The numerous benefits of coconut oil aren’t exactly a secret. It’s come to be recognized as something of a beauty cure-all, whether that is for brightening skin or for preventing split ends. However, this little elixir’s many benefits aren’t only limited to outward beauty. Coconut oil is quickly becoming the nutritionist-recommended oil for cooking, too, as long as it is used in moderation and in conjunction with a balanced diet. When it comes to weight loss, coconut oil is in a league of its own compared to other cooking oils. It has the incredible ability to prevent fat accumulation, stimulate metabolism, and curb hunger.
Strange as it seems, coconut oil improves the ratio of “good” to “bad” cholesterol in the bloodstream — the exact opposite of how most saturated fats affect the body. Coconut oil contains medium chain fatty acids (MCFAs), which are more easily digested than other types of fat and are not normally stored in fat tissue. Coconut oil is also rich in healthy antioxidants, particularly virgin coconut oil, which is produced without the use of heat or chemicals.
Coconut oil is high in Medium Chain Triglycerides, which are fatty acids that are metabolized differently than most other fats, leading to beneficial effects on metabolism.
What is a Healthy Waistline?
To check if your waistline is in the healthy range, you can check the measurement the distance from the abdomen area below the rib cage to the top of the belly button, then refer to the guide below:
- For Male: a measurement from 37 to 40 inches is overweight while more than 40 inches is considered obese.
- For Female: a measurement from 31.5-34.6 inches is overweight and more than 34.6 inches is considered obese
Coconut oil can help you slim your waistline.
You can consume coconut oil on its own if you don’t mind its greasy feel in your mouth. We always suggest people to cook their food with it (substitute coconut oil for whatever cooking oil you’re using now), or add it raw to their food or beverages (juices, smoothies etc). Doing so enhances the flavor of your food and drinks too.
Coconut oil is the safest oil to use for cooking. Because coconut oil is a saturated fat, it’s the least vulnerable of all the dietary oils to oxidation and the formation of free radicals. Consuming oils that have oxidized because of exposure to high temperatures can lead to many health problems from heart disease to diabetes.
Coconut oil can boost the metabolism. Coconut oil has a thermogenic or calorie burning effect. This is because the medium chain triglycerides in coconut oil are easily absorbed by the energy producing organelles of the cells. Studies have shown that after eating a meal containing medium chain triglycerides from coconut oil, the metabolism stays elevated for at least 24 hours! Not only will you be burning calories at a faster rate, you will have more energy.
There are simply no restrictions on how much or how many doses of coconut oil you can or should take for weight loss. But generally, most people can take up to 3 or 4 Tbsps every day, which are what we would recommend for weight loss.