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Belly Fat, Spare Tire, Six Pack Abs..."What's the diffrence?"

 “Really, it’s that easy?”

That’s what Zach said when he heard about the Rapid Fat Loss version of Bulletproof Intermittent Fasting.

You may have already read about the basic protocol for Bulletproof Intermittent Fasting, and the Rapid Fat Loss Protocol.

The Rapid Fat Loss Protocol is a cyclical ketogenic diet with Bulletproof Coffee.  To avoid the negative effects of calorie cutting, we use appropriate supplements.

This protocol was created for clients who want to lose the maximum amount of fat possible in the shortest time span – without feeling like a zombie.  Besides the fact that I enjoy helping people and sharing my secrets (as evidenced by my blog), I like to create programs that achieve results my clients demand.

Before I share something, I test if it works for me.  Good science is repeatable, which is why I like it when other people are able to lose fat and feel awesome – like me.  Zach provided the perfect opportunity to test one of these techniques.  As with everything good in life, it started with Bulletproof Coffee.

Bulletproof Coffee improves brain function, increases fat loss, and keeps you full.  You never feel hungry, get low energy, and as evidenced by our conversation with Chris Masterjohn, the saturated fat is good for you.

Many executives (or anyone for that matter) would kill to have sustained energy while never feeling hungry.  One such person is my Bulletproof financial trader friend from Las Vegas named Zach.  Zach has struggled with his weight for years, but I convinced him to give the Bulletproof Fasting Fat Loss Protocol a chance.

Zach’s job requires great mental capacity and doesn’t allow for much movement during the day.  As many business men do, he depended on sugar for energy – and got fat.

In order to provide a simple, effective, and easy fat loss plan for Zach, we decided to implement The Fat Loss Protocol.

Zach was hesitant at first, as many people are.  Drinking nothing but Bulletproof Coffee and water for almost a week seems tough on the surface, but as with anyone who gives it an honest effort, it was easy.   He decided to give it a try, and here are the results.

After following The Fat Loss Protocol, Zach lost 1 pound a day – for 75 days.  That’s 75 pounds of total weight loss in 10 weeks.  The best part?  He did it without (usually) feeling hungry.

Not only did he lose fat, his focus improved, he was more alert, and he never felt deprived.  He became Bulletproof.

Zach’s supplement regime was incredibly basic for the results he achieved.  He didn’t use steroids, clenbuterol, or dangerous thermogenics.  He stuck to the supplement recommendations from the protocol and got amazing results.

The way most people do it, intermittent fasting is effective only if you remove all calories from the fasting window.  However, Bulletproof Intermittent Fasting allows rapid fat loss without depriving yourself.

If you’re like Zach, and trying to lose fat, gain muscle, and stay focused without hunger and lethargy – try The Fat Loss Protocol.  We’re looking for people to give this a shot and tell us how it works.  Click here to learn how.

If you enjoy either of the Bulletproof Fasting Protocols, please leave a comment on this article or on the Bulletproof Forum.

That said, you’re better off using the Bulletproof Intermittent Fasting protocol if you have time to spare. Excess fat stores excess toxins, and extremely rapid fat loss like this can dump a lot of toxins like mercury or BPA from your fat cells into your liver. It’s important to detox as you go and to monitor your blood levels. Most sane people elect to use the slightly slower but equally effective Bulletproof Intermittent Fasting protocol!

 

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  • Hallie

    Hello Dave- I have been eating a very strict Paleo diet- no grains, sugar, no legumes for about 2 years… I eat primarily grass fed beef, unless I eat out which is about 2 x a week and I still make what I consider to be very good choices.I order meat from US Wellness and try to incorporate Liver once a week. I rarely eat fruit and do not eat starchy vegetable as I have been trying to lose 8 pounds. Drink slow cooked bone broth several time a week made from grass fed beef bone marrow. I cook primarily with coconut oil. I used to walk on the treadmill everyday-45 minutes….prior to Paleo, but gave that up and started cross fit for a short time-maybe 3 months….felt it was a bit too much, so just started doing a 45 minute to hour relaxing walk most days- I live in Florida. I do a little strength training at our gym, but not much. Do some planks, some kettle bell swings, but not very much at all. I weighed 128 when I started Paleo and still weigh 128 today. I really would like to get down to my comfortable weight of 120- clothes fit well and just feel better overall. I do supplement daily with fermented cod liver oil/high butter blend(Green Pastures), Krill Oil(mercola), vitamin D3, vitamin C, Vitamin K(mercola), Probiotic(mercola), and have been doing so for the entire time I have been “Paleo”. For the last 2 weeks I have been following a more bullet proof style of eating-implemented Bullet proof coffee, although I have to say I did order the Bullet Proof beans- and prefer a darker roast flavor, so I do not use those beans, but Whole Food’s Pleasant Morning Buzz. I do use Kerry Gold and the MCT oil you reccomend The real question is- my weight is not budging! Could it be the mycotoxins in the coffee as a do drink 2 cups every morning. I do use filtered water and also drink green tea daily. I have read your rapid weight loss protocol and am not really interested in rapid weight loss- just want to get back down to the 120 in a reasonable time- not sure what I am doing wrong to see no weight loss. I must say that I do enjoy a couple a glasses of red wine through the week occasionally, and I do consider that my only real “cheat” and know it is not bullet proof, but I did give that up for about a month at one point and my weight did not change, so I came to the conclusion that was not the issue. Bottom line….just trying to get back to my comfortable weight and don’t know what I am doing wrong. Just wanted to get your thoughts…..

