How Coconut Oil Can Help You Lose Weight

Man Holding a CoconutCoconut oil is the world’s most weight loss friendly fat.

It contains a unique combination of fatty acids with powerful effects on metabolism.

Several studies show that just by adding coconut oil to your diet, you can lose fat, especially the “dangerous” fat in the abdominal cavity.

Let me explain how that works…

Coconut Oil is High in Medium Chain Triglycerides, Fatty Acids That Boost Metabolism

Coconut oil is vastly different from most other fats in the diet.

Whereas most foods contain predominantly long-chain fatty acids, coconut oil consists almost entirely of Medium Chain Fatty Acids (1).

The thing with these medium chain fatty acids, is that they are metabolized differently than the longer chain fats.

They are sent straight to the liver from the digestive tract, where they are either used for energy right away or turned into ketone bodies.

These fats are often used by epileptic patients on a ketogenic diet, in order to increase ketone levels while allowing for a bit more carbs in the diet (2).

There is also some evidence from animal studies that medium chain fats are stored less efficiently than other fats.

In one study, rats were overfed with either long chain or medium chain fats. The rats fed the medium chain fats gained 20% less weight and 23% less body fat (3).

Bottom Line: Coconut oil is high in Medium Chain Triglycerides, which are fatty acids that are metabolized differently than most other fats, leading to beneficial effects on metabolism.

How Coconut Oil Can Boost Metabolism, Making You Burn More Calories at Rest

Woman Holding an Open Coconut

A calorie is not a calorie.

Different foods and macronutrients go through different metabolic pathways.

The different types of foods we eat can have a huge effect on our hormones and metabolic health.

Some metabolic pathways are more efficient than others and some foods require more energy to digest and metabolize.

One important property of coconut oil is that it is “thermogenic” – eating it tends to increase energy expenditure (fat burning) compared to the same amount of calories from other fats (4).

In one study, 15-30 grams (1 to 2 tablespoons) of medium chain fats per day increased energy expenditure by 5%, totaling about 120 calories per day (5).

Several other studies confirm these findings. When humans replace the fats they are eating with MCT fats, they burn more calories (6).

Therefore, a calorie from coconut oil is NOT the same as a calorie from olive oil or butter (although these fats are perfectly healthy too).

Bottom Line: Many studies show that medium chain triglycerides can boost metabolism, in one study increasing energy expenditure by 120 calories per day.

Coconut Oil Can Reduce Appetite, Making You Eat Less Without Trying

Coconut Oil

“Weight loss is all about calories in, calories out.”

Even though I think this is a drastic oversimplification, it is mostly true.

If your body expends more energy (calories) than it takes in, then you will lose fat.

But even though it is true that we need to be in a calorie deficit to lose weight, it doesn’t mean that calories are something that we need to count or be consciously aware of.

Humans are very capable of remaining lean and healthy in their natural environment. The obesity epidemic didn’t start until 1980 and we didn’t even know what a calorie was back in the day.

Anything that reduces our appetite can make us take in fewer calories without having to think about it. It appears that coconut oil has this effect.

Many studies on medium chain fatty acids show that, compared to the same amount of calories from other fats, they increase feelings of fullness and lead to an automatic reduction in calorie intake (7).

This may be related to the way these fats are metabolized. It is well known that ketone bodies (which the liver produces when you eat coconut oil) can have a powerful appetite reducing effect (8, 9, 10).

Whatever the mechanism is, it works. In one study of 6 healthy men, eating a high amount of MCTs caused them to automatically eat 256 fewer calories per day (11).

In another study of 14 healthy men, those who ate MCTs at breakfast ate significantly fewer calories at lunch (12).

So… coconut oil boosts fat burning (increases “calories out”) and it also reduces the appetite (reduces “calories in”).

Bottom Line: Many studies show that people who add Medium Chain Fatty Acids to their diet have reduced appetite and start eating fewer calories automatically.

Coconut Oil Can Help You Lose Fat, Especially The “Dangerous” Abdominal Fat

Obese Man on a Scale, Smaller

If coconut oil can boost metabolism and reduce appetite, then it should help you lose fat over the long term.

