You’re probably here because you searched “what is MCT oil” and you’re wondering if it’s yet another magic pill that’s supposed to make you shed pounds like snakes shed skin.
While there’s no such thing as a magic weight-loss anything, MCT oil is fast becoming known as the “magic calorie.” There are many reasons why it’s being called this, but I wanted to take the time to explain in detail to my fellow low carb dieters why MCT oil is an absolute must have during keto cycles.
For those of you who participate in the comments section – the MCT post is finally here!
What is MCT Oil?
MCT oil is a product similar to olive oil but is comprised solely of medium chain triglycerides. A medium chain triglyceride is the “medium” sized fatty acid that is in a state most easily metabolized by the body, which ultimately means MCT oil is a fat that doesn’t get stored in fat tissue for future energy production.
If you’re not yet amazed, please re-read the last two sentences!
To explain a bit more on why this is important for people attempting a ketogenic diet – when we cut the carbs, what we’re really telling our body to do is to use the energy that it’s stored in the form of fat (you know, that soft giggly stuff around the mid-section). We quite literally undergo a chemical transformation for the body to produce the enzymes necessary to release that fat. Simply stated those enzymes convert body fat into MCT’s for immediate metabolism.
Since MCT oil is already in a usable state, you can consume it for energy without increasing body fat.
Warning: Sadly, this doesn’t apply to diabetics. For more information on why this is the case, read this article on diabetics and ketoacidosis.
Why MCT Oil is Important for Ketogenic Diets
As you might already know from my keto flu post, the transition to fat metabolism can be an unpleasant experience as the body figures out how to get energy from fat. This “flu” happens because the body suddenly lacks the primary energy source it relies on when we cut the carbs.
Because MCT oil is in a form that’s already usable as energy, dieters can avoid the pain simply by adding a tablespoon of it to any meal or drink – I always start my morning with a decaf coffee and a tablespoon of MCT. It’s also flavorless so it doesn’t affect the taste!
Many people who start a low carb diet quit after the first week because the headaches and fatigue become too hard to cope with. They give into the cravings for carb-dense foods and blow the diet before reaching ketoadaption. It’s so sad, too because being ketoadapted is absolutely wonderful.
In my opinion, this is why MCT the most important supplement to staying on the diet and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. It is a key tool for maintaining high levels of energy while still removing fat from your body.
Where Should You Get MCT Oil?
There’s a lot going on in the dieting world nowadays. There are several major studies published in the past year shedding light on what REALLY makes people fat and the revelations are nothing short of revolutionary. The first winner of these “breakthrough” studies is coconut oil, because of it’s high concentration of MCT.
I prefer to get MCT oil because most of the coconut oil products have added sugar for taste, which is completely counterproductive for success as a keto dieter. If you can find a coconut oil that is low in carbs, go for it. You can also go to amazon.com and do a lot of research to find the best one for you budget. I use Numedica’s version as it’s pharmaceutical grade and contains the right type of MCT. Click the photo or click here to go to their page on Amazon.
Stay tuned for my next post where I’ll explain the difference between the types (sizes) of MCT oil.