How Can Coconut Oil Help You Lose Weight?

Research has shown that coconut oil has a lot of weight loss stimulating properties. Once wrongly accused of increasing cholesterol levels, coconut oil is now actually being used by doctors in the treatment of a variety of disorders. Coconut oil contains short and medium-chain fatty acids that help in reducing unwanted body fat. It is also easy to digest and it helps in healthy functioning of the thyroid and digestive enzymes systems. Further, it increases the body metabolism by helping the pancreases, thereby burning out more energy and helping obese and overweight people reduce their weight. In the 1940s farmers tried to fatten their cattle using coconut oil, but they noticed that instead of fattening them up they started getting leaner, more active and having increased appetite. In the article below Isabel De Los Rios explains in detail how coconut oil can help you burn body fat.

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Coconut Oil can help you Lose Fat

By: Isabel De Los Rios – Certified Nutritionist and Exercise Specialist

Author – The Diet Solution Program

Good Fats

Coconut Oil is a great food that has been shown to increase metabolism and assist in burning unwanted body fat. It is a wonderful food that has existed for centuries and good addition to any fat burning meal plan.

Unfortunately, most people find it really hard to believe that coconut oil is not “fattening” or “dangerous”. We are all wrong to believe that fat, particularly saturated fat, is the reason for our weight gain and health problems. This is only half true. Some fats and oils like hydrogenated vegetable oils contribute to weight gain and heart disease, but the good fats such as coconut oil, butter and olive oil actually good fats for our body. Think about how healthy people were at the end of 1800 and early 1900. Heart disease was almost unknown at that time.

Let’s test of some of the MYTHS about coconut oil right now.

Myth # 1Coconut oil is rich in fat, so it’s fattening.
Truth - not all fat makes you fat (I like to get this tattooed on the forehead). Some fats do cause weight gain, but other good fats really burn unwanted fat from the body and stimulates metabolism.

Myth # 2 - Coconut oil contains almost all saturated fats and should be bad for you.
Truth - Saturated fats are not the cause of heart disease, weight gain and high cholesterol. Saturated fats have been falsely accused and it is sugar the Numero Uno enemy(This is worse than the Joker in Bat Man).

Myth # 3 – Coconut oil should be avoided by those at risk of heart disease

Truth - Coconut oil is one of the healthiest oils you can eat (yes, even for those with heart disease). It is rich in lauric acid, which is known for its antifungal, antiviral, antibacterial properties and contains no trans fats. Saturated fats in coconut oil is unlike many other oils, as it is medium-chain fatty acids (MCFA) variety. The body digests MCFAs more easily and directly send these fats in the liver where it is immediately converted into energy. Is not it amazing? A fat used for energy instead of storing them in our bodies. Everyone can use some of that.

The Good, The Bad And The Fat

Although coconut oil is predominately a saturated fat, it does not have a negative effect on cholesterol. Natural, nonhydrogenated coconut oil tends to increase HDL cholesterol and improve the cholesterol profile. HDL is the good cholesterol that helps protect against heart disease and is obtained from coconut oil, omega 3 rich food, organic whole grain foods, nuts. LDL is the bad cholesterol when too much LDL cholesterol circulates in the blood, it can slowly build up in the inner walls of the arteries that feed the heart and brain. Main sources of LDL are animal fat, milk fat and hydrogenated fats. Together with other substances, it can form plaque, a thick, hard deposit that can narrow the arteries and make them less flexible causing cardiovascular disease. Total blood cholesterol, which includes both HDL (good) and LDL (bad) cholesterol, is a very inaccurate indicator of heart disease risk. A much more accurate way to judge heart disease risk is to separate the two types of cholesterol. Therefore, the ratio of the bad to good cholesterol (LDL/HDL) is universally recognized as a far more accurate indicator of heart disease risk. Because of coconut oil’s tendency to increase HDL, the cholesterol ratio improves and thus decreases risk of heart disease.

People who traditionally consume large quantities of coconut oil as part of their diet have a very low incidence of heart disease and have normal blood cholesterol levels. This has been well supported by numerous population studies. The research shows that those people who consume large quantities of coconut oil have remarkably good cardiovascular health.

At first, this observation confused many researchers. They did not recognize the difference between the MCFA in coconut oil and other saturated fats. New research, however, has demonstrated that medium-chain fats in coconut oil protect against heart disease and may one day even be used as a treatment to cure it
Now go right ahead and enjoy your coconut oil and reap the fat burning effects right away.

To learn more about Coconut Oil and get started on your own fat loss goals, visit The Diet Solution right away.

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About the Author:

Isabel De Los Rios is a certified nutritionist and exercise specialist with 10 years of experience who has already helped over 25,000 people all over the world lose unwanted body fat and regain their health. She the author of The Diet Solution Program found at http://www.thedietsolutionprogram.com

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