How does the body prioritize the type of fat it burns?

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Created August 21, 2012 at 10:44 PM

I'm going VLC and I've noticed that I've become something of an addict to coconut milk. Since the MCTs are burned immediately, does this prevent my body from burning other stored fats?

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on August 22, 2012
at 11:57 PM

Different fatty acids have different properties! When ingested they circulate for a while before being oxidized or stored. No matter what fatty acids are ingested, stored faaty tissue will always be mostly MUFA (18:1), somewhat less SAFA and the smallest fraction is PUFU. The PUFA fraction can increase with increased intake. But all that matters when it comes to bodyfat stores is energy balance. No matter what fatty acids are eaten, no bodyfat will be lost without energy deficit.



on August 22, 2012
at 01:26 AM

doesn't the body metabolize alcohol first as it is toxic?



on August 22, 2012
at 12:57 AM

path of least resistance. Alcohol is easiest to burn, then sugars, carbs, monounsaturated, saturated, etc.

The body is very efficient and will burn the easiest to convert fuel first.



on August 21, 2012
at 10:49 PM

MCTs will probably be burnt first since they're readily used by the mitochondria with minimal preprocessing. So it probably does have a small effect on what your body uses and would steer the boat away from burning stored fats.


on August 21, 2012
at 10:47 PM

According to these two studies, monounsaturated fatty acids are preferentially burned over saturated fatty acids.





on August 22, 2012
at 04:37 AM

Coconut oil only contains about 60% MCT, so there is enough other fat to be stored if you don't use it up....

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