Coconut oil and weight loss
Coconut oil is great for weight loss and should be a part of every low-carb, ketogenic diet. It increases energy expenditure and helps you burn more fat. Coconut oil is also known to reduce hunger cravings and keep you fuller for longer. Not only it will help you lose weight, but it's been shown to reduce the dangerous fat in your abdominal area, also known as visceral fat. Apart from coconut oil, macadamia nuts and other foods rich in healthy fats will also help you lose weight.
Other health benefits of coconut oil:
Why is coconut oil great for the Ketogenic Diet
Having trouble entering ketosis? Include coconut oil in your every day diet. It contains medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs) that will help you boost ketones. Some keto-dieters who refuse to eat carbs and are strictly on SKD (Standard Ketogenic Diet) consume coconut oil as an immediate form of energy.
MCTs are converted in the liver into ketones that can be used by your body as fuel instead of glycogen. Your body uses them for immediate energy rather than storing them. Research also shows that MCTs are thermogenic and therefore great fat-burners. Try coconut oil right before your workout instead of carbohydrate-based snacks! You can increase your MCT intake not only by using coconut oil, but even by using coconut milk. Just be careful about the carbs content.
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Is coconut oil good for everyone?
There may be cases in which people following a very low-carb ketogenic diet show extremely high cholesterol levels. Although many studies show no correlation between cholesterol and heart disease, some experts claim that very high cholesterol may increase the risk of heart disease. Only because there is no definite proof, it doesn't mean that eating unlimited amount of saturated fat is safe for everyone, especially not for those suffering from hypercholesterolemia.
Although most people won't experience extremely high levels of cholesterol, there are a few people who do (20-30%). Whether it's down to genetics or other factors is still unclear, especially on a low-carb diet. Franziska Spritzler, a registered dietitian specialised in low-carb diets, has a brilliant article on her website and I recommend you all read it. In case your cholesterol is very high, coconut oil may be one of the foods you will have to limit.
"I want to make it clear that this type of dramatic elevation in LDL-C and LDL-P doesn't occur in most people who adopt a very-low-carb, high-fat diet. I've seen estimates that somewhere between one quarter and one third of low-carbers experience this. I've met and read about several who have. Most people who eat VLCKDs see their cholesterol rise only slightly, not at all, or even decrease, remaining within or near the normal range. I've met plenty of folks like this as well. I've also spoken with people who tell me their LDL cholesterol has always been over 200 and didn't really change after switching to a VLCKD. This is in sharp contrast to what happened to me: going from relatively stable LDL-C between 120s-150s to 221 within a very short period of time."
"It's been pointed out that no studies have been conducted on people following VLCKDs who have very high LDL-C and LDL-P levels, and that's certainly fair to say. However, according to many MDs with expertise and/or personal experience in this area, we really don't know whether CVD risk is lower in low-carbers with cholesterol elevations of this magnitude."
Uses of coconut oil in recipes
Coconut oil has high smoke point and can be used for roasting and baking. You can also use it in home-made protein snacks and pre-workout candies. Here are some KetoDiet Recipes that use coconut oil:
I hope you enjoyed reading my post. To find out more about the ketogenic diet and keto-friendly recipes, check out my apps KetoDiet, KetoDiet Basic and my new cookbook!