MCT’s are a unique type of dietary fat that have a wide range of benefits to health and performance. Building requires both adequate training and adequate nutrition to fuel the training sessions. However, once muscle gains become evident, further training is required to ensure that the muscle gains remain in the long term. MCT consumption can help to improve energy levels during training as well as helping to improve health, making it more likely that these increased levels of training can be maintained.
MCT & Building Muscle
MCT’s are an excellent source of energy, helping you to get the most out of every training session. MCT’s are able to cross the double mitochondrial membrane very rapidly, and do not require the presence of carnitine in the process of fat metabolism unlike LCT’s. This increases acetyl-coA levels, which leads to the rapid formation of ketone bodies that can be used as an energy source. These energy boosting properties can make MCT supplementation particularly beneficial to those that are looking to gain mass due to the high training levels needed to be successful. Being able to increase training intensity alongside a nutrient dense diet will help to improve muscle growth in a manner than can be sustained long term.
Using MCT in the evenings before sleep can help to reduce insulin spikes associated with high GI carbohydrates. This keeps energy levels more constant which is preferable when trying to settle down for some well earned sleep! Eating, training and sleeping well is vital for success in body building and MCT’s can play a positive role in all of these elements.
MCT & Reducing Body Fat
Reducing body fat and getting into competition shape is vital for competitive body builders, and MCT’s can play an important role in reducing body fat prior to competitions. Supplementing your diet with MCT has been shown to increase fat metabolism, and is less likely to be stored as fat due to it being metabolised faster than other fats. MCT’s are also a very important training fuel during periods where carbohydrates are restricted due to the increase in ketone production.
MCT & Immune Function
MCT’s have been shown to improve gut health. MCT’s are absorbed easily and rapidly with very few incidences of gastrointestinal discomfort. When you consider that around 80% of the body’s immune receptors are located in the gut, optimising gut health is of paramount importance when you are looking for long term progression in training. Muscle growth achieved through a lot of hard work can be reversed very quickly if illness gets in the way of your training routine. Using MCT as part of your diet can therefore have benefits on both short term and long term training goals.
Medium Chain Triglyceride Dosage
Add 150ml – 200ml of water or fruit juice into your TPW Master Blender and add five scoops of MCT (10g). Shake well and consume. If you experience any gastrointestinal discomfort initially, try reducing the dosage before gradually increasing the dosage back to the recommended levels. If you wish to increase the dosage, we would advise increasing the dosage gradually to avoid any side effects.