Carbohydrate rich, sugary and starchy foods make up the majority of breakfasts around the world and act as the common energy source to start the day, but what if there was a better energy source that could provide all our nutritional needs, preserve muscle mass and accelerate fat burning? Despite its great taste and popularity, sugar as a cellular fuel does come at a price to our health. If there was an superior fuel source to the standard breakfast you have eaten your whole life would you be willing to give it a try?
Via our modern diets and processed foods we have an overabundance of sugar energy available to us 24/7 that creates stress on our bodies. The metabolism of sugar generates free radical production and depletes our antioxidant reserves and excess sugar needs to be stored quickly away from the blood where it is a poison. To do this, excess sugar not required for energy production (and with our sedentary lifestyles) is converted to its compact storage form as adipose fat with the help of insulin and the storage sites are all over the body; primarily under the skin, between organs and in the abdomen. The problem is that once fat is locked away in fat cells it is very hard to get the body to again burn these as fuel, so their potential as an energy source is limited. Indeed, the more fat cells we have the slower our metabolism and the easier to gain weight, even if we reduce the amount of calories we consume so we become locked in a losing battle, especially as we age.
Dietary fat behaves quite differently to sugar and is increasingly being appreciated as a cleaner more efficient energy source and the preferred fuel for the majority of your bodily cells. As we learnt in school, carbohydrates have 4 kilocalories of energy per gram while fat provides 9 kilocalories, so weight for weight, fat has over twice the energy locked inside which is great if your body is burning it for fuel. When we consume specific fats (without high sugars or starch) then we achieve satiation faster, meaning we eat less to feel full. Because there is no need for insulin to digest fats then we can avoid the blood sugar spikes that cause snacking and carb craving.
We have a great opportunity to put this energy experiment into practice every morning when we wake up. On average we fast every night for around 10 to 12 hours between our last meal at dinner and breakfast. Herein lies a powerful opportunity to start our day with a completely different fuel source if we consume exclusively energy from fats for breakfast, and give the sugars a skip for at least 1 meal, how hard can that be?
This has become popularly known as the ketogenic process of becoming "fat adapted" as a dietary energy source. Hundreds of thousands of people begin their day with this morning ritual, making the switch from sugar addiction to fat ignition and report feeling clearer headed, more energetic and mildly euphoric throughout the day. In terms of fuelling the human body we are generally in one of 2 states; either it is in a carbohydrate/glucose fuel/fat storing state or a fatty acid fuel/fat-store burning state. To achieve this our Fuel Human Performance recommended breakfast starts with the most easily digested medium chain triglyceride fats available via our Body Hack MCT Oil and KetoCreme MCT Powder.
Body Hack MCT Oil is comprised of Caprylic and Capric medium chain triglycerides (MCT’s) extracted from 100% Coconut source. Fatty acids are categorized by how many carbons they have. MCT’s have between 6–12 carbons and long-chain fats have between 13 to 21. The lower the number the easier they are to digest with the optimal MCT’s for fast energy and ketogenesis being caprylic (C8) and capric (C10) acids. These fatty acids contain unique property that enables them to be quickly converted to energy in the body. Compared to Long Chain Triglycerides (LCT's) which are in all the processed vegetable oils we consume, MCT’s are small and passively diffuse from the Gi tract to the liver via the portal system, to be used immediately for energy. LCT's on the other hand follow a more complex route via our circulatory system and run the risk of becoming the oxidized fats that contribute to arteriosclerosis. MCT's raise thermogenisis (by boosting metabolism) and also reduce hunger and appetite and as such are a much better choice for a breakfast fuel to stabilize blood sugar from the moment we start our day and are also beneficial for athletes, bodybuilders and all those wishing to promote healthy metabolism and weight loss. The other benefits of MCTs are to provide a fuel source during endurance sports events, therefore enhancing endurance by sparing glycogen, and prolonging the availability of important stores of carbohydrate. Furthermore, MCT’s quickly enhance ATP, the energy currency of our cells.
MCT Oil: As a dietary supplement, take 1 teaspoon (5ml) to 2 teaspoons (10ml) once or twice daily. Add Body Hack MCT Oil to your morning bulletproof coffee, smoothies, juices, protein shakes and energy drinks for enhanced thermogenisis. MCT Oil can also be used as a substitute for conventional oils in salad dressings and sauces for cooking as a source of beneficial fatty acids. Because it is 7x more concentrated than coconut oil it is best to start with 1 teaspoon initially, as too much too soon can result in loose motions.
MCT Powder: Add one scoop to your morning coffee, smoothie or just add water and drink on its own! Take before workouts for extra energy!
Notice the energy difference in your gym workouts or if you get tired in the afternoons, add a spoon of Body Hack MCT Oil to provide an energy boost to help carry you through. Besides increasing energy, fat burning and weight loss, there are other important benefits from boosting your metabolic rate: it helps protect you from illness and speeds healing. When metabolism is increased, cells function at a higher rate of efficiency and heal injuries quicker, old and diseased cells are replaced faster, and new cells are generated at an increased rate. Even the immune system functions better.
The answer: both are important but it depends on what you want to achieve. Body Hack MCT Oil contains more than 7x the MCT’s Caprylic and Capric Acid that provide the thermogenic body hack that promotes fast energy and promote ketogenic fat burning.
Fatty Acid Coconut Oil MCT OilCaproic (C6:0) 0.5 0.5 max
Step 1: Start with 1 cup of hot black coffee (no sugar).
Step 2: Add between 1 teaspoon to 1 tablespoon of Body Hack MCT Oil and 1 teaspoon of YumYum Organic Coconut Butter, stir well and enjoy the difference it makes to your day!
Alternately, Coconut Butter may be substituted with grass-fed organic butter if no milk or butter allergy exists.
How is MCT Oil produced? Our purest quality MCT Oil is a high technology product produced by esterifying glycerol with mixtures of Caprylic (C:8) and Capric (C:10) fatty acids. These MCT’s are fractionated from 100% coconut oil in a technique that was developed over fifty years ago when it was discovered as an energy source for patients with fat malabsorption syndrome and has entered into numerous medical nutritional products since then. Because of its high purity it has remarkable oxidative stability with a long shelf life.
How is Coconut Butter produced? Our YumYum Organic Coconut Butter is made from 100% fresh whole organic coconuts dehydrated and micro-ground. No other ingredients are added. It is rich in medium chain triglycerides (MCT’s) as well as coconut fiber and coconut protein. The MCT oils and fibers in YumYum Organic Coconut Butter provide a milky sweetness without any need for sugar and trigger a sense of satisfaction that allow us to feel full and avoid the blood sugar imbalances that lead to snacking between meals. Because it is a completely natural product there will be a natural separation between the Virgin Coconut Oil and coconut fibre so it needs to be stirred to mix the 2 components. If solid (under 24 degrees Celsius) then place in warm water before mixing.