Differences between the Bulletproof Diet and the Paleo Diet
The Bulletproof diet and the Paleo diet have many similarities. One of the main similarities is that both diets contain a relatively large amount of fat and few carbs. Another important similarity is the focus on unprocessed, high-quality food. In both diets, the consumption of grains is avoided. However, there are differences:
- The starting point
- The amount of protein
- The preparation of food
- Bulletproof Intermittent Fasting
- Bulletproof Protein Fasting
- Avoiding foods containing toxic substances
- Use of supplements
1. The starting point
The Bulletproof diet is based on scientific insight into what is good for mental power and slowing down the aging process. This does not simply assume that the food our ancestors ate is what is best for the modern man or woman. After all, they did not possess our insights into modern science. Our ancestors were not biohackers.
The Paleo diet is based on the foods our ancestors ate. The idea is that our body has not adapted yet to the industrialization of food. This would be the cause of our struggles with Diabetes 2, gluten allergies, cardiovascular diseases and obesity. If we were to go back to the eating pattern of our ancestors, the hunter-gatherers, we would prevent a lot of grief.
2. The amount of protein
The Bulletproof diet advises the follow proportions of calorie intake:
- Oil and fat: 50-70%
- Organic vegetables up to 20%
- Protein up to 20%
- Fruit or carbs up to 5%
The Bulletproof diet advises to eat the carbs in the evening and to have an extra helping of carbs once or twice a week.
Most Paleo proponents promote less fat and more protein and carbs.
3. The preparation of food
Both diets avoid processed foods. However, when you cook your food you are also processing it. Bulletproof emphasizes the careful preparation of food, avoiding overheating and burning. Roasting meat like a caveman can create substances that can damage the DNA. That is why Bulletproof advices avoiding crispy bacon, for example, and brown bread crusts. Overcooking vegetables can furthermore cause the loss of valuable nutrients.
4. Bulletproof Intermittent Fasting
Bulletproof intermittent fasting is an important part of the Bulletproof diet. You drink Bulletproof coffee in the morning. This is a cup of coffee with butter and MCT oil. Since you only consume fat, your body will remain in a state of ketosis, which leads to fat burning and the recovery of cells in your body. You lose weight and gain mental focus.
Intermittent fasting is not part of the Paleo diet. However, more and more Paleo enthusiasts are integrating Bulletproof intermittent fasting into their diet!
5. Bulletproof Protein Fasting
In the Bulletproof diet, you do not eat any protein one day a week. This stimulates autophagy. Autophagy is a type of cleansing of your cells. Due to lack of protein, these cells start cleaning up their surplus of protein supplies. A protein-free day furthermore benefits the recovery of the mitochondria. This helps you sleep. This process is explained in the video.
Protein fasting is not part of the Paleo diet.
6. Avoid toxic substances
The Bulletproof Diet Roadmap indicates which foods you should avoid because:
- there is a good chance that they cause reactions because you are intolerant or allergic to them
- they contain substances or fungi that decrease your performance or cause brain fog.
The Bulletproof diet distinguishes between green, yellow, orange and red food categories. The green food can be eaten without any problems and gives maximum results. The yellow category is ‘suspicious’. You will need to test for yourself whether these foods belong in the red or green category. The orange and red category should be avoided. View the Bulletproof Diet Roadmap.
The Paleo diet tends to be more rigid about what you are and are not allowed to eat, based on the dietary pattern of our ancestors.
7. Use of supplements
The Bulletproof diet is based on the fact that the human body is a biochemical system that you can optimize. By using nootropics and other supplements, you can improve the functioning of certain processes. For example, phenibut to combat stress, PQQ for extra energy and anti-aging, magnesium for relaxation, etc.
Supporters of the Paleo diet believe that supplements are not necessary when you eat the right food.
The Bulletproof Diet is an Upgraded Paleo Diet
The Bulletproof diet applies the basic principles of the Paleo diet, such as eating unprocessed organic food and avoiding grains and sugar. The Bulletproof diet, however, combines the Paleo diet with modern technologies and scientific insights. Bulletproof considers the human body to be a chemical factory in which you can optimize processes to improve its functioning. This involves the use of nootropics and other supplements and avoiding toxic substances and fungi. It is a combination of biohacking and Paleo. That is why you can think of the Bulletproof diet as an upgraded version of the Paleo diet.