Why is there such a fascination with coffee and ketosis?
Can drinking coffee improve your ability to enter a ketogenic state?
Or does coffee do the opposite, that is, break you out of ketosis?
Whether you are just starting your ketogenic diet or you’ve been following it for months, there’s a great chance that you’ve already run into the idea of mixing coffee with ketogenic dietary choices.
Let’s review what ketosis is along with the role that coffee and ketogenic supplements can play in your ketogenic diet.
What is Ketosis?
When you achieve a state of ketosis, your body begins to rely on fatty acids and ketone bodies for energy. Ketone bodies are produced in the liver as a response to a very low carbohydrate diet.
Ketone bodies and fatty acids have been suggested in numerous studies to be a beneficial form of energy for the body that avoids the free-radical footprint commonly found with glucose uptake. When your body breaks down nutrients for energy, there is waste that gets left behind on a cellular level.
In other words, using ketone bodes for fuel is more energy efficient and produces less waste than when you use glucose. (1)
Why You Need to Achieve Ketosis
Entering a state of ketosis brings with it a number of scientifically proven benefits including weight loss, enhanced exercise performance, and cognitive boosting.
Click here to read my article on the benefits of ketosis and how it can help you achieve your fitness goals.
Supplements Can Help Achieve Ketosis
Entering a state of ketosis relies primarily on whole food nutritional choices. As mentioned above, you will be drastically reducing your carbohydrate intake while increasing your consumption of healthy fats. Protein consumption will remain moderate.
When you begin your ketogenic diet, the transition into ketosis is not immediate. You won’t enter a state of ketosis immediately. It usually takes several days to a couple of weeks depending on your lifestyle and nutritional choices before you began.
Your body needs to burn through the remaining glucose. A high activity level and fat-focused nutritional choices will help to encourage your body to enter ketosis faster. Ketogenic supplements can also help to facilitate a faster transition.
In particular, healthy fatty acid supplements such as MCT oil can help provide your body with an increased consumption of tasty and easy-to-swallow fats that will promote ketosis.
MCT Oil & Ketosis
As I mentioned above, when you enter a state of ketosis, your body is utilizing fatty acids and ketone bodies as its primary fuel source. For those few instances when your body needs glucose, it can easily make glucose from protein through a process called gluconeogenesis.
MCT oil is one of the best supplements that you can use on a ketogenic diet as it contains the ideal blend of fatty acids to promote entering a state of ketosis.
Medium Chain Triglyceride Oil, or MCT oil, is made from one of two sources: coconut or palm kernel. There are four types of fatty acids found within MCT oil including:
- Caproic acid
- Caprylic acid
- Capric acid
- Lauric acid
These four fatty acids, in particular, have been the subject of numerous studies, revealing their health benefits. Regardless of whether your mission is ketosis or not, it has been shown that ingesting medium chain triglycerides as a part of healthy diet and exercise plan can significantly improve health.
Benefits of medium chain triglycerides include healthier cholesterol levels, weight loss, and decreased risk of cardiovascular disease. (2)
The MCT Oil That I Use
Personally, I was opposed to MCT oil supplements for a while. Not because they didn’t work but because of the digestion-based side effects that some of my clients reported.
After plenty of research along with trial and error experiments, I found an MCT oil that is not only effective at putting you into a state of ketosis but it comes with none of the common side effects associated with MCT oils supplements.
I use Keto 8 by KetoSports. Keto8 is made from palm kernel and it contains all of the fatty acids you need to push you into ketosis without the digestive issues. Click here to check out Keto8 on the official KetoSports website.
Like many on the ketogenic diet, I find that the best way to ingest and absorb Keto8 is with my morning coffee.
Benefits of Coffee for Ketosis
Why all the rage with coffee and MCT oil? Aside from being a delicious way to start the day and support your ketogenic diet, coffee may be able to promote a faster transition into ketosis.
Studies show that the caffeine in coffee is considered a thermogenic ingredient. A thermogenic ingredient directly increases the body’s metabolic response. In other words, caffeine is a known metabolism booster that supports fat loss. This is important for entering ketosis as you will want to burn through remaining carbohydrate stores to encourage the body to use ketone bodies, not glucose, as fuel. (3)
Some studies point out that caffeine usage increases glucose levels in the body. While no studies have yet to take an in-depth look at the relationship between coffee and ketosis, the explanation for the increase in glucose levels may be due to what caffeine does once it’s inside your body.
Caffeine triggers our fight-or-flight mechanisms. In response, our bodies may release liver glycogen to provide the body will usable energy to make quick decisions. Once the glycogen is released, insulin is also released as a response. This is beneficial as the more glucose is used up, the faster you’ll enter a state of ketosis. (4)
Looking for great brands of coffee to go with your MCT oil? I personally use these two brands:
- Noble Coffee Roasting
- Blue Bottle Coffee
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1. Dashti HM, Mathew TC, Hussein T, et al. Long-term effects of a ketogenic diet in obese patients. Experimental & Clinical Cardiology. 2004;9(3):200-205.
2. Dean, Ward, and Jim English. “Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCTs): Beneficial Effects on Energy, Atherosclerosis and Aging.” Nutrition Review. 20 June 2016. Web.
3. Kim, TW., Shin, YO., Lee, JB. et al. Effect of caffeine on the metabolic responses of lipolysis and activated sweat gland density in human during physical activity. Food Sci Biotechnol (2010) 19: 1077. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10068-010-0151-6.
4. Lane, James D., et al. “Caffeine Impairs Glucose Metabolism in Type 2 Diabetes.” Diabetes Care. American Diabetes Association, 1 Aug. 2004. Web.