I'm not a fan of adding oil to coffee. Here's why:
Will it break my fast if I add cream to my coffee? What if I add coconut oil to my coffee? What about Bulletproof coffee?
- 1 tbsp. of half-and-half cream: 20 calories, 1.7 g fat, 0.6 g carbs, and 0.4 g protein
- 1 tbsp. of coconut oil: 120 calories and 14 grams of fat
Even if you put a splash of cream in your coffee you will still be okay. Fasting works because it keeps your insulin levels low enough to allow fat burning (oxidation) to occur.
Coconut oil will not cause your insulin levels to rise. So technically, yes, you can have the coconut oil during your fast and it won’t elevate your insulin levels.
If you start eating spoonfuls from the jar of coconut oil, it is unlikely you will be in caloric deficit by the time you finish your fasting and feeding period — and therefore, you will not lose fat! Also, you must not forget to count this coconut oil toward your total calories and your fat macros for the day.
Here’s the problem. Are you tracking these calories and macros? When you break your fast, you must be prepared to eat 120 fewer calories and 12g less fat. If you aren’t taking these calories into consideration, it may explain why you are not losing fat with the intermittent fasting system. I've noticed that the people following my Fat Loss Fast System who gain fat instead of losing fat are always the ones who dump coconut oil into their coffee and into their skillets at every meal. Be careful, dietary fat packs 5 more calories per gram than carbs and protein... so take my advice and use dietary fat as your caloric buffer if you want to get results and stop using the "eat fat to lose fat" mentality as an excuse to over-consume dietary fat.
Quite frankly, I’d rather not include coconut oil in my fast, staying as close to zero calories as possible so I can benefit from fat oxidation and then indulge during my eating window on all my permitted calories and macros! Besides, fasting has a suppressive effect on hunger, so your need to eat something is purely psychological. And once you eat something, it will stimulate your hunger! So think twice! Grab a calorie-free drink instead!
Is Bulletproof coffee good or bad? Here's my opinion:
I'm not a coffee drinker, but if I were, I personally wouldn't add coconut oil or butter to it. Here's why...
- Although fats have no effect on insulin, consuming these “extra calories” are not without consequence. If you spike your coffee with butter and coconut oil, then you must subtract upwards of 456 calories and 46g of fat from your calorie allowance. Failure to track these calories will result in weight gain.
- Furthermore, research suggests spiking your coffee with coconut oil and butter may be boosting hyperlipidemia in otherwise healthy individuals. It would be a good idea to establish your baseline with your physician before you start dumping oil and butter into your coffee... and then reassess your lipid levels regularly.
- Lastly, if you want to burn stubborn fat, you need to be fasted. Triglycerides, just like insulin, will inhibit HSL (Hormone Sensitive Lipase), which is why low carb diets don't help you lose stubborn fat.
- p.s. You can argue with me until the grass-fed cows come home... but I won't be adding oil in my coffee, ever. Do what works for you. If you still don't want to listen to me, then listen to Martin Berkhan. He sums up everything I just wrote in 2 sentences.