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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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5

May 17, 2015

The incredible lightness of being Bulletproof
Being a "biohacker" for decades before ever even hearing that term, I must say the Bulletproof Diet is full of useful information. In fact, using years of dieting trial and error, I came up with my own diet a few years ago that could best be described as a flextarian, lower-fat Bulletproof Diet (combined with a copious amount of walking). In January of 2014, I joined MyFitnessPal. By December 31st of 2014, I had lost 65 pounds. I can personally say that doing this works, even without the extra fat. However, in mid-December of 2014, I purchased and downloaded the Bulletproof Diet audiobook. I decided not to just listen to the book, but to put it to the test. Since I have logged fairly accurately on MFP for well over a year, I will share my experience with higher levels of fat, which honestly did seem counter-intuitive to me.

First, I added grassfed-butter, Bulletproof coffee to my diet almost immediately, drinking it twice a day (using off-the-shelf decaf *gasp*). I also upped the amount of avocado I was eating, and started eating unsweetened, organic coconut twice a day. I also added some coconut/almond butter to my diet and cooking with coconut oil, and since I have been working out more, I'm experimenting with some grass-fed whey protein. By January of 2015, I had more than doubled the amount of fat I was eating. In fact, these items alone added an extra 500 - 600 calories a day to my diet.

With the addition of the extra calories, I fully expected to stop losing weight or even gain a little muscle weight, as I swapped from cardio exercise to more strength training (paleo style). However, from January of 2015 to April 2015, I lost another 7 pounds, for a total of 72 pounds since joining MFP.

What I did gain was much easier appetite control, a wonderful addition of new flavors, and with some tweaks to the diet, some problems I have had since being a teenager are now healing.

With decades of yo-yo weight gain and loss, as I bounced between a somewhat healthy diet and slid back on to the SAD diet (Standard American Diet), I think what I'm doing now will be the one that works for me for the rest of my life. At the age of 46 I'm now a certified yoga instructor, I'm doing easy 9 - 10 minute miles, and consistent 32 minute 5k runs. You know, that all may not sound like much, but it was just a couple of years ago that I looked and felt like the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man.

Here are the Bulletproof Diet pros:

* Extra fat does indeed satiate appetite and gives you more control over hunger.
* Dave Asprey is one of the few people that understands the dangers of too much protein.
* Dave Asprey also gets the dangers of vitamin supplementation (or at least approaches it in a more intelligent way).

Here are the Bulletproof Diet cons:

* The way he pushes his Bulletproof Coffee sounds like a used car salesman in action.
* Dave maintains the diet will change your gut bacteria. Bulletproof alone was not enough for me.
* I'm really undecided on some of his information about natural toxins/anti-nutrients in food.
* Legumes are actually a common item eaten among centenarians. Come on Dave, don't over think it.
* The recipe PDF with the audiobook is really heavy on the meat, which contradicts information in his own book.
* I think on some level, calories do still matter, even though I totally get the gut bacteria connection.

I'm going to say that I think Dave is a genius. That said, there are just a few things that concern me. I really like the way he judges foods by the way they make him feel and/or mental clarity. However, some anti-nutrients do stress your body, and at times this can be beneficial to your health. Go to a popular search engine and look up a wonderful article by Moises Velasquez-Manoff, called "Fruits and Vegetables Are Trying to Kill You, Antioxidant vitamins don’t stress us like plants do—and don’t have their beneficial effect."

While Dave is one of the few people who get the dangers of too much protein, his website takes pot shots at The China Study, which really has a lot of great information in it, especially about protein. In fact, they do eat rice in China and by in large, they are healthier than Americans. But if you can get past the rice, a lot of classic Chinese dishes are Bulletproof. A big pile of vegetables with a little meat thrown in for just the right amount of protein is about as Bulletproof as you can get.

When I designed my diet, I approached it with the knowledge that (less-healthy) Americans eat way more meat than large portions of the (healthier), less-developed world, combined with the fact that I think the paleo people out there also score a lot of points for their information about grains. So I tried to combine the two and come up with a vegetable heavy, lower protein diet that was healthier than the basic paleo diets, which kind of lean toward bacon, wrapped in bacon, and served on a side of steak with a slab of butter on it for good measure. So in that respect, I do think it is unfortunate that Dave's own recipe PDF seems to contradict information from his book.

Keep in mind, in the study of the !Kung San (a San people living in the Kalahari Desert in Namibia, Botswana and in Angola, and who genetically trace back to the beginnings of modern humans) anthropologist Richard Borshay Lee found these hunter-gatherers to get some 60 to 70 percent of their food from plants they gather, and 30 to 40 percent from meat obtained by hunting.

Indeed, an honest look at healthy populations all over the world will find a similar pattern of eating. As Dr. Dave Perlmutter M.D., pointed out in his book, Brain Maker, "Far too often people think a low-carb diet is all about eating copious amounts of meat and other sources of protein. On the contrary, an ideal plate in the Brain Maker protocol is a sizable portion of vegetables (two-thirds of your plate) and about 3 to 4 ounces of protein. Meat and animal products should be a side dish, not a main course." (Amazingly, that sounds a lot like diets in Asian countries).