In fact, there are several studies that support this.

In one study, 40 women were given either 30 grams (2 tablespoons) of either coconut oil or soybean oil for 28 days.

They were instructed to eat fewer calories and walk every day. These were the results (13):

  • Both groups lost weight (about 2 pounds).
  • Only the coconut oil group had decreased waist circumference (belly fat) while the soybean oil actually had a mild increase in belly fat.
  • The coconut oil group had increased HDL (good) cholesterol levels, while the soybean oil had reduced HDL and increased LDL.

In this study, coconut oil did not cause overall weight loss compared to soybean oil, but it did lead to a significant reduction in belly fat.

In another study in obese men, 30 grams of coconut oil for 4 weeks reduced waist circumference by 2.86 cm, or 1.1 inches (14).

There are also other studies showing that medium chain fats lead to weight loss, reduced waist circumference and various improvements in metabolic health (15, 16).

The weight loss effects of coconut oil appear to be fairly mild, except for the abdominal fat.

Abdominal fat, also called visceral fat or belly fat, is the fat that tends to lodge around your organs and cause inflammation, diabetes and heart disease.

Any reduction in abdominal fat is likely to have very positive effects on your metabolic health, longevity and drastically reduce your risk of chronic disease.

These results are far from being dramatic, but consider that all these people are doing is adding coconut oil to their diet.

Combined with other proven weight loss strategies (like cutting carbs and increasing protein), all of this can add up to a significant amount.

Therefore, coconut oil can support a healthy, real-food based weight loss diet, but don’t expect it to work any miracles on its own.

If you’re interested in even more research on coconut oil, then you can find a very impressive collection of studies here.

Bottom Line: Eating coconut is particularly effective at reducing the harmful belly fat in the abdominal cavity, which is strongly associated with disease.

What About The Calories?

Apple And Calculator

It’s important to keep in mind that coconut oil is fat.

Fat has 9 calories per gram… and coconut oil is no exception.

Therefore, if you are eating a fixed amount of calories and then add coconut oil on top of that, then it’s likely to make you gain weight, not lose.

However, most people aren’t counting calories and eating a fixed amount per day.

In these cases, adding coconut oil to your diet will reduce your appetite and probably make you eat less of other foods instead.

So this really is not about adding fat calories to your diet, it is about replacing some of your other cooking fats with coconut oil.

It’s also important not to go overboard and think you need to add tons of coconut oil to your diet to reap the benefits. The studies above used about 30 grams per day, which equals 2 tablespoons.

Even if coconut oil is good for cooking and has some powerful health benefits, your diet should still consist primarily of whole, nutritious foods like plants and animals.

You can read more about the other amazing health benefits of coconut oil here.

115 Comments

  1. One comment, one question.

    Any idea what the environmental, economic or social impact is of coconut oil harvesting? I read that Indonesian red palm harvesting is very damaging as compared to the African methods.

    When ever I get hungry or get a craving – I take a dollop of coconut oil – and no more hunger!

    • Bill, check out this thread – there’s much info on coconut oil sustainability, child labor, etc. http://paleohacks.com/questions/124411/environmental-impact-of-coconut-oil.html

      I love coconut oil and have no doubt of its many health benefits. But I can’t say it’s done a thing to keep my weight down! :(

    • Do you really just eat a spoonful plain or do you melt it down? I am new to using coconut oil!

      • Bobbie von Cork says:

        You can do whichever you like. I find it is easier to take unmelted. In recent times what I do, is add it to food; I usually crush a potato or yam if you like and then add the oil and mix thoroughly and eat. I find that it is a lot more palatable this way, I even add some escallion sometimes to make it more interesting.

      • Hey, I’ve just started taking coconut oil too and have had to try a range of ways to take it and it has taken some getting used to. One way is adding it to your morning coffee, it doesn’t affect the taste which is why I love it.

        Adding it to yogurt, over porridge or your cereal has been OK too. It has been great for cooking meat (if you’re not vegetarian), it’s great for bacon and eggs, the bacon is so crispy when I have cooked it in coconut oil. Substitute it for the butter on your toast too with your spread. Just a few ideas :)

        • Jennifer says:

          How much do you take? Teaspoon or Tablespoon? Would once a day make any difference or do you need to do it more often than that?

