Born in a South Indian family who are proud of their culture and coconut oil, I am always at daggers with people who refuse to eat at my place since ‘coconut oil is so fattening’. This post is especially for all you people who think so too. It’s time to change your perception!
How does it work?
Usually used in South Indian cooking, Using coconut oil to cook is a good way to speed up the entire calorie burning process. Not only is the oil compositionally different from other oils (since it has medium chain fatty acids, as compared to long chain fatty acids that other oils are made up of) but it is also thermogenic in nature. This means that, when eaten coconut oil is stored, broken down and utilised differently by your body. Also this effect of the oil speeds up the fat burning and metabolic process of your body — helping you lose weight faster. Apart from that, medium chain fatty acids help you feel full for longer and reduce cravings.
Interestingly, a study published in the journal Lipids, found that coconut oil is especially great to lose weight around your belly as it speeds up your metabolism, helping you burn the fat from your belly quickly. It also helps increase the amount of good cholersterol (HDL), keeping your heart healthy.
How to use it?
Studies suggest that having about 2 tablespoons (about 30 grams) per day is more than sufficient to help you lose weight. The easiest way to use it is as the base for cooking your daily meals. That being said, make sure you supplement this habit with a proper diet and exercise.
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