    • Dave Asprey

      Definitely concerned about the quality of the WF coffee. Try taking charcoal caps before you drink the coffee and wine. Those are big sources of mycotoxins for sure. Finally, try http://www.upgradedself.com/t-tapp-basic-plus-workout/ which is phenomenally useful, especially for women, as it helps with lymphatic drainage. I use it on occasion, but my wife relied on this plus the BP diet to get her figure where she wanted it in a matter of weeks recently. There are free video samples of it online too, but the 17 minute program is simply amazing.

      • Hallie

        WOW….Thanks for your quick response. I actually ordered the T-TAPP a week ago, after searching your website, and just received it. Is there a concern with too much activated charcoal as I drink coffee every morning and know that the AC could cause constipation…..are you suggesting that I should take it every morning? Is it safe to take it on an on going basis?

      • Hallie

        Dave- if considering the BP Intermittent fast….can you give the supplant protocol? Is it different the the BP Rapid fat loss? And will others supplements interfere? For example….I take Ferment Cod Liver/ High Butter Oil Blend,Hawaiian Pacific Spirulina and Tumeric in addition to Vitamin K, D3, Krill Oil, Vitamin C, Potassium and Mag. Should I stop taking the other supplements?

        • Hallie

          Sorry- many typos in that comment…..too early. What I meant…..is there a different supplement protocol for the BP Intermittent fast than the BP Rapid fat loss. Also, I take fermented cod liver oil/high butter blend from Green Pastures. The Turmeric I take is from Life Extensions, it is their BioCurcumin formula.

        • Dave Asprey

          You’re good on everything; if the spirulina is low dose. High dose spirulina has enough protein to affect the BP Intermittent Fast.

      • Sometallchick

        Have you ever had a chance to look at “Callanetics”? It’s similar in that it combines muscle groups and deep muscle strengthening, except slower the results really are amazing. One other one that is noteworthy is “Body Flex”, although I have not done it, but it’s based on the muscle working while you hold your breath.

  • Hallie

    This is an added comment to my earlier question…..Sorry for so much information, but wanted to add a couple of more pieces of information….. I do not eat dairy, other than the grass fed Kerry Gold butter and I was on an oral contraceptive for 6 years, but have been off of that for about a year.

  • Hannah

    I started the rapid fat loss protocol yesterday and really enjoyed it until later that night. In the early evening I had a headache and some mild nausea. A friend of mine who had done it suggested taking more charcoal, so I did and I felt better within an hour. But at bedtime I started to feel more nausea and headaches. . I was experiencing severe stomach flu type pains and eventually ending up throwing up before I was able to fall asleep. I had just taken my medication for the night (birthcontrol, mag, potas), so I couldn’t take more charcoal. I haven’t felt that sick… in a long time.

    This morning I feel fine, but obviously a little tired and my stomach is sore. I wasn’t going to keep up with the protocol, I figured my body just might not be ready to process that much toxicity at one time, but I got on the scale and saw that I lost more than 5 lbs in one day (most of which is water I’m sure)… so I figured I’d give it another go and see if I get sick again today. If so, I figure I’ll just move on to the regular protocol with intermittent fasting.

    Thoughts? Advice?

    -Hannah

    • Dave Asprey

      Hannah, sounds like you didn’t handle that much fat very well, or you may have a lot of toxins that get flushed when you burn fat. At one day, this is probably mostly water, and the nausea is most likely from a lack of HCL or lipase. The charcoal effectiveness tells us that toxins were involved. The flu like symptoms could have been from entering ketosis, the so called “carb flu” or “induction flu” but I’m not so sure you entered ketosis that quickly.
      Try betaine HCL for sure with the coffee. Make sure you’re using Upgraded Coffee if you got headaches; you could have bad coffee.
      Your mag and potassium may have caused problems on an empty stomach. As for the birth control pill, read “Sex Lies and Menopause” by Wiley for a good perspective on what they’re doing to you! ?
      Let me know how you do today. There is no reason not to do the regular BP IF protocol!

      • Hannah

        I went through with the second day, and wasn’t as sick… But drinking the tea (i dont like coffee, unfortunately) two times a day and eating plain butter was already getting hard for me after only 48 hours. I’ve never been a big butter person. So day three I started the IF and am feeling great. Maybe I can go back to the rapid protocol in a few weeks when I’ve built up a tolerance (and a taste) for the fats.

        • Dave Asprey

          Honestly, I think the Bulletproof IF protocol will work so well that you won’t want the added stress of the rapid fat loss protocol. ?

        • Sonia

          I’m having the hardest time finding the difference between the two (BPIF and RFLP).

