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The Uses of MCT Oil

When you want to shed body fat and get ripped, determination, willpower, and discipline shall be necessary. There are those who hope for an easy way out when the time to start comes. In reality, this is not possible. You need to do your tough part. There are ways though, through which you can make your life easier. You can use Medium Chain Triglycerides or MCT oil.

MCT oil is a fat derived from coconut oil and palm kernels. It is common to hear people calling it coconut oil. There is some confusion around the concept of using oil to reduce fat. This can be explained when you look at how this oil behaves.

The fats readily available from the food we eat has Long Chain Triglycerides, which have 12 to 18 carbon atoms per chain. Medium Chain Triglycerides, incidentally, have chains of 6 to 10 carbon atoms per unit. This is what makes them act so differently.

MCTs are absorbed and metabolized faster, because of their reduced chain. They get converted to fuel for immediate use much more efficiently, instead of ending up as fat for storage. They get used for energy much easier, and produce twice more calories per gram. They are therefore excellent sources of energy for an intense workout.

There are factors that make MCT oil ideal for getting your body in shape. It aids in endurance and athletic performance. It aids fat burning. It increases metabolic rate. It is beneficial to maintaining muscle mass.
You need to use MCT oil with a lot of care. IT can lead to gastric issues, nausea and diarrhea. Since they produce ketone bodies when metabolized, they are dangerous to those who have diabetes. Liver disease prevents one from using them, as they go straight to the organ once consumed, which will stress it.

If you have hepatic encephalopathy, you should not take MCT oil. Those who use it for long can have their cholesterol levels going up.

MCT oil makes a person’s endurance better and ups their athletic performance, accelerates fat burning, speeds up their metabolism and helps them maintain muscle

These points go to show how beneficial MCT oil is and how it shall benefit anyone who wants to attain their set fitness and athletic goals. They should however never be abused, due to their side-effects. There is some research yet to conclude showing how its long-term effects look like.

Do not use it too much. Do not use it all the time. Start your usage slowly and observe how you react to it. Do not use it without a specific goal. Maybe you need help to get through an intense workout, or you are on the last legs of a low-carb diet.

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