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Bulletproof intermittent fasting

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Created November 04, 2013 at 4:36 PM

Looking for some answers regarding BP-IF that I haven't been able to find... Looking to incorporate this into my regimen 2-3 days/week.

So, first off, can I still benefit from doing BP-IF 2-3x per week as opposed to every day?

next, how does it work with early AM workouts? Do I have a small post-WO meal of protein & carbs or do I continue to fast and have my BP coffee an hour or so later after my workout?

Lastly, I am 5'4" female, 138ish lbs. I want to implement the BP-IF but don't want to consume too much fat & calories in my BP coffee to where I would lose the benefits. So, I'm just wondering how much MCT oil/butter you use, relative to height/weight/gender. And, do you notice any differences or loss of benefits in using coconut oil vs MCToil.

Any tips, pointers, etc regarding bulletproof IF is greatly appreciated!

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BP fasting is not really fasting, ie you are still intaking 'energy', so prob not so much a concern in this instance

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on November 05, 2013
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@Bethany4

I use Ruta Maya, mainly because it's organic, from Mexico (Dave said the ones from Central America are less moldy on a podcast), and they're a lot cheaper... also found it at Costco occasionally. I think it's the process that counts. But to be honest, I think he overblows the mold stuff mainly because he's sensitive to it. Yes, if you replace MCT with coconut, you need to use 2x as much coconut, which isn't a terrible thing.

Find out what your BMR is (here's a calculator: http://www.bmi-calculator.net/bmr-calculator/ ) and consume far less fat than that when fasting. BMR is basal metabolic rate - basically the number of calories you need to live. We probably burn up 1.5x-2x as much when active, so that's a safe number.

The BPC recipe calls for 50g of butter (that's half a bar of Kerrygold!) - that comes out to 450kcals from butter and whatever you add as MCT oil. Even if you add another 50g of MCT or EVCO, you'll be way under your BMR if you'll do full day fasting, so you'll burn off some fat.

But, prolonged zero carb intake is probably a bad idea as it will signal cortisol and will also lower thyroid function, so you don't always want to do bulletproof intermittent fasting.

So typically I do have dinner after a day of IF, and do alternate day fasting instead of a whole week at a time.

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on November 04, 2013
at 11:19 PM

@raydawg I was wondering that about the beans... If I could buy a similar grade of coffee for a better cost. Would I just want to look for organic/fair trade beans?

Also, I'm wondering if I should aim for a certain number of calories and/or have my BPC at a certain % of my total daily calories? If I replace MCT with coconut oil and need to use more coconut oil, I know I want to make sure I don't overshoot my calories/fat intake and therefore blunt the benefits/fat burning effects. Thanks for your input!

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@samc It's fine as the fat doesn't trigger insulin, and the reason this doesn't matter is because we want insulin to not be triggered as high insulin prevents fat burning (it's as if you were burning your own fat stores, creating FFAs and ketones). Also autophagy is not impaired by fat intake, but is by carb/protein intake. So it's almost the same as not consuming any calories (although you'd burn less of your own fat stores obviously.)

It's useful for people who aren't yet fat adapted and want to avoid some of the effects of the low carb flu.

With a BPC, I can sometimes last until 5pm.

FYI: you neither have to buy the beans, nor the MCT oil from Mr. Asprey. Also you can swap out EVCO for MCT, though you'll need about 2x EVCO - you could remove some of the butter to do that.

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on November 04, 2013
at 07:40 PM

@Methodician ... You are correct, I have read the same thing. However I have also read that by following a BP-IF protocol, its more friendly to women and our hormones and such. It's something I'm interested in at least giving a shot.

@samc ... This method of IF is supposed to help keep you in ketosis as well as supply a more constant supply of energy as well (so you don't feel as crummy compared to regular IF). Here is the main page that lays it out:

http://www.bulletproofexec.com/bulletproof-fasting/

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on November 04, 2013
at 06:14 PM

Not that I am the all knowing one, but having a cup of coffee loaded with fat doesn't sound like IF. It is subbing a stimulant and a whole lotta fat for a traditional morning meal. Why not adapt so that you are burning your own internal fat and just have the coffee, black? It works for me, maybe not going to get it done for you. By the time lunch rolls around I am hungry and appreciate the food more so then when I ate by the 3 meal plan design. BP IF sounds like a nice marketing plan for selling overpriced coffee.

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on November 04, 2013
at 05:53 PM

At the risk of sounding sexist or controversial - as a woman you may want to re-consider IF as the benefits seem to be more pronounced in men. Test it out by all means, but if it doesn't feel right maybe it's for a reason.

Some women seem to do just fine with IF of course; just listen to your body.

A good read for you:

http://www.marksdailyapple.com/women-and-intermittent-fasting/#axzz2jhU7HERU

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BP fasting is not really fasting, ie you are still intaking 'energy', so prob not so much a concern in this instance

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