Lately coconut oil has made a tremendous bump in popularity, and due to good reason!
It is widely applicable for all baking and cooking purposes, it has a high boiling turnover point, and it provides various health benefits – among which are claimed to be weight loss perks. But is that really so?
It’s high amount of saturated fats are certainly beneficial for achieving ketosis(which burns body fat in and by itself of course), but does coconut oil also have direct weight loss benefits for our body over other fat sources?
Difference Between Coconut oil and MCT Oil
When we think of coconut oil the first image that pops to mind is of course that – coconut oil. But… there is also a derivative of coconut oil which has recently gained a lot of popularity – MCT oil.
So what exactly is the difference between the two?
Coconut oil is extracted from the pulp of the coconut fruit. It is the pure natural fat content of the pulp that is used for coconut oil. Pure coconut oil contains all of the Medium Chain Triglycerides – which are carbon atoms that dictate how well and fast the energy is absorbed by our bodies.
Lauric acid is the primary component of Coconut oil(around 50 – 60%), and when consumed it will be digested by following the normal digestive procedure like most other foods(through the stomach, intestines, into the blood). Now, keep in mind that this will take several hours before the oil is fully absorbed and available as energy for your body to tap into.
MCT oil, due to the absence of lauric acid, only contains carbon atoms that bypass the digestive tract. The other carbon atoms in MCT oil are way more concentrated, to make up for the absence of lauric acid. This also results in a higher pricing than coconut oil, mind you.
When MCT fats (C8 and C10 – caprylic acid and capric acid respectively) are consumed they will go straight to the liver to be converted to ketones. Not only will this result in faster ketosis upon consumption, but it is also very beneficial when you are feeling low in energy. MCT oil will give you the quick bump you are looking for.
Another difference between the two oils is its liquidity. When coconut oil is stored at room temperature it will be solid, whereas MCT oil will always be liquid.
Coconut oil is slightly better for baking/cooking purposes due to its higher boiling turnover point when compared to MCT oil.
Coconut, or MCT Oil for Weight Loss?
– MCT oil will convert to more ketone bodies by your liver, putting you in a deeper state of ketosis. This will result in more fat loss, as well as the additional ketones providing you with more energy.
As you can see both oils have their own benefits. Coconut oil is the go to oil if you don’t want to spend too much on just ‘an oil’, but you still want to get some of the benefits.
However, when we compare the results; it is pretty obvious that MCT oil is better if you are looking to trim the fat.
MCT oil will:
– Get you into ketosis faster by skipping the traditional digestive system. MCT’s will go straight to your liver making it produce ketones very rapidly. This will bring you into a deeper state of ketosis, as well as silencing those nagging cravings. If you are experiencing the keto flu you will also massively benefit from taking in MCT oil. It will accelerate the passing of the flu which allows you to enjoy your ketogenic lifestyle!
– Boost your metabolism.
– Eliminate cravings. By inducing satiety your cravings will be a thing of the past. Simply take in a serving of MCT oil when you feel an unwanted craving coming up.
How To Use MCT Oil
You can use MCT oil anytime you like, as long as you are careful with the dosage when you are just starting out. Try to stick to no more than 2 tablespoons a day when just starting out.
Since I am following the keto diet and I can’t consume any conventional pre-workouts that are on the market(since they are not only unhealthy but also contain a boatload of sugar) I like to consume my MCT oil about an hour before my workout to carry me through the session.
I like to pair it with a small dose of caffeine which works wonders.
Other popular moments to consume MCT is during fasting and late at night. It is a good idea to take a couple of capsules before bed, along with a small serving of protein(like cottage cheese) as a healthy late night snack.
I personally find it very comfortable to take MCT’s me wherever I go to ensure I can always resist the urge to cheat on my diet, as well as having a source of energy always with me. Of course this is rather difficult to measure and consume if you bring a jar. That is why I prefer to use Kiss My Keto MCT oil capsules instead of regular oil.
Each bottle contains 300 capsules delivering you 9 grams of high quality non-GMO MCT fats per serving of 3 capsules. Those are enough servings to last you months!
What is your favorite way to consume it? Drop me an answer in the comments below!
Why MCT Oil Is The Winner & The Best Way To Consume!
While coconut oil is more versatile in its use, and still provides solid health and weight loss benefits, MCT is the clear winner for fat loss purposes. It boosts metabolism and stills cravings better than coconut oil, on top of being able to get you into deeper ketosis more effectively – which in turn also boosts fat loss.
MCT oil is the perfect natural, all-round food / supplement to incorporate into your lifestyle. It is of course perfect for the keto diet and achieving ketosis. But really, its effects can be enjoyed with any diet focused on weight loss!
Have you tried MCT oil or coconut oil? Did you experience as much benefits? Which oil do you prefer for your needs?
Let me know in the comments below!