MCT Weight Loss

MCT Lean products are a great addition to a weight loss diet providing energy, suppressing cravings, and aiding fat burning.

MCT Lean contains medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs) derived from coconut oil. Long-chain triglycerides (LCTs) make up the majority of human dietary fats. LCTs require bile salts and pancreatic enzymes to be broken down, and then must be absorbed through the lymphatic system to the intestines, which is a longer process. 1 Because MCTs are shorter they can be absorbed directly and much quicker providing faster results and benefits. MCTs contain fewer calories than LCTs, but cause your body to burn more!

When dieting we often cut carbs, which leaves us tired and hungry. The body digests MCT oil as a carbohydrate, but faster and is less likely to be stored as fat. This provides the energy you need when striving towards weight loss, while simultaneously burning fat. MCT oil’s thermogenic effect and fat oxidation causes the body to burn more calories. 2 Whether following a low carbohydrate plan or not, after consuming only 2 tablespoons of MCT oil fat burning occurs for several hours.

When compared to LCT oils such as olive and canola oil, studies indicate MCT oil is more effective for both weight loss AND fat loss. Long-term studies elucidated that MCT oil use results in suppression of body fat accumulation. 3 It has even been shown expedite abdominal fat loss when compared to a diet high in LCT oils. 4, 5, 6

In many low-carb, high-fat, protein diets considered ‘ketogenic’, the body burns fat rather than carbohydrates, producing ketone bodies as an alternative source of energy. MCTs are considered more ‘ketogenic’ than LCTs, tricking the body into believing it is a carb, but burning it as a fat with less calories!

MCTs are quickly absorbed into the digestive system after consumption and result in rapid energy production ideal for combating fatigue in any weight loss regimen. Because MCTs don’t cause the release of insulin similar to the way carbohydrates do, blood sugar remains more stable over time. 7 This helps control appetite and maintains energy levels when dieting.

If you are exercising in addition to your diet, MCT oil has been shown to preserve muscle during intense exercise, burning off fat rather than muscle during and after workouts. 8, 9

1 Fife, B. Coconut oil and medium-chain triglycerides. 2003. Retrieved from: http://www.coconutresearchcenter.org/article10612.htm

2 Ooyama K, Wu J, Nosaka N, Aoyama T, Kasai M. Combined intervention of medium-chain triacylglycerol diet and exercise reduces body fat mass and enhances energy expenditure in rats. J Nutr Sci Vitaminol (Tokyo). 2008 Apr;54(2):136-41.

3 Takeuchi H, Sekine S, Kojima K, Aoyama T. The application of medium-chain fatty acids: edible oil with a suppressing effect on body fat accumulation. Asia Pac J Clin Nutr 2008 17(1):320-3.

4 Krotkiewski M. Value of VLCD supplementation with medium chain triglycerides. Int J Obes Relat Metab Disord. 2001 Sep;25(9):1393-400.

5 St-Onge MP, Ross R, Parsons WD, Jones PJ. Medium-chain triglycerides increase energy expenditure and decrease adiposity in overweight men. Obes Res. 2003 Mar;11(3):395-402. 6 Tsuji H, Kasai M, Takeuchi H, Nakamura M, Okazaki M, Kondo K. Dietary medium-chain triacylglycerols suppress accumulation of body fat in a double-blind, controlled trial in healthy men and women. J Nutr. 2001 Nov;131(11):2853-9.

7 Stubbs RJ, Harbron CG. Covert manipulation of the ratio of medium- to long-chain triglycerides in isoenergetically dense diets: effect on food intake in ad libitum feeding men. Int J Obes Relat Metab Disord 1996 May;20(5):435-44.

8 Nosaka N, Suzuki Y, Nagatoishi A, Kasai M, Wu J, Taguchi M. Effect of ingestion of medium-chain triacylglycerols on moderate- and high-intensity exercise in recreational athletes. J Nutr Sci Vitaminol (Tokyo). 2009 Apr;55(2):120-5.

9 Clegg ME, Golsorkhi M, Henry CJ. Combined medium-chain triglyceride and chilli feeding increade diet-induced thermogenesis in normal-weight humans. Eur J Nutr. 2012 Nov. (not yet printed)