I think most diet books are bullshit, but Dave Asprey’s The Bulletproof Diet stinks more than most. At this time of year, a lot of people are coming into the bookstore for diet and exercise books, self help, “new year, new you” stuff. I had heard of Asprey’s “Bulletproof coffee with butter” (another one of his diet tips that helps you achieve “mental clarity”), and decided to have a look at what he was putting in the book – curious to see if it could possibly be as dumb as his coffee. It can.
The first page I flipped open to contained a weird rant about how garlic and onions are “Suspect” (the capitalization is his). He claims you need look no further for evidence of their evil than the fact that in the Koran, garlic and onions sprang from the cloven footprints of Satan. Yep, that’s right, the scientific reasoning is that obviously these are Satanic plants, so they will make you fat. He ranks all foods on his pseudo-scientific scale of toxic to bulletproof. Apparently he’s not a veggie person, and hey, raisins are toxic. Who knew?
He also wants you to skip breakfast, despite the many, many scientist who share an opposing view, because obviously he knows more than some “scientist” who went to “school.”
He has a handy-dandy line up of Bulletproof branded products that are even more expensive then the stuff at Whole Foods, so they must be extra good at weight loss! Of course he is only making these products out of the goodness of his heart, to help you lose weight! There is no profit-based motive here at all!
As far as I can tell, The Bulletproof Diet is your personal guide to malnutrition for you, and enrichment for Asprey. What a sleaze.