And finally, Dave maintains that if you eat the Bulletproof Diet, your gut bacteria will change to good bacteria without the use of probiotics. With all the list of benefits that I can attribute to going Bulletproof, having battled with eczema, psoriasis, dandruff, and/or fungal/candida symptoms for a large portion of my life, it was only when I tweaked the Bulletproof Diet to include the Skinny Gut Diet, did I start to get relief from these issues. I highly recommend, "The Skinny Gut Diet: Balance Your Digestive System for Permanent Weight Loss," by Brenda Watson C.N.C. and Leonard Smith M.D.

Basically, The Skinny Gut Diet is Bulletproof, with the addition of fermented foods with every meal and probiotics. In the past, I've put some corporate exec's kids through college buying creams and ointments and probiotics that didn't work. It was only when I combined everything -- diet, exercise, weight loss, healthy fats, and fermented foods/probiotics -- that I finally saw the results I have been looking for my whole life.

I would like to recommend a few books that go very well with Bulletproof:

Go Wild: Free Your Body and Mind from the Afflictions of Civilization, by John J. Ratey and Richard Manning

Missing Microbes: How the Overuse of Antibiotics Is Fueling Our Modern Plagues by Martin J. Blaser

Brain Maker: The Power of Gut Microbes to Heal and Protect Your Brain–for Life
4

December 2, 2014

The Good: Dave's diet plan does one thing incredibly well ...
Don't let the 4-star review sound overly critical. Buy this book and use it. There is a lot of incredible information in this.
I have followed Asprey's advice from his podcasts and other materials, and this book is 100% in line with that. I'm writing this review after having read the book to make certain there was nothing contradicting the "bulletproof diet" plan I was already on. Long story short, it's all here.

The Good:

Dave's diet plan does one thing incredibly well -- it highlights the critical need for GOOD FATS!!! Good fat like grass-fed butter, ghee, and coconut oil (as well as avocado) is absolutely necessary to good health of the mind and body.

The "don't eat" list is pretty standard fare but accurate.

Dave also breaks things down into very understandable terms and gives actionable advice. If you read copious amounts of cutting-edge health info, Dave's work is on-target and a much needed contribution. The more this info gets out there, the better. Dave would probably be the first to say he isn't the peddler of anything unique other than perhaps the coffee (I'd heard of using coconut oil in coffee pre-Dave, but not butter), but he's making the information more accessible and deserves to be lauded for that.

The Not-so-Awesome

The diet may be bulletproof, but it isn't a silver bullet (because no such thing exists). I would appreciate a section called "If this diet doesn't work for you, then...". Dave's advice regarding proper fats will correct most hormonal issues long-term, but there will be some people for whom this will not work or who will not have it work as well as it could. Finding a good endocrinologist may be necessary for you if you aren't getting good results. Especially if you are a female -- guys get a genetic leg-up with our hormones, and while it's not fair, if this plan doesn't work for you, it's a pretty good indicator you have something going on with what is to me the most complicated part of human machinery.

There's nothing "bad" in here. The book is a great sales funnel for Dave's supplements and coffee, and that is NOT a bad thing. I'm all for cross-marketing. The only "meh" thought I have regarding this is that Dave's prices on the supplements this book will lead you to are a bit steeper than I suspect are necessary. The cost of most of his supplements are prohibitive for guys and gals starting from zero.

That said, Dave's work of pointing me in a different direction (especially in light hacking!) has had a very positive effect on my life and health. He's quite deserving of being added to my list of effective biohackers/teachers like Tim Ferriss, David Perlmutter, and William Davis.

Action = results, and the actions detailed in this book will have the amazing results advertised for most people.
5

March 24, 2016

As a 59 year old woman with Heart Disease, I highly recommend the Bullet Proof Diet to easily change and save your life
4 years into recovery from Heart Failure and a triple bypass, I was miserable with IBS, Gastro problems, unspecified pectoral pain being treated as Angina, acute sinusitis, adrenal fatigue, on the verge of going on thyroid medication, to name only the major complaints that I had. My room mate started drinking bullet proof coffee and suggested that I listen to Dave Asprey's Book....The Bullet Proof Diet. Audio has always been a better fit for me, but only shortly into the book, I bought the hardcover to follow along and adopted the lifestyle change 10 months ago.
Not only am I 30lbs down never to come back again as I have floundered with every other diet for over 40 years, I have also been off my BP meds for 5 months. The only meds I currently take are a statin which is minimal now, as I have familial cholesterol issues. I am in that 30% that has to take a statin.However, even with high dosages of stains after my bypass I could never get them to healthy ranges. Last week, my cardiologist asked me what I was doing to finally be in exception ranges for LDL/HDL, cholesterol and triglicerides. My thyroid is good and getting better, no adrenal fatigue and I can't remember the last time I had no pain from my chest or gut. I did this all in 10 months with the aid of this program.
Everything started with getting rid of inflammation through my diet and I highly recommend this book to any woman (or man) over 40 that needs to change their health, right now!
5

September 19, 2017

Great for Quick and Easy Weight Loss! (My simple plan!)
This diet is interesting because it addresses concerns with food toxicity as well as inflammation. Even down to the methods we prepare our food (no more grilling or frying meat!) It also addresses concerns with healing the gut and hormones.

