I recently read a book called Skinny Chicks Eat Real Foods by nutritionist Christine Avanti, and she claims that when you are trying to lose weight, coconut oil is very beneficial to consume. I know it's gotten a bad rap because most of the fat is saturated, but after doing some research on it, it seems that the types of fatty acids in it are fine (medium-chain fatty acids) and because they are medium-chain, your body burns it off just metabolizing them. Christine recommends eating 2 tbsp a day, one tbsp in the morning with tea and one tbsp in warm water before bed. I've been taking the morning dose (and feel great!), but one tbsp has 120 calories and 12 g saturated fat. Even though the research I saw points to the benefits, 2 tbsp and 24 g of sat fat seems like an awful lot to me.
Since implementing the basics of her program on Monday (eating a balance of protein, carbs, and fat at each meal; taking coconut oil; drinking lots of green tea; cutting out most refined foods and added sugar), I've dropped over 5 lbs and feel fantastic. But the 2 tbsp of coconut oil make me a little leery.
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