        • Sonia

          Never mind, I found it:)

        • Sonia

          And I’m super confused about how to do the fast with morning workouts. I have bp coffee at 6:30a, and do Crossfit afterward. Done by 8a. When would I fast?

  • Dame Liberty

    Dave, have you tested this rapid protocol on menopausal or peri menopausal female clients? Our hormones are in a volatile flux and I’m not sure week long fat fasts will produce the same results as more hormonally-stable males. The fast may even clock adrenals and backfire in us older gals. Even with good lipid supplementation.

    Have you had female clients? And what exactly are they clients of? Nutritional counseling?

    • Dave Asprey

      There is a long history of “fat fasting” working on both genders, going back to Atkins in 1972, even though he recommended poor quality fats with inflammatory things in them (like cream cheese, pork rinds, omega 6 oils, etc.).
      Menopasal women have a harder time losing weight regardless of the protocol because of the hormone fluctuations – having thyroid and progesterone and estrogen levels tested and adjusted with bio-identical hormones is an appropriate response. I spoke with one of the MDs, a menopausal woman who treats others at her anti-aging clinic, at the Personal Life Extension Conference recently about this topic. She agreed that hormones were the likely problem in these cases.
      Adding additional adrenal extract is a great idea for this rapid protocol.
      I’ve had female clients, yes, for nutritional coaching. I am not a licensed counselor or nutritionist so I help to guide people to make their own decisions, and suggest they go to a licensed professional when they need that kind of help! ?

  • jmenoy

    Dave-

    I’m starting week 5 on the rapid fat loss protocol, and thought my experience may be useful for others. I also have a couple of questions for you.

    I should preface this with a bit of history: I’m a 32 yo male, 6’1″ and started at 225lb. I have been eating low-carb for 5 plus years, and primal/paleo with intermittent fasting for the past year, before adopting the bulletproof diet and BP IF for 2 months prior to starting the RFLP.

    I initially lost about 25lbs when I switched to the low carb diet several years ago, but never really got “lean,” and have been since been plateaued between 220 and 230 for the past several years despite strict adherence to low-carb paleo eating.

    Long-story short: I have had serious difficulty losing any weight for the past several years.

    As I said, I’m now three days into my 5th week of the RFLP, and I’ve been averaging 3 lbs of weight loss per week (I was down 12 lbs as of last Saturday, exactly 4 weeks in). Based on my measurements, strength, and the mirror, this is nearly all fat.

    This is obviously far less than “advertised,” but I’m pleased so far as I’ve had zero success on any other plans.

    I’m following the protocol exactly as described, with the following addition added during my fourth week: I’m using green tea extract and circumin (turmeric extract) along with my morning and afternoon BP coffee, and taking my BCAAs several hours after each time, with the hope of boosting fat loss and maximizing mTOR suppression/activation… plus the curcumin helps pain and inflammation from a nagging tendonitis injury.

    While I was hoping for more “rapid” fat loss, the diet is as advertised otherwise. I’ve tried about every plan out there, and this is one of the easiest to follow. I do not get hungry, and beside occasional boredom, rarely think about food. Each Saturday, I hit the rice and sweet potatoes hard along with grassfed meat… just about the only thing I crave anymore.

    My plan is to keep this up until I hit 12% bodyfat for the first time in my life..

    My questions are:

    - Is it safe to keep this up for several more months?
    - How can I know when it’s time to use carb refeeds more frequently? (In the RFLP post you mentioned your client using 4 and 7 day refeeds.)

    I had the recommended tests before starting from my primary care physician (all good), but I found a great integrative physician (who I will see next month) where I’m hoping to get some more extensive testing done.

    In the meantime, I know (from previous testing years ago and general symptoms) I have relatively high estrogen, and likely low test.

    Without knowing for sure until next month, would it be worthwhile to add calcium d-glucarate now? Any other suggestions?

    Thanks!

    • jmenoy

      Any suggestions or comments, Dave?

      • Dave Asprey

        Have you had a hormone workup? Thyroid, estrogen, cortisol? Also, what is your adrenal status? If you’ve been way low carb for long periods without cycling in and out of ketosis, you can get adrenal stress. I’ve seen people succeed by trying sweet potatoes in the evening 2x/week. Adrenal glandular extract can be helpful too.

        • jmenoy

          I got the first results of a full workup today. Haven’t had discussed with my MD yet, but thyroid, estrogen, cortisol, dhea all appear normal. Test is low but within normal range. The only thing that jumps out is I’m apparently intolerant to casein and had no idea.

          The only dairy (I thought) I have been consuming is the Kerrygold… but after investigating I now realize that my BCAA supplement contains casein. I will obviously be switching to a new one immediately.

          I have never experienced any serious symptoms of this intolerance, so I never suspected it.

          1.) In your experience, is it a probable cause of difficulty losing fat on the BP diet and/or RFLP?

          2.) Is the amount in two daily cups of BP coffee typically enough to cause problems?

          3.) If so, can I make my own ghee from Kerrygold?

          Thanks!

