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How Can Coconut Oil Help to Fight Obesity

Updated on November 16, 2017
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As a parent, Chitrangada writes to spread awareness regarding common health problems in children, and suggests tried and tested solutions.

Eat Fat To Lose Fat!!!!

Coconuts are healthy food . They can be consumed in many ways!
Coconuts are healthy food . They can be consumed in many ways! | Source
Green coconuts
Green coconuts | Source

Who doesn't want to lose those extra pounds!

© Chitrangada Sharan Sept. 2014

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  • There is no end to the experiments, people undergo to lose those extra kilos. Something which works for a particular person, may not work for another person.

The reason is very simple---

In addition to the various methods one tries, the key factor is,

"determination and consistency."

And this is true for any kind of success that we want to achieve in various goals of our lives.

Isn't it!

What goes wrong with diets?

  • Lots of people who want to lose weight experiment with low fat diets.
  • Usually they start with lot of enthusiasm but soon the euphoria dies down after initial and partial weight loss.
  • The failure to maintain and sustain the same eventually leads the kilos to bounce back.
  • It is a sad fact that most of the people who lose weight; gain all the weight back, rather more within a year or so.
  • The need as mentioned earlier is to be consistent and sustain and maintain the optimum weight that you have reached.

Coconut oil has been found to be helpful in loosing weight
Coconut oil has been found to be helpful in loosing weight | Source

Some amount of Fat is essential in our diet!

  • According to the health experts and nutritionists, those who get an adequate amount of fat in their diet generally eat less than those who try to reduce their fat intake.
  • This is due to the simple fact that fat satisfies hunger.
  • As a result it reduces appetite and lowers food consumption.
  • Even though fat contains more calories than protein or carbohydrates, it is effective on curbing appetite. and this compensates for the extra calories.

Coconuts are healthy natural foods
Coconuts are healthy natural foods | Source

How is coconut oil beneficial in losing fat?

According to health experts, Coconut oil contains medium chain triglycerides or MCT.

  • A diet which contains MCT is digested very quickly. Our body goes on to use this fat as energy or fuel instead of storing and adding to our body fat.
  • MCT as a source of energy does not flow into the bloodstream like other fats. And thus the fat in the coconut oil is not added to the fat cells and so they do not add to the body weight.
  • MCT is a metabolism booster as they are the fuel from which the body produces energy.
  • In such process the body increases its use of Calories, resulting in a higher rate of burning of Calories that are contributed by other foods which we eat.
  • Studies by health experts has shown that the boost in metabolism from MCTs present in Coconut oil is effective up to twenty four hours after the food is cooked in it.
  • People suffering from low thyroid activity and as a result low rate of metabolism can use Coconut oil to boost their metabolism, which can help them in reducing weight.

How to make coconut oil at home, Source: YouTube

Coconut oil actually helps you to reduce your fat!

Coconut oil actually helps to reduce body fat and subsequently leads to weight loss.

The reason lies in its natural , low calorie fat content.

And because it contains less calories compared to other types of fat, it is very effective in the slimming process.

Food cooked with coconut oil as the medium is as good as eating food with lesser calories.

Besides its quality of being lesser in calorie, its effects on boosting metabolism is also beneficial in weight loss.

As we know people with slower metabolism tend to gain weight very easily.

Processing virgin coconut oil, source: YouTube

To conclude:

  • There are many factors which must be considered and followed when you want to lose that ugly fat.
  • Besides regular exercise or practicing Yoga or any other fitness activities, we must pay attention to what we are eating.
  • Crash diets can be harmful and you may temporarily lose some weight.
  • A proper understanding of the right foods is a must with the advice of your diet and nutrition expert to achieve your ideal weight.
  • By using Coconut oil in preparing your food, you can eat the same types of food as you normally do but then you consume lesser calories.
  • People tend to eat less food and feel fuller for a longer period till the next meal.

Caution:

It is advisable to consult your nutritionist or medical expert, before starting any diet or food and do your own research to determine whether a particular food, in this case coconut oil suits you or not. As different people may react differently to certain foods.

Disclaimer:

The information provided in this hub is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult your physician, or health care provider before taking any home remedies.

Reference:

www.coconutoil.com

www.webmd.com

© Chitrangada Sharan 1st Sept. 2014

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you johnooo, for your kind visit and positive comments!

      I am glad you liked this information. While doing research for this hub, even I was surprised to learn that coconut can actually help in losing fat.

      Thank you so much !

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      John R Wilsdon 

      2 years ago from Superior, Arizona

      It is fascinating your discussion of how coconut oil can help reduce your weight. I wrote an article about coconut oil vis-a-vis its effectiveness in dealing with cold sores. Thank you for this insight and all of the information relating to "why" it has its slimming properties.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      3 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you Patsybell, for your kind visit and positive feedback!

      Coconut has many health benefits and in India, especially coastal areas it is almost a regular food.

      Many thanks for your comments!

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      Patsy Bell Hobson 

      3 years ago from zone 6a, SEMO

      In my lifetime, coconut and coconut oil has gone from a forbidden food to a highly praised product. Your Hub is clear and easy to understand. Thank you.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      3 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you Susan Recipes, for reading and commenting!

      Glad you liked it and thanks for voting up!

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      Susan 

      3 years ago from India

      I love the flavour of the coconut oil. Thanks for sharing this useful and informative hub. Vote up and interesting.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      3 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you colorfulone, for your kind visit and positive feedback!

      Glad you liked the information about coconut oil and already using it.

      Thanks!

