How to Use Coconut Oil for Weight Loss

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coconut oil for weight loss

One key to successful and lasting weight loss is to ensure steady blood sugar so that any extreme ups and downs are avoided and don’t cause you to fall off the wagon and make a beeline for the junk food aisle at the supermarket or the jumbo bag of chips in your pantry.

How to best steady the blood sugar over long periods of time and between meals? With healthy and satiating fats of course!

Coconut oil for weight loss is the best fat to choose, due to the plethora of healthy medium chain saturated fatty acids (MCTs) that boost metabolism for immediate energy. As a bonus, the MCTs in coconut oil don’t end up as stored body fat like longer chain fatty acids sometimes can.

Countries that consume high amounts of coconut and coconut oil in their diets such as the Philippines, India, and the Pacific Islands have significantly fewer cases of heart disease and obesity clearly disproving any agenda driven smear campaign against this marvelously healthy oil!

Supermodels are already onto the coconut oil for weight loss secret.  Australian beauty Miranda Kerr has been using coconut oil for years to maintain her enviable figure and won’t go anywhere without it!

Coconut Oil for Weight Loss better than Olive Oil

Olive oil in particular should be limited or avoided entirely by those wishing to lose weight!

This is surprising to many people as olive oil is typically the first “healthy oil” that they think of due to heavy promotion of this Mediterranean oil by conventional doctors and nutritionists.

In fact, a 1994 study published in The Lancet noted that the fatty acid most predominantly found in body fat was monounsaturated fat like that found in high amounts in olive oil!

Could this be why those in Mediterranean countries so often gain weight at middle age?

When choosing a fat to speed up weight loss then, limit the use of olive oil and other predominantly monounsaturated fats like peanut oil.  Coconut oil for weight loss is the far better choice!

How to Use Coconut Oil for Weight Loss

Coconut oil naturally solidifies at 76F so it is best to liquify it in hot water before consuming as a weight loss aid.

Twenty minutes before mealtime is the best time to take your coconut oil as it will significantly reduce appetite and help you to feel full more quickly and be satisfied with smaller portions.

To liquify, mix 1-2 TBL of coconut oil in a mug and add hot water or herbal tea (NOT bulletproof coffee!).  Stir to melt and drink.  Use the following guidelines to determine how much oil to consume before each meal:

  • 90-130 lbs, use 1 TBL coconut oil before each meal for a total of 3 TBL per day.
  • 131-180 lbs, use 1.5 TBL coconut oil before each meal for a total of 4.5 TBL per day.
  • Over 180 lbs, use 2 TBL coconut oil before each meal for a total of 6 TBL per day.

Alternatively, you can simply eat the coconut oil and let it liquify in your mouth for a few seconds before swallowing. If you are interested in taking coconut oil capsules instead of straight up oil for weight loss, this article details how many to take and how effective this approach is.

*If you find that the coconut oil makes you a bit queasy at first, try using herbal bitters as an inexpensive remedy to help your liver and gall bladder adjust.

What is the Best Coconut Oil for Weight Loss?

Be aware that not all coconut oils are created equal for weight loss purposes!

While coconut oil is very resistant to heat damage, solvents are frequently used to extract it, so sourcing high quality oil from a reputable company is of paramount importance to avoid any chemical residues.

Using only organic virgin coconut oil therapeutically for your weight loss efforts is a good idea as all the delicate micronutrients in the oil will be preserved and no chemicals will have been used in processing.

To check out coconut oil sources I trust and that have been vetted for quality, be sure to visit my Resources page.

Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist

 

Sources and More Information

Eat Fat, Lose Fat

Gamma Linolenic Acid: Most Overlooked Fat for Weight Loss

The Effect of Coconut Oil on Serum Cholesterol Levels and HDLs, by Dr. Mary Enig

How to Implement High Fat Low Carb for Weight Loss

When Coconut Oil May Not Be Right for You

MCT Oil: The Coconut Oil Dregs

Why Buying Coconut Oil at Costco is Risky Business

Comments (329)

  • Kirka

    Does it really help you lose weight? It’s high in calories and seems counter-productive. What am I missing?

    May 17th, 2016 11:25 am Reply
    • Ash

      Coconut oil wont magically burn fat but it will help you stay satisfied for longer. If you feel full, you are less likely to eat more calories than you need. I generally have 2 tablespoons of coconut oil per day, which is around 240 calories. It might seem a lot, but there’s actually more calories in a skinny latte. (To put it in perspective)

      I like to put it in my smoothies and they taste amazing.

      Don’t let the high fat/calories of coconut oil put you off. It’s amazing stuff!

      May 17th, 2016 1:29 pm Reply
  • Kim hartley

    If I need 2 tbs of coconut oil/ how muc water do I need to disobey it in? 8pz? Can I use it in any kind of hot tea?

    May 14th, 2016 9:57 pm Reply
  • ara

    Or you can just make your own coconut oil. I make mine. Check out videos on youtube. It is quite easier than most people think it is.

    April 11th, 2016 5:02 am Reply
  • Anna @ Healthoop

    I am confused because of my weight is increasing very quickly. I read your article and find that coconut oil is good for weight loss. however, I feel difficult to swallow this. can you suggest me some ways to take it in easily?

    March 18th, 2016 4:35 am Reply
    • Suzi

      Can you mix it with a shake

      March 29th, 2016 5:20 pm Reply
    • Vanessa Landeros

      It’s simple. The good fat in coconut oil isn’t stored rather it’s used for immediate energy. Keeps you satiated too. What the article doesn’t mention is that you need to keep you carbs low, protein moderate, and fats high. (Good fats). This ensures that your body is using the good fat for immediate energy rather than storing it. You produce glucose when you consume carbs and thus it’s our body’s favorite this to store as fat for later use. This is called “balancing your macros”. Read up on the Ketogenic diet and it will be explained in more detail. Good luck.
      Friendly Keto dieter,
      Vanessa

      March 31st, 2016 2:58 am Reply
      • Elias

        But the article is mentioned consume before meals..in other words you wouldnt enough that much!

        May 5th, 2016 12:12 pm Reply
      • Darlene

        What is the best Coconut Oil to buy?

        May 10th, 2016 4:06 pm Reply
    • Diana

      I take a deep breath and take 3 tablespoons I melt it so it’s liquid then I take a drink of something like cranberry juice or green tea then wipe my mouth quick because the oil will stick to my lips and that grosses me out.

      April 21st, 2016 3:58 am Reply
  • Sarah

    Sarah i want to lose 50 lbs before I’m 50 and that will be in 6 month how much coconut oil can I take to help me to lost this 50

    March 9th, 2016 6:58 am Reply
    • MaryJean Beccard

      Sarah could you please correspond with me via email,? I purchased organic coconut oil for my skin. No idea I could lose weight. Please help me how to start with how much to use for approximately how long to lose 50 pounds.
      Thank you

      March 11th, 2016 1:45 am Reply
    • Corine

      Dear Sarah,
      Thank you for this detailed information. I need to lose 5 kg and in order for me to do it in the right way, could you please help me by giving me an advise of how much and when I need to ingest coconut oil, please ? Thank you in advance. Warm regards. Corine

      March 11th, 2016 8:17 am Reply
  • rhonda

    Sarah, the way I work I never know what time I am going to go to lunch. I can not take Coconut 20 min before meal. Can I do 3 tbsp with breakfast and 3 tbsp with supper?

    February 28th, 2016 2:32 am Reply
  • John Crooks

    I have been trying to lose weight on a low carb diet for like 2 months, to no avail. I am a member of sparkpeople and use it to track my meals. Only today did I realize I was misinterpreting my carb intake.

    In short I was having way to many carbs, hence the stagnance. I entered a meal plan that currently stands at 49g of carbs. No sugars or starch is included.

    How can I get in low carb vegies and keep my carbs <50g? The math doesn't add up. I would like to use this meal plan everyday.

    February 19th, 2016 3:51 am Reply
    • RUTH SAYERS

      I have been thru every diet and back with others and some myself – I am an avid TOPS member (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) for the support and understanding – TOPS program is balanced food groups – encourage accountability to ourselves and the scale, and lots of us do weight watcher points – if you count points you automatically limit your carbs as it is not worth starving just for some carb intake – fruit & veggies are free and proteins are lower points so encourages you to eat properly – as a senior now I understand that healthy eating is the key and that is good balanced food intake with water and exercise combined!

      March 30th, 2016 5:35 pm Reply
  • Lela

    Sarah, this is an awesome article! Can I drink coconut oil straight from bottle and how much is it safe to drink?

    February 18th, 2016 6:18 pm Reply
  • Sammie Jo

    Does it matter what kind it is as long as it’s virgin coconut oil right can it be walmart brand or what

    February 2nd, 2016 8:48 pm Reply
  • Dave

    Hi, could i use coconut oil for cold sores? thanks

    January 19th, 2016 11:09 am Reply
  • kathy

    so, is coconut oil a solid. They you put it in your mouth and it melts?

    January 17th, 2016 3:35 am Reply
    • Sarah

      It melts at 76F. That is the melting point.

      January 17th, 2016 6:04 pm Reply
  • Redmond

    I love coconut oil, and this article was super helpful. Do you mind if I quote you online on my own wordpress site?

    December 21st, 2015 12:33 pm Reply
    • Sarah

      Sure. You can quote this article but excerpts should be 300 words or less. Thanks :)

      December 22nd, 2015 7:46 am Reply
  • Kandi

    Asking questions are actually good thing if you are not understanding something entirely,
    except this article presents good understanding even.

    December 19th, 2015 6:37 am Reply
  • Ashly

    Any idea what the environmental, economic or social impact is of coconut oil harvesting? I read that Indonesian red palm harvesting is very damaging as compared to the African methods.

    When ever I get hungry or get a craving – I take a dollop of coconut oil – and no more hunger!

    October 25th, 2015 8:40 am Reply
  • marita kruger

    Can I use it with caffeine free coffee?

    July 8th, 2015 11:46 am Reply
    • Susie

      Is it just as effextive if I put it with warm unsweetened applesauce? I don’t like it with coffee.

      November 10th, 2015 5:32 pm Reply
      • Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist

        Probably fine.

        November 10th, 2015 11:01 pm Reply
  • kelly

    Has anyone tried this? How much weight did you lose? thanks

    July 2nd, 2015 3:38 pm Reply
  • gabz

    ok, please someone explain : one tbsp = 120 calories, at my weight i should ingest 5.5 tbsp a day , thats an extra 600+ calories!! how does that help me loose weight??

    June 12th, 2015 9:10 pm Reply
    • Susie

      You will be surprised at how it will suppress your hunger through out the day. I have come to the point of eating to survive versus eating for the hell of it. I’m forcing myself to eat.

