MCT oil, stands for Medium Chain Triglycerides. It’s a form of saturated fat that comes from sources like coconut or palm oil.
You must be thinking, did you just say saturated fat?? For weight loss??!!
YES, absolutely. Let me explain how this works in the body. Unlike most fats, which require bile from the gallbladder and digestive enzymes from the pancreas, MCTs diffuse through the intestines and go directly to the liver to be converted to ketones. They then circulate in the bloodstream and even cross to the brain and are rapidly used for energy rather than being stores as fat.
Therefore, one of the first immediate things you will notice with MCT, is an increase in energy. However, from a weight loss perspective, here are some of the benefits studies have demonstrated with the use of MCT:
- MCT increases metabolic rate and can therefore reduce stored body fat
- It can help the body burn fat and produce ketones, meaning you can experience similar benefits to the ketogenic diet, without the major carb restrictions
- MCT can help reduce appetite and make you feel fuller, hence helping lower your caloric intake
- Other great health benefits include better memory and moods by being a fuel for the brain, improving digestion by balancing gut bacteria and having antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal properties
If you are eager to start taking MCT, which you can find at most health food stores as well as at our clinic, my only word of caution is to make sure you star low and go slow. Begin with 1 tsp and over 2-3 weeks build your tolerance up to 2 Tablespoons. Taking too much at once can cause abdominal cramping or discomfort. You can take it on its own or add it to your coffee or tea. You need to consume it for at least 2-3 months to notice shifts in body fat composition
So, does this mean that taking MCT oil alone will get you to shed pounds? I wish it was that easy, but that’s not the case. MCT is not a miracle worker but it can certainly help accelerate your weight loss efforts if a good diet and other factors are in place.
While it doesn’t hurt to add it to your daily routine, even for the energy boost, if you are struggling to lose weight, you may need a more comprehensive plan.
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A naturopathic doctor, expert in preventative health and integrative care, Inna has a clinical focus in hormonal concerns, stress related imbalances, weight management, improving sleep and energy, and enhancing well-being and quality of life.
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