Coconut oil is considered by many to be a miracle food for its many astounding health properties. One benefit that is sometimes overlooked is its ability to contribute to weight loss.
Coconut Oil as a Source of Energy
The fat in coconut oil is made up primarily of medium-chain triglycerides (MCT). Unlike long-chain triglycerides (LCT), these are easily broken down and used for energy, as opposed to being stored as fat. Definitely something you want to avoid when trying to lose weight!
Why is This Form of Dietary Fat Helpful?
Multiple studies, including a 2002 study published in The Journal of Nutrition, have found consumption of MCT to increase energy and in turn help control weight when compared to LCT. Additional studies in humans have shown food intake to decrease when two-thirds of the fat content of a high fat diet is in the form of MCT, rather than LCT.
A 2003 study published in the International Journal of Obesity and Related Metabolic Disorders also found body weight to decrease in specified diets with MCT consumption compared to diets with LCT consumption.
While more studies could and should be done, more and more evidence is pointing to the weight loss benefits of MCT, and in turn coconut oil, which is loaded with it.
More Weight Loss Benefits of Coconut Oil
Coconut oil can also help you feel fuller longer after a meal by slowing down digestion. This can help keep blood sugar fluctuations in line as the digestion of carbohydrates is slowed. All of this aids us in snacking less after meals, an issue I can relate to very well. I’m sure some of you know the same feeling!
Coconut Oil is Harmful Bacteria’s Nemesis!
Coconut oil is well known for its antibacterial and antifungal properties. This means it can go to work against harmful bacteria and yeast in your gut, such as candida. These organisms thrive on sugars to thrive and grow. Because of this, they could send signals to your brain to crave these foods. Over consumption of simple carbohydrates and sugars can lead to weight gain or make it more difficult to lose weight. Combating this process can be very helpful and coconut oil can play a large part in that.
VERY Important Note
Always be sure to buy cold pressed, extra virgin coconut oil. Heat-pressing coconut oil can damage or destroy some of the beneficial nutrients and enzymes which can then affect the benefits you receive from it. It may cost a bit more, but a bottle of coconut oil can go a long way and the health benefits more than make up for it, in my opinion.
How I Personally Use Coconut Oil in My Life
I like to practice what I preach here, so it should come as no surprise that I use coconut oil on a daily basis. Each day, I try to eat some straight out of the bottle at least once, preferably with a meal. I personally take about a tablespoon or so but bear in mind I’ve been doing this for a while. If you are just starting out, you may need to build up to that level. A teaspoon or so a day may be a good place to start and build from there.
Other Amazing Uses of Coconut Oil
Because of its amazing antibacterial properties, I also use coconut oil (mixed with baking soda and turmeric powder) as my toothpaste. It works great in getting rid of harmful bacteria in my mouth while leaving the good bacteria alone. The anti-inflammatory properties of the turmeric is also very helpful. It leaves my mouth with a good, clean feeling without the use of any harmful chemicals that might be in commercial toothpaste.
Coconut oil is more than just a good tool for weight loss. It is truly an amazing miracle food that can be used in more ways than we have probably discovered yet. It legitimately aids our overall health and well-being, which makes it a great addition to anyone’s life, whether they are trying to lose weight or not. Perhaps it’s the right addition to your health and weight loss system as well!
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