It’s perhaps not surprising that there is some controversy about whether you should use coconut oil for weight loss. Let’s think about this: How can eat a fat lead to losing fat?
That sounds wrong. In fact, some people would have you believe that it is wrong to suggest that coconut oil is good for you at all!
So, before we can talk about how coconut oil is indeed a solution for helping to reduce unwanted flab, we need to change the way we think about fats.
I hope that this article will give you enough information to understand why this oil is, in fact, good for you and some of the ways that it benefits your health.
Coconut Oil – Good Fat or Bad Fat?
While there are many in medical circles who dispute the findings, the health benefits of this oil are well documented:
If these things are true, why is it that some people – including the American Heart Association – will tell you that coconut oil is bad for you?
Outdated Beliefs About Saturated Fats
The answer is that this oil contains saturated fat – and for the past 50 years, saturated fat has been vilified.
The traditional wisdom, defined in the so-called USDA Dietary Guidelines, has been that fat in the diet leads to fat on the hips!
It’s easy to see that the entire food industry is now set up to produce “low-fat” versions of everything. Removing fats has led to increased intake of carbohydrates, much of it sugar.
People have been told that to lose weight they should eat less (cut calories) and exercise more (burn calories). We’ve also been told that eating saturated fats leads to raised LDL cholesterol which clogs arteries and leads to heart disease.
We’ve been told to replace saturated fats with monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats.
Despite this health advice, and over the same period, the rates of obesity have risen dramatically, from about 16% in 1980 to 45,6% now (37.9% are obese, and 7.7% are extremely obese).
At the same time, the incidence of diabetes has quadrupled, and heart disease and cancer associated with obesity remain unacceptably high.
Coconut Oil for Weight Loss: Why?
Coconut oil contains a very special type of saturated fat.
Top 4 Special Points About Coconut Oil
So, I think it is true to say that coconut oil is incredibly good for you. And, despite the naysayers who stick with the long-disproved theories about saturated fats, I would certainly recommend that you make it a regular part of your healthy diet.