The idea is becoming bulletproof - which is more than just maintaining a good weight. It's about performing at our maximum capacity - ultimate brain power, energy, and sleep causing us to live at our personal maximum.

I wouldn't say that I'm following this diet precisely, and also probably not realizing its potential, because my initial goal was just to lose 20 pounds!

But I can testify it does work well for that purpose!! I lost 7 pounds the first week and about 2 pounds per week since. I'm about 7 weeks in. I'm excited to hit my goal in a month or so. My mom was inspired and started also, with a goal to lose 10. She has lost 6 in the first two weeks and is thrilled.

We're also excited because the diet is so easy (for us) and delicious. Neither of us enjoy cooking much, so we both follow a pretty simple plan. At first I was hungry as my body was asking, "Um, where went the carbs?!" But I adjusted and can easily go now without any rumbly tummy or anything. The fats keep me feeling satisfied.

Bulletproof Coffee for breakfast (DELICIOUS!)
Eating window of 6-8 hours:
Lunch: Salad with meat & generous oil, or veggies/eggs in butter or oil, or dinner leftovers
Dinner: Meat and vegetables with butter / oil, some nights with white rice or sweet potato.
Daily piece of dark chocolate

ETA: I did end up losing 18 pounds in 10 weeks, and that was with some cheating and not following it to the letter of the law. WIN!
4

April 13, 2018

Grateful for his work, But be advised...
I really respect Dave Asprey and what he's putting out into the world, I believe to be extremely helpful. My main contentions are these: his products when tested, turn out to have plenty of toxins. For example his cacao powder is full of cadmium :(
His brand is very pricey compared to the competition, which is fine, if he's really doing the testing and making sure it's all as "pure" as he says. But it seems he's not so diligent on that front and so I don't think the brand is as trustworthy as marketed. He's very knowledgeable, but there are too many flaws in the system here, it's also very geared towards a man body and women should be aware of this. That being said, I think this and his cookbook are both worthy books and I do recommend checking them out.
5

May 22, 2017

Changed my life ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
I've lost 30 lbs in 7 weeks. Feel great , my blood pressure is better than ever. My ankles don't swell ! My daily mood is better I'm told by coworkers. I'm 1/4 of the way to my goal and actually think that I can achieve it for the first time in a long , long time. I'm 70 years old doing this for my health and want to feel young again too !
5

August 21, 2017

OMG. Just Follow The Plan
You know when you read a book that has testimonials in it, and you think "suuuurre, that might work for a few people." Turns out that this bullet proof thing is the real deal. I started w/ the bulletproof coffee in the opening and intermittent fasting, then started reading the book. By the time I finished the book, I was 16lbs lighter and my body fat went down 6%.

Here's the kicker: I wasn't really trying to lose weight. I wanted to feel healthier and get more done during my waking hours. That happened too.

For immediate results, follow this plan. Changed my life!
5

September 13, 2016

Down 30 pounds so far.
I don't follow the plan to the "T", but I've dropped about 30 pounds since starting. I feel much better in general. Interesting read with quick results.
3

Dec 28, 2014

I really wanted to give this 2 stars but hey, I'm drinking the coffee so let's go for 3. Unfortunately, Asprey is extremely salesy and if you're not into used car salesman-types, he's going to make you very uncomfortable. He also loves to tout the benefits the Bulletproof Diet will have on your body as if it is going to shred you up with minimal exercise—I can promise you much of his fitness tips are misguided. Aside from dubious testimonials sprinkled throughout the book, he offers no numbers, I really wanted to give this 2 stars but hey, I'm drinking the coffee so let's go for 3. Unfortunately, Asprey is extremely salesy and if you're not into used car salesman-types, he's going to make you very uncomfortable. He also loves to tout the benefits the Bulletproof Diet will have on your body as if it is going to shred you up with minimal exercise—I can promise you much of his fitness tips are misguided. Aside from dubious testimonials sprinkled throughout the book, he offers no numbers, statistics, case studies, or evidence that his readers have dropped in body fat percentage OR gained muscle mass using his program. Bottom line: If you're looking for tips on physical training, look elsewhere.

The pros is that Asprey has absolutely done his homework regarding mold toxins that typically go unrecognized as well as the benefits of healthy fats in the system (disappointed he didn't talk about ketosis even once, though).