      June 22nd, 2015 1:38 pm Reply
      • Anyebe P.Idoga

        Please let me know how much weight you have lose so far. Thank you

        August 26th, 2015 10:28 am Reply
        • Jeanne

          I have lost 28 pounds,I put it in my coffee

          September 13th, 2015 7:34 pm Reply
          • sam

            how long did it take you to lose 28lbs and how much are you using?

            October 21st, 2015 12:35 pm
      • Stella

        Susie, would you please tell me how do you take it. I want to lose 10 pounds. Advice me please.
        Thank you in advance

        September 25th, 2015 12:28 pm Reply
    • Trust me

      Those 600 calories will convert into healthy fats, which is the prime source of burning unwanted or excess body fat.

      July 21st, 2015 7:44 pm Reply
    • Mary

      Not all calories are created equal. So don’t be freaked out if 600 calories seems bad because it’s not. There’s a big difference between 600 calories of something healthy vs. something unhealthy (like coconut oil vs chips, cookies, etc.). Those calories from coconut oils convert to healthy fats and up your metabolism so you burn more vs. being stored like trans fats, etc. found in junk food that make you store/gain bad fats.

      August 24th, 2015 5:33 pm Reply
    • Kat

      Calorie counting is not the only consideration when trying to lose weight. Calorie-dense foods are okay, because you’ll end up eating less, and they take longer to digest…hence making you feel full longer. To answer your question about the coconut oil, this is some good info from thecoconutmama.com:

      1. Coconut Oil Increases Your Energy
      Coconut_Oil_Coffee_RecipeAs I mentioned above, coconut oil gives you energy! How does this work? Well, coconut oil is made up of MCTs (Medium Chain Triglycerides). MCTs are more rapidly absorbed by the body and are quickly metabolized as fuel (not stored as fat).

      2. Coconut Oil Speeds Up The Metabolism
      When you eat MTCs (like in coconut oil) this results in accelerated metabolic conversion! That is, instead of being stored as fat, the calories contained in MCTs are very efficiently converted into fuel for immediate use by the body. According to this study, researchers assembled 40 female volunteers between the ages of 20 and 40 who suffered from abdominal obesity. Over a 12-week period, the women were given a daily dietary supplement comprising of 30 millimeters of either soybean oil or coconut oil. At the end of the 12-week study, the researchers found that the women who were given the coconut oil experienced a significant reduction in both BMI and waist circumference, as well as an increase in “good” HDL cholesterol. These results were not found in the group that was given soybean oil. “It appears that dietetic supplementation with coconut oil does not cause dyslipidemia and seems to promote a reduction in abdominal obesity,”.

      3. Coconut Oil Boosts The Immune System
      Almost 50% of the fatty acids in coconut oil is Lauric Acid (aka the super healthy fats found in human breast milk). Lauric acid is potent in antimicrobial properties. According to WebMD lauric acid is used for treating, “viral infections including influenza (the flu); swine flu; avian flu; the common cold; fever blisters, cold sores, and genital herpes caused by herpes simplex virus (HSV); genital warts caused by human papillomavirus (HPV); and HIV/AIDS. It is also used for preventing the transmission of HIV from mothers to children.”

      September 13th, 2015 7:52 pm Reply
  • Hema

    hi thanks 4 sharing ur great idea…as I am new to this can u pls help me with the coconut oil product which can be
    used….

    June 12th, 2015 7:44 am Reply
    • Emily

      Only virgen organic coconut oil you can find it in the oil isle in your super market!!!

      July 28th, 2015 1:19 am Reply
      • Venus

        What about “ORGANIC EXTRA VIRGIN COCONUT OIL”? Emphasis on the extra virgin. Is this not the right kind to consume? Does it really have to be “organic virgin coconut oil” only?

        August 10th, 2015 4:36 pm Reply
        • Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist

          There is no such thing as extra virgin coconut oil. Only virgin coconut oil and refined (aka expeller pressed) coconut oil.

          August 10th, 2015 7:57 pm Reply
          • Monica

            Hi Sarah, would I get the same results if I eat the coconut jelly from the coconut? Thank you .

            October 30th, 2015 5:51 am
          • Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist

            You really need the straight oil to get the best results.

            October 30th, 2015 8:20 am
          • Sharon

            I thought the unrefined virgin coconut out was better than the refined?

            November 12th, 2015 10:41 am
          • Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist

            Yes, this is true. But the refined is still awesome to use if the coconut flavor of the virgin bothers you.

            November 12th, 2015 10:45 am
        • Nats

          Extra virgin coconut oil is the exact same thing as normal virgin coconut oil as i did my research on this it said that many years ago there was a mistake made by saying extra virgin it contains the same stuff as just normal virgin coconut oil

          August 11th, 2015 5:06 am Reply
        • Codie

          I purchased some Organic Coconut “Extra Virgin Oil” by better body foods and I am wondering if it is the same thing. it is 1.75 qt (56 fl) 1.6L. I is stamped with the USDA Organic symbol. Will this work?

          October 22nd, 2015 10:44 pm Reply
    • Nats

      Organic cold pressed virgin coconut oil is best look for the star ingredient such as lauric acid should be about 46.800, redefined products is 50% GOOD BUT 100% IS BETTER

      August 11th, 2015 5:02 am Reply
  • Carol

    Hi there. Thank you for this awesome info! I’m wondering why you say NOT bulletproof coffee? Is coffee the issue or the butter? Or both? Thank you!

    June 8th, 2015 1:23 pm Reply
    • Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist

      Please click through to the article on bulletproof coffee which explains how the details :)

      June 8th, 2015 2:15 pm Reply
  • Violetta

    Hi Sarah!

    A little question,if I’m drinking a coffe in the morning,when I have to drink the cocconut oil? Before coffe,or before breakfast?

    Thanks!

    May 11th, 2015 1:50 pm Reply
    • Nats

      Drink your coffee with a spoon of coconut oil less sugar :) 3 times a day

      August 11th, 2015 5:09 am Reply
  • iamalighthouse

    A bit of an odd question…I do get queasy with coconut oil straight from the bottle. Do you think that the bitters (because they contain licorice and such that are oestrogenic) would be a good/bad idea for someone with endometriosis? I generally try to stay away from licorice, but would love to solve my queasy problem!

    May 6th, 2015 9:17 am Reply
    • Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist

      I think the herbal bitters would be fine … just my opinion. Best to consult with your holistic practitioner on that to be sure though.

      May 6th, 2015 12:02 pm Reply
      • marlene

        Is 100% Pure LOUANA going to help with weight lose? I started with this about a week ago I am taking 3 tablespoon a day.
        How long does it take to see results? I mix a little regular Coconut in the tablespoon makes it easier to swallow……..

        September 13th, 2015 12:24 pm Reply
      • Rene

        Can I use the oil in green tea

        April 25th, 2016 7:57 am Reply
        • Sarah

          Yes absolutely.

          April 25th, 2016 7:59 am Reply
  • katie

    I drink warm lemon water first thing in the morning about 20-30 mins before breakfast. would it be okay to mix the coconut oil in with that, or should I keep them seperate?

    April 29th, 2015 9:43 pm Reply
    • Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist

      Yes, that would be fine :)

      April 30th, 2015 8:13 am Reply
      • shuianda

        I have been dealing with my weight for a long time and everything I try doesn’t work back and four to my doctor will this help me I have to lose weight

        May 3rd, 2015 7:01 am Reply
        • Chris

          I have had trouble for years, for me this has been a great way to lose, I started taking it for my diabetes, which has worked wonderfully for it, I have lost 30 lbs .

          June 7th, 2015 8:48 pm Reply
          • Carole

            How do you take it for diabetes? How much daily? Thanks.

            July 14th, 2015 12:47 am
  • tori

    I’m breast feeding and I ain’t aloud to drink herbel tea is it safe for me to to use the cocunut oil I’m wanting to lose my baby fat

    March 28th, 2015 12:33 pm Reply
    • Dawn

      I breastfeed as well and I’ve been taking about 5 tbs of coconut oil every day for 2 months now. I’ve lost just over 10 lbs. This has not affected my milk production. I did notice, however, that I do have more energy and don’t feel nearly as sluggish.

      March 31st, 2015 10:53 am Reply
  • Leslie

    Would organic coconut oil softgel pill work just a good?

    March 5th, 2015 2:33 pm Reply
    • Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist

      You would have to take so many capsules that it would likely prove impractical for you.

      March 5th, 2015 5:26 pm Reply
  • Michael C

    Sara: You, my Dear, are my HERO !!!!

    you definitely walk the talk —

    I’m a WAPF member in my area of Virginia and when I read your story concerning the
    interview, chills went through me.

    this is a very volitile issue – But – you ARE winning.
    you have more support that you can imagine.

    Stay in the fight.
    Thanks for showing the rest of us the way.

    Michael

    February 11th, 2015 11:26 am Reply
  • Steve Bollinger

    For those that said there were no success stories on coconut oil, check this out!!!

    http://www.coconutresearchcenter.org/Success%20Stories-Coconut%20Research%20Center.pdf

    Steve

    February 10th, 2015 8:51 pm Reply
  • Kamine

    Hello, I make my own coconut oil at home using the heat method but I do have cold pressed as well, which should I use…..

    January 27th, 2015 8:41 am Reply
  • Ian

    I am on a lchf diet and only eat 2 meals a day,, is it necessary to have coconut oil still 3 times a day or just twice before the meals

    January 26th, 2015 5:32 am Reply
    • Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist

      Do what works for you!

      January 26th, 2015 10:23 am Reply
  • Kristina

    Could you freeze some coconut oil and break it up and take a tablespoon frozen or do you have to consume it as a liquid?

    January 25th, 2015 9:43 pm Reply
    • Andrea

      It will melt in your mouth anyway, if you take it frozen.

      June 23rd, 2015 9:45 pm Reply
  • Rabia

    Hi,
    I just started taking coconut oil (1 tb sp) half an hour before every meal, but it makes me nauseous and is giving me stomach cramps. is this normal? should i continue using it? i am using organic extra virgin coconut oil. Would really appreciate your feedback on this!
    Thanks!

    January 11th, 2015 2:35 am Reply
    • CHH

      Where all the internet, facebook, pinterest, u tube is anybody talking about how much weight they lost? Odd isn’t it! Where us the proof?

      January 13th, 2015 6:01 pm Reply
      • Kendra

        I have been truly trying (new diet/lifestyle, exercising, etc.) to lose weight since January. I started using coconut oil the beginning of March to see if it helped because my mom’s “crunchy” friend, who is very slim and healthy (and also looks 25 at close to 50 years old) suggested it. She studies nutrition religiously, and she usually gives sound advice, so I figured it was worth a shot. I have lost more weight in under three weeks than I did in the first two months total. I have to believe it contributed to this.

        March 17th, 2015 9:10 am Reply
        • Angelica

          how have you been taking it and what diet are taking if at all?

          April 2nd, 2015 1:01 am Reply
        • Melissa Goos

          How much are you consuming and how?

