Being on a low carb, moderate protein and high fiber diet has helped me lose excess weight, but it is not without shortcoming. I often get carb/sugar cravings right after meals and in between meals.
Having read The Good Fat Diet (previously published as Eat Fat, Lose Fat) book by Mary Enig & Sally Fallon, I realised that my fat intake was too low. So I added several tablespoons of coconut oil to my diet, as suggested in the Quick and Easy Weight Loss Plan of the book.
The most noticeable and immediate changes were feeling of satiation and no more cravings! Since my food intake was reduced, I lost inches off my waist.
Coconut Oil: Potential Weight Loss Agent
Coconut oil contains medium chain fatty acids (MCFA) that are rapidly oxidized in the liver. Polyunsaturated oils such as corn, soybean and safflower consist mainly of long chain fatty acids (LCFA). The body tends to store LCFA as fat as they are slower to be metabolized.
Animal and human studies have shown that MCFA can potentially promote weight loss by:
1. Increasing thermogenesis
The rapid oxidation of MCFA increases energy expenditure (thermogenesis) which can result in weight loss. MCFA has been demonstrated to have greater effects on energy expenditure than long chain fatty acids (LCFA).
2. Increasing satiety
As MCFA increases satiety, it leads to lower energy intake and weight loss.
How To Use Coconut Oil For Weight Loss
If you are keen to try coconut oil for weight loss, check out The Good Fat Diet book. You’ll find menu plans and recipes that use coconut products (oil, milk and dessicated), and specific directions on how to consume coconut oil for weight loss.
People who had been on a low fat diet may need to start by taking a reduced amount of coconut oil and then increasing it gradually. In the first few days of taking coconut oil, I experienced a feeling of nausea. This sensation disappeared once my body got used to a higher fat intake and produced enough fat digesting bile.-