Butter Coffee: Promotes Weight Loss?

By Ted

I just learned of a new trend among coffee drinkers and those following a paleo-type diet.

Butter coffee. Reportedly, it’s made by taking brewed coffee and blending it with around 80 grams of butter, which is about 3/4 of a stick!

And, this concoction is being touted as a way to give dieters energy and promote weight loss….

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According to The Daily Mail, this concoction was started by mountaineers as a way to boost their energy and calorie intake during mountain climbing in extreme conditions.

There lies the problem.

One cup of butter coffee made with 80 grams of butter will deliver 720 calories in liquid form.

So, essentially a person is taking a cup of coffee with virtually no calories and turning it into a large meal by blending in butter. Also, proponents of this new drink phenomenon are promoting it as a way to get “healthy fats” in your diet.

I would agree that butter is a better choice than many popular vegetable fats commonly used, but to promote it as healthy is a stretch. Furthermore, to promote this coffee as a weight loss aid is an even bigger stretch!

The fact is, most people who drink this, won’t be climbing mountains or spending time in sub-zero temperatures, but living normal lives- burning normal amounts of calories.

Butter coffee is in no way a weight loss aid, nor should it be a regular part of a healthy diet. Most people would cringe at the thought of sitting down and eating 3/4 a stick of butter, so why then would they be ok with it blended into their coffee?

What are your thoughts about butter coffee?

27 Comments

  1. Jennifer

    Butter coffe will help you lose weight if your body is in a keto-adapted state, which for most people means a daily carbohydrate consumption below 50 grams. If, however, you drink butter coffee in addition to a diet based on the Standard American Diet, which averages a toxic level of 300 to 600 grams of carbohydrates a day, you will gain weight. Daily average carbohydrate levels that high will also give around 75% of the population some degree of insulin resistance or Metabolic Disorder.

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  2. Peggy Cassidy

    The recipe I found did NOT call for 3/4 stick of butter. The recipe in the Woman’s World Magazine called for Brewing 2 Cups of coffee with 1-2 TBS. of butter, and 1-2 TBS. of coconut oil. 1-2 TBS/ is NOT about 3/4 of a stick of butter. I-2 TBS…..I TBSP. is 1/8 of a stick of butter. 2 TBSP. is 1/4 of a stick of butter. You NEED fats in your diet! So, if a person does Not Add anymore fats….This shouldn’t hurt much. 3/4 Stick? Look at the article in Woman’s World, May 2, 2016 issue. I looked down at Zach’s comment. It calls for GRASS FED Butter! That is healthier. That is what it says in the Woman’s World Magazine.

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  3. Zach

    Grass-fed butter only! Not processed butter from corn fed-cows with added salt. Organic Grass-fed butter is rich in CLA, which promotes the body to destroy fat cells and turn fat into usable energy. CLA has a myriad of health benefits. Do your research!

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  4. O.

    You’re going to think this is crazy but I just saw a news piece on how coffee made from elephant dung is getting popular!
    That’s right, they have the elephants eat the coffee beans, let nature take it’s course, then “harvest” the bean and turn them into coffee that people are willing to pay high prices to drink.
    They claim that the elephants digestive system is a great way to “process” the coffee.

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  5. Kristen

    WOW! It’s amazing that anyone would try to sell this as a weight loss tool. I could see it as an easy way to get energy/calories for extreme sports, but weight loss?! Does anyone actually believe that?

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  6. cvs

    I’m very familiar with the paleo caveman diet. some of it makes sense and is backed up my medical findings (mostly food intolerances) but there’s a lot that isn’t supported such as the fat intake. one paleo source suggested Lard is healthy to eat and cook with… that is absolutely not true. I’ve gotten on the ViSalus challenge and their system is healthy plus I’ve dropped 14 lbs. It tastes like cake so if you haven’t tried it I would recommend it. But coffee in general doesn’t seem to be a good way to lose weight because coffee is supposed to be consumed in moderation plus it dehydrates the body! In any event I suggest all stop looking for the quick gimmicks and learn to eat regular healthy foods then wait at least 90 days to see real results.

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  7. Ray

    I put a few ounces of water in a small pot. Take a bowl, put in .5 cup of oats, .25 cup slivered almonds, .25 cup walnuts, .25 cup chia, .25 cup berries, .25 cup milled flax, .25 cup hemp hearts, tbsp or so agave, add hot water, stir.

    Gives me about 700 intensely nutritious calories that sticks with me for about 6 hrs. No butter required.

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    • Jim

      That’s awesome. Where do you get hemp hearts? Actually… what are hemp hearts? Milled flax – do you mean flax seed oil?