  • Debbie

    Hey Dave
    On menopause: I think the HRT is most effective at the start of the menopausal roller coaster ride. I am into almost 5 years since a menses and feel it is not worth launching another ride of sorts. I also have stage zero CLL, a form of leukemia and my onocologist is leary of me using any hormones. I have mostly estrogen left, the others are nil.
    Thyroid seems good, good body temps, good sleep.

    My main issues at this stage are belly fat and tough time leaning out. I am making a ‘bulletproof tea”, going to use Green tea chai and black is out for BP diet. As the other woman stated, us ladies of the pause really lose slowly. I want to try the quick keto BP protocol. I am currently doing an IF for 14-16 hours per day, daily. Lifting heavy Lean Gains style.. no weight loss but inches are more important. Main question: Can I keep muscle on while doing the quick loss program?
    If I could shed even 5 lbs of fat that would ROCK!
    Thanks Deb

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=538851160 Leon Wurfel

    I’m about to start and try to lose 8kgs, will let you know how i go!! :)

  • Hallie

    I am a bt confused….I have been reading Mark’s Daily Apple’s series on IF and he commented in a question today that if you add fat during an IF, it can slow fat loss? Everything I read here suggest that fat is OK during the IF? Can you shed some light on the differences?

    • Toronto girl

      Hi Hallie,

      Try this link from Dave:
      http://www.bulletproofexec.com/a-bad-combination-for-women-intermittent-fasting-and-paleo/

      I was confused, as you were, but this page on Dave’s site totally explained it all for me about women and IF compared to Bulletproof RFLP.
      IF (intermitten fasting) did not work for me. Only initially for a few pounds (slowly and over a long time) and then I stopped losing. Felt starving, but was also putting full fat cream in my coffee, which was a NO-NO. Dave really, really knows what he is talking about!!! Use butter! And the RFLP did not put my body into stress at all. I sleep like a baby rock-solid at night, and my cycle has not been altered at all since doing this protocol for two weeks (and one week just bulletproof coffee all day and one protein and salad meal at night, the week before). Normally as soon as I start something to lose weight, I am starving, crankly, and my cycle goes totally off.
      Just thought I’d share. Good luck to you! :)

  • Nick

    Hey Dave, love the site and content.

    Just a quick Q if you wouldn’t mind answering – let’s say I absolutely hate eating and do not care how I get my nutrition, so long as I get it. Is anything stopping me from getting most of my fat from like 1-1.5 sticks of Kerrygold butter per day if I’m trying to keep a 2700-3000 calorie diet with backloaded carbs? Would really appreciate your input on this. Thanks.

    - Nick

    • http://armilegge.com Armistead Legge

      There isn’t really a problem with just eating butter, but where are you getting your protein from? Carbs+fat only is not going to spare muscle mass.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=538851160 Leon Wurfel

    Hey Dave,
    What about egg yolks as part of the RFLP? Will this affect the outcomes? On my refeed day i think i ate 7 just to make sure i made the most of my chance!

    Just finished week 1 and was 7lb down just before my refeed (i’d be surprised if it wasn’t all water at this stage though!)

  • Annette

    Super curious about the RFL protocol and am starting today. So far so good. If things go fantastically I will let everyone know. One thing. Supplementing with BCAA how to take this… today I just added to some water, but as I stir my powdery mixture, I think, “there must be a better way!”, but what? Is it just chalky water fun-times or is there a more palatable way to consume the 5gs of BCAA?

    • Dave Asprey

      You will learn to LOVE chalky water! Not really. But unless 5 big expensive capsules are appealing, chalky water it is.

      • Annette

        Chalky water FTW. Thank you. Will keep you posted on results.

        • Annette

          …and then there was the moment when measuring out the L-Glutamine. I have 500mg capsules. The protocol calls for (on the lower side) 20g/day… which is 40 capsules. Which now, I realize, means more fun with chalky water in my future.

  • Daleperritt

    Can doing this protocol cause blood pressure to rise due to detoxing? Everything else is fine. Feeling alright etc. Just have this problem. It was 165 over 100 and this is on meds for it.
    Answer soon please. Do not want to discontinue but if this keeps up I will have to.
    Thanks,
    Norma

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  • ChrisN

    Just for everyones interest. Here is my first post after being on the RFLP for 25 days. I have only worked out once lifting heavy.

    Starting: 231 lbs 25.3% BF
    Today: 213 lbs 19.6% BF

    I have been losing weight my whole life with my heaviest being 360 lbs. I started the BP diet at 250 lbs and lost 19 lbs in 2 weeks. And even after losing most of my weight on a basic starvation diet and knee crippling exercise I knew this was the answer. I have never been below 25% BF. I have never looked as healthy as I do. I have never had the confidence that I have now. I have never felt as good as I feel.

    This website has changed my life and I will forever be in debt to the knowledge shared here.

    Thank you Dave! Thank you for the inspiration!

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  • Xander

    I am about to start the rapid fat loss program. I travel all over the world most weeks. Is it ok to do this whilst traveling? How do I make bulletproof coffee with MCT oil and butter whilst on the move? I presumably can’t travel with oil and butter. thanks.