          July 8th, 2015 8:33 pm Reply
      • Andrea Gerak

        Hi. I am slim but since almost a year I am fighting with lymphedema (had a cancer surgery years ago) – first in one leg, recently in both. It is not only too much water but also fat, and I simply can’t seem to get rid of it.

        However, what I am observing is that whenever I eat coconut oil for a few days (about 3 teaspoons a day, in my coffee/tea, on food, or just by itself, any time of the day), the condition improves a lot, IMMEDIATELY: my legs are much less swollen, and lot of fat is “melting away” from my hips and thighs, can fit into my jeans much better. No coconut oil for the next week – the whole thing worsens. Coconut oil again – better again.
        NO OTHER diet or lifestyle changes!! Is it enough a proof for you?

        So now I am experimenting to see if I can really get back into mini skirt shape :-)

        June 23rd, 2015 10:01 pm Reply
  • Jessica

    When it says, “take before meals,” do you have to do it a certain time before? i.e. 20 minutes or can you drink/eat right before eating?

    January 10th, 2015 2:42 pm Reply
  • Christina

    Is adding coconut oil to your protein shakes as effective as drinkin it alone before.

    December 30th, 2014 5:54 pm Reply
  • Marcie

    I have a question about the amounts of coconut oil per weight groups, as you lose weight I asume you lower the amounts you take to correspond with that weight range? Thank you.

    November 25th, 2014 11:20 am Reply
    • Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist

      Yes, good point!

      November 25th, 2014 4:20 pm Reply
  • sophie

    odd. I eat 2 avocados a day usually…and I am quite slender…

    November 19th, 2014 3:24 pm Reply
    • Dr. Mom

      Why is that odd?

      January 27th, 2015 9:06 am Reply
  • Margaret Johnson

    “If you find that the coconut oil makes you a bit queasy at first, try using herbal bitters as an inexpensive remedy to help your liver and gall bladder adjust.” – Except that coconut oil, because it is a MCFA does not require bile in order to be digested. Which makes it great for people who don’t have gallbladders. I don’t have one, so this oil is like a Godsend to me.

    November 9th, 2014 6:12 am Reply
    • Angela Boger

      That’s exactly what I was trying to find out. I don’t have a gallbladder either, so I was concerned about whether or not I could consume these large amounts of coconut oil. I’m glad someone brought it up! :)

      February 24th, 2015 2:56 pm Reply
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  • Brittany

    Sarah,
    Would taking the coconut oil in pill form be as effective for weight loss?

    Thanks.
    -Brittany

    October 9th, 2014 11:21 am Reply
    • Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist

      You would have to take so many to get a decent dose not sure it would be worth it! So much easier to just take off the spoon or mix into some herbal tea. A 750 mg capsule for example, you would need at least 15 capsules to get a single tablespoon.

      October 9th, 2014 11:35 am Reply
  • Debbie Robert-Moraal via Facebook

    I have been adding it to my shakes at home trying to help me gain healthy weight… I guess I should use olive oil then instead of coconut? we don’t all want to loose weight 😉 in fact many people with gut issues are underweight and concerned about maintaining or even trying to gain a little

    October 9th, 2014 11:17 am Reply
  • Shanthi Wijesinghe via Facebook

    We in Sri Lanka knew it all along…..:)

    October 9th, 2014 11:01 am Reply
  • LindaMarie Davinroy Smith via Facebook

    Happy with my weight at the moment, but I tend to add 5 to 8 pounds over the winter holidays….this should help!

    October 9th, 2014 10:55 am Reply
  • Dirk

    OK,

    I am over 180 lbs and need to take 6 tablespoons a day ?

    That is an extra 720 calories a day ! A 4 mile run will burn about 400 calories. How do you compensate for the extra calories in your diet ?

    720 is a lot to cut in other areas and burning an extra 720 a day is also tough. How do you account for the extra calories going in ?

    October 7th, 2014 9:47 am Reply
    • Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist

      Stop worrying about calories as not all calories are created equal from a weight perspective. Just do it and note how the fat starts melting off :)

      October 7th, 2014 11:44 am Reply
    • Cam

      Dirk – You are absolutely correct. 6 tablespoons is ridiculous. Coconut Oil is not a magic bullet. It is great to add to your diet, but eating excessive amounts will not “melt the fat off”. 2 tablespoons (30 grams) per day is the recommended amount.

      January 12th, 2015 11:37 am Reply
      • Ev

        A good measure is 1 Tbsp per 50 lbs body weight per day. One of the blessed things it does is increase bowel elimination, which is a big issue for most ppl, esp if you’re overweight.

        February 1st, 2015 11:22 pm Reply
        • faye nelson

          I weigh 230 lbs so how much should I take a day?

          February 8th, 2015 1:22 am Reply
      • Kathy

        I take 6 tablespoons a day I am not overweight, feel wonderful lots energy eat lots greens eggs lean meats, never gain any weight did lose about 4 lbs but did not need to lose, love coconut oil

        November 16th, 2015 12:56 pm Reply
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  • smail

    Coconut oil will indeed rev up your metabolism and give you a great source of healthy fats. So long as your carbs are low don’t worry about the fat content. A teaspoon is not enough though, you need to build up to at least 3 tablespoons a day, but do it slowly or you will feel sick. Try adding it to coffee, it makes an oil slick on top but tastes great as you sip the coffee through it. Coconut oil combats candida very effectively so you will also get die off symptoms from that which will make you feel a bit icky for a couple of days but you will soon reap the benefits of glowing skin, great hair, no candida and a revved metabolism – you will actually feel warmer about 20 mins after eating coconut oil. It is also a great treatment for hypothyroid.

    October 1st, 2014 11:03 am Reply
    • deborah

      the oil slick can be all but eliminated if you mix it in with a milk frother. it makes a latte-like foam on top. Delish.

      October 13th, 2014 7:58 am Reply
  • Faatimah Chambaka

    I am A Neg blood type and coconut oil is a super food for me as well as lecithin oil for weight loss. Coconut oil burns stomach fat and makes my skin gorgeous. I just take a tablespoon and put it in my mouth and let it dissolve and drink it with juice but will start drinking it followed by hot tea. Just like I read previously in the healthy tips about coconut oil. The *powers* that be DO NOT want us getting healthy on our own, that would mean cutting down on the pharmaceutical industry which is a BILLION dollar industry which doesn’t heal, it only kills. Any negative post about coconut oil, I would disregard because as stated above about people who live in countries who consume it everyday, they are not obese, their skin and hair is beautiful and they are healthy. Beware of post that are negative about coconut oil, it just may be someone in the medical profession trying to sway you away from REAL health and keep you doctor bound, medicine bound, weight loss supplement bound, just bound period! Enjoy health and disregard negative comments, unless they are just allergic to it, if not, ignore it! Have fun!

    September 25th, 2014 10:40 pm Reply
    • Gail Blades

      I do not believe for a second that doctors want to keep people sick. Just because they are not trained in homeopathic ways does not mean they need to keep people ill to make money.

      January 10th, 2015 10:53 am Reply
      • juleann

        Gail you have to be kidding. Come on we all know that the less we need them the less money there is to be made.

        January 20th, 2015 8:35 pm Reply
        • MickP

          Doctors who needs them, except when we get sick……
          Anyone noticed how all these countries that use coconut oil are skinny?? Like where ? Tongans ?? Samoans ? Pacific Islanders have some of the highest obesity rates in the world. Like all miracle cures do your research and decide how it can benefit you and and what are the negatives before using anything.

          January 26th, 2015 8:48 pm Reply
          • JerryG

            While it’s not a good idea to think of something as a “miracle cure”, it’s also not a good idea to put down something that has scientific backing.
            No one is saying that coconut oil is the ONLY source of food in countries that use it. That would be like touting rice as the only reason Asian countries have lower obesity rates.
            Coconut oil, when used as part of a healthy diet, can assist in area where the body is struggling.
            The reason Pacific Islanders have high obesity rates are not due to coconut oil. They actually had very healthy diets of local foods and fish until the British and French came into the area bringing fried foods and unhealthy ways of preparing food. Their cultural issues are the reason for their obesity, not coconut oil.

            February 16th, 2015 8:11 pm
          • Ecfinn

            Those groups did not become obese until introduced to the western diet by colonists.

            March 18th, 2015 2:04 pm
      • Stu Johnson

        The main problem with our healthcare industry, is thhat it is driven by the philosophy that it is far more profitable to treat illness than to promote wellness. Not that doctors are bad people, but that this is the system the work in. Drugs are developed to keep people dependent on them rather than to cure maladies.

        February 7th, 2015 7:21 am Reply
      • lynda gill

        depens who the doctor is

        February 8th, 2015 9:30 am Reply
      • Jo

        I agree Gail. The pharmaceutical companies might but I don’t believe doctors want to keep people ill. I come from a long line of doctors in the family and I am a midwife myself and we are in it because we want to make people better or help them. Besides many doctors and health professionals these days embrace alternative methods also if they help people. My own dentist has also just qualified as a homeopath.

        June 12th, 2015 2:22 pm Reply
    • TAMMY

      AMEN!!!!! WELL SAID… PHARMACEUTICAL INDUSTRIES KILL..!!!! ONE CHEMICAL AFTER ANOTHER , DOESN’T FIX THE ROOT OF THE PROBLEM, JUST COVERS UP FOR ANOTHER RX!!! BECAUSE OF SIDE AFFECTS!!!!!!

      April 1st, 2015 9:22 pm Reply
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  • Jean

    I use equal amounts of coconut oil, and cocoa, melted, add some honey, a little vanilla, some cinnamon, and some Stevia if needed to make delicious candy. I keep it in the refig and cut off pieces as needed. Add nuts and raisins too, or anything.

    September 21st, 2014 1:17 pm Reply
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  • Six feet tall

    I like coconut oil. I don’t like references to supermodels’ “enviable figures.” Such talk puts unnecessary pressure on women to under eat, and feel down on themselves when even that doesn’t work. Most women are not naturally or healthy at the size of Kerr.

    When I was her size, I stopped having my period, dispite eating coconut oil. I had to eat too few calories to maintain that weight, and I was a teenager at the time! Kerr might be perfectly healthy, but many high fashion models go hungry to maintain their size. Coconut oil is good for y’all, but it’s no substitution for old fashioned starvation when you want to become a size two.

