I’ve known that coconut oil is supposed to help with losing weight for several years now, but this newsletter excerpt from Jeff Hayes was the first time I came across specific studies cited to prove how it helps with belly fat. And what’s nice is the oil has so many other benefits as well. It’s a real winner in my book, which is probably why I’ve featured it in so many of my previous posts.
So read on to find out more about how coconut oil can reduce “belly bulge,” and then check out the free alternative health resources listed at the end of the post…..
I’ve run across some VERY interesting studies recently on the relationship between coconut oil (or any type of coconut fat, including coconut milk and cream) and how it can affect your body fat…
The findings may surprise you!
A 2009 study published in the Journal Lipids consisted of testing the effects of either 2 tablespoons of coconut oil or 2 tablespoons of soybean oil on a group of 40 women over the span of 28 days.
Results showed that the group that ate the coconut oil had a decrease in abdominal fat, while the soybean oil group actually showed a slight increase in belly fat. Additionally, the group that ate the coconut oil showed increased HDL ‘good’ cholesterol levels, while the soybean oil group had decreased HDL cholesterol and increased LDL ‘ bad’ cholesterol.
The Journal of Nutrition published a study where researchers investigated all studies relative to medium chain fatty acids (MCFAs) that are abundant in coconut fat and weight management.
The studies showed that diets rich in fats such as those found in coconut oil prompted a boost in metabolism, increase in energy, decrease in food consumption, reduced body weight and lower body fat mass. The study authors highly recommend using oils that contain MCFAs, such as coconut oil, as a tool to drop extra abdominal fat, manage a healthy weight, and even as a way to treat obesity.
Yet another study that assessed body weight and fat storage relative to three different types of diets including a low-fat diet, high-fat diet with long chain fatty acids (LCFAs) and a high fat diet with MCFAs.
In order to bring about weight gain, caloric intakes were adjusted for the diets. At the end of the research period (which lasted 44 days), the low-fat diet group stored an average of 0.47 grams of fat per day, the LCFA group stored 0.48 grams of fat per day, and the MCFA group only stored a mere 0.19 grams per day (despite purposely increasing calories).
Those in the MCFA group (coconut fat) had a 60 percent reduction in body fat stored compared to the other diets.
Another added bonus of consuming organic coconut oil (and coconut cream or milk) is that it tends to make us feel fuller for longer.
Studies indicate that MCFAs help increase feelings of fullness and lead to a reduction in calorie intake when compared to the same amount of calories from other fats. When MCFAs are metabolized, ketone bodies are created in the liver – these have been shown to have a strong appetite reducing effect helping you to lose fat faster.
Source: Newsletter from filmmaker Jeff Hays of “Movies that Make Movements“
Want a simple way to get more coconut oil into your diet? Just add the oil or full fat coconut milk to your breakfast smoothie or morning coffee!
Of course exercise is an important part of any “less flab, more flat” formula :-), and this post by Dr. Mercola is full of exercises and strategies for helping with that:
And if you think using coconut oil daily for helping to reduce abdominal fat is pretty incredible, you’re going to be even more impressed by the other powerful health benefits of coconut oil discussed in these related Self-help Health posts:
And here’s the free resources I mentioned…….
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For one hour on Wednesday, April 20th, Deepak and his close associate Sheila Patel, M.D. will share their view of what leading edge science is telling us about detoxification, and its ability to help prevent chronic disease, improve immune function, slow premature aging, and much more.
The epidemic rise in health issues like autism, ADD, diabetes, obesity plus countless mental/emotional issues can all be traced back to toxins in our food supply and nutritional deficiencies. That’s why it’s great news that another season of The Food Revolution is gearing up to begin on April 30th.
They are anticipating more than 200,000 participants for this summit and have an unbelievable team of speakers this year, including Jane Goodall, Ph.D; Christiane Northrup, MD; Daniel Amen, MD; Neal Barnard, MD; Dean Ornish, MD; Mark Hyman, MD; Andrew Kimbrell, Robyn O’Brien, Ritamarie Loscalzo, DC; Michael Greger, MD; Susan Pierce Thompson, Ph.D; Senator Cory Booker, Vani Hari, Joel Fuhrman, MD; Ronnie Cummins, Marion Nestle, Ph.D; Vandana Shiva, Ph.D; Michael Klaper, MD; Mimi Guarneri, MD; Gene Baur, Chris Wark, David Katz, MD; Michael Greger, MD; and Ron Finley – all personally interviewed by John Robbins.
This year, in addition to the summit, they’re adding three quizzes. Each quiz feeds into a corresponding score and score explanation, a beautiful special report, and the summit as a free gift to quiz participants to help them learn more and take the next step in their journey.
You can find out more and sign up for the quizzes on my What’s New page. You’ll also find details there about the upcoming Natural Cancer Prevention and The Truth About Fat Loss Summits, plus news about a great product I just found out about called Homebiotic that helps keep your living and working environment healthier.
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Disclaimer: Please note that any information here is provided as a guideline only, and is not meant to substitute for the advice of your physician, nutritionist, trained healthcare practitioner, and/or inner guidance system. Always consult a professional before undertaking any change to your normal health routine.