I’ll admit that I got caught up with the “Bulletproof” coffee craze for a short while.
The idea of adding a serving of healthy fat to my coffee made sense, especially if it was organic virgin coconut oil. It’s also a great way to eliminate sugar in your coffee. The coconut oil adds a rich, nutty flavour to your morning mug of “Joe”.
But some people advocate using 1-2 tablespoons of MCT oil (medium-chain triglycerides) and making that your breakfast, claiming that you’re replacing your traditional breakfast with a similar amount of calories.
Um, no. The problem with that idea is that you are consuming calories with practically zero nutrients.
If you eat a very high protein breakfast, and make it a big breakfast, you have a better chance of losing body fat and gaining lean muscle (if you’re strength training).
Conversely, if you have a very low-fat, small breakfast – for example one egg, or some fruit and a piece of toast – you are much more likely to gain fat. Worst of all you will be more hungry throughout the day and crave foods higher in sugar.
The same is true for eating too large a meal late at night – your body is more likely to store those extra calories as fat.
…the more we eat later in the day, or the later we eat in the day, the more likely it is that our meal will be converted to fat instead of muscle. Late day eating is also associated with a slower metabolic rate, decline in glucose tolerance, and less carbohydrate oxidation. ~ Mike Sheridan
So maybe steak and eggs for breakfast with a big serving of vegetables isn’t so bad after all!
For more detail, read the entire article on T-Nation by Mike Sheridan here: Fat Loss & High-Protein Breakfast.
Eat well to be well!