Step 1: Eat A Bulletproof Diet
The Bulletproof Diet is the foundation for health and fitness. It allows you to maintain muscle mass, lose fat, avoid disease, and delay aging. Depending on how well you choose to adhere to the diet, it can be all you need to maintain a Bulletproof Body. Most of your body composition is determined by what you eat (and what you don’t eat!). Exercise can make up for a poor diet to some degree, but you’ll be fighting yourself the entire way. Which would you rather do: overstress you body by running marathons as a way to counter your bad diet, or eat more butter?
Exercise can be used to fill the gaps in an *almost* Bulletproof Diet. Maybe you can’t find grass-fed meat or you cheat every now and then. Exercise can make up for a small level of toxin exposure or bad fats. Before getting into the exercise portion of the plan, there are three points that must be understood about the Bulletproof Diet.
1. Eat Lots
Long term calorie restriction is not an effective weight loss method and it has disastrous effects on your health and your brain. When I was 300 pounds, I ate 1500-1800 calories a day and worked out 9 hours a week. I didn’t lose a pound – if anything, I was gaining. Here’s why:
a) Calorie Cutting
Restricting calories is a stressor. When your body is stressed and believes it is starving, it wants to hold on to fat. By eating more, you tell your body it’s okay to burn fat.
b) Nutrient Deficiencies
Nutrient dense foods are often sacrificed when people restrict calories. Things like grass-fed butter, fatty pasture raised meat, and organs have highest nutrient content of any food. They’re also high in calories, which is why misinformed calorie-fearing people avoid them. Without proper nutrients, your body won’t efficiently burn fat or build muscle. Eat nutrient dense foods like those on the Bulletproof Diet and ignore the calories. It’s food quality and composition that matter, not volume.
c) Low-Calorie Junk Food
In order to cut calories, many people resort to things (I’m not going to call them foods) like 100 calorie snack packs, diet soda, and fat free yogurt. Big mistake. These foods might be lower in calories, but they make you crave more food. They don’t satisfy your appetite or provide nutrition. They contain toxins that will impede your fat loss goals and make you sick. Refined and packed “food products” make you fat. You’re better off to go hungry – seriously – than to eat these junk foods.