Have you every tried using coconut oil for weight loss before?
If you haven’t, today you are in for a treat.
Whether you have 5, 10, 15 or more pounds to lose, I am going to show you how you can add organic coconut oil (also known as copra oil) to your diet to help you torch that stubborn fat and help you get in shape.
If you know anything about coconut oil then you know its FAT. So it may seem a little bit weird that eating coconut oil for weight loss will actually help you to lose fat.
Don’t worry though, because using coconut oil for weight loss is not another ‘so-called fad diet’. There are many PROVEN studies that show that using this ‘super food’ will indeed help you to lose weight.
Below we’ll take a closer look at how to use coconut oil for weight loss and some of the science behind the process as well as some other amazing benefits to be had.
How Effective Is It To Use Coconut Oil For Weight Loss?
The first thing you need to understand is that the rate at which you burn fat will depend on your metabolic rate (metabolism). This is how your body utilizes the energy, which you get from the foods you eat.
Metabolic rate will also vary from person to person. A person with a very fast metabolism will burn fat much faster than a person with a slower metabolism.
This is why you always have that one friend that can eat anything and never gain weight. They have very fast metabolism and they practically just burn off everything they eat.
On the other hand, some people just seem to act as a storage for fat. Even if they eat a small amounts of food, they still gain weight very quickly and often time it is very difficult to lose.
That is because they have a very slow metabolism.
The good thing though is that there are some foods that can dramatically boost your metabolism so that you can burn fat faster.
Let’s look at the various ways coconut oil can help you to burn fat, lose weight and achieve your fitness goals:
1. How Coconut Oil Will Boost Your Metabolism
Coconut oil for weight loss is very different from the other fats that you consume in your diet. Other oils contain long-chain fatty acids (LCFA) but coconut oil contains medium chain fatty acids (MCFA).
But What Are Fatty Acids?
Without getting into the chemistry of it, Fatty Acids are divided into three groups:
- Long-Chain Fatty Acids (LCFA) – has 13 to 28 carbon atoms
- Medium Chain Fatty Acids (MCFA) – has 6 to 12 carbon atoms
- Short Chain Fatty Acids (SCFA) – has 5 or fewer carbon atoms
When these fatty acids are metabolized (broken down via metabolism), they provide a rich source of energy in the form of Adenosine triphosphate also known as ATP. This is energy that you use for daily activities such as thinking, moving etc.
However, LCFA are metabolized differently from the MCFA and SCFA.
Because of the shorter chain length (less carbon atoms), medium chain fatty acids are metabolized much faster than the long-chain ones. This means that they are utilized right away as a source of energy for the body rather than being stored as fat .
2. Coconut Oil For Weight Loss Is Also Thermogenic.
‘Therm’ refers to heat energy. So as the name suggest, Thermogenic refers to the production of heat.
Whenever you eat food, it has to be broken down by various metabolic pathways before it is finally assimilated by the body. All of these processes requires energy.
However, some foods require more energy than others to be digested and metabolized.
In layman’s term, that means that whenever you consume thermogenic foods such as coconut oil for example, it requires a lot of energy (heat energy) to be broken down when compared to other foods/fats.
Here’s why this is important when you take coconut oil for weight loss:
3. Coconut Oil Will Suppress Your Appetite
One of the main cause of weight gain is overeating. And as I preach a lot on this blog, if you eat more than your daily calorie requirements the excess food WILL always be stored as fat. That’s just how our bodies work.
Truthfully, when it comes to food some people just can’t control themselves.
In fact it goes beyond that too. Some foods are very calorie dense which makes it super easy to go over your daily calorie budget without knowing – that is, if you even have an idea of how much calories you should be consuming daily in the first place.
- But what if you didn’t have to feel hungry all the time?
- What if you could curb your appetite so that you don’t overeat?
That would be amazing wouldn’t it?
Well, by taking coconut oil for weight loss, it will help to suppress your appetite and keep hunger pangs at bay.
Studies on medium chain fatty acids show that when compared to other fats, they give a feeling of fullness which as you’d imagine would make you eat less than you are accustom to.
This will help you in your quest to create a calorie deficit that is necessary for weight loss.
4. Coconut Oil Attacks Stubborn Belly Fat
Ask most women that are trying to lose weight where they’d want to lose it from the most and they’ll tell you: ‘I want to get rid of stubborn belly fat.‘
This is a huge problem area for a lot of persons, men and women alike.
Fortunately, coconut oil can help to combat this problem of stubborn belly fat.
In a randomized, double-blind, clinical trial involving 40 women aged 20–40 years. Half the group were instructed to consume 30 mL of either soy bean oil and the other half to consume 30 mL coconut oil over a 12-week period while following a controlled diet.
They were also instructed to walk at least 50 minutes per day.
After the results were in, the following were evident:
- Both group lost approximately the same amount of weight
- However, the group with coconut oil was found to have a reduction in waist circumference (WC) while the soy bean oil group had an increase.
You can read the study here.
5. Coconut Oil Also Improves Your Hormone Health
Everything in your body is regulated by hormones. These hormones are basically biochemical messengers that are chemical substances produced by the endocrine glands.
Hormones are secreted directly into the blood stream to help regulate metabolic activity and things such as your mood, thyroid function, digestion, sex drive and more.
So how does coconut oil fit in?
Well fats are the building blocks for hormone production. Coconut oil has a medium chain fatty acid called lauric acid which has been proven to increase good HDL cholesterol in the blood to help improve cholesterol ratio levels.
