Keto dieters have introduced a new type of coffee, Keto coffee, which includes protein.
A new product called Keto Coffee is a crushed version of bulletproof coffee that promises to help keto dieters reach ketosis faster. (Ketosis is the metabolic state where the body burns fat for energy), thus helping a lot of keto dieters to lose weight.
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The keto diet is a high-fat, low-carb, moderate protein diet which forces the body to burn fat for fuel instead of glucose. Keto diet makes carbs to be limited in the body. When this happens, the body starts to break down fat stores while the liver produces ketones, an organic compound that can be used as a backup fuel source. As the body burns more fat to meet its daily energy requirements, it begins to lose weight.
Now, another way to get ketones to fuel the body is through fat-rich foods or Keto Coffee.
How Keto Coffee Works
Keto Coffee is based on the principle that consuming a diet high in fats helps the body to quickly reach ketosis.
It’s laden with butter and medium-chain triglycerides (MCT) oil. Because these fatty acids don’t need to be processed by the liver before entering the bloodstream, they’re instantly converted into ketones and used for energy.
Also, those MCTs help keto dieters feel full for long hours, which can prevent overeating throughout the day.
Kristen Mancinelli, a registered dietitian and author of The Ketogenic Diet, said; “That, coupled with the caffeine in coffee, can make a keto dieter feel pretty great. Some of the results are mental clarity, greater alertness, more energy, less hunger, and greater ability to focus.”
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But don’t think that a normal cup of joe and Keto Coffee can be switchable.
Mancinelli explains that excessive intake of Keto Coffee might have the opposite effects,. Dieters should stick to one cup a day and drink it in place of a meal, not as a beverage to have alongside your breakfast.
Excessive intake of protein-rich coffee may not only lead to weight gain, but also gastrointestinal distress.
Where you get your ketones from matters
Regardless of the fact that coffee is naturally a low-calorie metabolism booster, there is nothing primarily “keto” about coffee.
It’s those added fats in Keto Coffee — the MCT oil and butter — that help keto dieters get the majority of their daily calories from fat, and, thus, enter ketosis.
Even then, though, the quickest and most efficient way to reach ketosis, is to fast.
“The whole point of ketogenic dieting for weight loss is to make ketones from your own body fat — not to just supply ketones from an exogenous source, like fat bombs or Keto Coffee or MCT oil,” Mancinelli said.
Most dieters will make a point of getting ketones from both their body and dietary fats. Eating fat in excess can not only limit the amount of fat your body burns but increase your fat stores as well.
Keto Coffee to a regular, non-keto diet will not lead to weight loss, it will even do quite the opposite.
Rachel Daniels, a registered dietitian and senior director of nutrition with Virtual Health Partners, told Healthline;
“I wouldn’t recommend Keto Coffee to the average person looking to lose weight. The grass-fed butter is going to add extra saturated fat to the diet that is not going to work any weight loss miracles on its own. Adding fat without reducing carbohydrates will not put the body in ketosis.”
According to Daniels, for most people who want to lose weight, they should go for black coffee, with either low-fat milk or unsweetened nut milk.
However, if you’re following to a strict keto diet, Keto Coffee can do your body some good.
If consumed properly, fat-rich coffee can help certain dieters boost their fat consumption and reach a deeper level of ketosis. Next time you brew up a pot of coffee, toss in some butter, MCT oil, or coconut oil. This’ll have the same general effect as the powdered version.