The net: Worth a read, but with a healthy amount of skepticism. ...more
1

August 9, 2018

Regurgitated Common Knowledge + tiresome sales campaign
Much like any other fad diet books. Familiar passages found in any diet book on vitamins, dairy etc. The whole premise of this book is buy his supplements because “they’re the best” and ad nauseum reminding the reader he’s a bio hacker. He’s a fat guy that lost weight with money to endlessly self-promote. Very American-style me me me look what I’ve done and now I’m an expert.

I made it to page 32 and it’s off to a charity shop for someone to buy for $1.

How Not to a Die or PH Miracle are far more superior and science based books from authors with the research and qualified degrees to speak about this subject. Netflix food documentaries are more informative and memorable.
2

Feb 20, 2015

My wife and I were interested in this to see if we could learn anything to augment the mostly primal/paleo way we've been eating the last few years. We picked up a few great ideas (mainly realizing we may have been eating too much protein and not enough saturated fat), but were mostly left disappointed.

Dave Asprey is reaching very hard to brand every salable aspect of his lifestyle while simultaneously avoiding identifying it with the paleo/ancestral movements. He's not paleo, he's a My wife and I were interested in this to see if we could learn anything to augment the mostly primal/paleo way we've been eating the last few years. We picked up a few great ideas (mainly realizing we may have been eating too much protein and not enough saturated fat), but were mostly left disappointed.

Dave Asprey is reaching very hard to brand every salable aspect of his lifestyle while simultaneously avoiding identifying it with the paleo/ancestral movements. He's not paleo, he's a "biohacker." Great. So every idea he has that he can possibly market becomes "Bulletproof X" or "Upgraded Y." Yuck. And the constant dropping of his geek hacker cred gets tiresome.

Having let the contents of this book stew around in my head for a few weeks, I've got two unique and positive ideas left that I can say I picked up from reading it:
1) It's possible to get the benefits of intermittent fasting and ketosis without outright starving via the "hack" that ingesting saturated fat alone doesn't cause the body to leave ketosis. This is cool, and actually seems to work. We've been doing the nothing-but-butter-coffee approach to breakfast and going about 15-18 hours a day without eating anything else and it really is causing fat loss without corresponding energy loss. I don't weigh myself but after only a week my not-sure-i-should-have-bought-them tight pants fit comfortably. I write code for a living and wouldn't take on a diet that leaves me foggy headed and this does not. In fact I feel wonderfully focused at work.
2) Mold and other "toxins" may be serving as digestion or endocrine disruptors for you, depending upon your sensitivity. I've been well aware of the phytate/lectin issues with the grain family of foods but not so with the mycotoxins found in an apparent host of vegetables and spices. That said, I think he over exaggerates the importance of this point. The takeaway should be "test and see how you feel by removing and reintroducing these foods from your diet one at a time" but instead comes off as "you'd be crazy to keep eating mushrooms if you knew how TOXIC they are, but if you really can't live without them, test and see how tolerant you are!" I'm not going to stop eating onions and garlic because they land in his "suspect" group due to likelihood of mold contamination. My gut can handle some spores in the name of flavor.

Which leads to the food. Dave Asprey says he does most of the cooking for his family and, if so, I feel sorry for them. His recipes are rather bland due to the fact that he likes pretty much only salt and turmeric as spices and avoids everything else that tastes interesting, whether due to mycotoxin sensitivity or other factors. Black pepper? Nope: toxic! We ate his recipes for 4 days and couldn't take it anymore: drowning everything in turmeric while otherwise leaving it flavorless, then coating it in butter and MCT oil was kind of...yuck. It seems quite possible to honor his basic approach to diet while eating much more flavorful recipes, which we immediately embarked upon. ...more
5

September 14, 2017

Changed my life.
Shortly after retiring I fell in love with my soulmate. Six months later he was in chemo for bladder cancer. I was his sole caregiver for two years before he died. During that time and in the year that followed I ballooned out and was constantly hungry no matter how healthy I tried to eat. At one point my belly measured 36" . I felt old, ugly, and exhausted. Dave's diet sounded radical but I had done plenty of biohacking myself. Recognized from a few of his supplement discussions about gene mutations I have (that many physicians still don't know about) that this guy knows his stuff. Have followed it faithfully for two weeks and finally reversed the trend. My belly is rapidly disappearing already. My skin glows. I have energy. I have started slowly on the MCT oil. No problems there. Don't just buy the book and follow the diet. Take the supplements he recommends. I was already on many of them. I buy them on Amazon. It took three days to get through the sugar withdrawal. After that I stopped having cravings. Cannot recommend this book highly enough.
4

Feb 08, 2015

There are always naysayers. I also think it's a bad idea to skip breakfast. Being vegetarian twice in my life, I had to stop both times. Why? Deep depression, anxiety, panic attacks, insomnia, and my skin looked old and crappy. Back on animal protein and a high good fat diet and I feel great again. AND... I lost quite a bit of weight, no inflammation and no puffiness.

