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Coconut Oil:  The Best Fat for Weight Loss

Weight Loss Tip:  Try adding 2-4 Tablespoons of coconut oil or VCO to your diet every day for 2 weeks - you may be pleasantly surprised!

Why is coconut oil the bet fat for weight loss?  Well, it is rich in the medium-chain fatty acids (MCFA’s), like lauric acid, that have been shown to boost the metabolism. In fact, around 50% of coconut oil is lauric acid. It turns out that the amount of energy used to metabolize these MCFAs is greater than the energy they provide, and scientists have found that lauric acid is the most rapidly metabolized fatty acid. Coconut oil has a “thermogenic” effect, meaning it raises your body temperature. This in turn boosts energy levels and metabolism.

Coconut Oil and Saturated Fat

Are you worried about the amounts of saturated fat in coconut oil?  If that is keeping you from trying coconut oil or VCO in your diet, please remember that this is an oil that has been consumed for thousands of years in the tropics, way before people had even heard of heart disease or stroke!  For more about saturated fat, follow this link:

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Coconut Oil Burns Off Three Times Faster Than Other Fats

According to a 2000 report published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, you burn off coconut oil three times faster than many other common fats. In a 1986 study by T.B. Seaton et al in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, people who ate meals containing MCFA’s increased their metabolic rate an average of 12%, compared to a 4% increase for those eating meals with long-chain fatty acids (LCTs). The authors concluded that eating MCFAs could “over long periods of time produce weight loss even in the absence of reduced (caloric) intake”.

Once again, coconut oil is nature’s richest source of these medium-chain fatty acids, which in addition to increasing metabolism have many other health-enhancing properties.  So no wonder that mnay people have reported that consuming coconut oil or virgin coconut oil (VCO) helps them to lose weight.  They often see increased energy levels as well, and fewer cravings for corbohydrates and sweets.  It’s also easiet for many people to eat less when consuming 2 - 4 Tablespoons of coconut oil per day, because the fats provide a feeling of satiety or fullness after eating that is not generally experienced when eating a low-fat mean.  Perhaps that is one of the reasons low-fat diets don’t work in the long term.  See our section below:  Low Fat Diets Don’t Work

Coconut Oil and Thyroid

Research points to the fact that the number one cause of weight problems may be an under-active thyroid gland, especially among women. That’s because the thyroid gland controls body temperature and metabolism, and when the thyroid is sluggish, body temperature and metabolism tend to slow down. Some other symptoms of low, or hypothyroid, are fatigue, cold hands and feet, depression, anxiety, constipation, easy bruising, insomnia, dry skin, unhealthy and brittle nails, allergies and asthma, migraines, acne, hair loss and low sex drive.

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Virgin Coconut Oil - Other Benefits

In addition to boosting your metabolism, the lauric acid in coconut oil is proven to be anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal, so it can help you give your immune system a boost and to keep you from getting sick.

Another good thing about coconut oil, especially for the many of us who have spent years consuming harmful fats like the trans-fats in vegetable oils, is that coconut oil, including virgin coconut oil (VCO) is easier to digest than other fats. It doesn’t need bile in order to be broken down and used by the body. This can be useful since many of us now have a hard time digesting fats because we produce less bile. Even if you don’t have a problem with fat digestion, coconut oil is still great for losing weight because of the way the body is able to turn it directly into energy.

Low-Fat Diets Don’t Work
How Can I Add Coconut Oil to My Diet
If I’m Supposed to Eat Low-fat?

How can coconut oil be good for me if I am supposed to eat low-fat?  Is this the question you are asking yourself?  Are you still caught up in the low-fat mantra of the past couple decades? Do you think you have to cut back on the amount of fat you eat if you are trying to lose weight? These ideas are still so prevalent in our media and in the low-fat products you see everywhere, in the grocery stores and in restaurants, that it’s no wonder you may still believe this. In fact, even many doctors still believe this.

However, according to the U.S. Center for Disease Control, in 1999-2000, an estimated 64% of adults in the United States were either obese or overweight. That’s almost 2/3 of the adult population! 1/3 of our children are now overweight as well, and these figures are increasing. In the past 30 years, the number of overweight children has doubled. In just a short decade, the number of obese people in the U.S. went up 2 times. Fifty years ago, only a small percentage of the population had problems with their weight. Now it’s an epidemic! All this has happened while we cut back from 40% to around 32% fat as a percentage of our diet.

However, even on the Dr. Oz show the other day, he had a guest doctor talking about how some fat is good fat, and that includes coconut oil!  He said something to the effect that too many doctors still (wrongly) promote low-fat diets.  Dr. Oz also has an article posted on his website by Charles Mattocks promoting coconut oil not only for its weight loss benefits, but also for its benefits with diabetes and blood sugar and for bone and dental health. 

This may be news to you, but low-fat diets not only don’t work, but they’re not healthy, not natural, and they tend to promote weight gain! Research confirms this statement. The famous Framingham Study that started in 1948 is still going on, and it shows that the more saturated fat, (which coconut oil does contain), the more calories, and the more cholesterol a person ate, the lower their serum cholesterol! The results also show that the more fat they ate, the less they weighed! We are eating less fat as a nation, but are gaining weight. There are a number of reasons for this. One is that since fat gives foods much of their flavor, when manufacturers cut out the fat, they add sugar, MSG and other chemicals to the food to enhance the taste. These can all have adverse effects on both our weight and our health.

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