      • First time I tried it I ate a spoonful without melting it down or anything… *barf!* It was hard to choke down. Going to seek a new way that’s for sure, lol.

  2. Jess Urquhart says:

    Does all of the above stand the same for coconut water? And coconut cream? E.g. drinking coconut water everyday will it have the same health benefits and weight loss effects?

  3. Have you noticed the outdated and incomplete coconut oil entry in Wikipedia? Someone please update the coconut oil entry with the impressive range of health benefits.

  4. I eat unsweetened coconut flakes everyday. Will this benefit me the same way that the oil would?

  5. Any suggestions for recipes? I tried a teaspoon of it in my a.m. cup of joe – the result was greasy coffee. Yuck. Some of you in the comments are eating it straight – don’t think I could choke it down. Kris talked about cooking his morning eggs in it. Tried that – again, yuck. I’m really not a picky eater, but in my palette, some things just don’t belong together!!

    • Hey Bev. Maybe try a different brand of coconut oil, the flavor shouldn’t be so strong. I really don’t taste any coconut at all when I cook my eggs with it.

      • Thanks, Kris. I’ll give that a try. Miss my old pals from the old site, but do like your new site, too. Down nearly 100 pounds to date! I should take a new photo and send it to you. Hope all is well!

    • Bobbie von Cork says:

      Coconut oil can be used for cooking, but one shouldn’t heat it to the point of smoking, as this may defeat the health benefits. I lightly sautee some onions, pepper scallions and tomato in about 1/2 tsp oil then add that to a small crushed potato, then add the rest of the oil to that, I find that a lot more palatable. I use the cold pressed one though, which I think is more beneficial.

    • When I want my coconut oil I put it in my coffee with a tablespoon of butter and then blend it to emulsify it. It’s delicious like that and is like creamy coffee. Apparently it’s called a “Bullet” coffee. A great way to get the extra fats!

    • I couldn’t drink it in my coffee either! I put it in my cooking, like I put it in my rice or just eat it plain (I happen to LOVE coconut!) I am going to try and make coconut mayo this weekend! :)

    • I melt some into a cup and add the juice of half a lemon and some ginger, it is really delicious and it stops me from feeling hungry.

    • I melt the coconut oil in hot water, cool it down a bit, gulp it down, then immediately put something tasty (and healthy) like a bit of Emergen-C in my mouth to drown out the bad taste.

    • Steve Carlson says:

      Here’s a really simple and tasty recipe to get coconut oil in your diet

      Line a loaf tin with grease proof paper and warm the oven up to a medium heat.

      Mix 100g of vanilla protein powder (I used a sweetened whey protein) and 50g of fine flaxseed meal in a bowl.

      Melt 100g of coconut oil in a bowl over of pan of water, then and add to the mix.

      Mix all ingredients thoroughly, add to loaf tin and spread out until even.

      Cook in the oven for 20 minutes.

      The consistency is a bit crumbly, and a bit sticky in your mouth so I can imagine some may not like it, but they tasted so good I had to give away the first batch before I ate the lot in one go!

    • I really like what I do with my coconut oil in coffee, but I just figured out today that other people are putting coconut oil in coffee. Here is my “recipe”:

      About 2/3 cup of coffee.
      Add the following to taste.

      Organic whole milk.
      A little raw honey (from my Dad’s hives).
      A little real vanilla.
      A scoop of unsweetened cocoa powder.
      The mixture should be warm.
      Then add your coconut oil.

      Mmm, warm, rich, and yummy.

    • I add my coconut oil to my coffee and then put it in the blender. It makes your coffee kind of creamy and blends very nicely!

    • Elizabeth Conley says:

      I have found that coconut oil tastes absolutely fabulous in baked goods. It’s an excellent substitute for other oils/fats in cookies, brownies, bread, cakes, muffins, pancakes, waffles and pie crusts. It really enhances home-made granola.

      It also tastes fine mixed in with oatmeal.

