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    ok went to ND having trouble losing weight and been on strict Paleo for months. watching nuts etc and no dairy ..working out been very strict Ifing etc..
    have no gallbladder and have thyroid issues(on meds for) so she wants me to try MCT oil instead of my Tropical Traditions coconut oil and EVO it is not like I set around spooning it in my mouth but that is my oils I use when I cook and bake etc
    does anyone know the difference between MCT oil and coconut oil? and if MCT oil is truly better? I googled it but not getting much from a paleo or primal point of view...........thank you xoxo Darlene

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    test my sigg

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    • #3
      As far as I understand, coconut oil is MCT oil. [1]

      [1] https://secure.wikimedia.org/wikiped..._triglycerides

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      • #4
        I am so excited to see this! My vitamin D supplement has MCTs and I wasn't completely sure they were paleo approved, but now I know I'm good!

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        • #5
          it is derived from coconut oil but isn't exactly coconut oil
          I just don't get the difference and why ND wants me on this instead of Tropical Traditions coconut oil
          she said the MCT will help me lose weight faster? just wondering if Mark may of said anything about this stuff? I searched the forum but found nothing
          thank you xoxo

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          • #6
            Originally posted by PrimalGoddess View Post
            it is derived from coconut oil but isn't exactly coconut oil
            I just don't get the difference and why ND wants me on this instead of Tropical Traditions coconut oil
            she said the MCT will help me lose weight faster? just wondering if Mark may of said anything about this stuff? I searched the forum but found nothing
            thank you xoxo
            Many here seem to be of the opinion that taking extra coconut oil (rich in MCT's) helps with weight loss. But the maths just don't add up.
            If I can dig up the research, I'll post it up.

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            • #7
              thank you Dave I would appreciate it, any info you can help me with would be wonderful.
              ND thinks since thyroid problems and no gallbladder it will help me get past my stall(which has gone on for over 4 months strict on Paleo) gave up dairy and all(was on Primal blueprint) but tried to go strict to get things moving and well ur they are not! sucks
              xoxo Darlene

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              • #8
                Here you go, not exactly the one I was thinking of, but explains the 'math don't add up' reference in my reply..

                T NATION | Does Your "Fat Math" Add Up?

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                • #9
                  MCT is great for losing weight, and has been used by body builders for a long time - since it is a thermogenic (cuts fat and maintains muscle)

                  One disclaimer, if you have had liver problems than do not use it. Otherwise this stuff is absolutely amazing, you only need a little and it will take you a long way as far as energy, weight loss, and cognitive function go.

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                  • #10
                    The question I have is if MCT oil is not just refined coconut oil, how do they get the MCT out of the coconut oil? Is the process safe or is it chemically derived. I have looked and have not found any info. on that aspect.

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                    • #11
                      [What do you mean by liver problems? Please give more specifics.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by PrimalGoddess View Post
                        does anyone know the difference between MCT oil and coconut oil?
                        Coconut Oil is about 2/3 medium chain triglycerides (MCTs) and 1/3 long chain triglycerides. MCT oil is a concentrated form of (mostly) 2 of the 4 kinds of MCTs found in coconut oil. My boyfriend doesn't eat as much coconut oil as I do, and he takes a tablespoon of MCT oil most mornings. It is a perfectly paleo oil. I'm not really confident switching out coconut oil for mct oil is going to help with weight loss (figuring a way to cut your daily calories a bit would probably be more beneficial), but if you want to try I don't see how it could hurt. MCT oil tastes like refined coconut oil- that is, it pretty much tastes like nothing. It is also a bit more pricier than coconut oil. We order ours online from Amazon. Now Foods brand offers the best deal. Good luck.
                        My Recipes are at: www.southbeachprimal.com

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                        • #13
                          Why not try it? I trust my ND with my life, literally. She has changed my entire life with her treatment protocols. If you find it doesn't work any better, let her know. If she's an ND worth her salt, she'll modify her treatment protocol based on your responses but I think you should at least give it a go.
                          High Weight: 225
                          Weight at start of Primal: 189
                          Current Weight: 174
                          Goal Weight: 130

                          Primal Start Date: 11/26/2012

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                          • #14
                            The first time I had ever heard of MCT Oil, it was from one of Mark's Blog Posts....

                            https://www.marksdailyapple.com/what...ted-part-2-qa/

                            Also, Dave Asprey promotes the daylights out of MCT Oil (He also sells it, so take it for what it's worth) he writes The Bulletproof Executive blog if you're interested in his perspective

                            The Bulletproof Executive

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                            • #15
                              Mark has mentioned MCT several places. Just search "MCT". This one in particular...
                              Dear Mark: MCT Oil, Camelina Oil, and Fancy Canola Oil | Mark's Daily Apple

                              Personally, if you're primary goal is weight loss (over primal) then maybe try it, but I would go for a whole food myself.

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