It is crazy to think you can fight fat with fat. But it’s not every kind of fat can help you slim down and drop a pant size. There is a specific kind of plant-based fat called medium-chain triglycerides—commonly referred to as MCTs—that is shown in multiple studies published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition to not only increase metabolism, but literally keep fat off your body.
The typical Western diet is largely composed of long chain triglycerides (LCTs), often consumed in processed vegetable oils such as canola, soy, and safflower. In excess, LCTs act as the building blocks of stubborn body fat. Unlike LCTs, shorter length MCTs are primarily used for energy production and rarely ever stored as fat.
Derived from palm kernel oil and coconut oil, MCTs provide you with cleaner and more rapidly utilized energy. This is because MCTs are not stored in the body in the same way traditional fats are stored. MCTs promote ketone bodies—compounds created by the body when the body burns fat for energy. When you eat a diet low in carbs and high in healthful fat like MCTs, your body responds to the reduced levels of blood sugar by switching to an alternative power source and converts fatty acids in the liver to ketones. Ketones then become the main energy source. Instead of your body burning carbs, it burns fat! You might have heard this before as aketogenic diet and often tied to paleo diets as well.
Because MCT oil is odorless and flavorless, it’s easy to add it to your meal plan. To kick your metabolism into gear, you’ll want to gradually work up to taking 1-2 tablespoons every day, trying not to a skip a day.
Here are three delicious ways to incorporate this neutral-tasting fat-burner to your daily routine:
1. Charged Coffee or tea — To your favorite organic coffee, green or chai tea, blend in 1 tablespoon unsalted grass-fed butter (like Kerrygold brand), and 1 tablespoon of MCT oil. Add cinnamon or honey to taste and you have a delicious powerhouse to kick off your day.
2. Smoothie Sensation — Whether you go the green smoothie route or you prefer a protein-packed berry smoothie to give you a boost during the day, adding a tablespoon of MCT oil to the mix won’t affect the taste, but will affect your waistline over time (in a good way)!
3. Thermogenic Dressing — For most homemade dressings, you can substitute the oil for MCT oil and you won’t notice much of a taste difference. Here’s a super simple one that I always recommend: whisk together 1/3 cup MCT oil with 2–3 tablespoons Dijon mustard, 1 tablespoon of honey, and a dash of sea salt to taste. Store in a jar in your fridge; it will keep for up to a week.
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Seaton, T. B., Welle, S. L., Warenko, M. K. & Campbell, R. G. (1986). Thermic effect of medium-chain triglycerides in man. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 44.
St-Onge, M-P. & Bosarge, A. (2008). Weight-loss diet that includes consumption of medium-chain triglycerol oil leads to a greater rate of weight and fat mass loss than does olive oil. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 87(3).
Baba, N. (1982). Enhanced thermogenesis and diminished deposition of fat in response to overfeeding with diet containing medium-chain triglyceride. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 35.