Crazy diets come and go. We’ve endured The Cabbage Soup Diet (yuk!), Five Bite (an eating disorder waiting to happen), The Tapeworm Diet (lethal!) and The Twinkie Diet (yes, you live on nothing but Twinkies) to name a few. Just when you think there’s nothing new diet gurus can invent along comes another trend promising big, results with little effort. The latest fad to hit the weight loss arena is called butter coffee, aka “bulletproof coffee.”

Here’s the promise: Replace breakfast with 2 cups black coffee blended with 2 tablespoons unsalted, grass-fed butter and 1-2 tablespoons MCT (medium chain triglyceride) oils, and you’ll lose weight, shrink your waistline, reduce cravings and improve brain function. I love coffee and butter, but the two together? Hardly sounds like an appetizing, balanced breakfast let alone a recipe for pound shedding.

The trendy weight loss concoction was created by cloud computing pioneer Dave Asprey, who invented it after tasting Tibetan yak butter tea, called po cha while in Nepal. Asprey is cashing in on the trend. He’s written a book called you guessed it: “The BulletProof Diet” and is hawking a variety of overpriced, Bulletproof coffee products. According to Asprey the book: “helps you energize your mind and body, lose weight, improve sleep, lower stress and eliminate food cravings so you can reach your state of high performance.”

So will the Bulletproof Diet work? Probably not. Eating 3 tablespoons of fat with a hefty dose of caffeine should kill your appetite and provide energy and focus for a few hours. There’s also some evidence that CLA (conjugated linoleic acid), which is found in grass-fed butter may help reduce hunger, decrease body fat and increase lean body mass in some people.

HOWEVER, there’s a huge downside to substituting bulletproof coffee for a balanced breakfast. Other than 51 grams of fat (80% of which is saturated) and small amounts of some nutrients, the 450 calorie bulletproof coffee drink is a poor way to start your day. While packed with calories, the drink contains little or no protein, carbohydrates (which fuel your body and brain), calcium and fiber, which is proven to help improve weight loss. Plus, dumping a hefty dose of caffeine laced with an oil slick is a recipe for stomach distress, not weight loss.

The People living in the Himalayas have been enjoying butter tea for centuries. In their harsh climate the tea helps them stay hydrated and energized and may improve mental capacity and buffer the stress of high-altitude living. For the rest of us it’s just another diet fad.

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