Want your coconut oil weight loss questions answered? I’m dishing up the “why” and the “how to” so you can get started using coconut oil today.
One thing is for sure: fact and fiction is hard to sort through when it comes to weight loss. Fad diets spring to life and disappear all in the same season.
So the question is this: is coconut oil a diet fad or a bonafide health food?
Experts like Dr. Bruce Fife and Dr. Mary Enig speak volumes about the merits of coconut oil–quite literally. Fife wrote an excellent book called The Coconut Oil Miracle, and Enig was a co-writer of another great book, Eat Fat, Lose Fat–which also emphasizes the benefits of coconut oil.
But it’s not really that complicated, and you don’t need to read a library to get the benefits of coconut oil.
The truth is, it’s all in the fat.
PS: Before we go any further, can I just say one great way to get your coconut oil is in my coconut oil fudge? You’re welcome. 😉
More Than Just a Fad
Coconut oil didn’t spring to life in the last few years, although it may seem that way.
The truth is that coconut has been a healing superfood for many centuries in tropical cultures. And traditional cultures value coconut for its tremendous medicinal power–and they are remarkably healthy as a result.
Even in Western society, coconut oil was pretty popular all the way up until the middle of the 20th century. That’s when fat became a dietary evil, and people started turning from traditional foods to fake substitutes (margarine, anyone?).
So I’m thankful there have been a few health pioneers willing to reconsider the scoop on coconut oil. Now we know this oil has a its place in a healthy diet!
Even better, the coconut oil weight loss connection might make it easier for you to maintain a healthy weight! *happy dance*
Coconut Oil Weight Loss: How Does it Work?
#1 Get a Metabolism Boost
There are healthy ways to boost your metabolic rate (so leave those dangerous diet pills alone!!).
One huge coconut oil weight loss secret? It revs up your metabolism!
The secret to a healthy metabolism and a wealth of energy is no fad stimulant: it’s pure extra virgin coconut oil.
Coconut oil is one of nature’s most abundant sources of medium-chain fatty acids, and these nifty little triglycerides can work wonders for a sluggish metabolism.
If your metabolism has been damaged by dieting or stress, a daily dose of coconut oil is the key to getting it back on the right track.
This study found that people who ate coconut oil naturally lost body fat and dropped waist size. This is just from eating coconut oil! The participants weren’t trying to diet or cut calories.
You can also read more about this in The Coconut Oil Miracle. Dr. Fife covers tons of studies done on the benefits of coconut oil, and not just for weight loss.
#2 Balance Your Blood Sugar
Coconut oil can also help you maintain healthy blood sugar levels.
This may have to do with the fact that the medium-chain fatty acids in coconut oil can be easily burned for energy, but without causing insulin to shoot sky high the way a bunch of sugar would.
Including coconut oil before or during a meal also lowers the glycemic impact of what you’re eating, which prevents those dreaded blood sugar highs and lows.
This is because fats digest more slowly than carbs, so if you combine the two, the fat helps slow down the digestion of carbohydrates. That way your meals don’t negatively impact your blood sugar as much, and your levels remain steadier throughout the day and after your meals.
#3 Balance Candida and Yeast Overgrowth
The beneficial fatty acids in coconut oil do more than speed up a lagging metabolism.
Lauric acid and caprylic acid in coconut oil also protect against one of the top hidden causes behind weight gain: candida and yeast. When an overgrowth of candida is present, weight loss can be almost impossible.
Candida causes symptoms like fatigue, poor concentration, recurring infections related to yeast, excessive sinus infections, and much more. But the side effect that really hinders weight loss is cravings for sugar and carbohydrates.
This is because yeast feeds off sugar (carbohydrates break down into sugar once in the body), so candida causes cravings in order to support its own growth.
Taking coconut oil to counteract yeast overgrowth is highly effective, but it should be done with care. Coconut oil is such a powerful remedy for candida that it can cause strong side effects of headaches, chills, and foggy thinking as the yeast dies off.
** This can be reduced by slowly incorporating coconut oil into your diet, starting with as little as one teaspoon daily.
Coconut Oil Weight Loss: How-To Tips
Taking coconut oil for weight loss is as easy as 1-2-3:
- Simply replace some of the fats you use every day with coconut oil. You can use it in place of butter or vegetable oils for cooking and baking.
- Add a spoonful to warm coffee or tea to get an extra boost of energy.
- Eat up to 3 1/2 tablespoons per day to reap the benefits.
IMPORTANT: Don’t forget to work up slowly if you haven’t been eating much coconut oil! Start with just one teaspoon per day, and increase by a teaspoon per week until you reach about three tablespoons a day. (There are three teaspoons per tablespoon.)
Where do I buy coconut oil?
Today quality coconut oil can be found almost anywhere. Even my local Wal-Mart carries a few varieties (though not always quality brands — plus I prefer to give my dollars to companies that emphasize quality over quantity).
You’ll find the best deals online, especially if you’re willing to buy in bulk. Many online health food and supplement companies carry several brands of coconut oil to choose from. Again, the bigger you buy, the more you’ll save.