Coconut Oil as we know is very special! It contains a unique combination of fatty acids with powerful effects on metabolism. Several studies show that just by adding coconut oil to your diet, you can lose fat, especially the “dangerous” fat in the abdominal cavity. Especially after over indulging this festive season!
Coconut Oil Can Reduce Appetite, Making You Eat Less Without Trying
“Weight loss is all about calories in, calories out.”
Even though I think this is a drastic oversimplification, it is mostly true.
If your body expends more energy (calories) than it takes in, then you will lose fat. Simple!
Humans are very capable of remaining lean and healthy in their natural environment. The obesity epidemic didn’t start until around 1980 and we didn’t even know what a calorie was back in the day. A substantial amount of reduction in a given day has a huge effect on the body.
Anything that reduces our appetite can make us take in fewer calories is extremely beneficial.
Many studies on medium chain fatty acids show that, compared to the same amount of calories from other fats, they increase feelings of fullness and lead to an automatic reduction in calorie intake.
This may be related to the way these specific fats are metabolized. It is well known that ketone bodies (which the liver produces when you eat Coconut oil) can have a powerful appetite reducing effect.
Whatever the mechanism is, it works. In one study of healthy men, eating a high amount of MCTs caused them to automatically eat 256 fewer calories per day
In another study of 14 healthy men, those who ate MCTs at breakfast ate significantly fewer calories at lunch
So… Coconut oil boosts fat burning (increases “calories out”) and it also reduces the appetite (reduces “calories in”).