For vegans, sorry. Every vegan I know starts to look super unhealthy after some time. Even Pres Clinton's doc told him he needed There are always naysayers. I also think it's a bad idea to skip breakfast. Being vegetarian twice in my life, I had to stop both times. Why? Deep depression, anxiety, panic attacks, insomnia, and my skin looked old and crappy. Back on animal protein and a high good fat diet and I feel great again. AND... I lost quite a bit of weight, no inflammation and no puffiness.

For vegans, sorry. Every vegan I know starts to look super unhealthy after some time. Even Pres Clinton's doc told him he needed to get some animal protein back in his diet as his health was suffering from a vegan diet.

Here's the thing. Besides the breakfast thing and the amount of MCT oil, I'm on board. Not everyone is the same, but people don't realize that your body treats fruit just like a Snickers bar.

It's also very important for organic and pasture raised food. If you add sugars, alcohol and/or dessert items to this diet, yes, your bad cholesterol will go up. There's a reason for that.

Interestingly enough, the foods he tells you to stay clear of are all the foods I tested a sensitivity to. Has to be something to it. Yes, I am allergic to mold.

...more
5

Nov 30, 2014

This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Asprey's Bulletproof Diet is worth paying attention to.

I've gone through several diets in my life. And just when I thought there was nothing better than Tim Ferriss' Slow-Carb diet mentioned in the 4-Hour Body, I came across Dave's work. That marked a significant moment in my approach to nutrition and health, and changed a lot of things in my life.

Dave is an unusual wealth of information. He had his own struggles with nearly every health problem imaginable until he started hacking his health in Asprey's Bulletproof Diet is worth paying attention to.

I've gone through several diets in my life. And just when I thought there was nothing better than Tim Ferriss' Slow-Carb diet mentioned in the 4-Hour Body, I came across Dave's work. That marked a significant moment in my approach to nutrition and health, and changed a lot of things in my life.

Dave is an unusual wealth of information. He had his own struggles with nearly every health problem imaginable until he started hacking his health in his 20s. This guy has been everywhere from intense neurofeedback centers to Tibetan monasteries. His experience is unique, which is one of the main reasons this book is special.

The Bulletproof Diet is reminiscent of many of the Paleo books out there. There's emphasis on healthy fats, grass-fed proteins, and a good amount of vegetables, but Asprey is also very concerned with the very real aspect of food contamination by mold toxins in particular. His damaged immune system is extremely sensitive to mold toxins, which forces him to remove certain foods from his diet, and why he has his own product line with specially produced coffees and other foods. These toxins have varying effects on everyone, and are linked to a wide array of health problems, including cancer. One of the reasons Paleo works is because it removes grains from the diet, which are a very high source of mold contamination. Getting toxins out of your diet can dramatically help you reduce inflammation and lose weight, even if you're not particularly sensitive.

The backbone of the Bulletproof Diet is Bulletproof Coffee, a delicious, filling, high fat drink to be consumed in the morning. This curbs cravings, helps your body burn fat (literally, as well as ketones). Bulletproof Coffee alone is a powerful diet hack that helps followers of the Bulletproof Diet keep their willpower throughout the day. Honestly, a lot of diets out there are not realistic, and basically require good genes and an excessive amount of willpower, while not providing the calories to fuel that willpower. The Bulletproof Diet totally fixes this problem.

This book is a great sit-down read, as well as a reference guide. There's a comprehensive index that covers many things that other diet books don't even get near. Also, topics such as exercise, sleep, and supplementation are covered extensively in their own chapters.

My favorite section is Dave's killer refutations of the most common diet myths, not commonly covered in other books:
1. If you're not losing weight, you're not trying hard enough
2. You're not as hungry as you think you are
3. A low-fat diet is healthy
4. Eating fat will make you fat
5. Cutting calories is the best way to lose weight
6. Everything natural is good for you
7. You have to work out a lot to lose weight
8. Coffee is bad for you
9. Salt is a hazardous substance
10. Moderation is the key to success when dieting ...more
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August 17, 2019

Terribly written, making me feel ill
This man is not a doctor, but he spouts information as if his word is the gospel truth for the body. His stuff is expensive, and eating all this fat is making me feel ill. I feel like there are a lot more nutritious ways to get your calories than by drinking coffee with butter. Also, his coffee is not very good. Also also, anyone who says that garlic and onions are not good for you is nuts.
1

April 11, 2019

Disappointing!
If I would have known this was nothing more than a shameless plug to purchase only BULLETPROOF products, I never would have bought it. Don't waste your money.
2

Apr 26, 2015

In many ways he is the George Foreman of the coffee drinking world. He sells coffee and sells it well, he's come up with one idea and is so proud of it he's put his brand on it. in every paragraph.

The guy is a hack, a used car salesman. This book is an overloaded with broscience, celebrity endorsements and bulletproof branding, with little or no empirical data to back up its claims. He is selling the bulletproof brand and the dream of an upgraded lifestyle which can be obtained through his In many ways he is the George Foreman of the coffee drinking world. He sells coffee and sells it well, he's come up with one idea and is so proud of it he's put his brand on it. in every paragraph.