    • Andy Moorhouse

      A response to this would be good to know or any tips that you have!

  • lro

    Hi Dave
    Im confused having read studies showing the high
    insulinogenic nature of BCAAs, i.e http://www.abcbodybuilding.com/leucine2.pdf ) and your recommendation
    of including them (rather than natural bcaas like egg/meats etc)
    during the rflp… wouldnt autophagy be supressed & insulin increased with
    any inclusion of amino acids? And if so what would be the reason
    to avoid other proteins during the week? Or for that matter
    why add all the fat and instead just have a BCAA fast?
    Thanks for your time!

  • Katie

    Dave,
    I’m going to start the rapid fat loss protocol in a week once my groceries deplete but I was wondering will the charcoal mess with my birth control and make it ineffective? Thanks!
    - Katie

  • Katie

    Is this a protocol that you can do for just a few weeks or do you need to do this for a couple months? I have a wine tour scheduled with my family in a month and would love to try out the fat loss protocol for three weeks but would want to stop several days before the wine tour so it wouldn’t mess up my body too bad. What are your thoughts on only doing it for a few weeks? Also even if I spit out the wine on the wine tour how will this affect me coming off the rapid fat loss protocol? Thank you for any help!

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  • t

    I want to begin this protocol, but have fatty liver. Will the rapid fat loss put extra strain on my liver?

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  • olivially04

    WOW….Thanks for your quick response. I actually ordered the T-TARP a
    week ago, after searching your website, and just received it. Is there a
    concern with too much activated charcoal as I drink coffee every
    morning and know that the AC could cause constipation…..are you
    suggesting that I should take it every morning? Is it safe to take it
    on an on going basis?http://cuxtomizedfatloss.blogspot.com/

  • Toronto girl

    I was wondering if anyone knows whether or not I can eat salad on my Carb Refeed Day. I am currently doing the Bulletproof Rapid Fat Loss Protocol and am on Day 6….just enjoyed a lovely breakfast of eggs, bacon, sausage, and sweet potato fries, plus a Bulletproof coffee, of course!
    And…..I am getting sick of “normal” Bulletproof coffee. I added vanilla bean which was heavenly but can I add a tsp of cocoa powder? I don’t have the Upgraded one, which is too expensive to order in Canada with the shipping costs and the UPS costs from the US/Canadian border to where I live (should have ordered it at the same time as when I ordered BP coffee! Dang!)…..
    if someone can share their experience using regular organic cocoa and if it worked fine, that would be great. I did notice it has a very small amount of carbohydrate in it….would that gram or two throw me off ketosis?
    Thanks! :)

    • Toronto girl

      Tried the mocha using organic Green and Black’s cocoa powder, and it was delicious. I will try drinking one again tomorrow and check with a ketosis stick.
      Ate salad twice yesterday on my refeed day and it ended up fine. :)

  • Toronto girl

    Thought I’d post here to share my experience with others, especially other women! I am a 38 year old mother of 3, working full time. Eat organic, healed my low thyroid and adrenal exhaustion over the past 8 years but still had issues losing weight put on from pregnancies. Been mildly overweight since puberty and always had trouble losing it. Even eating paleo did not take off the weight. Did Intermitten fasting last year but it worked for a time and then stalled (cortisol?) Bulletproof is my knight in shining armour. I don’t have to starve but can eat fat, which I crave and provide my brain with everything it needs! :)
    DAVE: THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Started the Bulletproof RFLP this past Monday, and today is Saturday January 18th, 2014. Want to lose the fat once and for all!!!
    I have so far lost about 8 lbs (did not weigh myself the first day, since I had a family event the day before and ate a lot!)….but did Bulletproof IF with a protein and veggie meal every night for a week before to get used to it. Have been eating paleo-ish for over two years now. Have done lots of detoxes so even though I assumed I was not as toxic as most people, I was still prepared for detoxing symptoms. Got nausea and headaches mildly the first 4 days but that was it. Felt amazing otherwise and full of energy. No diarrhea thank goodness, and otherwise feeling like Superwoman! Sleep like a baby. Wake up energized and refreshed. Mildly hungry, that is it. Eat butter for dinner with pink Himalayan salt, and two Bulletproof coffees with MCT oil, grass fed butter, and Dave’s mycotoxin-free coffee beans for breakfast and lunch. Taking all the recommended supplements. I tried testing with ketosis sticks (reminded me of when I was pregnant!) and am in mid-range ketosis, at 40 mg/dL. Lost water and did not notice a huge difference visually (other than the scale telling me I lost approx. 8 lbs of water and glycogen) but when I woke up this morning I finally noticed the difference. I looked smaller! I can also fit into my jeans better. So I am totally stoked for the next few weeks!!!
    I’ll keep everyone posted! :)

