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Can You Lose Weight By Eating Coconut Oil?

Updated on December 6, 2012
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This is one of many articles on coconut oil. As a background, here are the other two: Ketone Found in Coconut Oil Improves Brain Disorders From Alzheimer's and Dementia to Autism and Epilepsy and More, Common Usage of Coconut Oil and Cures, and Seven Easy Ways To Add More Coconut Oil Into Your Diet To Gain The Health Benefits And Ketones.

Times have changed, and what was once a no-no to eat saturated fat, today there is a distinction between good saturated fat and bad saturated fat. Coconut oil is, although it is high in saturated fat, is mostly comprised of lauric acid, which raises the cholesterol level by raising high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol. In layperson's term, HDL is the "good cholesterol" that is moved into the liver and expelled from your body. Whatever the body does not use is extracted and converted to glycogen as required for energy, and the unneeded oil is then excreted directly and not stored. The glycogen can also be used directly for energy, which is why it is so beneficial for diabetics.

Coconut oil has less fat than other fat because it has fewer calories. One tablespoon of coconut oil has 125 calories.

But further, the way the body uses coconut oil as energy, and as a result, the body increases its metabolism. According to Dr. Fife, the more that you need to lose weight, the greater your rate of burning fat will be when using coconut oil. A study shows that metabolism increases by 48% when one uses coconut oil, and even greater for obese person. The metabolism maintains a great rate for a period of 24 hours and burns calories and manage weight. According to Dr. Fife, if an obese person just replace all of the oil with coconut oil, he or she can lose 36lbs per year. That's just incredible.

The article from a McGill study called Cooking oil to fight fat and cholesterol points to the benefits of MCT ("medium chain triglyceride"), one of which is coconut oil. One interesting fact is that those who used MCT had lowered their cholesterol by 13 percent versus those who merely took olive oil, the latter group of which 4.5 percent. Until now, olive oil has been known to be the best oil to fight cholesterol, according to Dr. Peter Jones, a professor at McGill’s School of Dietetics and Human Nutrition in Montreal (Canada).

Furthermore, because the body craves fat, a diet with coconut oil will diminish the craving of other food.

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      formosangirl 5 years ago from Los Angeles

      Thanks, Brett, for your comment. My health food store recently put in a large metal rack with 4 shelves filled and stacked with different types of coconut oil. That should be self-evident.

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      Brett Caulton 5 years ago from Thailand

      Awesome hub, as I am heading to a country overrun with coconut plantations. I will definitely be looking into this, as the benefits of energy and weight loss with no effort sound incredible.

      Socially sharing this one!

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      formosangirl 5 years ago from Los Angeles

      If you see articles saying that there is a connection between thyroid and hair loss, then coconut oil in helping the hormone should help and reduce hair loss.

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      Katina Davenport 5 years ago

      Really? I had no idea.

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      formosangirl 5 years ago from Los Angeles

      davenstan, you are right. Coconut oil does stimulate hair growth as well and/or reduce hair loss. Thanks for pointing that out.

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      formosangirl 5 years ago from Los Angeles

      Jeyaramd, thanks for your comment.

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      formosangirl 5 years ago from Los Angeles

      Mvaivata, thanks for commenting. I found it very easy to replace all of the other oils with coconut oil.

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      jeyaramd 5 years ago from Mississauga, Ontario

      Cocconut oil definitely has many benefits. Its important to get the coconut that is not altered; because it can change the concentration of lauric acid. Its best to purchase extra virgin coconut oil. A small amount is all you need. It can also be great for your hair. Great hub on coconut oil. Thanks for sharing.

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      Katina Davenport 5 years ago

      I haven't found any literature on the hair loss. I looked up the benefits and figured I try it before I stared loosing hair. I only loss a patch around the temples compared to the hair loss I experienced when I had my daughter a few years ago. I believe the coconut oil helped.

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      mvaivata 5 years ago

      This is a really interesting article. I just purchased a bit of coconut oil to start using as a moisturizer. I may have to incorporate it into my diet as well. Thank you for putting this together, formosangirl. I have shared it!

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      formosangirl 5 years ago from Los Angeles

      Thanks, moira. I love coconut water, too. I have not tried coconut sugar and will see where I can find that.

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      Moira Garcia Gallaga 5 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      Here in the Philippines, the coconut is considered the tree of life. It has so many beneficial and practical uses, coconut oil being one of them, the benefits of which Formosangirl has quite clearly expressed. It is also used for lumber and as raw material for furniture. Coconut sugar is considered to be good for diabetics. Coconut water is presently making waves as a sports drink.

      Thanks for sharing this article Formosangirl and helping others become aware of the health benefits of coconut oil.

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      formosangirl 5 years ago from Los Angeles

      Davestan, that's wonderful new about hair loss. I didn't know about coconut oil for postpartum, and I lost a lot of hair. Thanks for your information.

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      Katina Davenport 5 years ago

      I certainly agree with this fact. Coconut has assisted me with a lot of my weight loss. It helped me absorb my food better so that I felt full. Also I didn't lose a lot of hair after having my son because of efficient vitamin absorbtion from consuming coconut oil, and taking vitamins.

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      formosangirl 5 years ago from Los Angeles

      Thanks, rls8994. And you can have your experience of Hawaii by smelling the very mild scent of coconut.

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      rls8994 5 years ago from Mississippi

      This is great information. I love coconut and never knew how good it could be for me. Thanks for sharing this. Great article!

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      formosangirl 5 years ago from Los Angeles

      Thanks, Alocsin. I have always loved coconut, and it's great to know why we need to eat more coconut and ingest more coconut oil.

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      More things about coconuts I did not know. The chart of oils is very useful, especially in mentioning sunflower oil as lowest in saturated fats. Voting this Up and Useful. Thanks for SHARING.

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      formosangirl 5 years ago from Los Angeles

      Thanks, Cebutouristspot.com. This is my big discovery recently, which is why I am so thrilled to write about it.

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      cebutouristspot 5 years ago from Cebu

      Interesting :) I learn another new thing this day. :) Thanks for sharing