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Coconut Oil to Help Fat Loss?

Answered on September 26, 2014
Created September 27, 2012 at 8:58 AM

I swear by coconut oil. I cook everything with it and I am beginning to take a tablespoon of it every night before bed in hopes of it helping my metabolism and digestion. Because it's a MCFA, I hear that somehow your body uses it to burn fat faster and more efficiently. Any studies on how it can assist weight loss?

I have been on Paleo consistently for a few months now but haven't lost any inches. should I cut out the coconut oil and most fat?

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on September 30, 2012
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I would definitely cut from nuts first. Macadamias and coconut, however, you do not need to cut out ever. The types of fats in all other nuts (and almost all seeds, save chia and flax maybe) are high Omega-6 polyunsaturated, which are highly inflammatory. Coconut is almost all medium chain saturated fatty acids, which are awesome and more ketogenic than other fats. The oil in macadamias and avocados are mostly monounsaturated, which are also awesome. I have heard of people dropping inches from their waist just by cutting way down on the Omega-6 content of their diet. Give it a try maybe!

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on September 29, 2012
at 09:03 AM

Fat doesn't affect insulin levels, like carbs, so I figured I can eat it in abundance. Carbs definitely aren't as big an issue; I have high levels of inflammation and bacteria in the body so I can't feed any yeast with carbohydrates.

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on September 29, 2012
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If I cut out fats should it be from nuts? I read in The Paleo Solution that fat from nuts and seeds should be eaten in moderation if weight loss is the goal. But what is the difference between nut fats and other fats than from, let's say, an avocado?

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The idea of me having to count calories again (pre Paleo)sounds just plain awful. I have been high fat and high protein, but I want to eat as though I'm conditioning for CrossFit in order to lean out. I am not on an exercise program at the moment (just moved out of state and looking for a gym). Also, I figure if I eat more nutrient-dense meals more often that I will have the ability of burning more fat. Thanks :)

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on September 27, 2012
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Do you have a lot of inches to lose? There's really no need to cut out fat. I would look at the carbohydrate or Omega-6 part of your diet first to determine the reason that you haven't lost the desired inches. Coconut oil can do nothing but good as far as I am aware. It supports ketosis more than long chain fatty acids, so it theoretically should help you burn fat better than other oils. That said, there's never a problem in testing out how you do without it or replacing it with another fat.

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on September 30, 2012
at 07:33 PM

I would definitely cut from nuts first. Macadamias and coconut, however, you do not need to cut out ever. The types of fats in all other nuts (and almost all seeds, save chia and flax maybe) are high Omega-6 polyunsaturated, which are highly inflammatory. Coconut is almost all medium chain saturated fatty acids, which are awesome and more ketogenic than other fats. The oil in macadamias and avocados are mostly monounsaturated, which are also awesome. I have heard of people dropping inches from their waist just by cutting way down on the Omega-6 content of their diet. Give it a try maybe!

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on September 29, 2012
at 08:59 AM

If I cut out fats should it be from nuts? I read in The Paleo Solution that fat from nuts and seeds should be eaten in moderation if weight loss is the goal. But what is the difference between nut fats and other fats than from, let's say, an avocado?

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on September 27, 2012
at 11:33 AM

Calories count. But the goal is to get your appetite regulation such that your body desires just the right amount of food so that you lose weight naturally, without counting calories. Low carb, moderate protein, and enough fat to keep you satisfied should do it. If after a few months it's not working automatically, you may want to consciously restrict your calories (mildly) by cutting out a little fat to slowly drop some weight. Or you may reach the point where you can skip breakfast every other day and that may restrict your calories a bit. I'd play with it. You definitely will need fat in the rotation, but if you devour the almond butter and use coconut oil by the cup, your weight won't drop. Still, the goal is to establish a lifetime pattern that works, so counting calories and restricting food intake a lot is no long-term solution.

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on September 29, 2012
at 08:57 AM

The idea of me having to count calories again (pre Paleo)sounds just plain awful. I have been high fat and high protein, but I want to eat as though I'm conditioning for CrossFit in order to lean out. I am not on an exercise program at the moment (just moved out of state and looking for a gym). Also, I figure if I eat more nutrient-dense meals more often that I will have the ability of burning more fat. Thanks :)

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on September 26, 2014
at 03:54 AM

I know that coconut oil is good for digesting so its obvious that you dont gain weight. But as a treatment from weight loss I havent heard anything.

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on September 27, 2012
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Coconut oil has been shown to increase the amount of calories you burn, but only in short term studies. In studies lasting longer, metabolic rate goes back to normal within a few weeks.

In the long term, calories are what counts. Some people definitely find coconut oil to be good for satiety and hunger, other might not. Experimenting can be helpful, perhaps try cutting out coconut oil for more whole foods and see how you feel.

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on September 27, 2012
at 09:39 AM

Continue eating healthy fats, make sure you're getting plenty of sleep and try some "paleo" forms of exercise (sprints, heavy lifting, plenty of walking). It may also help to track what you eat so you can determine your macronutrient ratios and number of calories consumed. This may give you a better idea of whether or not you need to cut out fat.

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on September 29, 2012
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Fat doesn't affect insulin levels, like carbs, so I figured I can eat it in abundance. Carbs definitely aren't as big an issue; I have high levels of inflammation and bacteria in the body so I can't feed any yeast with carbohydrates.

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