    • Toronto girl

      Did my 1st refeed day yesterday. It was fun for the first meal, and then I was so stuffed that I had trouble eating the rest of my meals! I did enjoy it but did not like the stuffed feeling. Not used to eating carbs, I guess. I ate organic grass-fed steak for dinner, organic lamb for lunch, and organic pork sausage and bacon with fried eggs for breakfast. All meals were accompanied by sweet potatoes and rice. I had salad with olive oil, lime, and vegan mayo (had a trace bit of rice syrup in the ingredient list) at lunch and dinner. I made the rice with broth I had in my freezer, and it was amazing! I slathered the rice, sweet potatoes, and steak in butter. (The bacon and sausage had a trace amount of brown sugar and/or maple syrup in it, but I realized that after I bought them and looked at it the morning of. Oh well, it was a good experiment and it did not alter things for the negative at all, and neither did the tiny bit of rice syrup in the vegan mayo.)
      I lost about 8 lbs this first week and was quite worried that all my eating would make me gain most of it back, but to my surprise and delight I only gained 1.6 lbs from an entire day of stuffing myself with carbs! Mind you, it was not wheat, which makes me gain (I kid you not), 3.5 lbs overnight from eating it for only ONE meal! I hate to be graphic, but after a morning bowel movement, I lost 0.4 and only gained 1.2 lbs. I also went to the bathroom later and I am sure that is gone now, too. From someone who gains that much from eating a bit of wheat in one meal, it is unheard of that I chowed down on that many carbs and barely went up on the scale. You must understand, this is all from a girl who CANNOT lose weight, and have pretty much tried almost everything. Gym, trainer, paelo, low carb, low cal, weight-watchers, Suzanne Somers style of eating (which is great for maintenance but not for weight loss, for me personally), diabetic carb counting (dad was diabetic), fiber supplements (like PGX), green tea/green coffee bean extract, etc. I am so happy I could cry, and I barely believe the scale’s numbers right before my eyes.
      I sure was ready for my bulletproof coffee today as I don’t want to eat like that and feel so stuffed (and SO TIRED and completely LETHARGIC) again today. I think once a week was fine, but I totally lost my mental and physical edge and it was such a drastic change from how I felt all week.
      I will keep posting and let everyone know how I do this week!
      I have some clothes in a smaller size with my name on them waiting in my closet….:)

      • Danielle Szikszai

        Hi Toronto girl,

        I am so keen to hear about your progress with this. I too am a someone who finds it impossible to lose weight! Am starting this protocol today – hoping I have some great progress like you.

  • 4evashowzen

    So I had two good days Monday/Tuesday losing 4 pounds but today ate a whole bag of peanuts. Do I just continue tomorrow as normal starting the 6 day period from tomorrow?

  • Toronto girl

    Also want to add a quick comment about detoxing: my nose has been running, and has stopped now, but began when I started and lasted nearly 2 weeks. I also would blow my nose, and there was some “cleansing” going on for sure from my sinuses, shall we say (I did NOT have a cold). My naturopath told me that I am detoxing. Just going off gluten and dairy (not ingesting casein, but butter is OK for me ) and taking glutathione will enable your body to cleanse, which is what it wants to do in the first place. But normally we place such a burden on it, with all the types and poor quality of foods we consume, that it can’t do it’s daily job of detoxing. Now, two weeks later, my sinuses are clear and I no longer snore as loud (so my husband says).
    AND, my time of the month came right on time after two weeks of doing this protocol. In the past, doing the HCg protocol and trying intermittent fasting (at different times), these two things totally whacked my cycle completely off course. Not this time.

  • torontogirl

    Here’s an update. (I am a 38 year old mom of 3, working full time. Husband a bulletproof coffee/diet addict, too!) On the Bulletproof diet for perhaps 5.5 weeks now….lost 20 lbs and keeping it off nicely–was just maintaining and eating bulletproof this past week as I needed a break. Am careful of carbs only once a week, otherwise weight goes up more by a few pounds but I keep it to rice and sweet potatoes only on my carb refeed days. Was feeling woozy (almost dizzy, heart racing) about a week and a half ago, but spoke to my naturopath who loves ketogenic diets and said it was normal, but to manage my electrolytes better. Am on homemade bone broth and electrolyte supplement in my water. It made the heart racing and dizzy-ish-ness completely go away and I got my amazing energy back! This past week and a half, I have been cycling in and out of doing bulletproof RFLP some days, and eating the bulletproof diet for dinner on other days (while doing the fat-fasting–drinking bulletproof butter coffee and buttered broth or buttered tea– throughout the day.) I feel amazing and will go back to the full RFLP next week for two weeks until I go on a week’s vacation. Then I will pick it up where I left off when I get back. I do need to lose about 40 to 50 more pounds, but this diet certainly makes it easy!!

  • torontogirl

    I am having some issues in the last few days with sleep. Wondering if someone has experienced something similar and can help. I feel anxious and feel as though I am (almost) awake all night. I can doze, but any slight noise and my eyes pop open and there I am…..awake. I slept very deeply for the first month or so on this protocol, not sure what has happened. I feel like there is a constant buzzing going on in my brain, like I had coffee at night, but only have one bulletproof coffee in the morning. So that is weird. I have been having good salt intake and taking an electrolyte solution in my water, so since then I have had no issues with fast-beating heart, or weakness. I am full of energy but just feel overly buzzed, all day and all night. The only thing I can think of is that I have been forgetting to take my magnesium. Perhaps my minerals are out of balance? I know we do dump magnesium rapidly from the body, so maybe I am deficient? Any one out there experience this?

