The Know: Oil For Weight Loss? True Story

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Here is a totally random piece of info that I bet you didn’t know about.

It’s that time of year where we realize perhaps we’ve eaten a bit too much late night cheesy bread and we want to start losing some of the extra poundage so we look good in our skinny jeans by Thanksgiving weekend, lest our 8th grade crush see the dreaded muffin top eating all those pumpkin chocolate chip muffins has created.

So here’s a tip: Start cooking with coconut oil!

Seriously.

I know it sounds counter-intutive to use oil for weight loss, but coconut oil (available at any health food store) has been known to help with weight loss! Coconut oil is very useful in reducing weight because it contains medium-chain fatty acids. MCFA’s, unlike other fats, are digested and utilized differently. They do not circulate in the bloodstream like other fats, but are sent directly to the liver where they are immediately converted into energy – just like a carbohydrate. So when you eat coconut oil, the body uses it immediately to make energy rather than store it as body fat. It is also easy to digest and it helps in healthy functioning of the thyroid and enzymes systems. Not to mention, it actually helps your body’s metabolism, kicking it into high gear!

And if you don’t believe me, just look at all those people living in tropical coastal areas. They use coconut oil daily and are normally not fat, obese or overweight. (They also probably aren’t dipping their Oreos in peanut butter, but that’s neither here nor there.)

So try it out! Coconut oil is also great for about a bajillion other things, from boosting your immune system to helping your skin. (Seriously, use it as a kick-ass moisturizer or to massage out a stress knot.)

Here are a few suggestions on how to incorporate coconut oil into your diet:

*Use to fry, stir-fry or sauté veggies, eggs, poultry, or fish.
*Toss some coconut oil into your smoothies or juiced drinks for a burst of lauric acid.
*Use it on your salads for a tropical flair.
*Try it on popcorn instead of butter.
*Make chocolate bark: take one cup of coconut oil, one cup of cocoa powder, 8 packets of Truvia (or other natural sweetener), and a few tablespoons of Agave. Mix in a bowl and pour into an ice cube tray or cupcake holder and freeze. Add nuts or shredded coconut and you’ve got yourself a healthy chocolate

Forget about that whole Hanukah oil story – coconut oil is the new miracle oil.

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