Coconut oil has gained a reputation for being one of the world’s best Superfoods and with good reason. This amazing superfood has been known as either a fruit, a nut or a seed, but in reality, it is all of these.
Coconut trees have been in existence since man inhabited the earth and have been a source not just for food.
Coconuts have been widely popular as well for their medicinal value. It’s been used by most people in Asia and the Pacific where it grows in abundance as a folk remedy to cure toothaches, fever, earaches, rashes, sore throats, etc. These are just some and the list is endless.
At temperatures above 75 degrees F, coconut oil is in its liquid form. When temperatures drop, they solidify into a thick and creamy paste. Re-heating takes it back to liquid form and makes it easier to manage for your intended purposes.
Coconut oil can be stored either way and the good news is that it can be kept for 2 or more years without losing its potency. Be sure to keep it from direct sunlight though.
Lauric acid comprises about half of the fatty acids in coconut oil. It’s a powerful substance used to develop monolaurin, an anti-microbial agent that fights off bacteria and viruses, yeasts and pathogens. This is what gives coconut oil the reputation it gained from years of human consumption.
Research conducted in 2015 has proven that the benefits derived from coconut oil consumption is directly linked to lauric acid. Some of these benefits include improved heart and brain health as well as benefits to weight loss. MCTs or medium chain fatty acids such as lauric acid don’t end up as stored fat unlike other fatty acids. This is why coconut oil is the perfect choice when trying to lose weight.
There are several varieties of coconut oil currently in the market and not all of them are created equal. You might be wondering which one of them actually gives you the most benefits. It can be confusing to determine which variety would actually work best for you.
Varieties include cold-pressed, wet-milled, and much like olive oil – virgin and extra virgin. Studies are ongoing to determine which one delivers the most benefits when consumed. But regardless, the benefits it brings to overall health is indisputable.
Whenever possible, try to find organic virgin coconut oil for weight loss purposes. The process of extracting this allows the preservation of vital micronutrients and uses no chemicals.
Avoid oils that have been extracted using solvents. It would be best to purchase your stash from reputable companies.
How exactly can we use coconut oil to help us lose the weight? Here are some unusual ways you might not have even thought about.
1. Take at least 1 tablespoon a day before a meal
Coconut oil reduces your appetite and it is best to take 1 tablespoon about 20 minutes before any meal. Yes, you might find it quite intimidating just imagining how it might taste and feel in your mouth.
Regular consumption will definitely result in an acquired taste but there are ways to make it easy on you.
Add 1 tablespoon of coconut oil to a mug of soup or bone broth before any meal. This will help dissipate the flavor and texture of the oil. In time, you get used to it and you just might end up having it all the time.
2. Add coconut oil to your coffee
If you are the type of person that can’t seem to start their day without their regular dose of caffeine, chances are you might be taking in your coffee the traditional way – with cream and sugar, that is.
To help you on your weight loss journey, modify this daily ritual using weight-loss friendly alternatives. Use coconut oil and cinnamon instead. Coconut oil is the perfect substitute for the oil you get from the creamer you regularly use while Cinnamon is the perfect substitute for sugar.
This way, you get all the health benefits from coffee by drinking it black, with coconut oil and a dash of cinnamon. To avoid an oily, coconut oil film on top of your coffee, try blending it all together with a hand-held blender to achieve a creamy, frothy and satisfying morning pick-me-upper.
Taking your coffee this way will help you manage your appetite. You become less hungry and reduce your tendency to snack between meals. It keeps you fuller longer.
3. Instead of eggs, use coconut oil in baked goods
Yes, you can substitute eggs for coconut oil when baking your favorite cookies, brownies, waffles, breads or muffins. 1 tablespoon of coconut oil as substitute for 1 egg in baked recipes is accepted.
Although coconut oil does contain more calories compared to a large egg, the MCTs contained in the coconut oil provide you with a more healthy ingredient that also adds flavor to your baked goods.
4. Replace vegetable oil or butter with coconut oil
If you normally spread butter on toast, try using coconut oil instead. Coconut oil and butter both have very low smoke points of about 350 degrees. You can try using coconut oil in any recipe you normally use butter with.
These may include recipes such as scrambled eggs, grilled sandwiches, or sauteed vegetables. The added flavor from the coconut might be a surprising treat for you. Remember that coconut oil helps you suppress your appetites and you stay fuller longer. Manage your portions and you’re well on your way.
5. Use coconut oil directly on your skin as a remedy for cellulite
A lot of spas and wellness centers in Asia use coconut oil as a massage oil because of its abundance and availability in the region. It has been used for centuries as a massage oil in this part of the world.
Although it may not help you lose weight directly, it can manage the appearance of cellulite – the ugly fat deposits pushing against the tissues of your skin that accumulates around your thighs, hips, butt and abdomens as a result of weight gain. It looks very unattractive and does affect your self-esteem.
Topical application of coconut oil is the best way to remedy this. It is even much better when you use it as a massage oil as it gets easily absorbed by the skin and breaks the fatty deposits in your cells.
A popular method for removing unsightly cellulite with coconut oil is through dry brushing. Coconut oil is applied to the affected areas and massaged with a dry brush, preferably one that is vegetable-based. This will help eliminate toxins and fat by opening up your pores. The best time to do this is just before you take a shower so you can wash off the excess oil afterwards.
Coconut oil has so many health benefits. Helping you lose weight is just one of them. There is so much to be written about the other ways you can benefit from including coconut oil in your menu. This superfood does wonders to maintaining a healthy body and it is high time you consider having it as part of your daily food intake.
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