Boost your metabolism with coconut oil
So by now, you’ve learned all about the health benefits of coconut oil and medium chain triglycerides (MCTs for short!) – let’s go a bit further in depth about the potential metabolic benefits of coconut oil
Researchers propose that MCT fats burn more calories than LCTs (long chain triglycerides), because they are sent directly to the liver and are immediately converted into energy rather than being stored as fat! Coconut oil is packed with MCTs, and is said to be naturally thermogenic, meaning it increases energy expenditure compared to the equivalent calories from other fats! Studies have indicated that 1-2 tablespoons of medium chain fats per day increased energy expenditure by 5 percent, or approximately 120 calories per day!
When the MCTs from coconut oil are sent to the liver, they are then converted into ketone bodies, which are immediately converted into fuel, and can possibly have a powerful effect on reducing appetite! This will help you automatically consume fewer calories and prevent weight gain. Coconut oil is suggested to be especially beneficial for reducing abdominal fat, and when combined with a healthy diet and exercise, can help with overall weight loss!
Don’t go overboard, though! 2 – 3.5 tablespoons of coconut oil a day is sufficient to take advantage of these health benefits. Coconut oil will help you feel fuller longer and you’ll be less inclined to consume junk food. Remember to eat mindfully, and most importantly – enjoy these fantastic metabolic benefits!