Coconut oil also decrease bad cholesterol in the blood by by converting it to sterone pregnenolone. Pregnenolone is a molecule that is the foundation of the production of most of the hormones that our bodies need.
6. Coconut Oil Increases Your Energy Levels
Feeling tired and exhausted regularly?
Your energy levels may need a little boost to get you firing.
Low energy levels equates to less moving around which means less calories burnt on a daily basis. However, studies have shown that by taking coconut oil in the mornings, your energy levels can be boosted over 5% for up to 24 hour period.
This is because medium chain fatty acids are not stored as fat in the body. Instead, they are transported to the liver where they are converted to energy for use right away.
Coconut Oil Also Provides Other Amazing Health Benefits
The great thing about coconut oil is that besides weight loss, there are a host of other health benefits to be had when you take it daily.
While I wont go into the details of all of these benefits, here’s a list of what you can expect by simple utilizing organic coconut oil as a weight loss aid on a daily basis:
- Prevents Heart Disease and High Blood Pressure
- Cures UTI and Kidney Infection & Protects the Liver
- Reduces Inflammation and Arthritis
- Cancer Prevention and Treatment
- Immune System Boost (antibacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-viral)
- Improves Memory and Brain Function
- Improves Energy and Endurance
- Improves Digestion, Reduces Stomach Ulcers & Ulcerative Colitis
- Reduces Symptoms of Gallbladder Disease & Pancreatitis
- Coconut Oil for Anti-aging
How Do You Actually Use Coconut Oil For Fat Loss?
First and foremost you need to ensure that you are using 100% Pure Organic Coconut Oil.
The easiest way to take your coconut oil is by the spoonful.
At room temperature, coconut oil will be solidified. You can either melt it down by placing the jar in some boiling water, mix and drink or you can take the solidified form directly, hold it in your mouth for a few seconds until it melts and then swallow.
Take your coconut oil at least 3 times per day at approximately 20 minutes before your main meals.
How Much Coconut Oil Do You Need For Weight Loss?
Depending on your weight, the serving size will vary. The table below will give you a range that you can use as a guideline.
Other Ways To Use Coconut Oil For Weight Loss
Butter Replacement While Baking
Do you love to bake pastries like cookies, cup cakes and muffins? I know I do!
But did you know that you can replace the butter you use to do all your baking with coconut oil? Yes you can. It may need some getting use to so you can start half butter half coconut oil until you are ready to try it 100%.
Plus the coconut favoring is a BONUS. Makes your pastries delicious is you are a coconut fan like I am.
Use Coconut Oil As Your Salad Dressing
Again depending on where you live, your coconut oil maybe solid at room temperature. So you may want to melt it down to liquid form by placing the jar in some hot water.
Instead of using your regular salad dressing that more than likely don’t provide much nutritional value, try adding a teaspoon or two of coconut oil on your salad to reap both the health and weight loss benefits.
Use Coconut Oil As Nut Butter
Love peanut butter and jelly sandwiches? You may love coconut butter sandwiches too!
Here’s how to prepare your coconut butter mix: simply add your favorite nuts (peanut, cashew, almonds etc) in a foods processor. I like to use unsalted mixed nut. Add two to three tablespoon of your coconut oil to the nuts and grind until it is creamy or if you like crunchy butter that works too.
Spread your coconut butter on a toast and enjoy!
Use Coconut Oil In Your Everyday Cooking
Instead of using vegetable oils or olive oils, use coconut oil instead. You can use it to sauté vegetables, roast vegetables, fried rice, or whatever you’d normally use cooking oil to do.
Not only will you be enjoying the coconut flavor that is added to your meals but you can feel great knowing that you are making a healthy choice to replace the other fats in your diet that maybe sabotaging your weight loss goals.
How To Make Sure That Using Coconut Oil For Fits With Your Daily Calorie Requirements
As I mentioned earlier, if you consume more than our daily calorie requirements (eat in a surplus) , your body will automatically convert the excess calories to fat and store it for energy to use at a later time. And if you continually eat in a surplus, then you’ll continue to gain weight.
With that being said, if you want to have am amazing coconut oil weight loss result then you need to ensure that the amount you take fits inside your daily calorie requirement.
Here’s how to do that:
- Firstly, determine your daily calorie requirements
- Secondly, determine how much coconut oil is required for your age range (see table above)
- Adjust the amount of coconut oil needed to fit within 10-15% of your daily calories
Using an example…
Let’s say your daily calorie requirements is 2000 calories and you weigh 150 pounds. Based on your age, the suggested amount of coconut oil per day is 4.5 tablespoon.
That is NOT ideal!
My suggestion is to adjust the suggest amount of coconut oil for weight loss based on your age to fit within a 10-15% of your daily calorie requirements. Using the example above, 10% – 15% of 2000 will be 200 – 300 calories. That’s roughly about 2 tablespoon on the low end and 3 tablespoon on the high end.
Also keep in mind that coconut oil for weight loss is FAT. Depending on your diet, you’ll have to make adjustments to ensure that you get proper amounts of carbohydrates and proteins as well.
Let’s be honest, losing weight is not an easy feat. It takes times, effort and discipline. That means everything counts.
So why not take advantage of every opportunity you have to make life easier on yourself?
Using coconut oil for weight loss will definitely take you one step closer to your goal. Think about it, you are already using other forms of fat in your diet. So why not make the switch to a healthier and more beneficial alternative?
Just remember that at the end of the day, coconut oil is fat so be sure to follow my instructions above to ensure that the amount you take per day is in line with your calorie goals.