I love coconut oil. The extra virgin version that is. I bake eggs or other foods in it, I use it to make almond butter, put it on bread, and even make deodorant out of it.
Not only does it taste great (I often can’t withstand the urge to just eat a teaspoon or two out of the jar) but it is amazingly healthy too.
Many foods have been touted as superfoods the past years. A lot of them turned out to be just healthy foods. Nothing more. Extra virgin coconut oil does not belong to this category.
It truly is a superfood.
If you are still skeptical towards virgin coconut oil being a superfood, maybe you should take a look at the reviews of this book: Virgin Coconut Oil: How It Has Changed People’s Lives, and How It Can Change Yours!
That’s nice, you might say, but how can it help me with weight loss?
Well here is how.
5 Reasons Why Coconut Oil Helps Weight Loss
As a sugar /sweet foods replacement. First of all, if you are craving for something sweet you are way better off taking a bit of coconut oil instead of something with sugar of high fructose corn syrup in it. (you know you need to quit sugar right? Or at least cut back to a normal sugar consuption level which I would say means, taking it now and then, in the weekend, as a real treat, not as a structural part of your diet, you don’t do that with alcohol either..)
Reduces appetite. Because it’s so fatty it fills you up too, which reduces further cravings. Several studies confirm this. Here’s just one study showing test persons eating less at lunch when they started the day with a breakfast with coconut oil. Another benefit, insuline and blood glucose concentrations were lower after the 3 fat breakfasts.
Good fats help weight loss. A common misconception about fats is that they make you fat. This is not true. So repeat after me, “It’s not the fats that make you fat”. Fat’s fill you up, so you eat less. Of course there’s a distinction between types of fats. Coconut oil is a saturated fat. You probably seen the lean pork products in stores right? You know how farmers grow leaner pigs? They switch from feeding them corn and soybeans (which contain mostly polyunsaturated fats) to saturated fats.
Extra virgin coconut oil is the world’s healthiest fat
Here’s why coconut oil is such a healthy, weigh loss stimulating oil. Coconut oil is high in medium chain fatty acids or triglycerides (MCTs) . This is a pretty technical story but the key element here is that coconut oil is processed differently by your body into energy than most other fats. Therefore it actually helps burn fats, especially the dangerous belly fat. This process of allocating the fats you eat into energy, e.g. fat burning, is called thermogenic. Here’s a PubMed study showing the benefits of medium chain triglycerides for weight loss.
Belly fat reduction. Various studies have been done on the effects of medium chain triglycerides and belly fat. In one study people were either given coconut oil or soybean oil.
Although both groups lost weight the individuals who took coconut oil lost significant belly fat (the others gained some fat around the waist). Coconut oil also increased good cholesterol (HDL) and reduced bad cholesterol (LDL). For the soybean oil group this was the other way around.
One study showed that women who ate two tablespoons of coconut oil daily for 12 weeks reduced their belly fat and did not gain weight.
Ketones. When you eat coconut oil your body produces so called ketone bodies. Again a technical story but the main thing here is that ketones are known to be potent appetite reducers.
Virgin coconut oil is a primary fuel source for intestinal cells which makes it a powerful digestion booster.
If you don’t do so already, I would strongly recommend to add virgin cocounut oil to your diet. It’s not even that expensive anymore and it’s a life changer. It’s super healthy, tastes delicious (at least that’s why I think), and it can help you lose weight.
Just think about the pigs that are fed coconut oil weeks before they are slaughtered.
On recommendation of the Department of Animal Science of North Carolina State University, the pigs are fed saturated fats during the “finishing time” which is a period of several weeks before slaughter. Some farmers are now actually using coconut oil for slimming their animals.
Dr. Oz also recommends coconut oil as a health fat that helps weight loss. (as was demonstrated by two people in his show who, together, lost 300 pounds.
They contain omegas, which provide benefits ranging from curbing hunger to improving your thyroid function. says Dr. Oz.
Here are other dietary supplements that are recommended by Dr. Oz.
How to use virgin coconut oil for weight loss
You might wonder how to add it to your diet in order to get the weight loss benefits. What I do is put it on toast, just add a tablespoon at my rice dishes, bake fish or eggs in it. Some people put it in their coffee or tea as well. You can experiment and try what works for you.
A really delicious recipe I got yesterday, make a smoothie with almond butter, banana, coconut oil and almond milk. You also add some cinnamon or cardemom.
Note, be wise about your dietary habits and don’t overdo it. It’s good to use more types of cooking oils. It’s like our mothers or grandmothers said, too much of anything is never good.
Where to buy virgin coconut oil for weight loss?
There are three types of coconut oil:
- refined (made from dried coconut that has been bleached and deodorized).
- organic (grown using organic manure),
- (extra) virgin (extracted from fresh coconut without using chemicals or high temperatures)
You can buy organic or extra virgin coconut oil at the better groceries, organic stores and order it online.
To get an impression of what other people buy, here’s a list with the bestselling, best reviewed coconut oils on Amazon.