MCT Oil | MCT Oil and Weight Loss

Author: Rod Ferris CPT, CPAFLA


MCT simply stands for medium chain triglycerides, as opposed to long chain triglycerides (LCT), which are found in most foods. MCT is comprised of primarily caprylic and capric fatty acids, and is a light-yellow, odorless, translucent liquid at room temperature. MCT oil occurs naturally in coconut oil and other foods.

- A great fat burner
- Muscle Enhancer/Builder
- A great energy source

How is it suppose work?

Since MCT's are digested, transported and metabolized much quicker than regular oils or fats it is said that it could have greater benefits. The theory is that if you take MCT oil you can boost your metabolic rate because MCT oil is burned so quickly that its calories are turned into body heat (thermogenesis).


Positive Study

: One study found that metabo
olic rate increased by 12 percent over six hours after men ate MCT meals rather than just 4 percent increase with LCT (long-chain trigycerides). They also found that triglycerides in plasma were elevated 68 percent with the LCT oil and did not change with MCT oil.

Negative Study

: Most of the research conducted with MCT oil is conducted by having volunteers ingest huge amounts of the MCT oil (30 grams) to bring their metabolic rates up and this produces intestinal discomfort and diarrhea for most people.

Why it doesn't work: MCT oil is suggested to be taken with carbohydrates and since carbohydrates trigger the release of insulin which inhibits the mobilization of fat for energy, it just wont work for the desired effect: Burning fat.


: The cost can range anywhere from $8.99 for 90 softgel capsules, to $40.00 for a 32 oz. bottle.