The guy is a hack, a used car salesman. This book is an overloaded with broscience, celebrity endorsements and bulletproof branding, with little or no empirical data to back up its claims. He is selling the bulletproof brand and the dream of an upgraded lifestyle which can be obtained through his buttery mould free coffee, and his bland recipes. ...more
4

April 15, 2018

Intriguing Premise, Good Implementation Steps, One Major Flaw
The premise of this book intrigues me: using yourself as a scientific experiment by trying various diets and then rigorously documenting your results. As a person who has tried many different diets myself and always failed to keep weight off long term, I had already wanted to do something similar myself before I heard of this book, but I had never gotten around to implementing it. So when I heard about the premise of this book, I was fascinated and hooked. Not only has the author Dave tried far more diets than I would ever want to, but he had far more weight to lose (100 lbs) and he went into much more detailed medical documentation than I would ever have been willing to do. For years of experimenting with diets he took his blood glucose levels, sometimes even several times a day, he measured insulin and insulin resistent, thyroid function, cholesterol, blood triglycerides, and more. Dave is rigorous about science he never wants the reader to take his word on anything. It's all researched, first on himself, and then he carefully document medical studies that further the conclusions he came to on his own body.

The book outlines the implementation of this diet very clearly and an average person can get started with a simple list to the grocery store.

The one flaw that this book has is so serious, that if were the publisher, I would pull all the books immediately and start printing a new edition with the following information. The book fails to even elude to a very common side effect of any keto diet commonly called the keto flu. So here's what happened to me. This was the very first diet book on keto that I picked up. In one day, I went from eating a diet very high in refined carbs and sugars to going completely bulletproof all the way: super high fat, high veggies, and almost no carbs. The results were nothing short of disastrous in the short term. Here I was, reading along in the book statements such as: if you follow this two week starter plan, you will feel absolutely amazing, the best you've ever felt in your life. Your brain fog will go away, your hunger will subside, and you'll have amazing energy. What I felt for the first week was the opposite in every way. First off, I had a raging headache for the first three days that began in the afternoon, and by evening I couldn't even function. Second, I had carb cravings like I've never experienced in my life. At one point, lying in bed trying to sleep (and sleep was terrible) I actually imagined that I smelled toast, that's how bad my cravings for. Thirdly, my body ached all over exactly like I had the real flu, hence the term keto flu.

My initial response to the terrible difference between how I was feeling and how the book said I would feel, is that I would have liked to take the book and fling it across the room, stomp on it, and then watch it go up in flames (the problem was I was reading a digital copy.) My next thought was that maybe there was something biologically different about me that I can't tolerate these kinds of diets. I almost gave up the diet entirely concluding that it was monumental trash from beginning to end, except that I remembered that my sister had mentioned to me the term keto flu. I looked it up online, and low and behold, Dave's own website has articles and podcasts which mention this very phenomena. Everything I was feeling was completely normal and would soon pass and then I would feel how the book said I would. But the book needs to have a chapter explaining that. I also think it should also go into the same medical detail that the rest of the book does, about what happens when the body is becoming fat adapted.

As I researched the keto flu and what it means to become fat adapted, I finally found the answer to a question I've pondered for decades which is: Why is it that a person can be either 20 lbs overweight or 200 lbs overweight and feel extremely famished after skipping even one meal? The body stored all the fat to be used at a later time, not to hang on to forever, and yet the body kicks and screams after skipping a single meal when there is months, sometimes years of energy in the form of fat at its disposal. And what I learned from articles fascinated me about how the body has to learn how to burn its stored fat, and if you've been high on carbs, this can be a difficult process, like what happened to me with the keto flu. But shame on Dave for not including a chapter on this in his book and not making it a major focus.

So how do I feel now? I officially conquered the keto flu after a full week of carb withdrawal and am truly on my way to becoming fat adapted. I do finally feel great. I have conquered most of my carb cravings and I definitely have increased energy. I plan to stick with this idea long term, especially the intermittent fasting outlined in the book. My weight loss has not been steller; the book claims up to a pound a day, not happening here! I think I'm at about 2 pounds a week following the diet very closely. And that's fine. I don't think a pound a day is possible for most people on even a water fast, unless you are extremely overweight. I want to come back in a month and update my progress on how I feel, how the implementation has been, and if I've lost any weight. Stay tuned.
3

October 4, 2019

Poor information for women, not always good advice.
This book has a lot of good information especially for men. It does not take into account the complexity of female hormone systems. For
instance when women drink more than a cup of coffee it increases their estrogen by 70% which influences estrogen dominance something g you do not want. Also women’s systems are much more complex with creating a baby, and menopause. This is a truly male left brained perspective on health and weight loss. I think he should partner with a female functional medicine physician or female biochemist about the female system with this bulletproof perspective .
Sadly once again it is all a male perspective and orientation . Women deal with stress differently. There are estrogen receptors in the amygdala. Testosterone speeds up clearing stress hormones, estrogen slows it down. Then there is the I formation about genetic SNiP’s and how they influence clearing toxins, hormones, burning fat etc... I hope you read this Dave.
4

