The Truth About Coconut Oil And Belly Fat

Coconut oil has a great reputation. Everyone seems to be obsessed with this stuff, especially when it comes to health. You might have even heard that it fights belly fat.

There’s some merit to this claim. But before you slather every meal in coconut oil, take a look at the science. It’s the farthest thing from a miracle cure!

How Coconut Oil Combats Belly Fat

Coconut oil reduce belly fat by increasing thermogenesis

1. Medium-Chain Fatty Acids

Coconut oil is one of the richest sources of medium-chain fatty acids (MCFAs). They’re not degraded and stored like most fats. Instead, MCFAs are used for energy, so they won’t contribute to a growing belly.1

Moreover, MCFAs doesn’t bring on insulin resistance and inflammation, two factors of weight gain. It’s a win-win the body.2 3

2.
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Thermogenesis

Digesting coconut oil takes a lot of work – in a good way! The process needs lots of energy, so fat is burned to provide it. This is called thermogenesis, and it’s great news for banishing belly fat.4

Low-to-moderate intake is key. According to the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 1 to 2 tablespoons daily can boost thermogenesis by 5%, making it an excellent aid for metabolism.5

What’s
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The Catch?

Consume it in low-to-moderate quantities

There are many sides to coconut oil. Despite the “good” MCFA’s, 92% of the fat in coconut oil is actually saturated. Yes, that’s the “bad” fat linked to weight gain and obesity. You can also find it in butter, lard, and various foods.6 7

Just one tablespoon of coconut oil already has 11.2 grams and 121 calories. But for a person eating 2,000 calories, daily saturated fat intake should be less than 11 to 13 grams a day.8 9

It’s also not the best choice for people who have heart disease or are at high risk. The saturated fat increases “bad” LDL cholesterol, a factor linked to heart disease. The American Heart Association even released a warning in 2017 about coconut oil.10

The bottom line? If you’re not at risk for heart disease, coconut oil is safe. Just be sure to limit saturated fats in other parts of your diet. Otherwise, for a person at risk, coconut oil should be avoided.

Other Ways To Combat Belly Fat

Avoid trans and saturated fats, do more cardio to reduce belly fat

Coconut oil does not work alone. It’s just one part of a multi-faceted wellness routine. To help the body burn fat, adopt these healthy habits.

1.
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Avoid Saturated And Trans Fats

Whether or not you eat coconut oil, limit or skip saturated fats. They’ll only encourage weight gain and a growing waistline.11

Ditch the trans fats, too. Crackers, cookies, snacks, and fried foods are the richest sources. These fats are so toxic that many countries are trying to ban them from food. Weight gain, heart disease, and cancer are just some of the conditions linked to them.12 13

2. Do Cardio

Nothing burns fat like physical activity. It’s more demanding than resting, so the body burns fat for energy. All it takes is 30 minutes 5 days a week. You don’t need to run a marathon, though. Walking, dancing, and swimming all count as cardio.14

3. Lift Weights

Strength training is also vital. Muscle burns more energy than fat, even if you aren’t moving. This will do wonders for metabolism and your belly.15

To be safe, ask your doctor if it’s fine to eat coconut oil. She can let you know how much is safe for your health status.

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