    Anyway, my point is that our society wants us to feel horrible about our appearance so we waste our lives buying stuff to fix ourselves, instead of making meaningful connections with those around us. Health and beauty come in many sizes! Love yours. :)

    July 21st, 2014 9:25 am Reply
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    July 16th, 2014 1:40 pm Reply
  • Jill

    I have been following the eating for your blood type plan and am finding great success after dealing with a lot of food intolerances using the ALCAT allergy test. I am type O+ and have discovered that coconut does not agree with my system at all. I am wondering why people don’t mention this more as they recommend the benefits of coconut? On top of recommending butter as an alternative fat, would you also recommend animal fats? Thanks, Jill

    July 16th, 2014 9:11 am Reply
    • Kelli

      I too am O+ blood type and have issues with coconut oil. Can’t use it on my skin period which is very discouraging because it is the basis of most organic skin care products and I know very helpful. Can tolerate small amounts in diet (I guess the digestion and elimination process helps to take care of some of it.) If I eat too much my skin reacts. I have found animal fats to go over well in my diet though…although not sure how much they help with weight loss. I love using emu oil as a natural moisturizer alternative. Hope this helps. Let me know what works for you.

      July 25th, 2014 10:01 am Reply
    • Milliann Johnson

      I too am an O+ & I have absolutely no problem with Coconut oil internally or externally. I started using to cure H Pylori..it worked & helped reduce my appetite & helped thicken my thin arm skin…I LOVE IT!!!

      July 26th, 2014 12:51 am Reply
    • Lisa Smith

      Hi Jill,
      I have O+ blood too but I don’t think I have any issues with coconut oil. What symptoms do you get from it? maybe I’m missing something.

      October 9th, 2014 11:16 am Reply
      • Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist

        Some people get acne and skin issues from it. Others get nausea which indicates problems digesting fats, so they should start with small amounts and work up to the appropriate dose.

        October 9th, 2014 11:18 am Reply
    • Dawn

      I’m O+ as well and I do not have any problems with Coconut in any way. I eat it and put it on my skin all the time. I think it’s an allergy your dealing with, or your body is reacting to the toxins it’s flushing out. I looked into “eating for your blood type” and the truth behind it is that your cutting out enough of the junk that it helps you feel better. I follow the Weston A Price diet and I feel better than I have my whole life.

      October 9th, 2014 12:51 pm Reply
    • wolflmt

      Iam O+ and did the “eat for your blood type” thing for a time (3 years). O found that some was right on and some way off. As a O they say not to rat coconut, but it has been the best thing I have ever done for my health.

      November 19th, 2014 12:02 pm Reply
    • Jo

      Hi Jill..I have done the blood type plan on and off and I do feel much better when I am on it. I am A positive and I find coconut oil is fine and does not give me any problems BUT coconut milk, drinks and yogurts play havoc with me and make me feel ill, nauseated, head achy and also give me acid reflux. Not sure why the pure coconut oil is ok though!

      June 12th, 2015 2:25 pm Reply
  • lara

    Hi Sarah

    So if you are trying to lose weight can I just confirm you should limit olive oil , olives avocado almonds etc as they are all high in monounsaturated fats, What about butter, cream ,ghee etc

    July 14th, 2014 6:12 pm Reply
    • Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist

      Yes, that is what I would do. Butter, cream, and ghee are not high in monounsaturated fats like olive oil, avocado etc. Especially avoid canola which is high in monounsaturated fats and is usually GMO and rancid to boot.

      July 14th, 2014 6:31 pm Reply
      • Craig

        Sarah, so what would you use to replace olive oil when eating salads?

        July 23rd, 2014 11:30 am Reply
        • Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist

          Olive oil really is the best choice for a salad dressing base. I would suggest staying with that but just limit the amount used and don’t use olive oil for cooking or other uses where a more optimal fat for weight loss can be substituted.

          July 23rd, 2014 12:12 pm Reply
  • Joni

    The amounts shown for different weights….Is that how much you want to lose or how much you already weigh? I’m in desperate need of losing weight and I want to try this natural option before the doc puts me on meds for it.
    Thanks for any and all advice/help!

    July 14th, 2014 9:50 am Reply
    • Kaydee

      The pounds listed are referring to current body weight.

      July 20th, 2014 12:34 am Reply
      • Joni

        Thank you Kaydee!!! That info is VERY much appreciated!! 😀

        July 27th, 2014 10:42 am Reply
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  • Margaret

    I have been eating coconut oil for over ten years, small doses, large doses, every kind of brand and type, and the symptoms after eating it are now becoming more pronounced and immediate. I once even ended up in the ER with extreme dizziness and nausea, and all they could find was somewhat low potassium. I started eating more potassium foods and improved for a while.

    After eating even a teaspoon of coconut oil with a full meal, I become EXHAUSTED, as in I cannot stay awake or function at all, I lose my balance and coordination and walk as if I am intoxicated, I have chest pain, my kidneys hurt, there is a metallic taste in my mouth, symptoms of low blood sugar, sharp pain in head, Raynaud’s syndrome, bloating, swollen lymph nodes, irritable disposition, and a very acid pH reading.

    The oddest symptom is that my short term memory becomes very bad.

    These effects have been repeated so often as to be almost conclusive, and are also ironically similar to what now occurs if I take any supplemental form of B12, which seems to be tied to this somehow.

    Has anyone else experienced this? I have read of people having negative experiences with coconut oil that are very similar to this (the exhaustion, dizziness, metallic taste in mouth), but they are often drowned out by the praise for coconut oil..

    June 9th, 2014 1:07 pm Reply
    • Jules

      It sounds as if you are having a herxheimer reaction due to the die off of toxins already present in your system. But, you should really consult a naturopath or holisitic MD and see what’s really going on. Why have you been using it so long if these symptoms have been present? Do you have mercury fillings? If that is the case, then you should see about having those removed. They could be causing your reaction after coconut oil.

      June 11th, 2014 8:47 am Reply
      • Margaret

        Thank you for your reply. :) I do not have mercury fillings. I had considered a Herxheimer reaction, etc., which also contributed to going so long without making the correlation; plus, I just kept thinking it was low potassium again per the ER tests. But as mentioned, the ill effects (which seem to induce a form of metabolic acidosis) have now become intolerable. I know that not everyone reacts this way to coconut oil, but just thought I would throw it out there for consideration, especially considering that I have read elsewhere of people who have had very similar negative effects. I obviously liked coconut oil a lot and just wish I had made the correlation sooner. I will be able to go to a doctor soon.

        June 11th, 2014 11:21 am Reply
        • Hélène

          Take herbal bitters or a gallbladder formula to help you digest the fat. Even if you can digest other fats no problem.

          July 14th, 2014 10:43 am Reply
    • gw

      Dr Ted Suzelis a Naturopathic Physician in Boardman,Ohio is real big on the blood type diet and says no-one should eat coconut oil–so????

      June 11th, 2014 10:01 am Reply
      • Beca

        What is the reasoning? Just curious, since everyone is a proponent these days.

        June 18th, 2014 10:57 am Reply
    • Chris D

      ALL your symptoms point to severe intolerance to this food. You should avoid it

      June 19th, 2014 11:34 am Reply
    • N T

      Do you suffer from oral allery syndrome and don’t know it. It sounds like a lot of the reactions I have from many foods. I to ended up in the E R to be told they could not find anything wrong with me. An allergist told me the same thing! With the help of Google I found my reactions to celery and other foods came up as OAS. There is even a group on Facebook that saved me.

      July 15th, 2014 1:01 pm Reply
    • Sandy

      Margaret look into Histamine Intolerance.

      July 16th, 2014 11:14 pm Reply
    • KG

      This sounds similar to something I have, which I believe is a night shade sensitivity. Coconut oil has a detoxing effect. With a night shade sensitivity, your body does not process the natural toxin in night shade plants efficiently. They are stored in fat cells. If you are detoxing a lot of it because of high coconut oil intake, you’d be putting a lot into your blood stream at once. It took me 5 years to identify this allergy because symptoms were so hard to pinpoint to a specific food. I cut out potatoes, peppers, tomatoes, and every “natural flavors” and “spices” label. I have such a huge reduction in pain. It was within days. My symptoms: joint pain, bone pain, extreme fatigue, difficulty breathing or chest pain, symptoms of mild hypercalcemia, mood swings, blurry vision, headaches, immediate swelling in the fingers, memory issues. I have had reactions to supplements before because of some of the additives. It’s something you could look into. You never know.

      August 19th, 2014 7:37 am Reply
      • Angie Lawson

        Thanks for posting this as I really don’t want to think that I am allergic to coconut oil but since I’ve been trying to consume a lot for ketosis/weight loss program I’m having many of the symptoms you mention. I’m not planning on watching my nightshade family of foods intake. Thanks again!!

        October 26th, 2014 6:32 pm Reply
        • Angie

          – that is I AM planning on watching my nightshade family of foods intake…..(typo)

          October 26th, 2014 6:34 pm Reply
    • peg

      I had those same symptoms with no coconut oil. I had severe hormonal imbalances and Vitamin D 3 was almost non existent in my body. The metallic taste was disgusting. .I felt like I was falling apart. I had to go on bio identical progesterone to balance out the severe high estrogen. And the D3 I had to take 20000 I U a day to build it up. It took 7 months and I went from 20 to 40 in my blood. But one the estrogen and progesterone were in balance and my D3 was elevated I lost 25 lbs

      February 8th, 2015 8:27 am Reply
    • Bob

      You very obviously have severe candida. The coconut oil kills the candida which causes you all of your symptoms. I had it very bad myself. Stay with the coconut oil and increase slowly. Use molybdenum and pantethine to deal with aldehydes from the die off. Aldehydes are what gives you a hangover in alcohol. I took massive amounts of coconut oil and flushed out dead candida with salt water flushes. The systemic candida that came out was exactly what I saw in pics on Curezone. That was all I needed to keep doing it!!!!

      February 11th, 2015 2:08 am Reply
  • Terry

    Sarah,
    I make my own “Mary’s Oil” (1/3 c. olive oil, sesame oil & Coconut oil.) I use it to saute and in my homemade salad dressings. My question is regarding the brand/type of coconut oil. The only coconut oil I have found that does not taste too coconutty for my general purposes is the Spectrum Brand: Organic, Expeller Pressed – Refined for Medium High Heat. I’m not sure what “refined” means. Does this oil still have all the “goodies” in it?

    June 9th, 2014 11:55 am Reply
  • Adriana Ramirez

    I want to loose weight, does or does not coconut oil helps you loose weight? How do i need to use it for better results? Is there a special diet to follow as well, please advice

    February 7th, 2014 10:26 am Reply
  • Annd

    Sarah,

    I use lots of coconut oil and coconut milk in cooking. I had my cholesterol checked and it is fabulous. I am certain though that coconut finds itself stored in my lower body, where I have become very curvaceous. I am not sure that coconut oil always works for weight loss. What are your thoughts on this? I am also aware that lower body fat is a sign of metabolic strength. Can we say that in some cases coconut oil promotes a healthy weight gain? I am also of French/Irish roots. I imagine that butter and lard might be better for my body.

