Researchers now know that weight loss linked with coconut oil is associated with the length of the fatty acid chains encompassing coconut oil. Coconut oil consists of what are known as medium chain fatty acids, or medium chain triglycerides (MCTs for short). These medium chain fatty acids differ from the common longer chain fatty acids found in other plant-based oils. Majority vegetable oils are formed of longer chain fatty acids, or triglycerides (LCTs). LCTs are mostly stored in the body as fat, whereas MCTs are burned for energy. MCTs burn up swiftly in the body.

Coconut oil benefits

coconut oilCoconut oil a rich source of MCTs helps boost metabolic rates and lead to weight loss. MCTs stimulate what’s known as thermogenesis. Thermogenesis boosts the body’s metabolism, producing energy. According to Japanese researchers when you eat a food rich in MCTs like coconut oil, the MCTs are absorbed and transported directly into the liver via the portal vein.

First, when MCTs are swapped for LCTs in the diet, the body is much less prone to store fat. Second, when we eat wisely, a diet incorporating MCTs is more effective than a low-fat diet at decreasing stored fat.

A study was undertaken where researchers compared the metabolic effects of 400-calorie meals of MCTs and LCTs by measuring metabolic rates prior to and six hours after the test meals. It was found that the MCT-containing meals brought about an average 12% increase in basal metabolic rate as compared with a 4% increase with the LCT-containing meal. The authors made the conclusion that swapping dietary fats with MCTs could “over long periods of time produce weight loss even in the absence of reduced [caloric] intake.”

coconut oil for weight loss

Coconut oil has plenty of MCTs. MCTs apart from boosting the body’s metabolism to cause weight loss, also incorporate some special health-giving properties. The main MCT found in coconut oil, is lauric acid. Lipid researcher Dr. Jon Kabara states “Never before in the history of man is it so important to emphasize the value of Lauric Oils.” The medium-chain fats in coconut oil are just the same as mother’s milk and contain the same nutriceutical effects. Ayurvedic medicine recognized these health effects centuries ago. Today, modern research has found a common link between these two natural health products—-their fat or lipid content. Barring human mother’s breast milk, coconut oil is nature’s most abundant source of lauric acid and medium chain fatty acids.

So for those who carry on insisting that there is no proof that coconut oil causes weight loss, we respectfully disagree!