How to Lose Weight using Coconut Oil
Coconut oil seems to be the latest craze in the health food shops, however what’s all the fuss about?
Well it turns out that coconut oil has several amazing health benefits.
Coconut oil contains about 60% Medium Chain Fatty Acids and one of the key benefits here is it’s ability to stave off hunger pangs, which helps us stick to our diet plans.
Studies have also shown improved cholesterol profiles which is thought to be great for heart and brain health (1).
Additionally Coconut oil has some awesome benefits for our internal health and it helps to balance and promote a healthy gut flora. This alone may help to promote weight loss!
In fact, Coconut oil is anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-parasitic, and is a great anti-fungal (candida albicans)(2).
Coconut oil has been shown to increase energy and metabolic rate by assisting the thyroid gland which encourages additional burning of calories(3).
Also the fatty acids in the oil itself are readily converted into ketones in the liver. Ketones are an energy source derived from fat, which help promote a state of fat-burning called ketosis.
As a result, the body happily burns it’s own fat reserves rather than relying on the traditional glucose (sugar), or carbohydrates for fuel (4)
Another key benefit of ketosis is that it reduces inflammation in the body. Modern research is now suggesting that inflammation may be one of the main causes of heart disease (and not cholesterol as once was thought).
Most importantly for us, studies have shown that it absolutely encourages weight loss and reduces waist circumference! (5)
However, whilst on the subject of coconuts, go easy on Coconut water drinks, as they can contain hidden sugars.
How to use Coconut Oil
For best effects, make sure you buy Unrefined Organic Virgin, Cold-Pressed Coconut Oil.
It’s a great help when doing a 24 hour fast. I find it stops me getting hungry and helps keep me energised throughout the day.
I simply stir about a teaspoon of Coconut oil into my Coffee, Cocoa or Tea.
Alternatively feel free to mix it into your healthy smoothies or shakes 🙂
2 Manisha DebMandal1 , Shyamapada Mandal2 Coconut (Cocos nucifera L.: Arecaceae): In health promotion and disease prevention published in Asian Pacific Journal of Tropical Medicine 2010