Does Coconut Oil Help with Weight Loss?

Half Coconut with Bottle of Coconut Oil

This seems to be an increasingly popular question. Coconut oil, which not so long ago was rarely heard about or talked about, is suddenly the rage. Once consumers starting to find the product in health food stores, coconut oil and other coconut products are all over mainstream supermarkets, and coconut oil is becoming more and more of a staple for grocery store shelves.

But, does it help you lose weight?

The short answer is yes, it can help you. But, it isn't as simple as just loading up on coconut oil. While it seems to be a better and healthier alternative than vegetable oils and even olive oil, it is still quite high in calories. One tablespoon contains 117 calories, which is high.

If this is the case though, how does it work, and why is it better than vegetable oil?

The answer lies in the composition of coconut oil, which is made up of medium-chain fatty acids. These fatty acids are not stored in adipose tissue, which is great news for people with stubborn belly fat. It also appears that coconut oil does not raise serum low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol as much as oils that contain long-chain fatty acids.

Overall, coconut oil is a healthy addition to your diet, but you don't want to overdo it. Like anything else, moderation is the key. It's absolutely worth it to explore coconut oil as an addition to your diet.

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Swapping out coconut oil for other oils is but one "trick" you can use to help you shed pounds and achieve a healthier lifestyle. These aren't tricks, though, they are strategies that work.

Metabolic Research Center is a wealth of information and support for those who are seeking a healthier lifestyle. They have over 25 years of experience helping people lose weight and keep it off. Contact MRC to learn more about losing weight and living a healthy lifestyle.


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