I was wondering if anyone had any information on fasting with MCT Oil (coconut oil for instance).
I have done many fasts in the pass. Master Cleanse, Juice fasting, water, urine.
At the time i had what seemed to be a mostly good experience with these fasts. Although i think ultimately this took a toll on my metabolism.
As we know the use of maple syrup as part of The Master Cleanse is meant to supply the body with a low glycemic source of glucose. The problem with relying on Sugar as a primary source of energy are increases in insulin spikes and the related problems - promotion of fat production, increased appetite, diabetes - insulin resistance etc.
I would propose substituting some.. or all of the maple syrup with MCT oil, for a short fast. MCT oil is easily digested and acts more like a carbohydrate than an oil. It is digested directly in the liver and converted to ketones as energy for muscles, brain etc. Supresses appetite. It is thermogenic and promotes absorbtion of with some minerals and amino acids.
Additionally, MCT/Coconut oil is full of caprylic acid which is used to kill candida and works as an anti-fungal/microbial treatment.
There are many more documented and undocumented claims.. I won't list them all here but recommend to anyone interested to research MCT oil themselves.
I personally have not tried this.. Anyone here tried this?
If you are fasting for weightloss it seems really obvious this would be WAY more effective than fasting with carbs (juice, maple syrup etc.).
actually that is incorrect. MCT oil (medium chain triglycerides) is directly digested in the liver and completely different than other oils which is why i suggested it specifically.
"MCT's are more easily and rapidly digested than other types of fats, as they require lower amounts of enzymes and bile acids for intestinal absorption. MCT's are metabolized very quickly in the liver and are reported to encourage an increase in energy expenditure, while decreasing fat storage."
without getting into the Science of MCT oil is easily and rapidly converted to ketones, the only other "body" food (other than glucose). The liver directly converts MCT oil into ketones which are directly absorbed as "food", like glucose.
MCT oil is being used as a treatment for alzhiemers and parkison's and other related illnesses as these illnesses resemble a sort of diabetes of the brain. Ketones provide the nurishment needed to keep the brain functioning.
You need glucose or ketones to survive. you can survive on either. Meaning if you did not ingest ANY food that ends up as glucose you would still live.
Thinking that taking large doses of insulin spiking sugars is easy on your body is misguided. Would you feed yourself on a diet of sugar? There are definite advatages, from what i can tell from substituting Sugar with an MCT oil.
Coconut oil's MCT & is ~ 60%, it is not 100% MCT, so the rest of the fstty acids are not as easily digested.
Like I said, I love coconut oil (discovered it 3 years ago so do not assume I am a newbie) and I definitely am not a fan of Sugar or glycation - I think everyone should try eating coconut oil daily, but to call it a "fast" is a bit of misnomer in yy opinion - that's all I meant. A glass of vegetable juice, while causing a rise in blood glucose, will pass through the digestive system quicker than a glass of coconut oil would and personally, I am not sure I could handle having so much coconut oil. To me, a fast implies resting the digestive system, but I guess you can define a fast however you want to.
vegetable juice is not 100% glucose. As coconut oil is not 100% MCT. Nor is ms 100% glucose. Ingesting simple sugars everyday is not good for you. we can probably agree on that.
MCT oil is 100% MCT oil. And in terms of digestion i'd say digesting a glass of vegetable juice would be more taxing on your system than less than a tablespoon of MCT oil (the tablespoon of MCT oil delivering more usable energy as well).
I don't assume you're a newbie at all. I don't know anything about you except for what you have posted. I'm not a nutritional scientist but i don't agree with what you are saying. Try eliminating Sugar from your diet for a week and see how you feel. If the purpose of a fast is to allow the body to heal itself than eliminating Sugar and replacing your body's energy requirements with an alternative source of fuel is a fast. All the systems that use glucose get a rest. Pretty much your entire body, all tissue, brain, muscles. including your digestive system.. and if your digestive track is full of parasites and fungus like candida your body will probably thank you for the alternative fuel.
MCT oil will feed you. Your body will readily consume ketones as a source of fuel. And lots of other great things can happen when it does.
Hi I am on my first.day of mc and am using 1 Tbls of mct oil per glass as a complete substitute for the maple syrup. So far at the end of today I have so.much energy its amazing. I have done the mc before and only used 2 Tbls of maple syrup in the whole daily batch. All the maple syrup makes mebsick to my stomache :(. Anyone else else tried this in the past? I will not lose my muscle because every athlete will tell u muscle e
= metabolism and doing a cleanse and losing ur muscle is counter productive in the long term. McT oil is digested by the liver so it still meets the requirements of the cleanse. Please, has anyone done a complete substitute before?
I am on day 2 of a modified cleanse. i have substituted the lemon for apple cider vinegar. yesterday i completely left out the syrup. today i again did not take any syrup at all but i did have some molasses and some wheat germ oil... i was curious if anyone else had ever fasted while ingesting wheat germ oil before, and would also be curious about people who have fasted and ingested coconut oil, however, even though for this fast I think I would very much like to stick with the wheat germ oil, perhaps!!! i feel so far like the wheat germ oil has given me a lot of energy...