How could MCT Oil help me achieve my weight loss goals?
In my previous blogs I started looking at small changes which could help support weight loss. I also challenged the concept that weight loss is all about calories in v calories out – stating that the most important consideration is what our body will do with the calories. Continuing along that theme, in this next series of blogs I am going to have a look at some of the other, maybe unexpected, ways you can help to support your weight loss goals - starting with MCT oil, a fat which could help increase fat burning and weight loss!
MCT oil is advocated by diets like the ketogenic diet, and is used by those following the ‘bullet proof coffee’ regime. Now, as I have said in other posts on weight loss, I never advocate fad or extreme diets - so I am not suggesting either of these regimes. However, adding MCT oil to a healthy, balanced diet could potentially help to support and improve weight loss. This is because, believe it or not, this oil could help to improve fat burning! (1)
WHAT IS MCT OIL?
MCT Oil is sourced from coconut oil – isolating what are thought to be the most beneficial, energy producing components of this popular cooking oil.
MCT stands for Medium Chain Triglycerides, and it is a type of fat found in full fat dairy, butter and cheese. As such it is low in many Western diets, due to the popularity of low fat diets to support weight loss. However, recent research has indicated that these oils may be key to fat burning, weight loss and even to brain function. (2)
One research project into the effectiveness of MCT oil showed that men taking the product daily lost more body fat than those on the same diet who were not taking the MCT’s. Another reported that MCT oils can reduce appetite and stop the accumulation of body fat in healthy men and women. (3)
HOW TO USE IT
The ‘bullet proof coffee’ regimen suggests adding it to coffee, alongside a big dollop of butter! Many nutritionists agree that adding MCT oil to coffee and drinking it first thing in the morning could be very helpful in boosting metabolism and fat burning. What does seem unnecessary though, is the addition of the butter.
MCT oil could also be added to smoothies or protein shakes.
Obviously, adding MCT oil will increase the calorie content of whatever it is added to – but, as I have said before, it is about what your body does with these calories, and MCT’s are used in energy production and fat burning, so will have a positive impact on a healthy weight loss plan.
For more on MCT Oil, visit my earlier blog: MCT Oil: Reviewing the Evidence
Written by Jenny Logan DNMed. (Jenny is a Nutritional Therapist who has worked with clients in health foods stores and private clinics for over 20 years)
(1) Journal of Obesity and Research in 2013
(2) Nutrition and prevention of Alzheimer’s dementia; Front Aging Neurosci. 2014
(3) Weight-loss diet that includes consumption of medium-chain triacylglycerol oil leads to a greater rate of weight and fat mass loss than does olive oil; Am J Clin Nutr. 2008 Mar.