Mar 15, 2019

You have to avoid toxins that trigger the immune system. Antinutrients such as preservatives, colorings, pesticides, etc. are all toxins.
- The main categories of naturally occurring antinutrients are lectins, phytates, oxalates, and mold toxins (mycotoxins).
- Lectins: A lectin is a type of protein that permanently attaches itself to the sugars that line your cells, disrupting small-intestine metabolism and damaging gut villi (fingerlike projections on the small intestine’s lining that absorb You have to avoid toxins that trigger the immune system. Antinutrients such as preservatives, colorings, pesticides, etc. are all toxins.
- The main categories of naturally occurring antinutrients are lectins, phytates, oxalates, and mold toxins (mycotoxins).
- Lectins: A lectin is a type of protein that permanently attaches itself to the sugars that line your cells, disrupting small-intestine metabolism and damaging gut villi (fingerlike projections on the small intestine’s lining that absorb nutrients). Lectin causes insulin resistance and irritates the gut. Beans, nuts, and grains have a dramatic level of lectin. Long term results include sore joints, migraine, brain fog, and bad skin.
- HYTATES: another plant defense mechanism. They attach to minerals suc as magnesium, iron, zinc, etc so you won’t absorb them. Whole grains and nuts contain phytates. Cooking certain foods that are high in phytates and then draining the water or soaking them in something acidic like lemon or vinegar minimizes phytates, but many of the grains and seeds that contain phytates are irritating to the gut even when cooked.
- OXALATES: found in vegetables like spinach, kale, chard, black pepper, parsley, buckwheat, etc. when oxalate binds to calcium, they crystallize in the a body part and cause pain. Also, they’re one cause of kidney stones. Similar to phytates, you can get rid of the oxalates by soaking them in acid or cooking them and drain the cooking water.
- Mold toxins or micotoxins: some coffee beans contain mold toxins which causes fatigue after consumption. Besides coffee, wheat, corn, and other grains, but peanuts, fruits, chocolate, and wine may have mold.

- saturated fat and cholesterol are the building blocks for all of our hormones,

- Leptin is produced by fat cells, and your leptin levels are proportionate to your body-fat levels. This means that the fatter you are, the more leptin you have in your body. When you are overweight like I was and have high amounts of circulating leptin in your body for a long period of time, you become leptin resistant. In this case, your brain is constantly bombarded with leptin and doesn’t receive the signal that your stomach is full.
consuming a lot of fructose also causes leptin resistance by elevating triglyceride levels. Triglycerides impair leptin transport and prevent it from entering the hypothalamus, 11 the structure in the brain that most needs to receive the leptin signal to inhibit hunger.

- If the food contains toxins, your liver uses blood sugar to oxidize the toxins, which causes a drop in available energy for your brain. The result is that you feel like you need sugar right away.
- When your small intestine detects protein in the food you’ve eaten, it helps leptin stimulate satiety, and when the pancreas detects fat in your intestines, it releases a hormone that prevents ghrelin from turning off the satiety call.
- Fruits have fructose which s converted to either glucose or triglycerides the latter of which gets stored as fat. Fructose is not satiate no and causes cravings. Fructose also causes aftery diseases. It causes AGES by linking to collegan. Fructose also feeds bacteria the output of which would be Urin acid which causes joint pain and kidney stone and gout.
- Bulletproof Diet limits fructose to no more than 25 grams a day and preferably less. That’s roughly the amount in 2 large apples.
- On average, men should aim for at least 120 to 150 grams of fat (8 to 10 tablespoons) per day. Women should aim for at least 90 to 120 grams (6 to 8 tablespoons). As a general rule for edible fats, the shorter the fat, the rarer and more anti-inflammatory it is. This is why the Bulletproof Diet ensures that you get adequate amounts of the harder-to-find short- and medium-chain fats, which include the butyric acid found in butter and several types of medium-chain triglycerides found in coconut oil.
- the second way of finding good fat is to see how stable they are. The most stable fats are saturated because saturated fat molecules have fewer places for oxygen to damage them through oxidation.
- The second most stable fat is monounsaturated fat, which is relatively stable because there is only one place where oxygen can damage it.
- scientists have indeed found that excess protein can cause inflammation because it is more difficult for the body to digest than other macronutrients.
- **Compared to healthy fats, protein itself is metabolically difficult to turn into glucose for energy. This is because your liver requires a source of fuel to efficiently process protein, and that fuel must come from either fat or glucose. This is one reason a low-fat, zero-added-sugar, and high-protein meal can leave you feeling full but still cause you to crave sweets later in the day.**
- 20 percent of your daily calories should come from Bulletproof protein sources such as:
- low-mercury fish,
- grass-fed beef and lamb,
- pastured eggs,
- hydrolyzed collagen,
- gelatin, and
- clean whey concentrate.

