When someone says "eat fat to lose fat", the fat that he refers to must be coconut oil without a shadow of a doubt. That's because coconut oil so far is the only dietary fat that truly helps to effectively reduce your calorie intake for weight loss. How does it help you achieve that?
1. A Low-Calorie Fat
Coconut oil is a low-calorie fat by itself. It comprises about 64% medium-chain fatty acids (MCFAs). All animal fats and most other vegetable oils (including olive oil but excluding palm kernel oil, relative of coconut oil) contain 100% long-chain fatty acids.
As the name suggests, long-chain is longer than medium-chain, so the effective energy value of long-chain must be greater than that of medium-chain.
After some studies, researches and calculation, I realize that one tablespoon of coconut oil has an energy value of only 8.6 calories per gram while the same amount of other fats and oils has about 9 – 9.4 calories per gram.
Which means, consuming coconut oil alone in place of other vegetable oils and animal fats will help reduce your calorie intake for weight loss. But that small reduction in calorie intake is just a small piece in the weight loss puzzle. Coconut oil can help you reduce even more calories than you can imagine.
2. MCFAs Burn Quickly
MCFAs may be fatty acids, but they burn almost as quickly as carbohydrates in our body due to their smaller molecular size. In other words, MCFAs do not get shoved into your fat reserve as easily as long-chain fatty acids.
Which means, when you eat coconut oil in place of other animal fats and vegetable oils, on top of its intrinsic low energy value, you get an upfront reduction of up to 64% of calories in your fat intake.
3. Appetite Suppressant
All dietary fats suppress appetite. But coconut oil suppresses your appetite even stronger than any other fats.
This is due to its MCFAs being easily converted to energy to feed your cells, which make your cells more active than ever, hence improving their capability to burn fat off the fat reserve that in turn supply more energy to maintain your cellular satiety. When your cells feel less deprived, your system won't easily send hunger signal, thereby making you feel full longer.
Here's a study that proves the point:
In a group of women, some were fed MCT (medium-chain triglyceride – made up of medium-chain fatty acids) drink while the rest LCT (long-chain triglyceride) drink. 30 minutes after the drink they were allowed to choose and eat as much as they wanted for their lunch. Those who had the MCT drink before the meal ate lesser than those who took the LCT drink.
See? These are how you can reduce your calorie intake with coconut oil. What's even better is that unlike any crash or fad methods you may have already tried and failed, coconut oil promotes healthy weight loss, which gives you a longer lasting slimming effect without weight rebound.