Coconut is one of the most versatile foods in the planet. The uses of coconut oil are numerous and its benefits are countless! Some time ago, coconut oil wasn’t very popular and was actually known for containing almost 90% saturated fat. This kept people away from it! Nowadays it has been shown that coconut oil for weight loss can be greatly beneficial in so many ways!
I found out that one of my friends was using coconut oil for her hair, I couldn’t believe what I heard at first. Coconut oil on my hair? Why would I? Then I heard about people using it to cook, as lotion, as a teeth whitener, as a weight loss aid, as make up remover… anyways, just for about anything you could think of! Literally, there are like 200 ways to use coconut oil!
I heard that some of the benefits of coconut oil include balancing hormones, improving digestion, moisturizing skin, reducing cellulite, decreasing wrinkles and age spots, balancing blood sugar and boosting energy levels, improving Alzheimer’s, lowering cholesterol, and burning fat!
Since I am all about pursuing a healthy lifestyle, I started researching about the benefits of coconut oil as a weight loss aid. So on this post, I wanted to focus on how Coconut Oil can help you (and me) lose those extra pounds while benefiting our overall health!
Some of the benefits of Coconut Oil for Weight Loss include:
The secret to a healthy metabolism is pure extra virgin coconut oil! The medium-chain fatty acids in it can work in great ways to speed up your metabolism. Studies have shown that medium-chain fatty acids can boost your metabolic rate by up to 48%. Remember that speeding up your metabolism is the key to slimness. Apart from eating healthy, you can also boost your metabolism by working out, building muscle, doing cardio workouts, eating healthy fats and drinking tea such as green tea.
Burn More Calories at rest – Thermogenic Properties
The medium-chain fatty acids from coconut oil are easy for the body to burn as fuel for energy and have anti-microbial benefits. It can help you burn fat faster. The medium-chain triglycerides can increase energy expenditure compared to the same amount of calories from longer chain fats. Studies have shown that when human replace other fats with medium-chain fatty acids, they burn more calorie throughout their days.
An interesting feature of coconut oil for weight loss is that it helps reduce hunger. Medium-chain fatty acids have shown to increase feelings of fullness which leads to a reduction of caloric intake. I am the type of person that has a tremendous appetite so coconut oil would definitely be the key to lose weight!
Targets Stubborn Belly Fat
For those who (like me) have difficulty burning belly fat, coconut oil appears to be especially effective in reducing abdominal fat. Studies have shown that waist circumference measurements decrease after around 12 weeks of taking 1 ounce of coconut oil a day.
So what do we want? To burn belly fat! When do we want it? Now!
Let’s incorporate a tbsp. of coconut oil a day in our meals and let’s start burning that belly fat!
Ways to Incorporate Coconut Oil for Weight Loss in Your Diet:
Buttering your Toast
Spread coconut oil over your toast instead of butter. It has an amazing aroma and delicious taste!
It is a great and healthy alternative for vegetable cooking oil! You can use it for baking or stir-fry. Coconut Oil slowly oxidizes when heated which make it less likely to become unhealthy.
Use as a coffee creamer! Just add a spoon of coconut oil to the coffee and I’m sure you won’t regret it!
Add to Hot Tea
If you are trying to recover from a cold or flu. Adding a tbsp of coconut oil to your hot tea is a great idea.
Put a spoonful of coconut oil in your smoothie which will give you all of its benefits while also improving the texture of the smoothie. Yumiii! Delicious!
Sports Drink Replacement
A great idea for those who practice sports is to have a glass of water in which you add fruit, coconut oil and Chia seeds! Best hydrating and nutritious drink you could take before and after your workout or training.
If none of these seems appealing but you still want the benefits, just simply take a spoonful of Virgin Coconut Oil in the mornings! As simple as that!