What the heck is that MCT thing anyway? Well, I’m glad you asked. It has actually made a huge difference in my diet and my energy levels as well as how much I eat. I’ve been able to curb my snacking binges while using MCT oil.
So, what is it? Well, it is a supplement that I like to utilize in liquid form. MCT is a medium chain triglyceride which is a type of fat and is found in certain oils or dairies. Specifically, the type of fat is found in coconut oils, palm kernal oils, or dairy products (see below for my references). There is some science behind what it is and how it is made, but we won’t go into that here. You really just need to know that MCTs go from the gut to the liver which are then used as a source of energy to be turned into ketones. Now, what is a ketone? Well, a ketone is produced when the liver breaks down fat and can then be used by the brain for energy instead of using sugar. This means the calories from MCTs are stored right away and much less likely to be stored in your body as fat.
Doesn’t that sound great?!
Well, I know you have questions. Let me first explain to you what I’ve noticed since utilizing MCTs and how I use it.
I use it in my coffee. One time per day, about 2 tbsp. It is TASTELESS so it does not have a flavor or change the taste of whatever you want to put it in. I use the liquid form because of this and also I get tired of taking pill form supplements. I’ve used it for about 6 months now. What i’ve noticed is:
More focus. My focus is stronger and more on point.
More energy ALL day. I do not feel the crashing feeling *unless I eat bad*
Less snacking. I feel FULL after drinking it in my coffee. I LOVE that because I snack a lot.
I do not eat as much because I am full for longer.
Those all sound pretty great, right?
So, my recipe for today is:
2 tbsps of MCT oil (found below) in your morning coffee.
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Remember that this is a fat so you need to consider your diet before utilizing it. If you have any medical conditions, you may want to consult your doctor first. This is not to be utilized as medical advice. Weight loss works best with a balanced diet and exercise.
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Now for the exercise:
Other than hitting 17,564 steps for the day (I work 10 hours in an outpatient clinic that is not very large) I went to a kickboxing class today. Well, I thought it was mostly just kickboxing. It is called 9Round and it kicked my butt. I literally haven’t been pushed that hard in a while. I went because the first class was free. It is pricey so I’m not sure I will be able to afford it right now because I also have a ton of things I’m working on monthly that may not allow another chunk to be removed. However, I really did enjoy it. They incorporate your heart rate, your level of exercise at that time, and you have a trainer with you. I’m a Physical Therapist, so I don’t actually feel I need a trainer due to knowing my limits and knowing my 1RM etc.etc. which is another reason I may not return. I did love it though. And if you are looking for something to lose weight, this is a great option. I love the kickboxing aspect and the fact that I am a little more fit than the typical person they got through the door. They catered to me and helped me get a good workout. The best part? It was only 30 minutes….
What exercise did you do today???