There are all kinds of weird things going on right now in the health industry – like oil pulling – where you literally swish oil around in your mouth and it’s supposed to help with all kinds of health conditions.
But what about coconut oil?
It’s so faddish now that I went into a health food store here in Connecticut where I live, and they literally told me they were sold out and it’s on backorder.
Coconut oil had been sitting there this entire time, and suddenly it was flying off the shelves.
After decades of being told that saturated fat is bad, what’s the truth? Is it good for you, and in this case, can it actually help with weight loss?
Using Coconut Oil For Weight Loss
Here’s What The Researchers Found
In the first study researchers compared consuming olive oil vs MCT oil – an oil typically found in things like coconut oil and palm oil – to see which might affect energy expenditure and thus help with weight loss or help maintain a healthy body weight easier.
The researchers had 49 overweight men and women consume a particular amount of this MCT oil or Olive oil for 16 weeks as part of a weight loss program.
At the end of the study, the people that completed it had lost more weight overall from the MCT oil than the olive oil.
Total fat mass and belly fat mass were also lower in the MCT oil group.
Another study done on 40 women aged 20-40 had them either take soybean oil or coconut oil in addition to a weight loss plan (typical very low calorie crap), and found that although both groups decreased their BMI, only the coconut oil group decreased their waist circumference.
The soybean oil group also saw an increase in cholesterol, that the coconut oil group did not. Bye bye soybean oil!
Your Takeaways For Today
1. The first takeaway is simple: Add more coconut oil to your diet. Personally I’m not a big fan of the flavor of coconut, so the only time I have coconut oil is in my daily protein shake, where I add a tablespoon (instead of milk) in order to get that creamy texture.
Some people love to cook with coconut oil but personally I’m not a big fan.
2. Remove inflammatory cooking oils. Make sure to remove soybean oil, sunflower oil, safflower oil, as they promote inflammation (and especially the hydrogenated versions – we’ll talk more about them soon).
Pretty simple and straightforward, yep?
Your Tiny Habit For Today
Eat more coconut oil.
Remove the inflammatory oils and stick with a few go-to cooking oils: olive oil and coconut oil.
What About You? What Do You Use Coconut Oil For?