It’s kind of strange to learn that coconut oil, as a saturated fat, can help to burn body fat. But this saturated fat is very much different from that in animal meat, which is super hard to break down for use as energy. Read this article to find out how you can lose weight with coconut oil.
How does coconut oil relate to weight loss? “Eating whatever oils will make you fat” is the common belief of the general public. But coconut oil is different, despite its 92% saturated fat content.
Saturated fat from animals and some vegetable sources (like soybean oil, peanut oil, corn oil etc) belongs to the long-chain structure which makes it difficult for your body to break down and convert to energy quickly. So, normally most of this long-chain fatty acids (LCFAs) or long-chain triglycerides (LCTs) will end up in your fat cells easily.
That’s why hardcore meat-eaters or even vegetarians who eat foods fried with those oils gain weight so much easily than those who eat more whole fruits and vegetables.
What about the saturated fat in the oil of coconut? About 50-60% of this tropical oils’ saturated fat comes from the medium-chain triglyceride (MCT) family, which when consume, can easily be broken down and converted to energy to fuel your bodily functions and activities, instead of getting deposited in your fat stores.
Because it gives a power boost to your energy level, you tend to move more and hence, you’ll burn more calories than you normally would. The end result is, weight loss. But the weight loss benefits of coconut oil don’t stop there. Its thermogenic effect encourages the burning of long-chain fatty acids storing in your fat deposits as well.
As Dr. Julian Whitaker, a well-known authority on nutrition and health, says, “LCTs are like heavy wet logs that you put on a small campfire. Keep adding the logs, and soon you have more logs than fire. MCTs are like rolled-up newspaper soaked in gasoline. They not only burn brightly, but will burn up the wet logs as well.”
You’ll lose more weight with the oil of coconut, thanks to its fat-burning fat. It does sound strange to eat a dietary fat to burn more body fat, but that’s what happens to eating coconut oil. You can get a small bottle of the tropical oil to try out for 2 weeks and see how it promotes weight loss and reduces your waistline. (There are few different types, but I highly recommend virgin coconut oil for both health benefits and effective weight loss.)
I’ve been taking coconut oil since 1998 and I use it as an additional energy booster before my workout sessions, and also to help maintain my ideal weight. But I’m not the only one gaining this dramatic weight loss benefit from coconut oil, thousand others are gaining from it. So, you just can’t lose when eating coconut oil for weight loss.