THIS is the best cooking oil for weight loss! – Times of India – Telegraph

When you are on a weight loss journey, you ought to follow a strict regime. From eating healthy to regularly working out with all your determination, you leave no stone unturned to achieve desired goals. But not many of us know that apart from eating healthy, it is also important to cook food in a healthy oil as oil plays an important role in your health and wellness.

Coconut oil is one of the healthiest cooking oils which help you lose weight and burn belly fat. As coconut oil contains a unique combination of fatty acids, this oil is considered as the most weight loss friendly oil. It has a powerful impact on your metabolism, which in turn, aids weight loss.

How does it help?

Many studies have also proved that by just adding coconut oil to your diet, you can lose abdominal fat. Coconut oil consists of medium chain triglycerides and fatty acids that help in boosting metabolism. Mostly, foods contain long-chain fatty acids but coconut oil contains medium-chain fatty acids. These are sent to the liver from the digestive tract where either they are used for producing energy or converted into ketone bodies. When they turn into ketone bodies (which liver produces on eating coconut oil), they have a powerful impact on appetite reduction.

One study which was conducted on rats also showed that when rats were fed medium chain fatty acids, they gained 20 per cent less weight and 23 per cent less body fat.

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Coconut oil helps in burning calories

Coconut oil has an important property, which is referred to as its 'thermogenicity'. This means that eating coconut oil tends to increase energy level and boost fat burning process. In a few other findings, it was shown that when humans replace normal fats with medium-chain fats, they tend to burn more calories. It proved that calories you get from coconut oil are not the same as those you get from other oils (though they might be healthy too).

How coconut oil reduces your appetite

When you have a low appetite, you eat less and without even trying much, you tend to lose weight. Experts are of the opinion that medium chain acids in coconut oil increase your feeling of fullness. This results in less intake of calories and you maintain a healthy weight. This is the reason these fats are well metabolized and are good for your body.

Coconut oil helps in losing belly fat

A well-boosted metabolism and reduced appetite help you lose stubborn abdominal fat. A study was conducted to prove the same. 40 women were given 2 tbsp of either coconut oil or soybean oil. They were instructed to eat fewer calories and walk every day. When the results came, it was found out that both groups lost weight. But the difference was that women who consumed coconut oil had decreased waist circumference while women who ate soybean oil had mildly increased belly fat. Also, it was noticed that women who had coconut oil had increased HDL, which is good cholesterol level, and the other set of women who had soybean oil had reduced HDL but increased LDL, which is bad cholesterol level. However, in the study, it was also shown that though coconut oil didn’t make a huge difference in weight loss compared to soybean oil, it did help in losing belly fat.

What should you be aware of?

Coconut oil also contains fat. If you are eating a fixed number of calories every day and on top of it, adding coconut oil to your diet, you might gain weight. Hence, it is advisable to know how much calories your body requires and count the number of calories you intake.