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July 10, 2012 5:53 PM
I have read that coconut oil can aid in weight loss and losing belly fat. I have been using it for a coupl of weeks but it does not seem to be helping much. I do feel less hungry when taking it but the added calories from the oil seem to negate the effect.

I have alot of weight to lose....over 150 lbs. Should coconut oil be used by extremely obese for weight loss or is it better to use toward the end of losing weight for eliminating the last of the belly fat?
Edited by Lalaj100 On July 10, 2012 6:09 PM
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July 10, 2012 5:58 PM
Neither. There is not food that causes weight loss. Eating in a calorie deficit causes weight loss. Coconut Oil has health benefits but it does not cause weight loss. Belly fat is lost by losing fat overall. You cannot spot reduce. Take a balances healthy approach of limiting calories and getting more exerccise and you will see the benefits. Look for a magic bullet and you will be frustrated.
July 10, 2012 5:58 PM
Are you just straight drinking it? I honestly don't see why it would aide in weight loss at all. It has the exact same calorie content as olive oil. (at least the brand I use does) 120 per tablespoon.

Obviously the nutrients are different, but it's still 120 calories.
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July 10, 2012 5:59 PM
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July 10, 2012 6:00 PM
QUOTE:

Are you just straight drinking it? I honestly don't see why it would aide in weight loss at all. It has the exact same calorie content as olive oil. (at least the brand I use does) 120 per tablespoon.

Obviously the nutrients are different, but it's still 120 calories.


Agreed. Oil is the most calorie dense food on the planet.
July 10, 2012 6:01 PM
It's not going to help with weight loss, but it will keep you very satiated throughout the day. There's nothing wrong with using coconut oil, but just using it isn't going to magically make your weight disappear. What else are you doing to lose? Have you changed your diet? Exercised more? There's a lot more to it.
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July 10, 2012 6:01 PM
I agree that there's no magic weight loss pill or food. Coconut oil has many health benefits and I use it all the time to grease my pan if I'm baking chicken or tilapia, etc but I don't drink it like a lot off ppl on the internet suggest. It has sat fat but the good mediium-chain fatty acids we're hearing about but if it's putting you over your calorie limit I would use it sparingly in place of other oils with cooking, etc.
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July 10, 2012 6:01 PM
Personally I use coconut oil as a sunscreen. Supposedly you absorb the pro-health properties through your skin over time.

As for ingestion, it's just a healthier thing to cook/fry stuff in. Taking the 3 spoonfuls plain a day seems silly unless you really like the taste of coconut. It can help, but only so much. It's not a miracle food. Nothing is.
July 10, 2012 6:02 PM
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Neither. There is not food that causes weight loss. Eating in a calorie deficit causes weight loss. Coconut Oil has health benefits but it does not cause weight loss. Belly fat is lost by losing fat overall. You cannot spot reduce. Take a balances healthy approach of limiting calories and getting more exerccise and you will see the benefits. Look for a magic bullet and you will be frustrated.


This,

Also, I have heard that CLA helps improve body composition when on a calorie reduced diet combined with regular exercise. My brother swears by it, I have just started it myself for 3 weeks to see if I have any change on my measurements.
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July 10, 2012 6:03 PM
Coconut oil *can* boost your metabolism, increase energy and boost your thyroid.

Cooking in it is better than cooking in olive oil.

But it's not a miracle drug. It's just one piece in the puzzle that is healthy living.

And BTW, nothing spot reduces fat.
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July 10, 2012 6:03 PM
Ugh.. my husband got on a coconut oil kick, CONVINCED he would loose weight & get heart healthy, since he read some articles that said all the warnings about saturated fat were bogus.

He faithfully drank it every single day.. nuked in the microwave. It grossed me out, but he was dedicated- and hey, to each their own right?

Well, nothing changed, at all. That's pretty much the end of it, and he doesn't take it anymore at all, and doesn't ask me to cook with it either.
Edited by kitigonkukoo On July 10, 2012 6:03 PM
July 10, 2012 6:03 PM
QUOTE:

Neither. There is not food that causes weight loss. Eating in a calorie deficit causes weight loss. Coconut Oil has health benefits but it does not cause weight loss. Belly fat is lost by losing fat overall. You cannot spot reduce. Take a balances healthy approach of limiting calories and getting more exerccise and you will see the benefits. Look for a magic bullet and you will be frustrated.