    • HungryinTN

      Try a small bit of raw honey right before bed if the potassium and magnesium aren’t doing the trick. This will slow down your ketone production just enough to promote relaxation without inhibiting fat loss.

      • torontogirl

        Thanks, HungryinTN. I will give it a try. I am trying some liquid magnesium drink at night and it is working. I will try the honey too. (I think Dave says to have some MCT oil with it? Will look that up…)

        I went to the doctor for a full work up of blood tests, urine, etc. All was great except for 2 things, which are nothing big since my doctor said it was nothing urgent, but interesting to note:
        1. cholesterol a “bit high” she said. I am not surprised since Dave and many others (Mark’s Daily Apple, a few medical sites, and the WheatBelly site) say that losing fat releases it into your bloodstream; your cholesterol will be high until your weight stabilizes for a couple of months and your body can get rid of it. I am still losing weight so I am not surprised at this result. This just shows that what I have lost is actually fat and not mostly water or muscle. (yay!)
        2. my doctor said I need to eat more protein; apparently my urine test showed this, in a urea nitrogen test. I am giving RFLP a break for a while and just doing the bulletproof coffee all day and having one protein and veggie meal at night. This should help. I still lose anywhere from 0.4 lbs to 0.8 lbs a day doing this, so it’s not that far off from the weight loss results from the RFLP (about 1 lb a day) and it’s easier, since I do get to eat each day at dinner.
        3. I am low in iron, which only happened in my 3rd pregnancy, not before or since, until now. I am not surprised that this would have happened on the RFLP. It does explain the slight fatigue I have been feeling in the last 2 weeks, but I chalked it up to the “bad luck” I had with several things happening in my life and it has been a stressful time. The low iron can cause a fast pulse, that “buzzed” feeling I was talking about before, slight dizziness, some breathlessness upon exertion, etc. Everything I have experienced in the past month or so. I started taking iron and the rapid heartbeat seems to have gotten a bit better, but I need more time to assess this and see that it is not simply my imagination! :)
        What I am very happy about is that nothing else negative came up in my blood tests: I am NOT low in potassium, magnesium, etc. That is a surprise! (It was iron instead, but by only eating meat once a week that explains it.) My kidneys are fine (other than showing that I need to eat more protein), my liver is great, my thyroid, adrenals, etc. all perfectly normal. And usually after every blood test, my doctors says “well, your thyroid is a bit low, as usual” and that did not happen this time. (I have been taking iodine). So I am delighted! I just need to supplement with some iron during RFLP next time and rebuild my iron stores right now. I am going to enjoy my approximately 22 lb weight loss and work on maintaining it as much as I can while on vacation, and then go back to it in 2 weeks. This is about health, not making myself sick, and my blood tests prove that this is a healthy way to lose weight. Remember, I have tried everything and nothing else worked. My doctor listened to the protocol and was not concerned at all when I told her what I was doing. She is very integrative and open-minded and was very pleased with my weight loss. My LDL cholesterol was great, and my blood sugar was perfect, so that was good. One more thing that proves that this is an excellent program for my body is that my cycle has gone back to around 28 days (27 to be exact). Any other program, whether working out with a trainer, typical “dieting”, or even doing Intermittent Fasting (before I knew about Bulletproof Coffee) made my cycle go awry, and would either make me very late (2 weeks) or very early (by about a week.) Bulletproof RFLP since the start of January 2014 made my cycle go back to normal! That tells you hormonally that things are good.
        Hope people don’t mind these long posts, but if my experiences can help someone else who is struggling with weight loss and wondering about the safety of the Bulletproof RFLP, then that is great. :)

        • HungryinTN

          I, personally, come here looking for testimonial like yours and find it incredibly helpful! Yesterday was my first official day on RFLP. More or less. I ended up eating a couple of eggs in the early afternoon just to get through the worst while my body adjusted back into ketosis after a bad pre-fast cheat. The resukts? 1.6 lb down after a two month plateau! I am just a teensy bit hungry today, but still working on my coffee. And not tempted by the breakfast bring cooked in the next room, even. So far, RFLP has been an overall positive experience.

        • torontogirl

          That is great! Keep it up. The first few days are the hardest. Good luck! You will find you have absolutely BOUNDLESS energy and the hunger will subside. Even now, when I have my carb refeed days I am hardly hungry after breakfast and I skipped lunch because after breakfast and my bulletproof coffee, I just wasn’t hungry! I went all the way to dinner and could barely finish it. This feels abnormal to me because my whole life I have always battled terrible hunger, but I think a large extent of that was hormonal imbalance due to wheat consumption/sensitivity and leptin issues. (I have not touched wheat since New Year’s Eve.) I have no cravings for anything at all, just protein and water! This feels weird to me, but this is what normal should be like; not having to have a huge plate of food (or two!) to feel satisfied. Keep us posted on your progress!