  6. Christina says:

    Does the coconut oil have to be cold-pressed and/or extra virgin to get all the benefits? I use refined coconut oil for deep frying as the cold-pressed stuff is very expensive and, while the coconut taste is quite pleasant in some contexts, I don’t really want my onion bhajis to taste of coconut!

    • Refined coconut oil won’t have the same health benefits. I don’t think eating it occasionally will cause problems though.

    • Bobbie von Cork says:

      I would use the regular coconut oil for cooking, but invest in some of the cold pressed/virgin oil, if you want to optimize the health benefits, so you would only use the cold pressed in your regimen.

      • Christina says:

        Thanks to both of you for your replies.

        I started using refined coconut oil in deep frying as I thought it was a healthier alternative to seed oils. I do have a tub of extra virgin coconut oil too, but tend to keep it for things such as stirring a spoonful into my porridge in the morning, where the coconut taste is really quite nice. However, it’s 3 times the price of the refined stuff (over €10 for 500ml) so using it for deep frying would seem very extravagant, apart from the taste.

        • Bobbie von Cork says:

          Yeah Christine, If you are going to use it for deep frying, then by all means use the regular one, As Gunnars said it is definitely more healthful than the other seed oils anyway, but I would save the Cold pressed/Virgin to add to your health regimen. By the way, I don’t think there is any thing called ‘EXTRA’ Virgin, except olive oil, and I think it is just a selling point

          Coconut oil, it is simply cold pressed or virgin, if you like. Hope this helps.

        • Carrie Clark says:

          Big box stores like Costco and Sams have good coconut oil, relatively inexpensive, I pay about $15 for a LARGE container of coconut oil. I believe it is cold pressed, unrefined.

  7. Christina – we use Nutiva Organic Extra Virgin Coconut oil. Buy it on Amazon and have it shipped automatically. Great stuff! And like Kris mentioned, the taste is very mild – usually some salt, pepper and spices will easily over-power the coconut taste.

  8. Bobbie von Cork says:

    Our coconut industry board does the cold pressed variety as well as the regular heat extracted one, I live in Jamaica so it is a lot cheaper here, roughly about US $12 per quart, so If you know anyone visiting this way, have them take you a bottle.

  9. Hallgrimur T Jonasson says:

    According to the last Q&A I guess I am doing things wrong. I’m using Palm oil as it’s called here in Iceland, but only for frying eggs, fish, etc.

    I notice a different smell from the cooking and also the texture of the food looks better. I better run to the specialty store to buy some cold pressed oil for consuming. Is it OK to use the refined oil for cooking? Thank you.

  10. Lori Wood says:

    What form of coconut oil is best and the most metabolized by the body?

  11. What does refining do to impact the benefits? Refining removes some of the flavor people find objectionable. The medium chain triglycerides are very stable compounds and are the reason you are touting its benefits.

    Is it simply the word “refined” that is off-putting?

  12. I have the problem that almost any amount of coconut oil causes me to have loose bowels. I don’t think this is a rare occurrence, and it affects me more than any other fat. Can one build up a tolerance slowly? Is MCT oil better?

    • If that’s the case, then maybe you should just skip the coconut oil altogether. It’s healthy, but not worth it if it upsets your digestive system.

    • I bought some liquid coconut oil and put 1 tablespoon in my coffee. It had no flavor, a little greasy but after 2 tablespoons I could not leave the bathroom! Should I have started with less and work my way up to 2 tablespoons or should I use the solid coconut oil instead?

  13. Roxana Payne says:

    Would eating coconut be any good?

  14. Hi Kris,

    will coconut oil pills have the same effect?

  15. Is there another oil with medium chain fatty acids? Would macadamia nut oil be similar? My partner is allergic to coconut. She travels with an epi pen. We ate popcorn that had been cooked with coconut oil and her hands ended up with what looked like second degree burns. We eat lean and clean, but are always looking for ways to improve.

  16. Hi Kris, I enjoy your posts but I find it confusing as to exactly what it is that causes ketosis. Is it high protein, low carb or high fat, low calorie or just low calorie? I have followed low carb for some time but can’t get the test sticks to read much more than a trace of ketones.

    • Hey Beth.

