Have you heard about the latest buzz in town?
Coconut oil may be the answer to how to lose weight fast.
Once criticized as being “bad fat” for its exceedingly high saturated-fat content (90%), coconut oil is now being looked up to as weight-loss-friendly food. It’s due mainly to lauric acid – medium-chain fat in the oil that raises good cholesterol in the body.
Evidence suggests that coconut oil is good for your brain, skin, and heart. Countries where coconut oil is consumed prodigiously have a higher health index.
Experts believe that if you consume about 1-2 teaspoons of coconut oil every day, you can speed up weight loss by about 5%. Coconut oil, it seems, provides sufficient nutrition for weight loss.
Let’s look at 9 scientifically-proven ways to use coconut oil for weight loss.
1. Cook Low-Calorie Rice with Coconut Oil for Weight Loss
A group of super-smart scientists at the American Chemical Society has invented a technique of reducing the calorie count of rice by one-half. The secret lies in the coconut oil, they say. It converts digestible starch in rice to resistant starch (RS) that is not digested from the digestive tract.
One cup of rice contains about 240 calories. Using this technique, you will consume 120 calories without compromising on the portion size.
How to Cook – Boil ½ cup of rice in water. Add a teaspoon of coconut oil and simmer for 20-25 minutes. Cool and refrigerate rice for 12 hours before eating.
2. Drizzle Virgin Coconut Oil on Salads
Use virgin coconut oil (VCO) as salad dressing especially if you are an athlete and need an occasional energy boost without worrying about weight gain.
How to Use – United States Department for Agriculture (USDA) has given a daily allowance of 5-6 teaspoons of oils for adult men and women but I believe you should keep daily consumption a bit low because we consume oil from other sources such as nuts, seeds, and fruits. Just a teaspoon – containing about 120 calories – will suffice.
3. Replace Butter and Vegetable Oil with Coconut Oil
Okay, it won’t be easy but you can slowly substitute vegetable oils with VCO to accelerate weight loss as I did.
Coconut oil contains a high percentage of 12-C lauric acid which increases healthy fat or High-Density Lipoprotein (HDL) in the body. HDL lowers cholesterol deposits in the body that cause obesity and cardiac disease. Your HDL levels should be between 40-60 mg/dL.
How to Use – Cook food in 1-2 tablespoons (tbsp) of coconut oil.
4. Treat Your Taste buds to Kale Chips Glazed with Coconut Oil
I eat kale chips when I crave the crunch and saltiness of potato chips without going up on the scales. Ketones and medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs) in the coconut oil curbs hunger by giving a feeling of fullness, as is proven by this study.
How to Make: Rub coconut oil on kale leaves and bake at 350 degrees for 10-15 minutes.
5. Lose Weight While Enjoying Baked Goods
MCTs in coconut oil increase calorie burning at a rate higher than other long-chain fats. If you love baked items but are weight conscious, try replacing eggs or butter with coconut oil. Coconut oil lends health benefits without oxidizing at high temperatures so it’s perfect for baking.
How to Use: Add one tbsp of melted coconut oil to baked goods.
6. Coconut Oil Gives You Flat & Sexy Stomach
There is something about coconut oil and a flat stomach that thrills weight-watchers. Abdominal fat is extremely unhealthy and associated with many complications such as diabetes and metabolic syndrome.
Mounting evidence suggests that supplementation with coconut oil reduces waist circumference and BMI in less than three months.
How to Use: 1-2 tbsps a day
7. Burn More Calories with Coffee: Add Coconut Oil for Weight Loss
This tip is by far my favorite. You get to begin your day with something as aromatic as coconut coffee knowing that it’s both waking your brain and speeding up the metabolism.
Research shows that MCTs in coconut oil increases fat loss and energy expenditure.
How to Use: All you need to do is add a small amount of coconut oil – say a teaspoon – in coffee or a hot beverage and that’s about it!
8. Massage Cellulite off Your Booty
Next in my top weight loss tips is the booty massage with coconut oil. It really works. Coconut oil increases blood circulation and lymphatic drainage. It also stretches skin tissue and wipes away the cellulite dimples.
How to Use: Apply coconut oil on the booty and thighs and gently stroke it with a dry brush.
9. Use Coconut Oil as a Natural Supplement
Unlike other saturated fats, MCTs in coconut oil provides the required nutrition for weight loss.
How to Use:
- Spread 1-2 tbsps of VCO on your toast.
- Mix 1 tbsp in water or energy drink.
- Add 1-2 tbsps in post-workout meals.
So you see it’s simple how to use coconut oil for weight loss right? It’s practically effortless!
You do not even have to drastically cut energy intake. The MCTs in coconut oil know and precisely hit the target.
Result? Your metabolism is boosted and the body starts burning fat really fast.