    Anne

    January 27th, 2014 12:43 pm Reply
  • Susan

    Just a head’s up: I was reading something by a man who went on the coconut bandwagon after reading about its benefits. He ate it all the time. But after several months, he realized he could no longer maintain an erection and couldn’t understand why. He started changing things around in his diet and life, but it wasn’t until he cut his dose of coconut oil down to nothing did he realize that it had been the problem.

    Now, I realize this guy’s experience is not in any way a scientific conclusion, however, I did read it with much fascination only because we have a tendency as humans to want to embrace whatever thing is supposed to change our lives by going whole hog with it.

    I myself, with heavy western European roots, couldn’t tolerate coconut oil on its own, but I do try to incorporate it into recipes and do okay with it that way. I am better with lard. But my friend can eat it all day long and use it as a body lotion and feel terrific. I suppose each person just needs to find their right “fit.” But I wanted to let you guys know about the one gentlemen’s experience in case the same thing has happened at your house!

    January 4th, 2014 11:23 am Reply
  • Donna Citak

    I see a lot of questions but not a lot of answers.This is what I got out of all the posts.
    1). Coconut oil is better for you than olive oil.
    2).Some people lose weight but other people gain weight.
    3). The coconut oil taste better if you make truffles with it.
    4). Some people had their trigylcerides go up.

    OK, now’s here are my questions
    1) Will diabetics lose weight taking coconut oil?
    2) Can you eat coconut instead of eating the oil?

    January 4th, 2014 10:58 am Reply
    • Robin Johnson

      I would venture to say that eating coconut is not going to work because you would have to eat a TON OF IT to get the amount of oil you need to create TBSP of the oil. I’m unsure about the diabetics part of it, but when I GOOGLED “should diabetics eat coconut oil” there were a LOT of sites out there. (and the first one was saying yes diabetics should.) but do your research. I have JUST started taking it (Nutiva Organic extra virgin coconut oil) and I melt a TBSP in a very warm cup of almond milk and add a little sugar, but I’m not taking the several tablespoons a day/ tablespoons before meals dose. Here’s a site that may help: http://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/Blog/Amy-Campbell/the-coconut-craze-coconut-oil/ scroll to the last portion of this article to Is Coconut oil OK to use? and read that right there. I kinda agree with that portion of the article more than I do taking SIX TABLESPOONS (?????) A DAY to lose weight. I mean, there’s 14 grams of FAT in a TBSP. LOL I am not exercising yet.

      January 23rd, 2014 11:09 am Reply
  • Linda Sanders

    I’ve had gall bladder surgery, so if I don’t have a gall bladder, can I still take this oil in these amounts to lose wieght??

    Thanks,
    Linda Sanders

    January 4th, 2014 10:03 am Reply
    • Hélène

      You will need to take herbal bitters to digest any fats. Work your fat intake up slowly.

      July 14th, 2014 10:45 am Reply
  • Anna Clover

    Love to put it on banana bread. Mixing it with any type of sugar makes it more palatable until you get used to the taste. Baby steps :)

    December 26th, 2013 7:53 am Reply
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  • Janette Silva

    Hi I been on the search for the best natural weightloss remedy. I’m about 200 and I been taking two tbsp 30 min before every meal total of 6 tbsp daily. I’m using extra virgin coconut oil unrefined and organic. I read other articles and I saw that some suggested that taking more than 4tbsp a day could actually increase cholesterol is this true ? I want to loose about 50 pounds. I want to know if taking it can make me gain weight so I could lower the dosage. Im also following it with diet and exercise. Just want to be clear.

    December 15th, 2013 3:16 am Reply
  • Lisa

    Some questions to those of whom have lost weight with coconut oil:

    1. Did you notice the weight loss right away?

    2. Did you plateau of have to increase the amount of CO that you are taking in order to keep losing the weight?

    3. Is CO something that you take every day for the rest of your life? If so, do you go back to a smaller amount to maintain or do you stick with the 3-4 tbls. and continue to lose weight?

    Thank you!

    October 4th, 2013 11:47 am Reply
    • Adriana Ramirez

      Did you ever get your questions answer and did get to loose weight with this?

      February 7th, 2014 1:43 pm Reply
    • CalMom

      This last winter I started adding about 1-2 Tbsp of Tropical Traditions coconut oil to my morning hot drink of roasted cocoa (can’t stand coffee) with a bit of cream or milk. I had previously tried to take it straight or in hot water, but immediately felt nauseous. Without changing any other part of my diet or exercise, I lost 20 pounds from Nov. to April. I didn’t notice it much at all until springtime when I realized my warm weather clothes were quite a bit looser. I did notice that I wasn’t hungry most of the day after breakfast. I have more to lose, but as I don’t drink hot beverages in summer, I will start doing it again this next fall and hope that I see a repeat. I also try to substitute coconut oil for at least a portion of other fats in recipes.

      July 19th, 2014 1:51 am Reply
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  • Julie

    About the coconut “candy” you can put it in ice cube trays after using the stevia/cocoa to make it.

    August 17th, 2013 9:42 pm Reply
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  • Rachel

    I didn’t read all the comments, so not sure if this was mentioned, but here is an awesome way to get your coconut oil in – so yummy!

    Melt the coconut oil and mix it with unsweetened coco powder, stevia and a bit of vanilla. Play with the amounts till you get a flavor you like. Put it in a dish and freeze it. When frozen, slide the chocolate disk out of your dish and break it up with a rolling pin or meat tenderizer into small chunks. Put in a baggie and return to the freezer. I eat a few roughly table-spoon sized chunks a day.

    July 26th, 2013 4:19 pm Reply
    • Tania Belkin

      Rachel,

      I use a lot of coconut oil in my diet, but I can’t picture eating coconut oil straight however, what you are suggesting is a great idea. I love unsweetened coco powder and use it often. I will give your suggestion a try.

      June 20th, 2014 5:36 pm Reply
    • Tania Belkin

      Rachel,

      I tried your chocolate -coconut suggestion. I must say it worked better than I anticipated. I will for sure be making it again. Thanks for the suggestion.

      June 25th, 2014 11:05 am Reply
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  • Garney Barnes via Facebook

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    July 2nd, 2013 8:17 pm Reply
  • Pat Blade Shenofsky via Facebook

    I have a light on all the time over my kitchen sink, the cupboard above the light is just warm enough to keep the coconut oil liquid.

    July 2nd, 2013 12:41 am Reply
  • catz

    interesting tidbit:

    when my milk cows get overweight, I put coconut oil over their food rations during milking. It speeds up their metabolism and they drop the extra lbs easily.

    June 30th, 2013 10:04 pm Reply
  • Laura Villanueva via Facebook

    @Sha Java: Thanks, me too. I’ve read that, avocado oil is has a higher smoke point (I believe that’s how it is said); meaning, you can use it to cook & fry, better than olive oil. :)

    June 30th, 2013 2:52 pm Reply
  • Lynn Mooney via Facebook

    I used coconut oil for 2 mos. Honestly, I did feel much better, but my triglycerides tripled on my recent blood test. Now I am taking fish oil to bring down my triglycerides.

    June 30th, 2013 12:24 pm Reply
    • Ps

      Strange for you when other lower the triglycerides. Just google and see.

      July 1st, 2013 3:34 am Reply
  • Lynn Mooney via Facebook

    I used coconut oil for 2 mos. Honestly, I did feel much better, but my triglycerides tripled on my recent blood test. Now I am taking fish oil to bring down my triglycerides.

    June 30th, 2013 12:24 pm Reply
    • Ps

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      Re: Please Help: Coconut Oil & High Triglyceride Level? by Gemmee 3 year 3,652
      I just googled “coconut oil, triglyceride reduction” and came up with a lot of good informtion that perhaps you could print off for him.

      I had great success with both weight loss, and triglyceride reduction when using coconut oil even after only being on it for 3 months. My levels had reduced so much that my dr. asked me to go back and have the test done a second time just in case a mistake had been made.

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  • Rich Kelley via Facebook

    Just picked some up at Costco yesterday, it is better to cook with than olive oil, when olive oil gets too hot it turns or smokes and any nutritional value is destroyed.

    June 30th, 2013 12:10 pm Reply
  • Sha Java via Facebook

    i have been using Dr Bronner’s coconut oil…i hope it is a good one though the price point makes me suspicious! lol

    June 30th, 2013 11:44 am Reply
  • Sha Java via Facebook

    i have been using Dr Bronner’s coconut oil…i hope it is a good one though the price point makes me suspicious! lol

    June 30th, 2013 11:44 am Reply
  • Sha Java via Facebook

    i have always wondered about avocado oil…and walnut oil as well, but i use them in my homemade mayo not for heating. i hope you question is answered as i will be following.

    June 30th, 2013 11:43 am Reply
  • sha

    perhaps a silly question…..if you are eating a tbsp of oil before a meal wouldnt that account for the calories you saved by not eating as much at meal time? i know all calories are not created equal and that we need good fats but would you really be eating at a deficit?

    June 30th, 2013 11:41 am Reply
    • Samantha Ramos

      You could be… I know that strawberries and almonds to name a couple birth more calories than they are if that majored sense…

      January 12th, 2015 9:25 am Reply
  • Rosanna Penner via Facebook

    Thanks! It sure is :)

    June 30th, 2013 9:46 am Reply
  • Meagan Boulter via Facebook

    Wouldn’t cold pressed be an even better option?

    June 30th, 2013 7:55 am Reply
  • Laura Villanueva via Facebook

    Sarah, this is great info…now I have some questions: is it alright to use avocado oil to cook with? Will I be able to do this if I do not have a gall bladder? Thanks.

    June 30th, 2013 2:13 am Reply
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  • Barbara LaBelle via Facebook

    Unless your type O blood,then find another solution.

    June 30th, 2013 12:19 am Reply
  • Kari Hood via Facebook

    mine too! and so has my brain

    June 29th, 2013 11:20 pm Reply
  • Denise Gallie Rollick via Facebook

    Theirs is excellent, but you can get others just as good for cheaper.

    June 29th, 2013 11:20 pm Reply
  • David Faulkner via Facebook

    My coconut oil has been in its liquid state for the past 3 days!

    June 29th, 2013 11:18 pm Reply
  • Denise Gallie Rollick via Facebook

    Nutiva is fine. Many high quality coconut oils have “extra virgin” on the label. Nutiva is a great brand, as is Carrington Farms. Both can be bought at Costco for a great price. :)

    June 29th, 2013 11:11 pm Reply
  • Krista Darin Lord via Facebook

    Tropical Traditions is one of the best companies out there for organic extra virgin coconut oil. It’s amazing. Been using it for years. Great prices too.