      When carbs are very low, the body is forced to produce ketones to supply energy for the brain.

      Basically, the body knows that glucose is scarce. It can produce glucose out of protein, but that is a bad choice as that can lead to muscle loss. Therefore, the body chooses to turn fat into ketones and use them for energy instead.

      It is mostly about keeping carbs low and fat high, but some people find that they need to moderate their amount of protein as well. I recommend you check out the book Art and Science of Low-Carbohydrate Living, everything you need to know is found there.

      • Charles Grashow says:

        What do you eat in an average day?

        • Me?

          I’m on a fairly regimented diet these days because of the food addiction program I’m attending (I don’t recommend this way of eating for the average person).

          It’s 3 meals per day. Each meal contains 180 grams (6.3 ounces) of a protein source, usually meat or eggs, sometimes fish.

          Then with breakfast I eat one piece of fruit, usually an orange or an apple. Then with lunch I eat about a pound of vegetables and about 1.3 pounds of vegetables with dinner.

          Then I add a tablespoon of fat with lunch and dinner, usually olive oil on top of my vegetables. I usually cook my food in coconut oil, but sometimes butter.

          That’s what I eat, every single day. The carb count is somewhere around 100g per day, give or take. It is a low-carb diet, but certainly not a low-plant diet.

      • Thank you for the information Kris, I will try to get a copy of the book you mentioned.

        Average day’s eating would be:

        Breakfast – Black coffee.
        Lunch – boiled egg or cold cuts with green salad vegetables.
        Dinner – lamb or pork chops or steak with green salad or green cooked vegetables.
        Snacks mid morning or afternoon, if hungry could be celery sticks with sour cream or peanut butter or piece of fresh coconut or maybe handful of nuts.
        I try to include a couple of tablespoons of coconut oil each day.

  17. With regards to increases in strength and muscle mass, would you consider coconut oil to be beneficial?

    On the one hand it seems to be a healthy and easy way of taking on board extra calories. That said, it is mentioned that appetite can be reduced and fewer calories are likely to be taken in as a result.

    So should I avoid coconut oil, or should I consume it anyway? And if so, how much should I consume daily?

    Thanks!

    • I don’t think it will have any effect, positive or negative, on muscle mass and strength.

      It’s impossible to answer the other questions with such limited information.

  18. Donna Cravey says:

    I was wondering if using coconut oil will increase triglyceride levels?

  19. Great info – thanks so much for the well done article!!

  20. I am curious, If you are ketogenic and you eat an entire coconut can you still get the benefits from it? And would you still gain weight?

    • It depends on the size of the coconut. A 100 grams of coconut have 6 net carbs, so a few hundred grams could easily knock you out of ketosis.

      Whether you would gain weight depends on a lot of things, like the other things you are eating and if you are force feeding yourself an additional coconut on top of everything else you’re eating. Neither MCTs or ketosis make you immune to weight gain.

  21. Sally Wolff says:

    I use coconut oil for cooking. Is shredded coconut a good addition to a keto diet? I sometimes prefer it over eating the oil, or adding oil to coffee like some do.

  22. Kris, first of all great topic about coconut oil. My wife and I buy organic coconut oil from Sams Club and you can get a big jar of it there for about 20 bucks. I have done a lot of research on it and you are right on point with this. We like it because it is healthy and helps promote weight loss.

  23. Great information, I use coconut oil as a moisturizer so including it in my diet should be simple and painless. Thanks for the great tips.

  24. Hi Kris,
    every time I eat coconut oil or other fats, after swallowing it, my saliva gets really fatty as is the fat was undigested in my gut and entered my body and saliva. I have dry mouth as part of a CFS illness I’m dealing with. If I take lots of digestive enzymes, the fatty saliva becomes thinner and more normal. Do you know what can be causing this problem?

    Thanks!

  25. Do you suggest eating a raw tablespoon of coconut oil to curb appetite before a meal? Or eat it when you are hungry for a snack? I don’t want to cook with it, I don’t like the taste of it.

    • Eating it before a meal is a pretty good way to curb appetite, but I think a more sustainable way would be to incorporate it into your cooking somehow. It’s not supposed to have a strong flavour, maybe shop around until you find one that you can cook with and doesn’t make the whole dish taste like coconut.

