Coconut oil contains medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs), a type of fatty acids that can boost the fat burning process and improve mental clarity. MCTs are easily metabolized and burned by the body, providing an enormous boost in the weight loss process. The liver absorbs them from the stomach, and they don’t get stored as fat since they are immediately burned and serve as cell fuel.

A study conducted at the McGill University from 2013 examined the effects of both long-chain and medium-chain triglycerides have on appetite control, energy expenditure, body fat accumulation and other aspects of weight loss. The subjects were put on specific diets for 28 days, and the diets were changed after a short period in order to notice the differences. The first group ate a coconut oil-rich diet, while the second diet ate foods rich in long-chain triglycerides.

The results showed that the subjects from the first group burnt more fat for the duration of the diet, which is exactly what you might expect from a coconut oil-rich diet. This amazing oil boosts metabolism, control appetite and helps in burning away the abdominal fat thanks to MCTs.

MCTs also contain a form of saturated fat which has strong anti-microbial and antioxidant properties and can reinforce the immune system. They also possess anti-fungal, antibacterial and anti-viral properties.

MCT are a fat burning oil

Let’s compare omega-6 fatty acids and MCTs. Omega-6 are grains, beans or seed oils that transport themselves to the lymph system directly when they enter the body, meaning that the fat tissues digest them. On the other hand, MCTs get directly digested into the blood, boosting the metabolism and burning the extra fat, which is the reason why they are great cell fuel.

MCTs can help burn up to 460 calories daily in men, and 190 calories daily in women. These fatty acids also balance the hormones, including the ones that control appetite.

According to a study, MCTs can also improve your cholesterol profile. The results of the study showed that MCTs lower triglycerides and body fat more efficiently than omega-6 fatty acids. After six weeks of the study, the group that consumed MCTs lost more weight and had a 15% drop in the “bad” (LDL) cholesterol and triglyceride levels. This occurs even though MCTs contain saturated fat. There were no restrictions of calories, yet the group lost weight fast.

According to the scientists that conducted the study, the MCTs were directly reponsible to the weight loss.

The saturated fat in coconut oil is different from the saturated fat in fast food. Fat is one of the building blocks of the body, but has been unfairly scrutinized over the years. Instead of avoiding it, we need to reduce our sugar and carbs intake, and replace them with omega-3 fatty acids and MCTs.

You can include MCTs in your diet by using coconut oil as a salad dressing or adding it to smoothies and coffee. You can also take MCT supplements and use coconut oil as a marinade base for fish or chicken meat.