Coconut Oil: An Essential Fat for Weight Loss

Have you attempted to follow a low-fat diet in hopes of losing or maintaining weight, only to be experiencing low levels of energy and intense food cravings leading you to overeat? Contrary to popular belief quality saturated fat such as virgin coconut oil is essential for weight loss and health. When you eat sufficient quantities of the right combinations of fats you’ll notice that you can go for hours without eating and without experiencing cravings, because your body is satisfied and your blood sugar is stable. When you consistently use coconut oil (along with other healthy fats) you provide essential nourishment to your body. The results? You won’t feel hungry, you won’t need to deny yourself and you won’t even want to overeat empty calories from refined and processed foods.

The body can use coconut oil for energy more rapidly and efficiently than any other fat source. The medium-chain fatty acids in coconut oil are directly absorbed for quick energy instead of being stored as fat in the body making it ideal for weight loss. In addition, most of the fatty acids in coconut oil do not require bile for digestion, making it a suitable fat choice for those suffering from gallbladder ailments. Coconut oil contains high amounts of highly protective lauric acid which is a proven anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal agent. Lauric acid helps your body defend against viruses, bacteria and other pathogens and strengthens your immune system protecting you from a wide range of diseases.

Ensuring sufficient amounts of saturated fat in the diet is essential for avoiding wrinkles. Excess polyunsaturated oils, which are invariably rancid and contain free radicals contribute to damaged cells and accelerated aging. When topically applied, coconut oil helps wounds heal faster and improves skin quality. Taking it orally will help keep skin soft, prevent and minimize wrinkles and help to heal eczema and other skin conditions.

Coconut oil is a saturated fat, which is highly stable and does not go rancid easily even when heated during cooking. This makes it one of the safest and healthiest oils to use in your kitchen. Look for an unrefined brand of virgin coconut oil and use it freely, your body will thank you!

Crystal Di Domizio

Crystal Di Domizio received her Registered Holistic Nutritionist designation from the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition. Her combined passion for nutrition, pregnancy and birth lead to her continued studies as a Birth Doula. She is the founder of Cultivate Your Health and Living Gluten-Free Community. Crystal’s philosophy towards holistic nutrition and birth is based on the understanding that our bodies have the inborn knowledge and ability to maintain their own health. We can honor our body’s natural wisdom by providing it with the raw materials it needs to work with through whole, unrefined foods. Crystal’s knowledge and expertise enables her to identify the nutritional causes of dis-ease and can help guide you on your path to wellness. She is dedicated to teaching you how to combine the nutritional, physical, emotional and spiritual components of your life to promote healing and well being on all levels.