Everyone these days wants to lose weight fast. Perhaps it’s those extra pregnancy pounds that just aren’t coming off despite all the nursing in the world. Maybe it’s the midlife spreading waste line. Or maybe you’ve always just been a little bit overweight.
Assuming that you’re already eating a diet of mostly real food (food that’s sustainable, organic, local, and traditionally-prepared) and that you’re not a total couch potato, you may be wondering why the weight isn’t falling off. One of the things you can do to easily drop pounds without radically changing your lifestyle (besides going ultra-low carb and ditching grains altogether) is to eat coconut oil.
In America’s recent past, coconut oil got an undeserved bad name.
Because it’s high in saturated fats, and they were unjustly demonized. Cutting-edge research has pretty much shredded most of The Lipid Hypothesis — the theory that there is a direct correlation between saturated fat and cholesterol intake in the diet with incidence of coronary heart disease (source). We now know, for example, that most of the studies which showed dietary intake of saturated fats (particularly those using coconut oil) were bad for you were actually proving that trans fats are bad for you.
But unrefined, virgin coconut oil is an excellent and traditional fat and contains no trans-fats whatsoever.
How can Virgin Coconut Oil boost your metabolism and promote weight loss?
A few things:
- It’s high in medium-chain fatty acids (MCFAs). A study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found patients lost weight when they included MCFA’s in their diet. In fact, when you compare a diet including olive oil or MCFA’s, it was found patients lost more weight using MCFA’s. And a 2018 study showed that medium chain triglycerides increase cellular metabolism.
- It’s high in lauric acid. Lauric acid is an MCFA so it will not only possibly help you lose weight (per the study above), but it’s also documented to have amazing antiviral, antibacterial, and antiprotozoal properties. In other words, it fights everything from the common cold to serious lipid-coated viruses such as HIV and herpes!
- It may reduce your food cravings. When you add coconut oil into your diet, you’ll feel more full and eat fewer calories over all. Hey, it worked for rats, so…
Ways to Add Coconut Oil to Your Diet
- Add it to your coffee. By now, adding butter and MCT oil/coconut oil to a morning cup of joe is all the rage. I admit that I’ve even succumbed to the pressure to try it, and persuaded my husband to join me. Each morning he whips together butter, refined coconut oil, gelatin, and coffee with a tiny bit of honey to create a drink fit for gods.
- Cook with it. Some meals taste great cooked in coconut oil. I love frying up bites of sweet potatoes in a half coconut oil, half bacon grease mix. The half and half mix is also perfect for making tasty fried rice. If you don’t like the subtle flavor of coconut cooked into your scrambled eggs, then skip the virgin oil and head straight for the refined stuff (which is quite flavorless, kinda like lard). I go more in depth on how to find a good coconut oil to match your needs and tastes in this post.
For recipes and practical instructions for eating this way (low-carb and high-fat), I highly recommend Bacon & Butter — the Ultimate Ketogenic Diet Cookbook
With this New York Times bestselling book, you’ll begin dropping pounds immediately — and learn how to keep them off for good — by following a low-carb, high-fat ketogenic diet packed with tasty, wholesome meals that you’ll love.
It’s the simplest way to get started, and at the moment, the printed version of this cookbook is 100% free to Food Renegade readers. You just pay shipping & handling.
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Interested in the environmental impact of coconut products?
You may want to read more about coconut sugar production.