Could These Fat Melters Work for You?

By Eva Selhub, MD Instructor in Medicine, Harvard Medical School and Clinical Associate in Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital Author of The Love Response and Your Brain on Nature

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What are good sources of pyruvate?

You can get pyruvate from cheese, red apples, red wine or red grapes and yellow onions. Though for weight loss, you might need to eat too many apples and have an undesired effect. Studies suggest that for fat loss, you may benefit from taking a supplement, about 6 grams/day before meals. The studies have only lasted 6 weeks, so there is no long-term data for supplementation. I would try it for 1 to 2 months to kickstart your metabolism, and use diet and exercise for maintenance and improved results, letting those lifestyle modifications take over after those 1-2 months are up.

Fat Melter #3: Medium Chain Triglycerides

Medium chain triglycerides (MCTs) are fat chains that are medium sized, versus the fats that make up 98% of our diet, which are long chain triglycerides (LCTs). You can find MCTs in coconut oil, for instance.

 

How does it work?

MCTs are digested differently than LCTs and much more easily. They are broken down right away, going straight from the stomach to the liver and burned for fuel and energy. The molecules are smaller and need less energy and fewer enzymes to be broken down. In contrast, LCTs are so big that the enzymes from the pancreas have to break them down, and then they have to travel through the lymphatic system throughout the body, depositing fat in all those unwanted areas.

What kind of results can I expect?

Promising studies have shown that MCTs help speed metabolism and also help induce weight loss.  

What are good sources of medium chain triglycerides?

The main form of MCTs in food is in coconut, especially coconut oil. Another source is palm kernel oil (not palm oil). For babies, it’s found in human milk. You can also take a supplement of MCT oil.

I suggest switching over to coconut oil for most or some of your cooking, and all your baking. You can sauté with coconut oil a few times a week.

Article written by Eva Selhub, MD
Instructor in Medicine, Harvard Medical School and Clinical Associate in Medicine, Massachusetts General HospitalAuthor of The...