Normal weather has been resumed. I went for a run tonight accompanied by the sound of rain drops plopping in the leafy canopy over head. Summer plants have blossomed but their petals have been battered by the rain, strewn into my path treating me like royalty.
This is week 5 of the maffetone method for me. I’ve managed to exercise on alternate days within my heart rate which is good. Gym Sunday, run Monday, run Wednesday, gym and swim Friday, run Sunday.
Diet wise I got a bit impatient. Low carb has been working well for me and I wondered if I could push it a bit further with ‘ bulletproof coffee’. This is coffee blended with a tablespoon of butter and another of coconut oil. The key is in the blending, it stops it from being greasy and gives you a nice frothy coffee, so not as disgusting as you might think.
The idea is that you have this for breakfast and it keeps you sated until lunchtime. Some think that it is equivalent to intermittent fasting which has benefits in reducing IGF secretion and promotes BDNF. Because bucket proof coffee doesn’t contain any carbs or protein, and does contain short chain fatty acids it is supposed to promote the generation of ketone bodies for energy, promote fat burning, and encourage weight loss. I thought that it would save time, compared to cooking eggs for breakfast. After gaining 3lb in 3 days I wasn’t convinced although when I stopped the coffee It dropped off again in the next 2days. Also I found, as I did when I tried the 5:2 diet last year that I can’t cope with extremely low levels of carbs, I get muscle tremors and brain fog, not the clarity and euphoria protagonists describe. Obviously weight can fluctuate for many reasons and the gain might not have been due to the hundreds of calories in that coffee.
I had time to reflect on all this whilst I was out on my gentle run in the rain today.
I think that I got a bit impatient with my progress when I watched one of those slimming programmes on TV, where with a healthy eating and exercise programme people lose 2 to 3 lb per week, whereas I’m only managing 2 to 3lb per month! Fortunately I have a lot less to lose than them. For me, slow progress is better than no progress. There are no quick fixes or shortcuts and I want a sustainable, healthy lifestyle. So I may have a bulletproof coffee instead of a cooked breakfast if I’m in a hurry, but I’ll be sticking with my maffetone approach for the next 7 weeks as planned. Considering how painless it is it would be silly not to!