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Butter for Breakfast?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created May 16, 2011 at 1:29 PM

Oh Yeah!

Been keeping VLC paleo for the past 6 weeks (<20g carbs / day). 25 yo 302 pound male (down from 330).

I just had half a stick of Cabot butter for breakfast (4 tbsp ~400 calories)...I am literally bouncing off the walls here at work!

Ate the butter + my first Vitamin D3 supplement ever (NOW 5000 IU) at about 8am (its 930am now)....I've already had to go outside for two walks and feel like sprinting down the hallways! And remember, I'm 300 pounds and 5'11, so trust me, sprinting doesn't cross my mind very often...

Any ideas on what's going on? Haven't felt this good since week 3 of VLC paleo...

96440612cf0fcf366bf5ad8f776fca84

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on February 23, 2014
at 03:46 PM

+1 It would also work on cooled crispy bacon... like a sandwitch!

Cf626d3fba66c18297b3f1116a920e58

(3417)

on May 17, 2011
at 12:27 PM

You'd think, given the evidence. In my own experience, a brick of butter has sent me skyrocketing much more than the better part of a can of coconut milk. Not sure why.

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on May 17, 2011
at 06:12 AM

It would be interesting to see how TimeToShrink felt after consuming coconut milk, as it is mostly MCT's. If it is the MCT's in the butter you'd imagine the effect would be greater from coconut milk.

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on May 17, 2011
at 03:41 AM

yeah i think straight butter is so awesomely tasty.

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on May 17, 2011
at 03:40 AM

you know, as i was lapping up some cold butter off of a spoon it occurred to me that butter is a LOT like ice cream, only without the sugar. In fact, if you churn ice cream too long, you basically get sweetened butter.

0e08acfda572e00098d774ddaba9dbde

on May 16, 2011
at 05:42 PM

LOL i actually find butter to be quite delicious...i just sprinkle a little salt on it and i am good to go! The wild energy has tapered off a bit since this AM, but I am still far more energetic / focused than usual...

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on May 16, 2011
at 04:05 PM

Butter fat poisoning?

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on May 16, 2011
at 02:07 PM

@Carl: I thought that until I tried cultured butter, which I found at Central Market. I'm able to eat that and goat milk butter straight off the spoon. Delicous!

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on May 16, 2011
at 01:42 PM

Your body is really starting to like your ketogenic food choices. Your enzymes are being switched over to burning fat...you are becoming a fat burning machine. About Vit D3, never take it in the evening as it can keep one from sleeping well. Sprinting tabata style twice a week is invigorating.

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on May 16, 2011
at 01:39 PM

Some people's experience with straight butter makes me wish the thought of eating straight fat doesn't make me gag. I can only take coconut oil straight.

0e08acfda572e00098d774ddaba9dbde

on May 16, 2011
at 01:38 PM

Seriously! No need for coffee AT ALL. I think the usual morning cup has met its demise...we'll see if the afternoon one can be eliminated too

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Cf626d3fba66c18297b3f1116a920e58

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on May 16, 2011
at 01:35 PM

Butter is about 15% medium chain triglycerides (MCTs) which are quickly and efficiently oxidized by the liver to derive energy:

"Medium chain fatty acids (MCFA) are readily oxidized in the liver. Animal and human studies have shown that the fast rate of oxidation of MCFA leads to greater energy expenditure (EE)." -- http://jn.nutrition.org/content/132/3/329.long

A replacement for morning coffee? Not even a question in my mind.

Cf626d3fba66c18297b3f1116a920e58

(3417)

on May 17, 2011
at 12:27 PM

You'd think, given the evidence. In my own experience, a brick of butter has sent me skyrocketing much more than the better part of a can of coconut milk. Not sure why.

0e08acfda572e00098d774ddaba9dbde

on May 16, 2011
at 01:38 PM

Seriously! No need for coffee AT ALL. I think the usual morning cup has met its demise...we'll see if the afternoon one can be eliminated too

B3e7d1ab5aeb329fe24cca1de1a0b09c

(5242)

on May 17, 2011
at 06:12 AM

It would be interesting to see how TimeToShrink felt after consuming coconut milk, as it is mostly MCT's. If it is the MCT's in the butter you'd imagine the effect would be greater from coconut milk.

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77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on May 16, 2011
at 04:10 PM

@Daniel: Thanks for that link! I'm totally amazed by this but indeed, it makes a lot of sense. OP - you may want to check out Seth Robert's butter experiment for mental focus here.

Now my question is: How do you deal with the taste because it sounds so gross to me to eat a straight stick of butter. I'm going to try it though. I'm jealous of your unbounded energy :)

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(5136)

on May 17, 2011
at 03:41 AM

yeah i think straight butter is so awesomely tasty.

0e08acfda572e00098d774ddaba9dbde

on May 16, 2011
at 05:42 PM

LOL i actually find butter to be quite delicious...i just sprinkle a little salt on it and i am good to go! The wild energy has tapered off a bit since this AM, but I am still far more energetic / focused than usual...

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C0d5a9dd6f564e0997eeb3b8fbbfc604

on February 22, 2014
at 11:08 AM

I've noticed that when I eat butter first thing in the morning it usually picks me right up. I've researched the benefits of medium chain triglycerides, and I decided to take some MCT oil before workouts now. Just put some in my coffee. Works very well!

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on May 17, 2011
at 03:11 AM

I usually don't eat butter straight. Usually I put it on pork rinds. Honest.

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on February 23, 2014
at 03:46 PM

+1 It would also work on cooled crispy bacon... like a sandwitch!

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on May 16, 2011
at 03:45 PM

Read: This question.

I experience something similar with eating a lot of concentrated calories a la butter or coconut oil. The "Taubesian" school of thought is that a healthy body doesn't store excess energy when a caloric surplus is consumed, but rather it responds by increasing energy expenditure. (i.e. bouncing off the walls...)

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on May 16, 2011
at 03:28 PM

I will eat butter alone for a snack, usually a teaspoon and no more than a tablespoon. Salted is a must!

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