    June 29th, 2013 11:09 pm Reply
  • Keri Leanne Hess via Facebook

    ok, thanks so much

    June 29th, 2013 11:09 pm Reply
  • Denise Gallie Rollick via Facebook

    The oil pictured can be purchased at http://www.wildernessfamilynaturals.com

    June 29th, 2013 11:08 pm Reply
  • Keri Leanne Hess via Facebook

    U made a post before about where to buy a 5 gallon bucket of this stuff online and I can’t find it,, could you please tell me where to purchase it, thanks

    June 29th, 2013 10:58 pm Reply
  • Jennifer

    Sarah,

    I recently saw a comment suggesting that raw apple cider vinegar could be substituted for herbal bitters and work just as well. Do you know if this is true? I can’t take much coconut oil without feeling vaguely nauseous all day, and tried the bitter for over a month, but I REALLY cannot stand the taste of bitters. They make me feel worse, and I end up with “bitter burps” all day. On the other hand, I LOVE raw ACV (used to sneak it when I was little). I might try to up my coconut oil intake again if I could use ACV instead of bitters to help my body adjust.

    June 29th, 2013 10:55 pm Reply
    • Cristina Eury

      I’m curious about the queasy/neaseous feeling after eating coconut oil. I too feel that circuit oil is great stuff but have actually vomited after eating it! Totally mortified! Plus I know Howe much my body needs it but struggled with how to keep it down. I was glad to see that Swedish bitters were offered as an option to remedy this situation. Apple cider vinegar would be an easier option for me as I already have that in the house. So I’m wondering if Sarah has any further thoughts on this.

      June 30th, 2013 12:51 am Reply
  • Cathy Sink Nicolette via Facebook

    thanks so much for this….

    June 29th, 2013 10:47 pm Reply
  • Kimberly Bears via Facebook

    What about the coconut oil from Green Pasture? Do you know if the quality is good?

    June 29th, 2013 10:39 pm Reply
  • Kari Hood via Facebook

    I love adding coconut oil to my coffee in the morning :)

    June 29th, 2013 10:33 pm Reply
  • Tia Zoccano Persons via Facebook

    I use Nutiva brand and they claim its extra virgin, that can’t be right? Should I return it?

    June 29th, 2013 10:33 pm Reply
  • Christina Schaub Helmick via Facebook

    Interesting about olive oil -had never read/heard that before.

    June 29th, 2013 10:28 pm Reply
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  • Luise

    I tried eating more coconut oil and coconut manna and gained 20 lbs. Weight loss might work for some people, not me. I adhere to Paleo lifestyle and still have to be careful how much I eat.

    April 12th, 2013 10:53 pm Reply
  • Laura

    Please educate me, I just don’t understand how eating 390 calories or more of oil a day helps with weight loss. I have 50 lbs. to lose from pregnancy, and have done weight watchers in the past with success. I am trying to go the more whole foods, WAP way of eating, but this baffles me a bit.

    April 12th, 2013 10:06 pm Reply
    • E

      Laura, This should help clear it up! I used to count calories too but found out it can be very misleading.

      http://thecaloriemythbook.com/

      Actually the same basic premise is on the free podcast here:

      http://thebailorgroup.com/freeprogram/

      Hope that helps!

      OH PS. The podcast is hilarious and SHORT, so they wont take up a lot of time (which I know is scarce with new babies!).

      June 10th, 2014 8:54 am Reply
  • Liese

    Can you clarify?
    Is this scale for what you currently weigh? Or what you need to lose?

    Use the following guidelines to determine how much oil to consume before each meal:

    90-130 lbs, use 1 TBL coconut oil before each meal for a total of 3 TBL per day.
    131-180 lbs, use 1.5 TBL coconut oil before each meal for a total of 4.5 TBL per day.
    Over 180 lbs, use 2 TBL coconut oil before each meal for a total of 6 TBL per day.

    April 12th, 2013 8:52 pm Reply
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  • Sheri

    I LOVE organic coconut oil…..I cook with it, use it all over as a wonderful lotion for my skin after a shower, drink it in smoothies, massage with it and it works as a wonderful, healthy personal lubricant. Couldn’t live without it!

    January 29th, 2013 10:51 pm Reply
  • heather

    Please comment on the nausea concern with coconut oil. I have tried this several times over the 3 years I have been moving in the direction of NT. It makes gives me sickening nausea every time. UUGH! I have even tried gradually increasing the amount…. still happens. OMG… Love the idea above about choc coconut tuffles

    January 24th, 2013 1:07 pm Reply
  • AMY GUENST

    I recently started making coconut oil candy to get my amount daily and cure my sweet tooth. I use coconut oil, cocoa powder, stevia and vanilla extract. make them into pre measured balls then freeze them. taste like truffles! my fam and baby loves them. is this method ok?

    January 20th, 2013 2:52 pm Reply
  • Emily Prince via Facebook

    Question: I tried this yesterday, melted a about 2 tablespoons in a glass of water and drank it 30 mins before my morning meal. I felt a little nauseous all day, not like I would vomit, but not quite right. Could this be because of the oil I drank??

    January 10th, 2013 11:12 pm Reply
  • Kara

    How do you feel about Central Market Organic Virgin Olive Oil? (It’s HEB brand)

    January 10th, 2013 9:26 pm Reply
  • Alicia Cousineau-Ingram via Facebook

    Think I’m getting some this weekend!

    January 10th, 2013 12:26 am Reply
  • Shelley Duchemin via Facebook

    do you know if the expeller pressed (non-coconut taste/smell) kind works just as well?

    January 9th, 2013 11:47 pm Reply
    • kate

      No – from everything I’ve read it doesn’t. It should smell like coconut. They say wet press is the best – which I’m finding is hard to identify. Evidently labeling in the US is a little tricky. This site rates them pretty well http://www.evolvingwellness.com/essay/how-to-choose-a-coconut-oil-comparing-best-and-worst-brands.

      It explains the ins and outs of a good coconut oil. I actually brought Spectrum, which they say isn’t as good (though I did get the virgin coconut oil.)

      May 30th, 2014 7:58 pm Reply
  • Penny Farrell Simmons via Facebook

    Couldn’t you melt it into a cup of bone broth before every meal for the added nutrients of the broth? Seems to do wonders for some who suffer from dementia.

    January 9th, 2013 4:21 pm Reply
  • Lisa Yantachka via Facebook

    It’s on my list, I have two gallons coming in the mail!

    January 9th, 2013 3:25 pm Reply
  • Ce Adams via Facebook

    Does it have to be the oil or will a piece of coconut work.

    January 9th, 2013 2:41 pm Reply
  • Rachel Budman-Burke via Facebook

    I don’t care about losing weight; I just love the taste and feel that it gives good health benefits and eat a couple tablespoons daily.

    January 9th, 2013 1:24 pm Reply
  • Dutchess Drake via Facebook

    Is it difficult to drink?

    January 9th, 2013 1:18 pm Reply
  • Patricia

    A quick tip for coconut oil. If you whip it with a stand/hand mixer, it fluffs the oil up and makes it creamy. It doesn’t get hard and it’s easier to get out of the jar. I first did this for my skin care recipe that uses coconut oil and realized (thanks to a friend) that it would be great for my kitchen oil as well.

    January 9th, 2013 1:18 pm Reply
    • Liese

      i would assume it would only work if it was in its solid state right?

      April 12th, 2013 9:37 pm Reply
  • Ryan Melissa Harmening via Facebook

    Thank u this is awesome!!

    January 9th, 2013 1:09 pm Reply
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  • Rachael

    Is it essential you have the oil before meals for the fat loss benefit or can you just incorporate the coconut oil in your cooking? Do you then eliminate the fat you’d use in cooking or use additional cooking?

    Thanks!

    Rachael

    August 21st, 2012 10:48 pm Reply
  • James Hunt

    Hello, I have epilepsy and started using a virgin coconut oil called Memory Oils. And ever since I started using this oil I have noticed an extreme decrease ammount of seizures, and I am totally surprised that it worked, and it also tastes fantastic with my coffee, pasta, spaghetti, and on my bagels! Everyone should definitely try this Memory Oil! It does wonders! 😛

    August 4th, 2012 12:42 am Reply
  • Elise

    I didn’t know that about olive oil! What would be a good alternative for making a salad dressing, since seed oils are also unhealthy? Thanks!

    July 9th, 2012 8:35 am Reply
    • TinaC

      I have also been trying to cut down on olive oil lately to loose weight, and I have been making yogurt and/or mayonnaise based salad dressings. Of course the mayo has some oil in it, but not as much as the plain oil and vinegar or the Italian dressing I used to make, and I plan to experiment with using nut oils for my mayo and dressings also, but haven’t tried that yet. Often I just sub yogurt instead of mayo for dressing recipes like ranch dressings and creamy Italian, things like that.

      January 9th, 2013 7:05 pm Reply
  • Emily Barnes

    I just started using Coconut Oil. You can use it as you would any butter, margarine, or oil for cooking. It doesn’t go bad so you don’t have to refrigerate and it melts easily. I mix 1 TB in chicken broth and also mix 1 TB in a couple of cups of green tea a day using Stevia for sweetener. If you like coconut then you will like the taste. It smells good and tastes great!

    March 10th, 2012 10:13 am Reply
  • colleen

    This comment doesn’t have anything to do with weight loss, but idea about coconut oil to be used is for dandruff. My son has a minor case of dandruff and I just rub it into his scalp every Friday night. Let it sit for about 30 minutes and then he showers it out. He doesn’t seem to have a problem with flakes during the week and he reports his head doesn’t itch either. Just thought you all would like to know. Also, I oil pull with coconut oil. The tartar/plaque just fell off my teeth. I have a problem with extra buildup. Since using coconut oil to pull, I haven’t had any build up at all.

    December 20th, 2011 1:57 pm Reply
    • Berny

      What do you mean that you pull with it?

      January 10th, 2013 10:29 am Reply
      • Tara

        Berny – colleen means oil pulling – swishing oil around your in your mouth for about 15 min or so…it literally pulls bad stuff out of your body
        ..you can do a search to see all of the benefits (for healthy teeth/gums, pulling toxins out of the body, etc)

        February 13th, 2013 12:04 am Reply
  • Suzanne

    Sarah– is there a reason why you recommend it in hot water vs using it to cook with (ie, cook meats, veggies, sauces with it) Does drinking it with water have something to do with the weight loss benefits? Sorry if this is a dumb questions….I’m a real newbie with all of this!

    November 15th, 2011 7:31 pm Reply
  • lesiie

    Do you use Centrifuge Extracted, Cold Pressed, or Supreme Expeller-Pressed Coconut Oil? What’s the difference health-wise?

    November 10th, 2011 10:24 pm Reply
  • Heather Barnes

    Do you know of any good resources for people with hypothyroid? I know coconut oil is supposed to support a healthy metabolism but what if you are already on hormone replacement?

    November 10th, 2011 10:35 am Reply
  • james hansen

    Really? does coconut oil really have this kind of substance that can help accelerate weight lose?

    November 10th, 2011 3:23 am Reply
    • Sara Walker

      Yes most definitely, I started using Memory Oil (A virgin coconut oil) and works great! It’s definitely allot more healthier than many oils out there and is cheap too! I saw a lot of different types of virgin coconut oils and Memory Oil (as from what I saw) is the lowest at $10.