  26. I purchased my first small jar of CO at our local farmers market (home made) according to the vendor. I find the smell and taste make me gag. It reminds me of tasting something slightly rancid. Is this normal, or do you think there may be something a little of?

  27. I just took a sample of the weird smelling CO to a health food store & both clerks agreed that it did not smell right. Do you think I should return or just throw it out?

  28. I use my self made coconut oil to moisture my skin and I can clearly see those fine lines do disappear. I also use it for oil pulling and my teeth look gorgeous. Now I want to start cooking with it. I hope I can reduce my size.

  29. I am new to using coconut oil and have compared the labeling of olive oil to that of coconut oil. The difference is the increase in 10 mg of saturated fat more than olive oil. Everything else on the label is basically the same.

    I use my coconut oil (organic virgin) on raisin toast instead of butter. I also put a thread of honey over the whole toast for a hint of sweetness, but the coconut flavor is out of this world good. I do not miss butter anymore.

    I am anxious to use it in other cooking techniques, but I am quite fond of it right out of the jar.

  30. Does cold-pressed organic virgin coconut oil have the same thermogenic qualities as simply raw organic virgin coconut oil? I have spent four hours this afternoon trying to get this clarified!

  31. Hi Kris, I am fairly new to this, but I have hypothyroid and I have been reading about coconut oil helping with weight loss, belly reduction and other healthy factors, I went and bought Louana coconut oil, is that a good brand? What do you suggest? I really want to get healthy :)

  32. Hi. I just need clarification. We have lots of kinds varieties of coconut oil in the market, some for cooking, some for hair, others were for body lotion. But what I wanted to know is are you referring to Virgin coconut oil so that we can eat it as it is?

    I’m just excited to buy Vco to trim down my belly. Thanks for this article. Very helpful.

  33. Can someone tell me what brand of coconut oil is the best to purchase please?

  34. So I am new to the coconut oil thing. Question… I have read that to aid in weight loss, you should take it 20 mins before you eat. I melted some in water this am and took it. It was not terrible but was not like best thing I have ever tasted.

    Do you think it is best to take 20 mins before you eat or to incorporate into your food? Trying to figure out how to get the most benefit to aid in weight loss/curb appetite. Thanks!

  35. Try Coconut Haystacks, I’m on low carb diet and hit a plateau. My cousin visited and made these and I started losing again!

    Melt together:
    3/4 c. Coconut Oil.
    1/2 c. Honey (or agave nectar).
    1/2 c. Plain cocoa (powder, like for baking).
    1 tsp. Vanilla.

    Mix and add:
    3 c. unsweetened shredded or flaked coconut.
    Drop by teaspoonfuls on waxed paper lined tray.
    Refrigerate for 20-30 min. until solid.

    Enjoy. Keep refrigerated.

  36. What is everyone’s thoughts on the coconut pills? Thanks!

  37. Katrina Sukkar says:

    Hi. I would like to know when is the best time to drink coconut oil for weight loss and energy! Also my sister has hypothyroidism, is this good for her?

  38. I use coconut oil mixed with cocoa and stevia. I use it as a chocolate replacement, made into bars or dip fruit into. Cold, it is solid and tasty. I love chocolate and can’t live without it. My belly fat has been consistently reducing in the past two months. I have lost about 6 inches, which is substantial. There are lots of raw recipes on Pinterest. Search for things you love and there are healthy versions.

  39. I’ve started using Tropical Traditions (http://www.tropicaltraditions.com/) coconut oil for cooking, for oil pulling and as my face cream. I was recently diagnosed with Hashimoto’s disease and have had to change my diet.

    Using coconut oil makes me feel that I’m doing something to help my body get better and hopefully will help me lose weight.

  40. About 2 weeks ago I started putting 1 tablespoon coconut oil and 1 tablespoon homemade butter in my coffee every morning. I have only lost about 2 lbs. But what I have noticed almost immediately was how much it curbed my appetite and boosted my energy.

