It has actually been recorded that consuming 15-30 grams of a MCT such as coconut oil can increase energy expenditure by 5% in a 24 hour period. That equates to 120 calories per day!
When consumed, it is sent transferred to the liver via the blood for use as instant energy, or turned into ketone bodies. This is obviously preferable to simply being added to the fat stores.
Studies on coconut oil have shown that participants consuming the wonder fat over the course of 12 weeks display a reduced BMI and waist circumference over the course of 12 weeks.
Assunção et al studied 40 women with a waist circumference of more than 88 cms. They administered a daily supplement of 30 mls of coconut oil to half of the group and the others were given 30 mls of soybean oil.
The results were very promising for coconut oil, with these women experiencing a significant reduction in waist circumference and no change in cholesterol. Those women who took the soybean oil supplement demonstrated a decrease in levels of HDL, but an increase in both LDL levels and LDL:HDL ratios.
It appears that dietetic supplementation with coconut oil does not cause dyslipidemia and seems to promote a reduction in abdominal obesity.
When you consider that this reduction in belly fat was simply attributed to ingesting coconut oil it is very exciting. If this simple step is taken alongside a balanced diet and moderate daily activity then it could be possible to enjoy from significant health benefits.
The fact that coconut oil is transformed into easy use energy and ketone bodies has another added benefit….namely that you will be more likely to feel up to running around and being generally active.
Exercise can be a real chore when you are feeling sluggish, tired and lethargic. So a quick boost thanks to coconut oil can inspire you to get your body moving, thereby burning additional calories. Bonus!
As if that weren’t enough, a study by McClemon in 2007 have showed that coconut oil may even enhance mood.
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