How to Lose Weight With Coconut Oil

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Coconut oil helps weight loss by utilizing and burning more fat. Find out about the potential benefits and drawbacks of coconut oil with the help of a licensed dietitian in this free video.

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Hi, I'm Charlotte Lawson, a registered and licensed dietitian here in Tampa Bay, Florida. Now, if you've heard of the coconut oil and weight loss program, you're probably wondering how to does that work or how do I get on it. Well, the proponents of the coconut oil and weight loss actually goes about that the high intake of fat in the coconut oil forms some sort of paradox and actually helps us to utilize or burn fat more in our diet or in our bodies. Now, keep in mind coconut oil along with palm oil are the only two plant sources that have saturated fat. Now, saturated fat just along with transfat is really the hurtful type of fat in our diet. This increases our risk for cardiovascular disease and other chronic heart conditions as well as it just being a fat which can mean added calories which means added weight. Now again, if you're in a weight loss program, this is not really your goal. And also, keep in mind, one tablespoon of coconut oil has almost 117 grams, excuse me, calories in more saturated fat than butter or lard alone. So, really this might not be a healthy option especially for a weight loss program. Now, keep in mind, any weight loss program regardless of the tactics that you're trying should be a combination of healthy diet and exercise program ultimately leading you to a negative calorie balance meaning less calories consume and more calories exerted. There's lots of different ways you can play with your diet without even having to add the coconut oil in. If you choose to add coconut oil, try it in moderation, either via cooking or different ways of maybe blending it into smoothies but again moderation is key especially because of that saturated fat content. I'm Charlotte, and eat happy.

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