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Dr. Oz: Boost weight loss with low carb buttered coffee and protein

Coffee can help with weight loss.
Coffee can help with weight loss.
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When it comes to weight loss, Dr. Mehmet Oz believes that having enough energy plays a key role. He discussed metabolism-boosting energizers on his August 15 talk show that included low carb diet buttered coffee.

Dr. Oz compared our lives today to hamsters running on a wheel. But in contrast to those hamsters, we can't take a break because our to-do lists never end. He has researched a variety of ways to enhance energy that can also help you lose weight.

Do you pour sugar into your coffee to increase your energy? One viewer admitted that she drinks seven to eight cups of coffee daily with sugar and cream.

Instead, Dr. Oz suggests putting butter rather than sugar into your coffee. It's a low carb diet alternative that keeps the caffeine in your body longer.

As for the traditional buttered bagel that traditionally accompanies your coffee? "Forget the bagel," advised Dr. Oz.

Dr. Oz has come up with the term "Rocket Fuel" to describe buttered coffee. He recommends drinking one cup in the mid-morning and a second cup in the early afternoon.

Another variation on the buttered coffee concept is known as bullet-proof coffee. Endurance athlete Tim Reed, who follows a high fat low carb diet, drinks the mixture of coffee, butter and coconut oil every morning, reported the Sydney Morning Herald on August 13.

Reed says that the buttered coffee combined with his ketogenic diet helps him avoid "the bonk." And as Dr. Oz points out, the beverage also helps with energy.

When Reed initially went from a traditional high carb diet to a low carb diet, he admits that he felt "really sluggish at times." But once he became adapted to the high fat content of his plan, "you start to feel really great."

On race days, Reed relies on sugar-free gels and MCT (medium chain triglycerides) oil for fuel rather than sugar-based gels and energy drinks. Because he is fat-adapted, he can use fat rather than glucose for fuel.

Sports scientist Tim Noakes feels that these types of diets benefit dieters and athletes alike. They have been shown to curb cravings.

"If you’re hungry you’ll never control your weight," said Noakes. And when it comes to endurance races, "fat-adapted athletes have an advantage."

In recent years, Dr. Oz also has become a proponent of protein and healthy fats. He has invited Dr. David Perlmutter, the creator of the high fat low carb Grain Brain diet, to his show several times.

Dr. Perlmutter and Dr. Oz agree that quality counts, however, when choosing protein and fat. For example, opt for grass-fed beef and unprocessed nut butter.

As for butter? Dr. Perlmutter summed up his views on Twitter after his appearance on Dr. Oz's show: "#Butter. Is. Back."

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