^^this.
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July 10, 2012 6:04 PM
I knew a patient once whose family was convinced she had alzheimer's (she never actually had it) and one of the home remedies that the daughter used was coconut oil. She was slipping it to her in all of her meals. She gained 22 pounds in a year. All oils are high in calories.

I had over 150 pounds to lose as well. I started in earnest on March 26. I have lost 52 pounds so far. I eat the same things I liked before, just not five people's worth of food. Do not look for a gimmick. A little moderation, a little self control, and a little discipline is all you will need.
July 10, 2012 6:05 PM
It can be ketogenic. If you're on a low carb diet it will help push you into ketosis. If you're not on a low carb diet, you probably won't see that effect. It is reasonably healthy as an oil though, and can help prevent sunburn (either applied to your skin or ingested), and help you feel satiated.
Edited by emtron500 On July 10, 2012 6:06 PM
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July 10, 2012 6:07 PM
I mix coconut oil & flax oil in either my morning oatmeal or morning coffee, it helps me feel more full and once I started upping my healthy fat consumption I saw more weight loss. Granted its just once peace of the puzzle because at the same time I have also been lifting more, running more ect...

give it a try, don't go over your calorie count with it but adding it in (I do half a tablespoon of coconut oil & half a tsp of flax) can't hurt you unless you're guzzling it!
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July 10, 2012 6:08 PM
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I had over 150 pounds to lose as well. I started in earnest on March 26. I have lost 52 pounds so far. I eat the same things I liked before, just not five people's worth of food. Do not look for a gimmick. A little moderation, a little self control, and a little discipline is all you will need.


Well said.
July 10, 2012 6:08 PM
I wouldn't know how this affects my weight loss personally, because I have a life threatening allergy to the stuff. I have read that it is very good for you though.
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July 10, 2012 6:09 PM
Coconut oil is really good for digestion and actually for your skin and hair (yes, eating it will improve both). I put it in smoothies. It isn't a cure-all and if you don't want to take it you can stop and try again (if you want) at a different stage in your weightloss.
July 10, 2012 6:09 PM
I use a lot of coconut oil, but more for it's healthy fat content and the overall caloric load it adds to a meal. It basically replaces other things that i've eliminated from my diet (bread, pasta and processed food etc). My experience with it has been good, but it's just a small piece of an improved lifestyle,
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July 10, 2012 6:11 PM
Coconut oil has the most saturated fat (the unhealthy fat). I wouldn't eat too much.

Increasing the amount of polyunsaturated fat in the diet has been shown to lower cholesterol levels by lowering the LDL cholesterol without reducing the HDL. The preferred type of fat to substitute for saturated fat is monounsaturated fat. Monounsaturated fat, like polyunsaturated fat, lowers total cholesterol levels in the blood. However, this reduction in total cholesterol is the result of lowering LDLs, while the beneficial HDL levels may even be increased.

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Edited by jaeysson On July 10, 2012 6:13 PM
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July 10, 2012 6:11 PM
Also, if you have high cholesterol, you should definitely be avoiding coconut oil. I love coconut, but have to settle for imitation coconut extract.
July 10, 2012 6:11 PM
Something I have heard and used it for is control of epileptic seizures. Yeah, that's right apparently they have research out there that it works for that alongside other disorders including dementia, scientific proof. I haven't had any in a while, but I have epilepsy and it did slow down my seizures somewhat while I was taking it, have to start up again if I can ever remember. Weight loss? That's up to the user, I guess, and I wish them luck.
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July 10, 2012 6:14 PM
I use coconut oil in my protein shakes, but only because I can always use the calories (I love to exercise).... I heard it can help your hair and nails, but if it does, that's just a bonus to the yummy flavor it adds to my shakes, and the calorie boost it gives me toward getting to my goal. ;)
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July 10, 2012 6:15 PM
I use it for my skin and hair :)
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July 10, 2012 6:16 PM
Don't think so. However, my Mom is trying to drink more coconut water since it is supposed to improve skin elasticity to make you look younger. I always think she looks good for her age but we shall see. I tried to drink it and not a fan. :)
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