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  8. Rich

    If you use organic grass fed butter, it is pretty hard to claim that any breakfast cereal or oat meal is better for you. I’ve been drinking it for 6 months and I can say my mornings, and afternoons are exponentially more productive because I no longer have that mid-afternoon haze. Bulletproofexec(dot)com has all of the research and information. Butter prevents all of the coffee being digested at once, so you essentially get a time release of the caffeine in the coffee instead of a quick up and down. You only drink the coffee in the morning, eat paleo style from 2-8pm and fast until the next morning. Its good nutrition, no gimmicks.

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    • cvs

      I don’t understand how it can be good nutrition if your fasting. How can you be active throughout the day if you’re not fueling your body properly? Fasting of any type is known to slow down your metabolism and worse put your body in starvation mode then pull the nutrients from body fat and muscle.

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      • Spectra

        You should do some research on intermittent fasting. The findings are extremely interesting.

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      • Sharon

        You fast OVERNIGHT!!!!!

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    • TonyK

      “If you use organic grass fed butter, it is pretty hard to claim that any breakfast cereal or oat meal is better for you.”

      Actually, it’s not that hard to make the claim that oats are better for you than eating 80 grams of churned butter mixed into your coffee… organic/grass fed or not.

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  9. Serena

    There are different reasons for overeating. This works for a lot of people who eat for energy, but would probably be less helpful for those who overeat for emotional reasons or for the experience of favorite foods.

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  10. Dan

    I eat close to 1000 calories a day from nuts, seeds and peanut butter. I think these are healthier fats than is butter. Studies show that animal fat promotes weight gain whereas nuts do not. People who don’t gain weight from animal fat have to restrict carb intake. I don’t have to restrict carbs since I don’t eat animal fat and I also exercise everyday. I eat a lot of carbs from fruit, potatoes, oatmeal and popcorn. I am 100 pounds lighter than I once was. I have maintained this weight loss entirely for 3 years now and my weight is creeping down instead of up.

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    • Sharon

      If you eat enough of them, yes nuts DO promote weight gain!

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  11. Begonia

    I have been eating a paleo diet now for 8 months – drinking Bulletproof coffee every morning. My version is to add organic grass fed butter, organic cream and coconut oil as I haven’t found MCT oil yet here in Oz. I have lost 32 kgs and am feeling wonderful. All my blood tests/BP have returned to normal. Good fat is good for you and doesn’t put on weight. Sugar and processed carbs do.

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    • Michelle Leach

      Hey. What meal plan do you follow hun. Im cutting carbs etc. Had my first bulket proof coffee today. But im not crazy about the coconut oil. Can i do it with just a bit of butter? Bit wow. Cant believe how full i feel and i only put in two tspns butter and two tspns coconut oil.

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  12. Spectra

    It’s probably in need of a bit more research, but in theory it sounds like it might actually work. I’ve noticed a similar effect with nuts in my diet–I can eat two or three handfuls of nuts a day and they don’t make me gain any weight despite the fact that they have lots of calories in them. I do think you’d have to consume the fat in this beverage with no added sugar whatsoever in order to get any sort of benefit. Since I like my coffee with a bit of agave in it, I’d probably avoid this because I don’t know if I’d be able to drink it without gagging.

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  13. TonyK

    “Also, proponents of this new drink phenomenon are promoting it as a way to get “healthy fats” in your diet.”

    Healthy fats, lol. It’s amazing how easily some people will believe some fringe internet groups who like to dismiss 40+ years of medical findings.

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    • TonyK

      Oh, not saying that sat fats from butter are necessarily unhealthy… just saying that although better than certain other vegetable oils, the effect of sats fats on your body isn’t a question of just good or bad. The effect of sat fats on your body is, like most things, highly context dependent.

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  14. Danni

    the trend is Bulletproof Coffee really.
    It is made with low-toxin coffee, 2-8 tbsp of grass-fed (unsalted) butter AND 1-2 tbsp of MCT oil. This is important!

    I have tried the above Bulletproof coffee many days in a row, and it is instead of breakfast (another important point to note! Not safe to have with a bagel!)
    It worked! It showed my body that fat IS a fuel, and I lost the last few pounds! I wish I could attach my before and after pics! But when you’ve tried literally everything, it doesn’t hurt to give this coffee a go. And it tastes absolutely amazing 🙂

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    • kisha

      What the name of the oil, u say it was mct oil can u spell the name out for me when I go too the strone I know what oil to get I’m going too try this bulletproof coffee thanks for sharing this,

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      • Ted

        It’s Medium-chain Triglycerides (MCTs). You would probably have to get this from a health food store.. i.e GNC or vitamin world.

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    • kisha

      What stone do u get the bulletproof coffee from in mct oil from grass- fed from Thanks,,

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      • Danni

        I got a low-toxin coffee from a local roaster here in the UK (her coffee is called hadadelcafe) but the bullet-proof exec website sells their own low-toxin coffee (they invented the recipe).

        As for the MCT oil, I bought it from amazon(dot)com

        I hope this helps, wherever you are in the world!
        Best of luck, Kisha 🙂

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      • Tina

        Lowes foods

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