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      Susie Lehto 

      3 years ago from Minnesota

      I have been cooking with coconut oil for over a year, and I do like it for that. I am just finding out so many benefits for using it. Thank you for all the great information.

    • ChitrangadaSharan profile imageAUTHOR

      Chitrangada Sharan 

      3 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you lex123, for your kind visit and positive comments!

      Glad you liked this hub! Thanks!

    • ChitrangadaSharan profile imageAUTHOR

      Chitrangada Sharan 

      3 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you word55, for your visit and appreciation!

      Glad you are already using coconut oil.

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      lex123 

      3 years ago

      we use coconut oil in some of our dishes thanks for writing this beautiful hub..

    • word55 profile image

      Al Wordlaw 

      3 years ago from Chicago

      Great ideas here. I love using coconut oil for various purpose ChitrangadaSharan. Thanks for sharing!

    • ChitrangadaSharan profile imageAUTHOR

      Chitrangada Sharan 

      3 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you rebeccamealey, for your kind visit and positive comments!

      Glad you got convinced. Thanks!

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      Rebecca Mealey 

      3 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      I have been meaning to get some! I use olive oil, but I have been hearing great things about cococnut oil. This convinces me. Thanks!

    • ChitrangadaSharan profile imageAUTHOR

      Chitrangada Sharan 

      4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you, teaches12345, for your visit and positive comments!

      That's a new idea for me, to take coconut oil in coffee. Thanks!

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      Dianna Mendez 

      4 years ago

      You have reminded me of how useful coconut oil is in helping to keep a balanced diet. I use it in my coffee some mornings for this very reason.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you AudreyHowitt, for reading and commenting!

      Olive oil is high in mono saturated fats, which is good for heart health. Coconut oil is high in saturated fat, but less harmful compared to other oils containing saturated fats. It has been found helpful in boosting metabolism and thus weight loss.

      Thanks!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you Nithya, for your kind visit and positive comments!

      Yes, in moderation always! Thanks!

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      Audrey Howitt 

      4 years ago from California

      Interesting--so is this a monosaturate oil like olive oil?

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      Nithya Venkat 

      4 years ago from Dubai

      Coconuts are very healthy and delicious! I love coconut water and anything to do with coconut but in moderation of course!! Great hub, useful and informative.

    • ChitrangadaSharan profile imageAUTHOR

      Chitrangada Sharan 

      4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Hi MarleneB!

      Pleased to see you after a long time. Appreciate your positive feedback. Thanks!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks Paula, for your kind visit and comments!

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks Michelle, for your continued support and positive comments! Thanks for the share!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks Devika, for stopping by!

      I am glad you liked this hub!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks aviannovice, for your kind visit! Appreciate your positive feedback.

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      Marlene Bertrand 

      4 years ago from USA

      Wow! The benefits of coconut oil are many. I like the idea of not having to change the way I eat, but to include coconut oil. This is a very informative hub.

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      Paula Atwell 

      4 years ago from Cleveland, OH

      In my case it is the carbs that cause me problems. Right now my diet is restricted to protein and veggies primarily. :)

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      Michelle Liew 

      4 years ago from Singapore

      Love the coconut, so it's easy to persuade me!

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      Devika Primić 

      4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      An encouraging and a very helpful hub. I had no idea of coconut working in this way. Voted up, useful and interesting.

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      Deb Hirt 

      4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Coconut in any form is good for the body. I also drink coconut water regularly.

    • ChitrangadaSharan profile imageAUTHOR

      Chitrangada Sharan 

      4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you Jasdeep Singhji, for reading this hub and appreciating!

      Coconut oil has proved beneficial in wight loss to many people.

      Thanks and glad you liked the hub!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you ktnpl, for your kind visit and positive comments!

      You are right, coconut oil contains good fats, beneficial for our entire body.

      Thanks!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you billybuc, for your encouraging words!

      Appreciate your visit and support.

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      manatita44 

      4 years ago from london

      My pleasure, God bless you my sweet Friend.

    • ChitrangadaSharan profile imageAUTHOR

      Chitrangada Sharan 

      4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you manatita44, for your kind visit and valuable comments!

      Coconut is indeed Nature's wonderful gift with so many benefits. I like coconut water very much and we Indians do use in recipes and sweets.

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts here! Hari Om!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you word55, for your kind visit and positive feedback!

      Its so encouraging to know that you have already tried coconut oil and have been benefited by it.

      Keep up the ideal weight. All the best and Happy Labor Day!

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      Laddi Singh 

      4 years ago from (Punjab) India

      Very interesting things for weight loss.I think I'll definitely check out a few of your suggestions. Thanks for the information.

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      ktnptl 

      4 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      Coconut oil is very good for our entire body. It is also considered giving our body good fat which are essential for body. Great article.

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      Bill Holland 

      4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Good information my friend. I don't have much fat to lose, but I'll keep this in mind for some of my friends.

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      manatita44 

      4 years ago from london

      Hi Chitrangada,

      I have used coconut oil for my hair and I'm now drinking a lot of the water in and from my recent visit to NY.

      Nicely written and informative article with the ever present subject of weight loss and gain. I need to lose some myself.

      Your palm trees are 'cool.' and reminds me of the Caribbean. Hari Om!

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      Al Wordlaw 

      4 years ago from Chicago

      This is all very true ChitrangadaSharan, I went on a vegan diet that included coconut oil plus I ate raw coconut and drank coconut water from the whole organic coconut and ended up shedding more lbs. than I wanted to. Now, I'm back to eating everything to put some of the weight back on. Some of my hubs tell how I lost weight, naturally. Thank you for sharing. Happy Labor Day!

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