Losing weight is especially necessary for persons who are obese and are in risk of developing heart diseases and strokes. It is equally important for others who are health-conscious and would like to rid themselves off the extra fat which might be bulging from particular parts of their bodies.
Coconut oil is tropical oil that’s made from the dried fruit (nut) of the coconut palm tree. Proponents say that it contains a healthy type of saturated fatty acid (lauric acid) that your body quickly burns for energy. Its oil is vastly different from most fats in the diet. It is the best fat to choose due to the plethora of healthy medium chain saturated fatty acids (MCTs) that boost metabolism for immediate energy. In addition, the MCTs in coconut oil don’t end up as stored body fat like longer chain fatty acids sometimes can.
In essence, there are two types of coconut oil you should know about – The virgin Coconut Oil which is made by pressing fresh coconut meat or milk and the Refined Coconut Oil which is made from dried kernel or undergoes chemical treatment.
In 2009, a study was conducted on women with abdominal obesity and the effects of coconut oil supplementation. Forty women, from age 20 to 40 years who had a waist circumference greater than 34.6 inches, received a daily dietary supplement of either 30 mL of coconut oil or 30 mL of soybean oil. The study lasted 12 weeks. Upon completion of the 12 weeks only the coconut oil group had a reduction in waist circumference. The coconut oil group experienced no changes in cholesterol levels, but the soybean oil group experienced a decrease in HDL levels and an increase in both LDL levels and LDL:HDL ratios. The scientists concluded that coconut oil does not cause high cholesterol and triglycerides. This study demonstrated that the women taking coconut oil had a reduction in abdominal obesity while taking coconut oil.
How to Use Coconut Oil for Weight Loss
- Eat it by the spoonful. Doing this in small quantities helps your body get used to the replacement of unhealthy oils that the body might already be used to. Researchers recommend 3 half tablespoons spread throughout the day.
- Replace butter, lard or other oils with Coconut Oils when frying. Choose to shallow fry instead of deep fry.
- When baking, stick to recipes that call for coconut oil instead of vegetable oil. This is because a replacement of vegetable oil with coconut oil will give the product a dry and brittle texture.
- Instead of regular bread spreads like peanut butter, jam or marmalade, use coconut oil.
- In boiling rice, mashing or baking potatoes, a tablespoon of coconut oil will do the trick.