Although coconut fat was given a bad rap in the past, especially with regard to weight gain, studies have shown that coconut fats (including coconut oil, MCT oil, coconut milk, coconut cream, coconut meat/manna) can decrease abdominal fat.
This study showed that ingesting 2 Tbsp coconut oil on a daily basis lead to a decrease in abdominal fat and an increase in HDL “good” cholesterol. The other participants in the study who ingested 2 Tbsp soybean oil per day had an increase in abdominal weight gain. The soybean oil group also had a decrease in HDL “good” cholesterol and an increase in LDL “bad” cholesterol. This tells us that not all fats are bad, and you must choose your fats wisely!
Wondering which fats you should have and which ones to avoid? Check out my blog post on good fats.
Eating healthy fats on a regular basis can help with weight loss, reduce carbohydrate cravings, increase satiety, and balance your blood sugar. Don’t avoid healthy fats!
Another study investigated the physiological effects of Medium-Chain Triglycerides (MCT’s) on humans. MCT’s are the fats that are abundant in coconut. MCT’s boosted metabolism, energy, and reduced food intake. This lead to reduction in body weight, smaller fat deposits, and smaller size of fat cells!
But shouldn’t I eat a low-fat diet to lose weight???
No! Those who follow a high-fat diet that includes MCT’s (coconut fat/oil) experience 60% more reduction in body fat than those who follow a low-fat diet.
Coconut MCT’s increase your feelings of fullness and satiety, thereby reducing calorie intake and carbohydrate cravings. While carbohydrates (bread, sugars, pasta etc) are metabolized into glucose, Coconut MCT’s are metabolized into ketone bodies. Ketone bodies are a great energy source for the brain, and reduce your appetite and cravings!