You may have heard that coconut oil helps you lose weight?
Well I am here to bust this myth right now.
There’s no doubt about it, that coconut oil is good for us. It is good for us to have healthy fats as it helps our bodies, and especially our thyroid to function properly. And when our bodies function properly, we are able to lose weight, but only if…
We don’t eat too many calories – yes and that even includes the good stuff like coconut oil.
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We all want to believe that there is some secret miracle food that will shift our weight if only we would eat enough of it, but unfortunately that’s just not true.
I’ve managed to steadily gain weight by eating lots of coconut oil and other healthy things.
But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t eat it, not at all.
You should be eating coconut oil because it’s good for you, and what’s great about coconut oil is that it’s one of the most healthy oils you can use for cooking with.
So by all means, cook with it as that’s what it’s great for.
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The next question you might be asking is, should I add it to my smoothies?
After all, there are 117 calories in each tablespoon of coconut oil, so this is going to reduce the amount of other food you can add to your smoothie as a result to stay within your calorie range for weight loss.
Plus, most blenders will struggle to blend the coconut oil and you might find it still left unblended in a clump – not nice!
Oil is one of the most calorie dense foods we can eat, so we should use it sparingly.
I’m not saying we don’t need fat in our diet. We definitely do for good health and to make us feel satisfied after a meal.
But I much prefer to get my healthy fat from whole foods such as nuts, seeds, avocados and coconut especially in a smoothie because they make the texture so creamy and delicious.
So there’s not a chance you would ever get me to switch out a tablespoon of nuts for a tablespoon of coconut oil.
But as for my cooking, I’ll choose a small amount of coconut oil to cook with as it makes vegetables extra delicious.
So how do we manage to incorporate high (but healthy) fat foods like coconut oil, nuts, seeds, avocado and coconut into our diet and still manage to consistently lose weight?
You need to incorporate them into a calorie controlled (healthy) diet plan.
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