Coconut Oil Weight Loss
Posted on September 14, 2012 by Mark R Williams
Coconut Oil Weight Loss Introduction
The benefits of coconut oil are well-documented. In this post, I will mostly focus on coconut oil weight loss related benefits while providing some background information as well.
What is coconut oil? A tropical oil made from the dried fruit of the coconut palm tree, some studies suggest that it has a type of fatty acid that your body burns for energy rather than stores in adipose, or fatty, tissue.
Coconut Oil Weight Loss Details
Most fats and oils you consume are long-chain triglycerides (LCT). What makes coconut oil different is that it is mostly medium-chain trigycerides (MCT). MCT’s are much easier on the digestive system and are quickly absorbed into the system. So, coconut oil actually gives you the benefits of a carbohydrate, including immediate energy, without the negative side effects of an animal protein. This includes saving critical digestive enzymes for digesting other foods. So basically, coconut is a super food for you body that can ramp up your energy and metabolism and help you lose weight.
So, coconut oil is high in saturated fats, but plant-derived saturated fats do not have the same negative effect on our bodies as animal-derived saturated fats. These days, coconut oil is being looked at as a “functional food,” meaning that it provides health benefits. While it has been used in South Asian cuisine for hundreds, or even thousands, of years, Western foodies and vegans have become interested in its unique flavor and possible health properties, including increasing your “good” cholesterol levels.
Uses of Coconut Oil for Weight Loss
There are a lot of ways to integrate the fat-burning power of coconut oil into your diet. For example, you can replace butter with coconut oil in your diet. It can be used to replace olive oil as well as butter in your cooking, too. Its tolerance of high temperatures mean its a great replacement for shortening, margarine, and vegetable oil. Coconut oil is also a great replacement for butter in pie crusts and other pastries, for example. The transition to using it in savory cooking may take more adjustment, but many people prefer the slight change in taste to their former cooking oils. At any rate, having coconut oil around as an alternative is a great way to harvest its benefits in a variety of meals and snacks.
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This does not mean you should ignore portion size when it comes to coconut oil, or the foods made with it. It is a replacement for olive oil, butter, and other products – not a magical substance that you can eat without regard for calorie, fat content, and other health factors. Contrary to popular belief, coconut oil is extremely good for your heart. Its resemblance to semi-solid vegetable shortening, however, has made people assume it’s as unhealthy as cooking oils high in hydrogenated fats.
Other Benefits of Coconut Oil
Coconut oil may not only change the fat distribution in your body, but also provide health benefits such as increased hair and skin quality, better immunity, digestion, and increased bone strength. This is due to coconut oil’s lauric acid, and other properties making it antioxidant, antimicrobial, and antifungal.
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Coconut Oil Weight Loss Conclusion
When shopping for coconut oil at your local health food sore, just be sure to buy it in its virgin state. You should also purchase organic oil. Hydrogenated coconut oil eliminates the health benefits it has naturally. Hydrogenation causes “unsaturated” fatty acids to be changed into more “saturated” fatty acids. This makes them less prone to spoilage, and also eliminates the health benefits you were looking for in the first place.
Virgin coconut oil is semi-solid and smells faintly of coconut (and is used by many people as a moisturizer for the skin and hair). It’s typically sold in screw-top jars and does not need to be refrigerated. Unlike butter, it does not go bad and has a very long shelf life.