The Hidden Truth About Coconut Oil For Weight Loss

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Coconut Oil – A Tasty Fat Burner

It has become evident among health experts that the benefits of coconut oil are of remarkable importance among those living in tropical cultures. According to researches published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, coconut oil exhibited positive vascular health despite being a source of caloric energy. Several studies ruled out possibilities of any harmful effects from this high saturated fat derived from coconuts. It was noted that among individuals who regularly consumed coconut oils, they remained slim and healthy in comparison to those who had alternative sources of oils.

How Is Coconut Oil Different From Other Saturated Fats?

Despite being regarded as a safer alternative source of fat, coconut oil consists about 85% to 90% of saturated fat. These saturated fats are the dominant types found in animals and are thought to be the triggers of heart disease. Coconut oil mostly contains lauric acid, myristic acid and a lesser amount of palmitic acid. Although coconut oil contains fatty acids that raise the good HDL cholesterol levels, it is thought not to be as much as some of unsaturated fats do. This means that sudden shifting from the use of an olive oil to coconut oil will not be beneficial at all and won’t decrease* the levels of bad cholesterol in your system.

Can Coconut Oil Really Help You To Lose* Weight?

Although there is no short-cut to weight loss*, coconut oil can to some extent help in the maintenance or shedding off some extra pounds. Weight loss* factors must also come in to play such as healthy diet and exercise. Other than promoting weight loss*, coconut oil is thought to enhance* metabolism, provide instant energy source and promote proper functioning of the thyroid glands. Malfunctioning of these body functions can in one way or another lead to weight gain, which coconut oil corrects. However, there is no scientific evidence that coconut oil will help you lose* weight but nutritionists recommend it due to its high saturated fats content.

How To Use Coconut Oil For Weight Loss?

How Much Coconut Oil Should I Take And When?:

Regular consumption of virgin coconut oil (4 teaspoons a day) can go a long way in reducing* your waist line. It will up your energy levels and boost* metabolism while giving a feeling of fullness. This will help in cutting down cravings for high-carbs foods. While incorporated with healthy diet and exercise, there is no doubt you will lose* some pounds within a few months. According to some testimonials*, you can get rid of about 20 pounds within two months on virgin coconut oil. It is now evident that virgin coconut oils contain medium chain fatty acids which are different from other longer fatty acids in that they are fast broken down for energy production. The longer fatty acids, typical in plant-based oils, are stored for future energy production.

Massage:

Massage with virgin coconut oil has been used for many years since it is believed to promote cellulite reduction*. You should initially consume about 8 glasses of water before the massage. Take a hot shower and wipe yourself completely dry. Use of cold pressed virgin certified organic coconut oil is better* compared to industrially manufactured brands for cellulite treatment. Use a brush to vigorously massage the coconut oil on the area with cellulite for about 10 minutes each day. This promotes* exfoliation of the dead skin cells which can hinder coconut oil absorption and also promotes* blood circulation. Wait for 10 minutes before taking a shower to ensure that the coconut oil is absorbed.

What The Experts Think About The Coconut Oil?

In reference to Dariush Mozaffarian, MD, DrPH, Harvard Medical School, and Harvard School of Public Health, there are intriguing reports about the use of coconut oil in cholesterol reduction*. He adds that studies are yet to establish whether it could be beneficial or harmful in the body. The American heart association in conjunction with US government’s Dietary guidelines also failed to recognize the advantage of coconut oil over other saturated fats. Health experts recommend that its use should be limited to 7% to 10% of calories sighting its potential to increase* the risks heart disease.

Final Verdict

Although regular use of coconut oil has several benefits in your body such as promoting your overall wellbeing, supporting immune system, and keeping your skin youthful, losing weight is a matter of choice. The simple rules to observe in getting off the extra pounds are regular exercise and healthy diet. The caloric difference between coconut oil and other saturated fats might not bring speedy weight loss* without ensuring* that you burn more calories than you consume. However, the feeling of fullness that comes with coconut oil can cut down your cravings for junk foods due to the satiation feelings it brings.

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Expert Author : Evan Jensen (Consumer Health Digest)

Evan Jensen is a renowned American Nutritionist, Diet Expert and health writer. He specializes in writing about diet, nutrition, exercise and preventive care. He personally has participated in Marathons, Mountain Endurance Races and many other sporting activities.