### Poisonous Kryptonite food
- sugar
- Processes food are brain killers.
- Soy is also one of them.
- Monosodium Glutamate MSG is one of the most common artificial flavorings added to processed foods. MSG is a chemical that is meant to make food taste better. MSG also messes with the way your neurotransmitters cause the nerves in your brain to fire. MSG is an excitatory neurotransmitter that sends signals from one cell to another. Consuming it can cause the cells it activates to become overexcited. This leads to cell damage and often cell death. As your cells become damaged and/or die, your neurons signal for more energy. You may experience this as a headache, a sudden mood swing, or a craving for sweets, the fastest source of energy. This is obviously a substance to avoid for optimum performance! The most common sources of MSG are processed chips, commercial salad dressings, broths, commercial soups, and sauces like barbecue sauce and ketchup. Most spice mixes also contain MSG.

- **Artificial sweeteners** Aspartame is one synthetic sweetener that is responsible for a large number of adverse reactions. Diet soda contains Aspertame. Other harmful sweeteners include: acesulfame K (ace-K), saccharin, sucralose (Splenda), and tagatose.
- Genetically Modified food are kryptomidess.
- Unstable fats are bad. The worst of them being: easily oxidized, and therefore inflammatory fats are polyunsaturated fats. such fats include: **canola, corn, cottonseed, peanut, safflower, soybean, sunflower, and all other vegetable oils**
- If you eat the oils that most restaurants and processed food companies use, you’re getting huge ...more
5

Dec 14, 2015

Five-star reviews are reserved for books that are a life-changing, paradigm-shattering force to be reckoned with that I'm compelled to force on everyone I know. The Bulletproof Diet delivers on all counts. I started this book while in bed with terrible back pain because if pain is the truest roadmap to where God is working in our lives, somethings gotta give with my diet and exercise routine. Throughout the course of the next couple weeks I started incorporating minor Bulletproof principles and Five-star reviews are reserved for books that are a life-changing, paradigm-shattering force to be reckoned with that I'm compelled to force on everyone I know. The Bulletproof Diet delivers on all counts. I started this book while in bed with terrible back pain because if pain is the truest roadmap to where God is working in our lives, somethings gotta give with my diet and exercise routine. Throughout the course of the next couple weeks I started incorporating minor Bulletproof principles and wow, I'm a new woman. This book not only confirms principles I've known from my own experience that are frowned upon by pop-culture (and the food manufacturing conglomerates polluting our food supply) but also has the "missing links" to fuel my body so I can live fully, engaged, alive, and "bulletproof." ...more
5

Nov 27, 2014

Dave delivers again

I have been listening to the bulletproof radio podcast since 2012. Since I started just basic changes that year I saw a huge difference in my athletic performance. I took this all the way to triathlon and full ironman distance with great results. I am now not training at all and maintaining my weight and lean mass (I actually look better than when just was exercising 10hrs a week) and excelling mentally since the past few weeks I have integrated bulletproof intermittent Dave delivers again

I have been listening to the bulletproof radio podcast since 2012. Since I started just basic changes that year I saw a huge difference in my athletic performance. I took this all the way to triathlon and full ironman distance with great results. I am now not training at all and maintaining my weight and lean mass (I actually look better than when just was exercising 10hrs a week) and excelling mentally since the past few weeks I have integrated bulletproof intermittent fasting. Wow, this book is great for me to give out when they ask me how I do what I do. I will be buying extra copies just for this reason. I feel I need to share the wealth! Highly highly recommend. ...more
1

September 28, 2018

Very disappointed.
Rehash of stuff off web. Very disappointed.
2

January 2, 2019

Not science based
I love debunking certain myths like “fat is bad” Cheers! Unfortunately the author makes reckless claims about vegetables and fruits that simply don’t hold up against longitudinal research. Might the Bulletproof Diet help people lose weight? No question- will it promote health and wellness long-term, absolutely doubtful. The preponderance of reliable and valid scientific studies (not funded by the meat or dairy lobbies) indicate that if one wishes to be a centurion - given today’s food and nutrition climate and resources- then eating a majority plant based, whole food meal plan is your ticket. For transparency sake, yes, I generally each such a diet. However, I shifted to that diet because a diet high in animal products lead to heightened cholesterol and other related issues. I have always eaten and still do eat, a diet high in healthy fats. And, in my 50s, I am climbing mountains, running marathons, and doing extreme treks.

Bottom line- no one should gauge their meal planning off any one person, including me. Go with the research - the literally hundreds of studies that demonstrate a plant based, whole food orientation will help you not only live longer but with less health consequences while alive. Do not be duped by people who cite studies that explain one relationship in our complex body system and then make claims from that regarding how our whole system optimally functions.
5

November 26, 2015

I finished reading the book only because I paid for it, but I wouldn't recommend it. The book is well written for those who want to follow this specific diet, but it didn't teach me anything I didn't already know as far as general healthy living. I did get bored half way through, because the information it does provide I did not find useful. If you're looking for information about nutritional benefits and advice, there are other wonderful books out there. Good luck to everyone on their healthy and fitness journey! 🙏❤

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