        • HungryinTN

          Giving up wheat was the best thing that ever happened to me. It has been since June for me. Once I went gluten free, and ultimately grain free, forty pounds practically fell off. I am not sure why I plateaued for so long other than my body just needing some kind of jolt. We shall see if the rflp success keeps up. I made it through today with minimal hunger. Breaking the fast Wednesday for sure because of a family gathering. I also have a long road trip on Tuesday so will just have to see how I feel about fasting on the road.

  • Adam

    Rapid fat loss sounds great. My concern is rapid muscle loss and the resulting loose skin… Should I not be worried? Any thoughts?

  • torontogirl

    Update time. Frustrated but still addicted to Bulletproof coffee and convinced of this lifestyle’s benefits. I just have issues hormonally and weight loss is very difficult. But I am going to succeed!! To recap: tried the RFLP for 5 and a half weeks or so in January 2014. Felt amazing. All of a sudden, not feeling so great. Had to stop. Dumped too many minerals and had low electrolytes. Had blood tests, saw a naturopath, my own MD, a homeopath, and all said the same thing. Low electrolytes. Had an imbalance and when I had too much salt (was craving sodium, though!) it would throw all my other minerals (namely potassium and magnesium) off by causing me to have somewhat high blood pressure, while I never had that issue before. Supplemented with magnesium transdermally (gel form) and it was a miracle. A balancing act with the minerals, though, and feeling on the verge of being dizzy-but-not-quite, pulse racing at times for no reason, pulse rising quickly upon any minor exertion, etc. All symptoms of dehydration though I was drinking adequate amounts of water (not too much, but somewhere in the range of 6 glasses a day plus tea and coffee). Adding electrolytes in my water was helpful, but I think almost 6 weeks, plus doing Bulletproof all day and having only dinner for several weeks afterward was just too much on my body: I had issues with water balance when pregnant with all 3 of my kids, so this is nothing new for me. I am not surprised, actually. (I retained something like 40 lbs of water when pregnant with all of my 3 pregnancies, and it just would not come off for years afterward, and I tried EVERYTHING.) I think I have to do Bulletproof RFLP in 2 week stints, 3 weeks absolute maximum. Probably 2 weeks is good, then eat low-carb and do bulletproof coffee only in the mornings for a while. If anyone has any recommendations, please pass them along!

    Coconut water was amazing for giving me potassium; potassium in pill form wasn’t quite doing the trick. Hard to find a good balance between what was the correct dose, etc. It was very frustrating and although I got checked out by several professionals and spoke to a few pharmacists just to check out how I was feeling, it was not fun anymore. (Plus one pharmacist told me to eat a banana a day so he did not really have a clue what eating keto meant!!) I needed to feel like my old self anymore, and going up once small flight of stairs and feeling my heart racing was not normal for me. My doctors said keto was very healthy but I needed to do a less drastic form of it for a while to rebuild my mineral stores, eat protein, rebuild iron stores, etc. In all, I lost around 20 lbs, and gained about 5 back, but I seem to be maintaining that since the start of February, even with a week-long vacation and having cheat weekends. I have to be careful, since carbs put weight on me very quickly, but doing RFLP for a few days and/or eating keto does the trick and am back to my weight, within the 5 lb range. It’s just fibre and food in my gut, since on RFLP you are not eating any thing except drinking butter and MCT oil. It makes sense. (The same happened to me a few years ago on the HcG protocol. I could maintain at 5 lbs over the last and lowest weight, but not less than that.) I want to do RFLP again soon, but not too soon. Am now eating low carb but having some carbohydrates like lots of avocado, some butternut squash, and doing the sweet potato and white rice once a week. I also sometimes have a tiny bit of fruit in a salad, such as a quarter of a small apple, and like I mentioned, drinking a cup of coconut water a day in a large water bottle so it’s not so “carby” all at once. Feel back to my old self. I am frustrated because I want to lose more, and eating low carb alone does not do it for me. I have 60 more lbs to lose to be really slim, but I would have happy with 40-50 lbs. I just want to lose them desperately but in a healthy way. I know some people reading this may think that was drastic, but RFLP was the only way I could lose weight, and it really was pure fat and only a bit of muscle. I can tell from how I look and where the weight came off. I have spent years trying to lose weight, eating paleo, low carb, no carb, etc. If those ways of eating worked for me for weight loss, I would be slim by now. I maintain beautifully, but it is a game of yo-yoing up and down with the same 5 lbs or so. I am going to look into the Carb Nite solution book by John Keifer, and I know Dave Asprey interviewed him on his podcast. At least that way I can eat but hopefully lose at the same time, and the once a week refeed resets hormones. I love the once a week carb refeed; it has done something miraculous to my appetite and I don’t overeat anymore. I am looking for answers on how to lose this stubborn weight once and for all. I eat like other people diet and don’t lose. What to do? I know this RFLP seems pretty drastic, but what’s a girl to do when nothing else works?

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