      August 4th, 2012 12:45 am Reply
  • Sarah Dean via Facebook

    Marcella, about 2 months ago I went from a traditional diet to the GAPS diet which is no grains, and eating what you are doing at the moment, and for me I started to feel tired and grouchy, then I realised this was not my ‘optimal diet’ so I have re-introduced properly prepared grains, soaking brown rice with an acidic medium before boiling, only eating sprouted grain bread and fermented dosa’s (usually only one serving per day) and I feel fantastic – again!!! I think the trick is to work out what suits your body best, we know that some traditional people thrived off grain based diets (with other great nutrient dense food also), maybe you are offspring from these people and your body does best with properly prepared grains. I hope this has helped in some way as I understand your frustration, the answer to your dilema is out there you just have to find what works best for you!

    November 10th, 2011 12:12 am Reply
  • susan v.

    i’ve noticed that if i have coconut oil by itself i seem to burn through it really quick, so it doesn’t offer any lasting satiation for me (unlike butter for instance). not sure why this is. i tried the coconut oil in hot water or tea for awhile but really got sick of it, and didn’t lose any weight either! i still use it for cooking and am hoping to try to find some simple recipe using coconut oil for a snack (without chocolate). any suggestions?

    November 9th, 2011 8:46 pm Reply
    • Sarah, TheHealthyHomeEconomist

      Were you using virgin coconut oil? Sometimes I’ve heard folks using the refined coconut oil and it doesn’t seem to work as well for weight control as the virgin.

      November 9th, 2011 8:49 pm Reply
      • susan v.

        yes i was using virgin coconut oil-the good stuff from either wilderness family naturals or tropical traditions!

        November 9th, 2011 9:33 pm Reply
        • Elizabeth

          susan,
          I make Sarah’s butter fudge with half coconut oil, half butter and substitute carob for the cocoa and it’s really good. You could probably even sub coconut oil for all of the butter – just haven’t tried it yet. I cut it into small pieces and store in a container in the freezer.

          November 10th, 2011 4:27 pm Reply
  • Heather

    Great tip. I’ve been taking coconut oil for years. I just eat a spoonful of it before my meals. It keeps me slim and is great for an energy boost.

    November 9th, 2011 4:42 pm Reply
  • Penelope Chapman via Facebook

    Marcella- I too eat no grain ,grass fed meats not a lot of dairy and cook with cocnout oil and tried taking coconut oil on a couple of occasions and seemed to gain fat and cellulite. I am at a total loss at what to eat now. Help!

    November 9th, 2011 4:58 pm Reply
    • Lori

      Marcella and Penelope – I too have gained almost 40 lbs in less than a year. For 10 yrs prior I ate mostly Paleo and keep a great weight and had great workouts. Last year, I started the weight gain. NOTHING could stop it. Copious amounts of saturated fat and coconut oil, NO grain, NO dairy, Intro to GAPS diet, Full GAPS diet. Finally, I had a saliva test done, and I am in full on adrenal fatigue. (I feel absolutely horrible now, but the weight gain preceded the feeling terrible by months.) -See drrind.com to explain unaccountable weight gain. – I have spent months working on a leaky gut, intense work to regulate my out of control blood sugar, and LOTs of supplements to bring up my practically non-existent cortisol levels. “Mood cure” amino acids to help with emotions and super cravings. I feel so much better now than before, but the one thing I cannot shake is the weight gain. Anything beyond walking destroys my day, so from what I’ve read more exercise is a no-no for adrenal fatigue. Has anyone found a piece to the puzzle that I am missing? The weight gain is feeling very detrimental to my quality of life. I would love to hear if anyone has any ideas for a mama at the end of her rope?

      November 9th, 2011 8:23 pm Reply
      • Sarah, TheHealthyHomeEconomist

        Yes, in these types of mystifying situations, it’s usually hormones at the root of the problem.

        November 9th, 2011 8:47 pm Reply
        • Amy

          Thanks – I have same issues (or similar), including adrenal issues. I used to be devout exerciser, now I can’t make myself (lots of pain, for one thing). Tried the coconut oil/Eat Fat Lose Fat in January, but to no avail – after losing a bit the first 2 weeks I stopped losing any. I’m eating MOSTLY healthy, NT style. Maybe I’ll try the coconut oil again. Any hints, Sarah, on where to begin the hormone puzzle? I will have to do the bulk of this myself, on a limited budget. THANKS!!!

          November 10th, 2011 11:58 am Reply
      • Becky

        My naturopath put me on liquid licorice supplements to bring my cortisol levels back up after adrenal burn out! My energy levels were great after about 6 weeks of taking it!

        March 30th, 2012 9:50 pm Reply
  • Shelley Walker Bloemke via Facebook

    Can I throw it in a smoothie?

    November 9th, 2011 3:10 pm Reply
  • Mike Lieberman

    Coconut oil also has a higher cooking temp than olive oil. I’ve also been using coconut oil for oil pulling and making my own toothpaste.

    I’ve heard the opposite about olive oil. I can’t find the source right now, but read that if you take a tablespoon or so of olive oil at night before going to bed it will help to burn fat and line your intestines to allow you to “go” better in the am. Thoughts?

    November 9th, 2011 2:19 pm Reply
  • Laura Smith via Facebook

    I can attest to the weight loss. I lost 14 lbs in 40 days eating a high-fat/grain-free diet. I ate lots of coconut oil and I loved it!

    November 9th, 2011 1:47 pm Reply
    • anthony

      what did your diet consist of? THANKS

      November 14th, 2013 3:49 am Reply
  • Laura Smith via Facebook

    I can attest to the weight loss. I lost 14 lbs in 40 days eating a high-fat/grain-free diet. I ate lots of coconut oil and I loved it!

    November 9th, 2011 1:47 pm Reply
  • Lisa E. Jankowski via Facebook

    I have read many reports that coconut oil helps people with dementia and Alzheimer’s as well.

    November 9th, 2011 1:39 pm Reply
  • Tammy Lee Rodriguez via Facebook

    i purchase it in 5 gallon buckets too… much more economical.. and no worries about the shelf life.. 5 years or more.

    November 9th, 2011 1:27 pm Reply
  • Sarah

    Hi Sarah,

    I just wanted to say I hope you have a good time at the convention this weekend, I hope you get some fabulous food and learn lots. You seem very comfortable in front of the camera so I assume you will be comfortable speaking in front of everyone. Do they ever share recipes? I look forward to learning more from you!

    Sincerely,
    Sarah

    November 9th, 2011 1:26 pm Reply
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    November 9th, 2011 1:15 pm Reply
  • Dorsey Clark

    Sarah is so right and I have been doing this also but I want to mention that it is also excellent for a dog with bad thyroid problem. I have a rescue dog with such a problem….. been treating it with natural means so as to not have it shut down completely. I learned that coconut oil may be helpful for thyroid so starting giving it to him in his meal. After about 6 weeks, I am seeing a dog who actually trots across the lawn at the drop of the hat. He used to move so lethargically but now actually has some energy. He doesn’t look any thinner yet but I am hopeful that between the coconut oil and extra movement, we will see a change in his size as well.

    November 9th, 2011 11:50 am Reply
  • Marcella Mathewes via Facebook

    Well, I think it’s best to keep in mind there are no real rules that people can expect. I did gain weight eating fat. I gained 40 lbs while pregnant eating only meat, low carb vegetables, grass fed raw dairy and some blueberries and nuts. Not one single time did I eat any grains or sugar the entire pregnancy and for months before getting pregnant. I was also not underweight before getting pregnant. I’ve also not been able to lose weight on a low carb diet after the pregnancy a year and a half ago. I mean I lost an initial 20 and then gained some of that BACK. I also took a minimum of 3 tbps of coconut oil a day for months and didn’t lose a thing. Some of us CAN get fat eating just meat and veg and plenty of fat. Sorry.

    November 9th, 2011 12:35 pm Reply
    • Veronica

      I too get fat from eating healthy fats.

      November 10th, 2011 3:51 pm Reply
    • Frances

      Gaining 40 pounds in pregnancy is normal and healthy, and taking it off afterwards is often a long process that can take time. hormones have a big impact on weight gain and loss, especially during and after pregnancy and breastfeeding.

      To lose the weight you may have to engage in some calorie restriction.

      November 11th, 2011 10:44 am Reply
      • Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist

        I agree .. I gained almost 40 lbs with my first 2 children and lost every single pound without dieting or even trying .. I just breastfed and let my body return to normal. It took a full 2 years to completely return to my normal weight which is interestingly EXACTLY the minimum time to get pregnant again (3-4 years between children being ideal according to traditional cultures).

        November 11th, 2011 11:31 am Reply
  • Darren – is saturated fat bad

    Great article. I’ve always talked about the benefits of coconut oil with people wanting to lose weight. The majority of people have believed saturated fats are link to heart disease and because of this they don’t understand things like coconut oil can help them lose weight. Saturated fats occur naturally in nature so they have to be good, right? Whenever we go against nature we have problems! I was also surprised to see olive oil isn’t as healthy as I previously thought. I will be sure to spread the word about that. Thinks for a great informative article.

    November 9th, 2011 11:31 am Reply
    • Rick

      “Saturated fats occur naturally in nature so they have to be good, right?”
      So does lead, arsenic, radon, etc. Natural occurance is not a very good criteron for a healthy diet, in my opinion. Maybe a scientific, controlled experiment instead?

      March 22nd, 2013 7:08 am Reply
  • KL

    What about Palm Oil?

    November 9th, 2011 12:09 pm Reply
    • marina

      palm oil has its benefits – high source of beta-carotene and vitamin E :)

      November 9th, 2011 1:07 pm Reply
    • Sarah, TheHealthyHomeEconomist

      Palm oil is not nearly as high in medium chain saturated fatty acids … not by a long shot. Not a good sub for coconut oil for weight loss.

      November 9th, 2011 1:48 pm Reply
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  • Anna@GreenTalk

    Sarah, what about coconut spread. Can you use this instead of the oil when eating?

    November 9th, 2011 12:06 pm Reply
    • Sarah, TheHealthyHomeEconomist

      You can eat the spread, but for weight loss – you need to use the oil.

      November 9th, 2011 1:47 pm Reply
  • Ella

    Hi Sarah – thanks for this post! i am trying to lose weight and incorporate more coconut oil in my diet. i tried putting coconut oil in tea/hot water and i could not bear the taste. i was wonder if it was okay to freeze them in little balls and swallow them. would this not be as effective? thanks for any advice on freezing.

