MCT Oil For Weight Loss

Ladies, these adds piss me off, and being as they are targeted directly towards you, they should anger you too! 

These people are taking you for a fool, and are also taking advantage of those who are struggling with their weight!

And of course, there are multitudes of shysters getting in on this fraud upon vulnerable people desperate to lose weight.

If you were fit and trim in high school, you are going to have to be as fit and trim now as you were then if you want to burn calories like you did back in the day.

If you are only slightly overweight, or have been obese for several years, do you honestly believe there is anything that could possibly be healthy about a 30 pound fat loss in 3 weeks? 

Do you think that a 30 pound fat loss in 3 weeks will give you a nicer looking body?

It won’t!

First off, you will not be losing a great amount of weight simply by adding MCT oil to your diet. Secondly, if you could possibly lose 30 pounds of body fat in three weeks, you are going to have larger problems than being overweight or obese in the first place.

When people lose weight too quickly, they’re often not able to successfully keep it off. In fact, research has found that after losing weight, about two-thirds of dieters gain more than they initially dropped.

Many “quick” diets and eating plans cut out whole food groups, which means you could be missing out on key nutrients, vitamins, and minerals that you need to stay healthy. Dairy-free diets can result in a calcium deficiency while a diet that cuts carbs could mean you’re not getting enough fiber. Even on a lower-calorie diet, it’s important to get a range of nutrients including calcium, vitamin D, vitamin B-12, folate, and iron. In more extreme cases, malnutrition can result in a host of symptoms like decreased energy, generalized fatigue, anemia, brittle hair, and constipation.

When in doubt, pick an eating plan such as ours here at David’s Way to Health and Fitness.  that includes all of the key macronutrients — fat, carbohydrates, protein. The goal is to think about your plan as a lifestyle, not a diet. A diet is something you go on and something you go off. There is no start and end date. When we lose weight, we want to get rid of true adipose tissue, not muscle mass. When you cut calories too quickly, your muscle tone is guaranteed to also be lost along with the fat, as well, a loss in muscle mass will slow your metabolism. Muscle is more metabolically active than fat. That means one pound of muscle burns more calories a day than one pound of fat. So, a loss of muscle means you’ll burn less calories a day!

Because of the water weight we all carry, it’s common to see slightly faster weight loss in the first two weeks, especially when on low-carb or no-carb diets. Exclusively, almost all the initial weight you will lose when first going on a weight loss plan is going to be water weight.

I can guarantee you the results are “NOT” that amazing!

I recently used myself as a test subject by using MCT oil to see if it made any difference to the amount of body fat I carry, or my weight. I used MCT oil for over a month while maintaining my diet of high protein, complex carbs and healthy fats coupled with a vigorous weight training regimen. The end result was no change in my body composition at all.

My weight remained the same, and so did my level of body fat!

I did exactly this! Two tablespoons per day!

Yes, fats are highly satiating when you eat them. I advocate that people keep healthy fats in their diet for this particular reason along with the fact that fats help our body to absorb the nutrients in the foods we eat.  However, if you are still eating refined sugars, or foods full of refined carbs, you will never quit having cravings for food. You will never feel satisfied after a meal for very long. Refined carbohydrates, such as white bread, cookies and pretzels, may taste good, but they tend to make you feel hungry shortly after you eat them. Sugars and refined grains are digested rapidly, creating a sharp rise in blood sugar levels. In response, your body pumps out a large dose of the hormone insulin, which causes your blood sugar to drop quickly. This crash leaves you feeling sluggish and hungry, so you may crave more carbohydrates to replenish your energy. This can create a cycle of overeating that’s often difficult to break. I’m adding this about the carbs simply because some of these MCT oil product manufacturers imply you can continue to get the same results from their products even if you are still consuming carbs.

It is true that given the shorter chain length of MCTs, they are rapidly broken down and absorbed into the body. Unlike longer-chain fatty acids, MCTs go straight to your liver, where they can be used as an instant energy source or turned into ketones. Ketones are substances produced when the liver breaks down large amounts of fat. But here’s the rub, since MCT is digested quicker than  the LCT, it does get to be used as energy first. But, if there’s an excess of MCT, they too will eventually be stored as fat too. You can bet that if daily doses of MCT place you over your caloric needs to lose weight, you are not going to lose a single pound! MCT oil is approximately 130 calories per tablespoon. At two tablespoons per day, you have consumed 260 calories. If you exceed your caloric needs by 260 calories per day, then you can expect to actually gain one half pound of body fat per week! Please do not buy into the hype that MCT oil is going to cause your body to incinerate three times more calories over a six hour period. It is not going to happen unless you are at a caloric deficit.

But, there are indeed some benefits to using MCT.

While research is somewhat promising, there has still not been enough data to show that MCT oil will actually lead to weight loss.

MCT oil may help boost your strength if you’re elderly and weak. There’s also some evidence that MCT can raise the amount of energy used by your muscles. But other research shows it might not do that much to help get you through your workout.

MCT can help your body make ketones, an energy source for your brain that doesn’t have carbs. Some say drinking it will make your mind sharper. But if you don’t have a cognitive disorder, you aren’t likely to get a long-lasting brain boost just by adding some MCT oil.

MCT may also help soothe and treat skin infections. The lauric acid in MCT works as an antimicrobial, breaking down bacteria and virus walls to destroy them.

Some research shows MCT oil may help ease problems with thinking, memory, or judgement. If you have Alzheimer’s disease, your brain may not use glucose well. Some experts think using ketones as an energy source instead may help your brain work better.

MCT oil in your diet can also help lower LDL (the “bad”) cholesterol while also increasing your HDL (the “good”) cholesterol.

However, since I am not a doctor, my recommendation for you is to always consult with your personal physician should you suffer from any of the above conditions, and please do not believe everything you read in a magazine or social media site.

And now for the bad effects MCT can cause you:

Stomach pain

Gas

Cramps

Bloating

Diarrhea

Vomiting

My personal adverse reactions to MCT use was I became terribly full of gas and bloating. I found that I would sometimes have to pass gas about every few minutes for up to several hours after taking my MCT oil. This was no matter if I took it straight from the spoon, mixed in a protein drink, pre-workout drink or even mixed into a bowl of oatmeal.

 

 

2 thoughts on “MCT Oil For Weight Loss

    1. Thank you much Linda, I appreciate the comment. I believe in giving people the best in nutritional information and not pulling punches in regards to shysters taking advantage of the vulnerable among us. Please, help spread the word about David’s Way to Health and Fitness. Our desire is to help as many people as we possibly can, while never charging a single cent to them in doing so. This website of mine is first and foremost a labor of love.

      David

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