Whether you want to drop that last ten pounds or simply maintain the weight you’re at, utilizing coconut oil in your diet can help you lose weight.
Not so long ago coconut oil was not favored by health advocates due to its high saturated fat content, but it has since been deemed healthier and in fact, can successfully help people shed a few pounds over time.
Coconut oil may be comprised of 90% saturated fat, but scientists state that its fat is largely made up of lauric acid, which is a medium-chain saturated fatty acid (MCT) that actually has a better effect on the heart than the other saturated fats.
Therefore, you have permission to add coconut oil into your diet in order to promote health and possibly lose a few pounds as well.
Backing up these claims are reports from countries like India and the Philippines, whose diets prominently feature coconuts and coconut products. Citizens from such countries tend to have less weight issues and have minimal rates of cardiac diseases as compared to individuals from the developed world.
Coconut Oil Boosts Metabolism
When it comes to weight loss, metabolism is a big deal, so the faster you can get your metabolism going, the more calories your body will burn.
Coconut oil is considered “thermogenic”, which essentially means that when you eat it, it tends to increase the amount of fat burning going on in your body more so than the other oils that you could be consuming.
Coconut Oil and Weight Loss – The Studies
In one study, participants taking 1 to 2 tablespoons (one ounce) of medium chain fats (found in coconut oil) burned an extra 120 calories per day. This is good news for those who are counting calories in order to lose weight.
In another study, 31 overweight men and women who were trying to lose weight were given a spoonful of coconut or olive oil each day for four months to see what oil, if any, would help with weight loss. The women consumed a bit over 1 tablespoon and the men consumed about two tablespoons (one ounce).
The study revealed that after four months, those who consumed the coconut oil lost an average of 7 pounds, but those who consumed olive oil lost only 3 pounds. The scientists believed that the difference was that the metabolism of those who consumed the coconut oil increased much more than those who consumed olive oil.