There’s a weird “urban nutrition myth” circulating on the Internet: Coconut oil (a super-saturated fat) is loaded with me-dium-chain triglycerides (MCTs) and that by eating this tropical oil, you get the same benefit you’d get from supplement-ing with medium-chain triglyceride oil. Further, the web promotions state that co-conut oil is a great choice if you’re dieting in the high-fat, low-carb mode. NOT TRUE! But before I blast this myth out of the water, let me say that most myths are grounded in a little – and I mean a very little – reality. That reality is that MCT oil is refined from coconut oil through a special extraction process, but to say that these oils are the same, or can be used in the same manner, is an outright falsehood. Unfortunately, this falsehood has taken on a life of its own in cyber-space. But allow me to list the myths and facts in black and white for you:• MYTH: Coconut oil is high in MCTs .• FACT: Coconut oil has only 6 percent MCTs in it!• MYTH: Coconut oil is great choice if you’re following a high-fat, low-carb diet .• FACT: Coconut oil is one of the worst choices on any diet!• MYTH: Coconut oil can help you lose weight.• FACT: Coconut oil is a bad fat for weight loss.
As a long-chain fat, coconut is VERY prone to be stored as body fat. By contrast, MCT oil (our product is CapTri®) has a shorter molecular structure that causes it to be metabolized in an entirely different manner than conventional fats are metabo-lized. CapTri® is more rapidly oxidized, and as a result, it has very little tendency to be stored as body fat. Bottom line: Coconut oil is a bad fat. MCT oil is a good fat. Now let’s talk about how you can take your fat-loss program to the next level by doing high-fat dieting the right way and high-tech way.Do High-Fat Diets Work?It’s true that all the rage right now is the high-fat diet. This approach to dieting has a fairly high protein intake, around 25 to 30 percent of calories. Another common feature is that it advocates reducing car-bohydrate content in favor of increasing dietary fat consumption. Some of these plans call for limiting carbs to 30 to 50 grams per day, or even less, and providing around 70 percent of calories from fat. The fundamental idea behind these approaches is to reduce carbohydrate in-take in order to reduce insulin levels. In-sulin prevents lipolysis, or fat breakdown. By reducing insulin levels, you accelerate fat metabolism and encourage the use of stored body fat for energy. This works; there’s no question about that.
Although I’m known for advocating, in general, a diet high in protein, high in complex carbohydrates, and very low in fat, I also advocate individualizing a diet that’s right for each person. In many cases, people do need a high-fat, low-carb diet to lose fat because they’re “carbohy-drate sensitive,” meaning that carbs just seem to naturally be metabolized into body fat. So I’m all for low-carb dieting, as long as it’s done correctly and in the healthiest manner possible. There is a way to do that, and I’ll get to it in a sec-ond .Potential Side Effects of High-Fat Di-eting My particular beef with the high-fat diet is not about reducing carbs – that works. My problem is with supplying so many calories as dietary fat. Not only does dietary fat contribute more to fat stores than protein or carbohydrate, but dietary fat (especially saturated fat) in-creases your risk of life-shortening and debilitating illnesses. Over time, too much saturated fat – including coconut oil – in your diet can harm the health of your cardiovascular system. Essentially, excess saturated fat disrupts your liver’s ability to break down excess cholesterol, a fat that is a building block for cells and hormones.
Further, saturated fat causes your liver to churn out cholesterol to form an artery-clogging type of cholesterol known as low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, dubbed the “bad” cholesterol. All of this sets the stage for heart disease. (1) Diets overloaded with saturated fats have also been implicated in the develop-ment of prostate cancer and colon cancer. With regard to prostate cancer, saturated fat is thought to alter levels of sex hor-mones, thereby promoting cancer. (2) Where colon cancer is concerned, saturated fats increase the production of bile acids, which in excess are toxic to the lining of the colon. Chronic toxicity can result in changes in colon cells, eventu-ally leading to cancer. (1) Saturated fats also promote the pro-duction of arachidonic acid, the fatty acid that gives rise to inflammatory agents in the body, namely bad prostaglandins and pro-inflammatory substances called leukotrienes. These agents can harm your joints, leading to arthritis. Not only that, they can trigger abnormal blood clotting and thus promote clogged arteries.
(1) There’s not much good I can say about saturated fats.Parrillo-izing the Atkins Diet? The very best way to do the high-fat diet, but without the possible side effects is to incorporate CapTri® into your plan. This supplement lets you to utilize the power of the low-carb diet without resort-ing to using regular fat as a food source. CapTri® behaves more like a carbohydrate in the body, except that it doesn’t spike insulin levels (insulin is also in-volved in fat formation in the body). This means you can use CapTri® in place of carbs to decrease insulin levels and shift your metabolism into a fat-burning mode. This is very similar to the strategy of the high-fat diets, except that you don’t have to rely on long chain saturated fats as the energy source . CapTri® has virtually no tendency to be stored as body fat, which is in marked contrast to regular fats. Regular fat is metabolized very slowly and is very eas-ily stored as body fat. CapTri® is burned (converted to usable metabolic energy) very rapidly – in fact, as rapidly as glu-cose.
This energy is used to fuel the body, which spares protein and glycogen. Since CapTri® is rapidly and completely used as fuel, this means it won’t be stored as body fat. (Of course, CapTri® does not defy the laws of thermodynamics, and if you eat too many calories too fast you will gain fat, even if you’re using Cap-Tri®. (3) The point is that CapTri® results in much less fat gain than conventional foods, because relatively more of the calories in CapTri® are immediately con-verted to energy and lost as body heat.) Furthermore, fats like CapTri® have been shown to increase growth hormone levels, which will also stimulate fat loss and muscle gain (4). So follow a high-fat diet also, but use CapTri® instead of conventional fats because the heat generated by CapTri® has a much greater effect of increasing metabolic rate and much less tendency to be stored as body fat (5,6). It’s the low-carb diet taken to the next level Additionally, despite being a coconut oil derivative, CapTri® does not have any of the adverse qualities associated with highly saturated tropical oils. How to Take CapTri®As important as understanding how this supplement works is knowing how to take it correctly. Even though the supple-ment is a natural product, CapTri® must be gradually introduced into the diet as tolerated and should always be taken with meals.
Improper introduction into the diet can cause diarrhea and stomach cramping as a result of the supplement’s rapid up-take by the body. Begin by taking one-half tablespoon with each meal for three days. Then in-crease that amount to one tablespoon for three more days. Subsequent increases should be made in one-half tablespoon increments per meal for three days. High-er usage levels depend on your caloric intake and tolerance for CapTri®. At 114 calories per tablespoon, CapTri® is providing 570 calories to your diet. If you experience cramping or diarrhea, simply decrease your dosage temporarily until your tolerance improves. Because CapTri® contains no es-sential fatty acids, be sure to take an EFA source such as Evening Primrose Oil 1000™. Captri® can also be mixed with any “good fat” such as olive oil. And, individuals with diabetes, acidosis, or ketosis should consult their physician before using any type of medium-chain fatty acid oil. By combining CapTri® with the proper diet and exercise program, you’ll maximize your results. This amazing lip-id, which the medical world has known about for years, is just what you need for energy, endurance, and a leaner, more muscular body.
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