Brazilian Study Finds that Coconut Oil can Help You Lose Belly Fat

coconut oilBy: Christina Sarich,
Natural Society.

Men and women alike have excess ‘belly-fat,’ usually an anthropomorphized representation of a lack of healthy fats in our bodies- like the ones in coconut oil. A peer-reviewed study from Brazil shows how eating just two tablespoons of coconut oil a day can help whittle our middle faster than spending months on the dreaded treadmill.

Coconut oil is full of medium chain triglycerides. (MCTs) The good thing about this type of fat is that it is more likely to be burned as energy than turned into extra blubber. Additionally extra virgin, organic coconut oil is full of lauric acid and caprylic acid, two important fatty acids that contain anti-viral and anti-microbial properties, so while your body can more easily utilize these fats as easy energy, coconut oil also helps to boost immunity and keep you from getting sick.

Furthermore, the Brazilian study showed that participants had exceptionally higher rates of good cholesterol, or HDL. Also, people who ate other forms of ‘good’ fats, like soybean oil did not realize a smaller waistline, while those who consumed coconut oil did. Part of this may be because participants ‘spontaneously’ reduced the number of unhealthy carbs they were eating and naturally increased their consumption of healthy proteins – which may also account for the loss in belly fat.

The researchers in the study concluded, “Supplementation with coconut oil does not cause dyslipidemia [an abnormal amount of fats in the bloodstream] and seems to promote a reduction in abdominal obesity.”

Related Read: Health Benefits of Coconut Oil

A doctor, Weston Price, who traveled to the South Pacific, where people often consume high levels of coconut oil, found that they were healthy and trim despite eating a diet high in ‘fat.’ The reason for this is that coconut oil is a natural fat, and not a polyunsaturated fat, the man-made type, which can cause obesity and heart disease.

Extra virgin coconut oil can also:

  • Increase heart health by increasing good cholesterol
  • Support the immune system
  • Reduce abdominal fat
  • Help support a healthy metabolism
  • Keep skin, hair and nails healthy and vibrant
  • Support the thyroid in its proper functioning

Even if you don’t live in a tropical climate, you can eat just two tablespoons of coconut oil a day to enjoy better health and a smaller waistline.

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10 Responses to "Brazilian Study Finds that Coconut Oil can Help You Lose Belly Fat"

  1. Brittany  August 15, 2013 at 11:37 pm

    Having my degree in nutrition really makes me analyze nutrition reports. Coconut oil has the highest saturated fat content than any other oil. Yes, it has medium-chain triglycerides (many are beneficial) but there are also two that are very damaging to the body. Not to mention that coconut oil is solid at room temperature (because of the saturated fat) so the picture in this article is misleading. Not that coconut oil is really bad for you… but if you’re choosing oils its the most unhealthy of them all. The healthiest oils are olive, canola & peanut oils due to their high UNsaturated fat content. Just thought everyone should know. Don’t always believe what you read. If you have a nutrition question please do not hesitate to ask me. But no, coconut oil won’t help you lose weight. Any fat or calories that you consume beyond what your body needs will be stored and won’t be “burned up faster” than other fats. A fat is a fat. You’re either consuming healthy fats or unhealthy fats.

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  2. grumpygirlie  August 22, 2013 at 10:54 pm

    So they are lying then? This study is wrong? Have youconducted a study?

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  3. PC Welsch  October 20, 2013 at 5:17 pm

    Some foods require more energy to digest than others: simple carbohydrates vs. complex for instance. The fact that the coconut oil is solid at room temperature would mean it requires more heat to make it liquid and this may have some connection as to the benefits of coconut oil over some of the others commonly used; possibly? If the body expends more energy digesting one oil over another then the caloric value of the food is somewhat diminished. IMHO.

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