When you mention “coconut oil,” people always go nuts. It is definitely one of the most weight loss-friendly fats on the market. But there are things you need to know. Aside from the nitty-gritty as to how coconut oil helps you lose weight, you need to know how to consume it as well as which types of coconut oil are good to consume (and which aren’t). Coconut oil is extremely healthy due to the unique combination of fatty acids that have powerful and positive effects on your metabolism. Here are some ways that coconut oil helps you lose weight.

Coconut oil helps with your energy levels

In order to lose weight, you must exercise. And in order to exercise, you need energy. Lots of energy. That being said, one way that coconut oil helps with weight loss is by increasing your energy levels. One of the main components of coconut oil is lauric acid, an essential fatty acid that metabolizes differently than other saturated fats. And the best part is your body works in a way that medium-chain triglyceride lauric acid is transported directly to the liver, where it is converted into energy.

That means that whenever you are consuming coconut oil, your body doesn’t digest MCT as a fat, but provides energy instead. On average, a tablespoon of coconut oil in the morning will boost your energy levels by 5% for the day.

Coconut oil decreases hunger

One of the biggest enemies to weight loss is hunger and stress eating (your brain sends hunger signals to your body). And I’m sure that you probably ate something only an hour before. The thing is, what you eat matters. There are certain foods that classify as “empty calories,” but coconut oil is not one of those. In fact, coconut oil is the opposite. Foods that reduce appetite and makes us feel full are the ones we need for losing weight.

Now, when we talk about reducing appetite and hunger, we’re not talking it in an unhealthy way. No, you still need to get your three main meals per day, plus two snacks in between. But you don’t need to eat just for the sake of eating because you feel hungry. And in most cases, you feel hungry because you consume empty calories. Coconut oil solves that problem. Medium chain fatty acids, those we mentioned in the previous section, increase the feeling of fullness more than any other type of calorie. And it all comes down to the way these fats are metabolized by our body.

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