Lose Weight and More with MCT Oil

Lose Weight and More with MCT Oil

You eat different oils every day. These oils are either mixed into or cooked with foods you may never think twice about containing high oil content. In the past, many of these oils would hide behind slick advertising and misguided claims of healthy, natural foods. Now, consumers like yourself are becoming more knowledgeable in which oils may be better or worse for your health. 

One oil that has been making health news lately is MCT or medium-chain triglyceride oil. It has been linked to helping with weight maintenance as well as several other health benefits. Learn a little about how certain oils may be harmful and how MCT oil could be a better choice.

Avoid an Oil Slick

Currently, over-processed oils such as vegetable, soybean, cottonseed, canola, and palm have been linked to compromising systemic health. 

A study of canola oil by researchers at Temple University, cited by alzheimers.net, stated that,

“After six months of the study, the research team noticed that the experimental group that received canola oil daily weighed more than the control group. Additionally, cognitive tests found that learning ability, short-term memory and working memory were all negatively affected in the mice that received canola oil.”

Another study conducted at the University of California Riverside (UCR) found soybean oil to also pose risks, showing that, 

“A diet high in soybean oil causes more obesity and diabetes than a diet high in fructose, a sugar commonly found in soda and processed foods…soybean oil significantly affects the expression of many genes that metabolize drugs and other foreign compounds that enter the body, suggesting that a soybean oil-enriched diet could affect one’s response to drugs and environmental toxicants,”

PerfectKeto reported on cottonseed oil derived from the seeds of the cotton plant stating that,

“Cooking with cottonseed oil generates oxidized lipids, and these oxidized lipids end up in your

arteries. Cottonseed oil is also antithetical to weight loss goals. Too much linoleic acid? Hello, weight gain. This has been shown in mice — and on a massive scale, in the American population.”

MCT oil surpasses these “bad” oils and goes beyond associated “good” oils such as avocado, EVOO (extra virgin olive oil) and flaxseed.

The MCT Effect

MCT oil is not new. This food (derived from coconut oil) hit the nutrition scene back in 2008 but it quickly faded, that is until the keto diet came along. The keto diet works by switching your body from craving and utilizing daily carbohydrates (which are practically everything) to burning good fats instead. By reducing carbs, keeping proteins steady and increasing good fats, according to the keto diet, your body will eventually switch to the high fat burning state of ketosis. When this happens your body begins breaking down long accumulated fats enabling weight loss, increased energy, and overall systemic healing. MCT oil is considered one of the best fats to choose for optimal benefits.

Benefits of MCT

Weight Loss

According to several studies, integrating MCT into your daily dietary regiment could help assist your weight loss program. 

In 2104, the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition published a study of combined work by researchers from Columbia University and the New York Obesity Nutrition Research Center, St. Luke’s/Roosevelt Hospital stating that,

“Two randomized, crossover studies were conducted in which overweight men consumed 20g of MCT or corn oil (LCT) at breakfast…Linear mixed model analyses were performed to determine the effects of MCT and LCT oil on change in hormones and metabolites …MCT consumption reduced food intake acutely.”

An archival study by the School of Dietetics and Human Nutrition, McGill University, Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue, Quebec, Canada concluded that, 

“Consumption of a diet rich in MCTs results in greater loss of AT [adipose tissue aka belly fat] compared with LCTs, [long-chain triglycerides] perhaps due to increased energy expenditure and fat oxidation observed with MCT intake. Thus, MCTs may be considered as agents that aid in the prevention of obesity or potentially stimulate weight loss.”

Other benefits of using MCT Oil as reported by Healthline includes:

  • May increase energy
  • Could help build muscle strength
  • May help manage epilepsy, Alzheimer’s disease and autism
  • May help fight internal yeast and bacterial growth
  • May reduce risk factors for heart disease including cholesterol reduction
  • May help control blood sugar levels and support diabetes management

Taking MCT

MCT oil is an easy addition to your cooking and eating as it is flavorless, combines well with other supplements, and never changes consistency (such as going from a liquid to a solid) so there’s no need for melting.

  • Blend it into a smoothie 
  • Drizzle it onto salads, avocado toast, or any other of your favorite foods 
  • Cook with MCT but do not go above 320 degrees as int will then change its chemical makeup

Lose weight and more with MCT oil. It’s easy, inexpensive and can affect your whole system, not just your waist, for optimal healthy living.