When we take a closer look at ‘super foods’, a food group that can help us lose weight in a healthy way, we must acknowledge the coconut oil as one of the best.
Organic virgin coconut oil especially has a lot of benefits that affect our body’s abilities to lose excess pounds. Most of these benefits have been proven, both by scientific research, and a history of use among many people all around the world.
We came up with a list of 7 ways coconut oil can benefit your body, from better functioning metabolism to thyroid health.
1. Controls weight
One 2009 study looked at the weight loss link between women’s consumption of coconut oil and found that it reduces abdominal obesity. Researchers discovered coconut oil is easy to digest and also protects the body from insulin resistance.
To try coconut oil for weight loss, start by consuming two or three tablespoons a day.
2. It boosts your energy levels
Coconut oil’s main ingredient is medium-chain triglyceride (MCT) lauric acid. When compared to other saturated fats mostly found in meat and dairy products, we can clearly see that this essential fatty acid metabolizes in a very different way.
Unlike other saturated fats that are stored by the body, digested MCT’s are transported directly into the liver where they quickly convert into energy.
It’s recommended taking coconut oil it in the morning because it will boost your energy level noticeably in the next 16 hour period.
3. Coconut oil will reduce your hunger levels and sugar cravings
We now know that digested MCT’s are transported directly into the liver where they are converted into energy. But the benefits of this process continues beyond energy boost you are getting. Additionally processing of MCT’s in the liver also forms keystone bodies that contribute significantly to reduced hunger and cravings.
4. Coconut oil will help you burn fat faster
It can be dangerous to reduce your daily caloric intake by too much and lose weight to fast and in some cases it can even compromise your health. This is when coconut oil can really help.
It will enhance your body’s ability to digest food and absorb essential nutrients allowing you to safely eat less without feeling weak or tired. As a bonus, coconut oil is a natural mood elevator, and will help you feel less stressed and will keep your motivation up.
By improving digestion and reducing appetite regular coconut oil use can increase your fat burning potential allowing you to tackle even the most stubborn belly fat.
5. Coconut oil helps to balance your hormones
Sometimes your body has a problem properly synthesizing the hormones that affect things like mood, thyroid function, sex drive, metabolism and digestion. Possible reason for this is that your body is missing the proper building blocks, usually fatty acids or derivatives thereof. The medium-chain triglycerides in coconut oil helps your body convert cholesterol in the blood stream into sterone pregnenolone, a endogenous bio-chemical that is very important for the human body’s production of hormones.
This means that coconut oil promotes production of healthy hormones improving normal body functioning, allowing you to lose fat on the most persistent areas such as waist, thighs and buttocks faster.
6. Coconut oil improves body’s ability to absorb nutrients more efficiently.
We mentioned before that coconut oil improves digestion. How exactly does coconut oil do that?
Daily consumption of coconut oil increases your digestive tract ability to absorb fat-soluble vitamins (A, D, E, K). These vitamins affect things like cellular regeneration, improved mood, healthy skin and bones and brain function. Vitamin D is also important because it promotes the uptake of vital minerals such as calcium, iron, magnesium, and zinc.
Supplying your body with all essential vitamins and minerals will improve your overall condition by reducing your stress levels, reducing hunger and increasing your motivation to fulfill your goals.
7. Coconut oil will help you keep your blood sugar under control
The absorption of coconut oil does not require digestive enzymes and as a result the pancreas is less stressed allowing it to produce insulin more efficiently. Being a saturated fat, coconut oil allows cells to be bind with insulin faster in the digestion process. When the body has enough insulin, the cells receive the glucose necessary to fuel all of your daily activities.
Two or three tablespoons of coconut oil help your body maintain stable blood-sugar levels leading to more glucose that gives you energy and helps with the weight loss.
In addition, populations that eat a lot of coconut are among the healthiest people on the planet.
Coconut is considered an “exotic” food in the Western world, and is primarily consumed by health conscious people. However, in some parts of the world, coconut is a dietary staple that people have thrived on for many generations. The best example of such a population is the Tokelauans, which live in the South Pacific. They eat over 60% of their calories from coconuts and are the biggest consumers of saturated fat in the world.
These people are in excellent health, with no evidence of heart disease and very small percentage of obese people.
At the end, remember one thing. Take everything in moderation. Coconut oil is high in calories and two or three tablespoons a day is more than enough for it to do it’s magic. There is no need to eat too much of it and sabotage your weight loss progress.
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