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Cocounut Milk - can it stall your weight loss like nuts?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created January 28, 2013 at 8:03 AM

Hello,

I have been on the paleo diet for 28 days now. At the beginning i lost quite a few pounds but for the last two weeks i've remained the same. It seems the reason for this was me introducing nuts, both as snacks and nut butter. Since I took them out of my diet again I have begun loosing weight once more.

I have heard a few people who say to cut Nuts for weight loss also recommend cutting coconut milk? Does anyone have any thoughts on this, if i am able to keep it in my diet? I also have been drinking Almond Milk, do you guys advise removing this from my diet also? I have PCOS so I also do not eat fruit due to the sugar.

Any thoughts or suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks again guys!

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Agree. Coconut milk (BPA-free) has many great properties. But let's face it: it is loaded with calories. Once you're at a good weight, go for the coconut milk to to the extent that you maintain your goals. But until then, go a bit easy on the coconut, nuts, butter, etc. I didn't say to cut them out, just ease up a bit and make sure your other food is highly nourishing and you shouldn't get too hungry.

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Nuts, nut butter, fruits and coconut in any form stall my weight loss no matter what my calorie adjustment is and in any amount whatsoever. I'm not sure why, but after being a solid paleo eater for about five years, I've noticed this consistently.

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I don't like to drink my calories (with the notable exception of beer). And Coconut Milk is a big offender in terms of drinking calories. Whole milk is about 150 calories/cup where as Coconut milk is 450 calories/cup.

The bigger controversy around coconut milk is that it contains a large amount of lauric acid which has been known to leach BPA at a high rate. So if you are getting your coconut milk from a can, you need to be sure it is BPA free. (or better yet get it from a company that only stores it in glass -- and then recycle the glass). Coconut milk is also somewhat controversial within FODMAP, some say high (due to the fructose) others say low (due to the lack of lactose).

So from a pure calories in/ calories out stand point that could stall your weight loss if you are consuming a lot. Of course if you are adding a splash into your coffee or tea then you shouldn't worry about the calories. I think coconut milk is fine in moderation.

But, If your goal is to loose weight, you should stick to the basics, nutrient dense meat (Fish, Shellfish, Ruminants) and lots of veggies. Everything else should be a small portion of your diet.

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on January 28, 2013
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Yes, with weight loss unnecessary fat should be the first to go. So fat from eggs and fatty cuts of meat is good, but dont add fats to cooking and eat fats like nuts and coconut milk if they exceed your caloric balance for the day.

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on January 28, 2013
at 06:03 PM

Agree. Coconut milk (BPA-free) has many great properties. But let's face it: it is loaded with calories. Once you're at a good weight, go for the coconut milk to to the extent that you maintain your goals. But until then, go a bit easy on the coconut, nuts, butter, etc. I didn't say to cut them out, just ease up a bit and make sure your other food is highly nourishing and you shouldn't get too hungry.

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