    It has basically replaced my need for breakfast thus reducing my calorie intake. Between the butter and the coconut oil it’s around 225 calories per cup and that normally holds me from 5:30 am until lunch.

    Oh and when you infuse it into your favorite coffee it tastes really good.

  41. There’s a scientific report about the many benefits of cocoa:

    Chemists discover secret to dark chocolate’s health benefits

    http://www.latimes.com/science/sciencenow/la-sci-sn-secret-to-dark-chocolates-health-benefits-20140318,0,6762224.story

    A good way to take coconut oil is to make chocolate with it. I only use dextrose and stevia for sweeteners – no fructose or sucrose – so my recipe is this:

    1 cup cocoa powder.
    1 cup coconut oil.
    1/4 cup dextrose.
    1 pinch of pure powdered stevia.
    Pinch of salt.
    Vanilla.

    Melt the coconut oil in a double boiler. Whisk in the other ingredients. Pour the liquid coconut oil chocolate into a pan, greased with coconut oil, or into paper cupcake sleeves. Let cool, preferably keep in the freezer.

    Two tablespoons of coconut oil plus two tablespoons of cocoa is the daily dose. Delish! I eat this in the afternoon and it staves off hunger for hours.

  42. Theresa Orefice says:

    Hi,
    My name Is Theresa and I’m a newby. I just heard about this yesterday and went straight out and bought 2 jars. My only concern is I think I might have bought the wrong kind. I bought organic coconut oil and it is refined and expeller pressed. Will I still get the results that I’m looking for with this product?

  43. I have been using coconut oil in my cooking for some time, but I don’t cook enough to see results. I have started to incorporate in my food. I use Nutiva organic extra virgin coconut, which has a very mild flavor. I get it from Amazon – noticed someone else uses that brand and also gets it from Amazon.

    I start out my day with hot chocolate (I must confess I use instant) made with low fat milk and coconut oil. I find it best to heat milk and add c.o. to it before I add chocolate mix (I found that adding c.o. to the hot chocolate didn’t mix as well and was more oily).

    I have always cooked with it, it can handle higher heat w/o burning or changing flavor. You can add it to almost anything- mac & cheese,rice (I use it in instant wild rice mix and just love it!), oatmeal, hash
    browns, soups, even spaghetti. I know I use too many packaged or instant foods, but it makes it so quick and easy to incorporate c.o. into my diet, which right now is my main concern.
    To those who are new to this, I hope I have given you some helpful info.

    And good luck!

  44. Is there a difference in the liquid coconut oil you use for hair/skin and cooking vs the coconut oil you should use for a base when mixing essential oils?

    Thanks for this great blog! :)

  45. Isabella says:

    I know for me since I started using coconut oil in my diet my skin has improved, I feel fuller and have noticed some weight loss. I have now introduced coconut oil benefits to my family and friends. Their health also has improved.

  46. Hi, does refined coconut oil give the same effect on weight loss and body fat reduction as compared to virgin coconut oil? Much appreciated. Jeanne.

  47. Margaret says:

    I want to know about taking coconut in a pill form. I seen question about it but no replies.

    I’m doing the 17 day diet and want to know if it is ok to take 2 pills a day. I bought the pills from Puritan Pride website.

  48. I have now been using VCO for 9 weeks. I buy the Costco VCO for cooking and baking and buy DME VCO from the health food store to eat by the spoonful. I just love either way. There are some great recipes and I make these terrific banana coconut nut muffins. I am also making raw cocoa coconut chocolate squares (lightly sweetened with honey & stevia) that are so rich that a 1″ square does the trick.

    I have way more energy, get full faster and have lost my sweet cravings. I find 3 meals a day all I need and no longer have the desire to snack. I eat low carb (no refined carbs), lots of fruits and veg, meat, fish, poultry, full fat dairy, goat milk and VCO at every meal. I’ve lost 10.5 lbs and my belly is getting smaller. Not fast weight loss, but I’m in this to get healthy so slow is OK.

  49. If you eat coconut fresh does it makes you fat ? I like to eat coconut instead of the oil.

    Does coconut contain calories?

    Thank you.

  50. How about taking coconut oil in pill form?

    Thoughts? Thanks.

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