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Medium chain triglycerides increase weight loss by 3.7 lbs in 4 months
Friday, March 14, 2008 12:54 pm Email this article
Women consuming a diet containing 18-24 grams of medium chain triglycerides ( MCT's ) per day as part of a weight loss program lost 3.7 pounds more after four months than women following the same weight loss program that used the same amount of olive oil instead. This according to a study by researchers at Columbia University in New York, NY, USA. Subjects
Subjects : 49 overweight men and women
The study involved 49 overweight men and women with an average body mass index ( BMI ) of 30.
Thirty-one of them completed the study.
Conclusion : MCT’s improves weight loss
“Consumption of MCT oil as part of a weight-loss plan improves weight loss compared with olive oil and can thus be successfully included in a weight-loss diet,” the researchers concluded.
“Small changes in the quality of fat intake can therefore be useful to enhance weight loss.”
Comment : MCT’s caused me to vomit
About 20 years ago, I took medium chain triglycerides ( MCT’s ) in an attempt to raise my HDL levels to help protect against cardiovascular disease. There was anecdotal evidence that MCT’s could raise HDL levels.
I was taking one Tablespoon of MCT’s after each meal.
On at least one occasion, I ran out the front door and vomited after taking the MCT oil.
It takes some a while for your body get used to the oil.
St-Onge MP, Bosarge A. Weight-loss diet that includes consumption of medium-chain triacylglycerol oil leads to a greater rate of weight and fat mass loss than does olive oil. Am J Clin Nutr. 2008 Mar, 87(3):621-26.
AUTHOR’S CONTACT INFORMATION
College of Physicians and Surgeons
Columbia University and New York Obesity Research Center
St Luke’s/Roosevelt Hospital
New York, NY, USA
Department of Nutrition Sciences
University of Alabama
Birmingham, Birmingham, AL, USA
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On Mar 15, 2008 at 9:43 am caddie wrote:
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I was using coconut oil (in place of olive and other oils) for a long time, because I had read it helped with weight loss (it is rich in MCTs). I know this is completely unscientific, but I never noticed any benefit.
On Mar 15, 2008 at 10:36 am Larry Hobbs wrote:
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Thanks for your input.
Note that the weight loss was very small -- less than one pound per month -- and these people were dieting.
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