cashews Dairy: Organic grass-fed ghee, organic grass-fed butter, full-fat raw milk, full-fat raw yogurt, and colostrum Protein: Grass-fed beef and lamb, pastured eggs, wild-caught salmon, sockeye, and trout, sardines, anchovies, Bulletproof Upgraded whey 2.0, and Bulletproof Upgraded collagen protein Starch: Sweet potatoes, yam, carrots, brown rice, plantain, taro, and cassava Sweeteners: Xylitol, erythritol, stevia, and raw honey

Foods to Avoid

Pasteurized milk, soy milk, juice, and soda Veggies: Raw kale, spinach, beets, mushrooms Fruits: Cantaloupe, dried or canned fruit, jam, jelly Vegetable oil, margarine, commercial lard Garbanzo beans, dried peas, legumes High-mercury fish Factory-farmed meat Grains/starches such as oats, buckwheat, corn, quinoa, and wheat Sweeteners: Sugar, agave, fructose, artificial sweeteners

What Studies Say

There aren’t any studies of the Bulletproof diet specifically. Anecdotal reports are generally favorable. Studies have found that other low-carb, high-fat diets such as keto may be effective for achieving weight loss as well as brain and other possible health benefits, but these diets are hard to stick to over the long-term.

Effort Level

Bulletproof Upgraded coffee, green tea, coconut water Non-starchy veggies, like cauliflower, bok choy, asparagus, lettuce, zucchini, broccoli, artichoke, celery, cucumber, radish, green beans, spinach, and brussels sprouts Fruit: Blackberries, blueberries, cranberries, raspberries, strawberries, avocado, lemons, limes, pomegranates, and olives Oils and fats: Bulletproof Upgraded MCT oil, pastured egg yolks, grass-fed butter, grass-fed ghee, coconut oil, avocado oil, macadamia oil, olive oil, cocoa butter, fish oil, and palm oil Nuts and legumes: Coconut, almonds, walnuts, macadamias, and cashews Dairy: Organic grass-fed ghee, organic grass-fed butter, full-fat raw milk, full-fat raw yogurt, and colostrum Protein: Grass-fed beef and lamb, pastured eggs, wild-caught salmon, sockeye, and trout, sardines, anchovies, Bulletproof Upgraded whey 2.0, and Bulletproof Upgraded collagen protein Starch: Sweet potatoes, yam, carrots, brown rice, plantain, taro, and cassava Sweeteners: Xylitol, erythritol, stevia, and raw honey

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The Bulletproof Diet: Lose Up to a Pound a Day, Reclaim Energy and Focus, Upgrade Your Life

In his mid-twenties, Dave Asprey was a successful Silicon Valley multimillionaire. He also weighed 300 pounds, despite the fact that he was doing what doctors recommended: eating 1,800 calories a day and working out 90 minutes a day, six times a week. When his excess fat started causing brain fog and food cravings sapped his energy and willpower, Asprey turned to the same hacking techniques that made his fortune to "hack" his own biology, investing more than $300,000 and 15 years to uncover what was hindering his energy, performance, appearance, and happiness. From private brain EEG facilities to remote monasteries in Tibet, through radioactive brain scans, blood chemistry work, nervous system testing, and more, he explored traditional and alternative technologies to reach his physical and mental prime. The result? The Bulletproof Diet, an anti-inflammatory program for hunger-free, rapid weight loss and peak performance. The Bulletproof Diet will challenge—and change—the way you think about weight loss and wellness. You will skip breakfast, stop counting calories, eat high levels of healthy saturated fat, work out and sleep less, and add smart supplements. In doing so, you'll gain energy, build lean muscle, and watch the pounds melt off. By ditching traditional "diet" thinking, Asprey went from being overweight and sick in his twenties to maintaining a 100-pound weight loss, increasing his IQ, and feeling better than ever in his forties. The Bulletproof Diet is your blueprint to a better life.

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Head Strong: The Bulletproof Plan to Activate Untapped Brain Energy to Work Smarter and Think Faster-in Just Two Weeks

From the creator of Bulletproof Coffee and author of the bestselling The Bulletproof Diet comes a revolutionary plan to upgrade your brainpower—in two weeks or less. For the last decade, Silicon Valley entrepreneur Dave Asprey has worked with world-renowned doctors and scientists to uncover the latest, most innovative methods for making humans perform better—a process known as "biohacking." In his first book, The Bulletproof Diet, he shared his biohacking tips for taking control of your own biology. Now, in Head Strong, Asprey shows readers how to biohack their way to a sharper, smarter, faster, more resilient brain. Imagine feeling like your mind is operating at its clearest and sharpest, and being able—possibly for the first time in your life—to do more in less time? What it suddenly became easier to do the very hardest things you do? Or if you could feel 100% confident about your intellect, and never again fear being the person in the room who just isn’t smart enough, or can’t remember something important? How would you treat people if the mood swings, short temper, and food cravings that disrupt your day could simply disappear? In Head Strong, Asprey shows us that all of this is possible—and more. Using his simple lifestyle modifications (or "hacks") to take advantage of how the structure of your brain works, readers will learn how to take their mental performance to the next level. Combining the latest findings in neuroscience and neurobiology with a hacker-inspired "get it done now" perspective, Asprey offers a program structured around key areas of brain performance that will help you: Power the brain with exactly what it needs to perform at its best all day long Eliminate the sources of "kryptonite," both nutritional and environmental, that make the brain slower. Supercharge the cellular powerhouses of our brains, the mitochondria, to eliminate cravings and turn up mental focus. Reverse inflammation to perform better right now, then stay sharp and energized well into your golden years. Promote neuron growth to enhance processing speed and reinforce new learning—hotwiring your brain for success. Asprey’s easy to follow, two-week program offers a detailed plan to supercharge brain performance, including: which foods to eat and which ones to avoid, how to incorporate the right kinds of physical activity into your day, a detox protocol for your home and body; meditation and breathing for performance, recommended brain-boosting supplements; and how to adjust the lighting in your home and work space to give your brain the quality light it thrives on. A better brain—and a happier, easier, more productive life—is within reach. You just need to get Head Strong.

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Super Human: The Bulletproof Plan to Age Backward and Maybe Even Live Forever

From Bulletproof creator and bestselling author Dave Asprey comes a revolutionary approach to anti-aging that will help you up your game at any age. ** New York Times Bestseller ** Dave Asprey suffered countless symptoms of aging as a young man, which sparked a life-long burning desire to grow younger with each birthday. For more than twenty years, he has been on a quest to find innovative, science-backed methods to upgrade human biology and redefine the limits of the mind, body, and spirit. The results speak for themselves. Now in his forties, Dave is smarter, happier, and more fit and successful than ever before. In Super Human, he shows how this is level of health and performance possible for all of us. While we assume we will peak in middle age and then decline, Asprey’s research reveals there is another way. It is possible to make changes on the sub-cellular level to dramatically extend life span. And the tools to live longer also give you more energy and brainpower right now. The answers lie in Dave’s Seven Pillars of Aging that contribute to degeneration and disease while diminishing your performance in the moment. Using simple interventions―like diet, sleep, light, exercise, and little-known but powerful hacks from ozone therapy to proper jaw alignment, you can decelerate cellular aging and supercharge your body’s ability to heal and rejuvenate.? A self-proclaimed human guinea pig, Asprey arms readers with practical advice to maximize their lives at every age with his signature mix of science-geek wonder, candor, and enthusiasm. Getting older no longer has to mean decline. Now it’s an opportunity to become Super Human.

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