    November 9th, 2011 12:01 pm Reply
    • Sarah, TheHealthyHomeEconomist

      Hi Ella, yes that would work fine. However you can get it down the hatch is great! :)

      November 9th, 2011 12:05 pm Reply
      • Ella

        awesome! thank you!! :)

        November 9th, 2011 12:50 pm Reply
        • Patricia

          I didn’t like coconut oil when I first started eating it. I tried everything to get a tbls. down before meals but I gagged everytime. Finally, I tried squeezing half an organic orange and adding the melted oil to that. I was able to drink that without a problem. Now I can eat the oil right off the spoon. It was just getting used to something so oily after being on low fat eating programs. I have a brisker which used to store boxed cereals and crackers. Now it keeps a jar of oil melted and ready to go! I also love it on toast or muffins. I just put some on with every bite! It is great to fry eggs in and on oatmeal. I have lost 8lbs without trying since changing to a more saturated eating program. I feel great.

          November 10th, 2011 4:25 pm Reply
    • Andreas

      Ive heard people taking it in coffe or tea. Maybe you could try that. Or mix it in water with lemon or something or just use organic with no taste.

      January 13th, 2013 1:24 pm Reply
      • Matt

        I can tell you this from experience (i just did it again) when you mix it with hot liquid it will layer melted at the top and will act as an insulator, so be careful because the oil at the surface will not be hot but the liquid below will not have cooled at all. My tongue is burnt but the coconut oil soothes that too so its all good.

        April 2nd, 2013 1:28 pm Reply
  • Julia

    Hi Sarah,
    I would love your advice concerning the opposite situation. My husband and I have been on the GAPS diet since June, and while my husband has seen wonderful improvement with his Crohn’s, I would really like to see him gain more weight. He has been taking coconut oil as a supplement with every meal, and although he has been gaining weight steadily, would you say that this may be making it more difficult for him? Obviously, coconut oil is very good for him to have, and I definitely don’t want to cut it out. However, maybe taking 1 to 2 tbs with every meal is counterproductive?

    If you have any additional insight to offer that may help me prepare some better meals for him, that would be greatly appreciated! Also, if he does any type of heavy exercise regularly, he will start to lose weight/stay at a stand still. Should he avoid using up so much energy, or is there any way to prevent the weight loss?

    Weight gain (lack thereof) and exercise are not addressed in the GAPS diet book, so I’m feeling lost…

    November 9th, 2011 11:48 am Reply
    • Sarah, TheHealthyHomeEconomist

      I am really not the one to address exercise questions. I would suggest posting your questions on Paula’s fitness forum posts .. a new one will be posted tomorrow.

      November 9th, 2011 12:06 pm Reply
      • Magda

        Have you tried adding olive oil to each meal? I did that and my weight normalized (I was down to almost 100 lbs at 5’3″ and now I’m somewhere between 107 and 110 which is my ‘normal’ weight). Also adding some more carbs like squashes and carrots might help. You might try the GAPShelp Yahoo group for support: http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/GAPShelp/messages

        November 9th, 2011 12:15 pm Reply
        • marina

          any kind of nuts are very caloric and they make you gain weight! I wanted to gain some weight a few years ago, and ate a handful of almonds and other nuts every single day for 3-4 months, and I did gain weight I was happy with!

          November 9th, 2011 1:17 pm Reply
          • Candis

            I eat nuts when I want to lose weight and it works…also have had great results with coconut oil! I think the plant based sat fats actually might help ‘normalize’ weight. Just my thought on it.

            June 30th, 2013 10:13 am
    • Elisabeth Gibson

      Julia,
      My son, also, has Crohn’s and we use coconut oil for the bulk of our cooking and food preparation. As long as the coconut oil isn’t causing stomach upset, or diarrhea, then it’s likely not getting in way of weight gain. Keep in mind, weight-bearing exercise will help your fella gain muscle, so don’t be too worried about what the scale says. Look for those improvements in health that aren’t exclusive to weight gain: healthy skin, shiny hair, bright eyes, and good energy levels…to name a few. Give that weight gain time and patience.

      June 30th, 2013 6:11 pm Reply
  • Stephanie Pruett Amuso via Facebook

    Best nutrition secret-fat doesn’t make you fat! Since including healthy fats in my diet (and ditching the “low fat” belief) I’ve lost weight, feel better, and I swear I rarely feel depressed at all anymore!!!

    November 9th, 2011 11:19 am Reply
    • Ariel

      Who doesn’t feel happy while they’re eating butter? 😀

      November 9th, 2011 1:39 pm Reply
  • Carrie Stutler Dunham via Facebook

    I too buy it in 5 gallons and have it in small jars all around the house! Thanks for the reminder about it helping with wieght loss. I lost 8 lb’s in one month and I attribute it to eating a couple tsp a day. :)

    November 9th, 2011 11:14 am Reply
  • Yissell Diaz

    Sarah, I love the Nutiva Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, and cook everything with it and don’t mind the coconut flavor (if any) on my food. I didn’t see this brand on your source page, do you trust Nutiva?

    November 9th, 2011 10:55 am Reply
    • Sarah, TheHealthyHomeEconomist

      I haven’t vetted this source. It might be fine, but I haven’t checked them out.

      November 9th, 2011 11:03 am Reply
      • Linda

        I get Nutiva. It is listed in the WAPF 2011 shopping guide.

        November 9th, 2011 12:34 pm Reply
  • Amber Nerswick via Facebook

    [Amber writes as she licks coconut butter off her spoon]

    November 9th, 2011 10:31 am Reply
  • Amber Nerswick via Facebook

    why is something that is grown in such a limited area so good for everyone? what are some local alternatives?

    November 9th, 2011 10:29 am Reply
  • Donna Greenwood

    where can i find virgin coconut oil

    November 9th, 2011 10:29 am Reply
    • Rachel

      Health food store is your best bet :)

      November 9th, 2011 10:53 am Reply
    • Ariel

      You can also order it online from Tropical Traditions. They are a fabulous company, and you can often get their coconut oil on sale. I also love their palm oil, which is another extremely healthy tropical oil. By the way, I used coconut oil to help me lose about 30 pounds. It really does work!

      November 9th, 2011 1:37 pm Reply
      • Sarah

        How did you use it to lose weight?

        April 4th, 2013 6:13 pm Reply
    • Rachel B

      My favorite coconut oil taste is by Radiant Life. I’ve been eating a cuple spoonfuls daily for months. http://www.radiantlifecatalog.com/product/radiant-life-virgin-coconut-oil/healthy-fats-oils

      January 9th, 2013 1:11 pm Reply
    • Jaclyn

      Whole Foods sells 3 brands of it: 365 (their brand), Spectrum, & Dr. Bronner’s.

      January 3rd, 2014 11:27 pm Reply
  • Sara

    One really yummy way I get my coconut oil is to mix 1-2 TBS into my oats in the morning. I find the flavor goes well with the oats. Oats are soaked, and after cooking in the morning I add coconut oil, sea salt, and some maple syrup. Is really a yummy breakfast and helps with my breast milk production, too;)

    November 9th, 2011 10:14 am Reply
  • Melinda Curtis (@ChefMelindaC)

    Stomp the Weight Loss Accelerator Using Coconut Oil – The Healthy Home Economist http://t.co/YYDMDLfa

    November 9th, 2011 10:12 am Reply
  • Jill Bryant Mitchell via Facebook

    So true. This is why I have a five gallon bucket of organic centrifuge virgin coconut oil in my kitchen right now. :) That, and it tastes great!

    November 9th, 2011 10:12 am Reply
  • Jesse Or Julie Chalich via Facebook

    It’s so healthy!

    November 9th, 2011 10:10 am Reply
  • Jesse Or Julie Chalich via Facebook

    We have a coconut oil container in nearly every room in our house. Love it!! I sometime have oatmeal for breakfast and put a big tsp. full in my oatmeal….and even sneak it into my kids too! I

    November 9th, 2011 10:10 am Reply
    • marlina

      ok which is the one to use extracted coconut oil…..pressed coconut oil….or expeller-pressed coconut oil

      July 7th, 2013 6:52 pm Reply
  • Jamie Fiene via Facebook

    while reading your blog I tried to get to one of your earlier writings about using old milk (photot of a smoothie or milk shake) that was featured at the end of the article. Could not find it. Can you help me?

    November 9th, 2011 10:09 am Reply
  • HealthyHomeEconomist (@HealthyHomeEcon) (@HealthyHomeEcon) (@HealthyHomeEcon) (@HealthyHomeEcon) (@HealthyHomeEcon)

    Stomp the Weight Loss Accelerator Using Coconut Oil – The Healthy Home Economist http://t.co/2uoKgqxN

    November 9th, 2011 9:56 am Reply
  • Linda

    I realized recently that I put on a few extra pounds. I am 5’5″ and went from 110 to 117 last year. I never got that off but my clothes still fit so I was ok with it. Now I am 120. While that weight is probably ok for my height, my clothes are tight and I don’t like the flab I see. I am eating a traditional diet and really cutting back on sugar, either omit from a recipe or cut back what recipe calls for. So I am trying to exercise more regularly. I am including more coconut oil in my diet, cooking with it (I don’t use the virgin for that) and putting some in hot tea or just taking a spoonful. I didn’t know it should be melted first. Why? I also want to get the book Eat Fat Lose Fat. I am glad for the tip about having it before meals. Definitely going to start doing that. Thanks, Sarah.

    November 9th, 2011 9:41 am Reply
    • Sarah, TheHealthyHomeEconomist

      It’s just easier to swallow if you melt first. You can just take it right off the spoon if you like too.

      November 9th, 2011 9:57 am Reply
      • Lynn

        Should you use coconut oil this way if you have had your gallbladder removed?

        January 4th, 2014 2:05 pm Reply
        • Mari

          Good question… I have heard that you shouldn’t. I have gone back to using meat fats and butter for cooking this last year – cooking how my mum used too, but with less fats. I don’t use oils at all. Interestingly, my cholesterol level dropped ridiculously when I changed back to butter and dripping. Doctor was most impressed.

          January 4th, 2014 8:54 pm Reply
        • Ashley G

          Lynn, coconut oil is the only fat that does not require bile from the gallbladder to digest, which makes it an excellent fat for gallbladderless people. For the other healthy fats, it can be a good idea to take enzymes to ensure proper assimilation.

          February 17th, 2014 11:05 pm Reply
          • Lynn

            Thank you both for your info. Ashley G., I can’t seem to find the correct enzymes for digesting fats woot a gallbladder. Do you have a suggestion I might try? Thanks.

            February 18th, 2014 9:23 am
        • Ashley G

          Hi Lynn, I have been using 1 capsule of Digest Gold and 1 capsule of Lypo Gold by Enzymedica. I have also tried ox bile, which a lot of people use. Others like to use bile salts. One supplier I know of for bile salts is unikeyhealth.com, but you have to call them to place your order, as it is not listed on their website. After having my gallbladder removed, I did not experience the common digestive complaints that others do, but I have added these supplements because of my concern regarding my ability to digest the healthy fats and benefit from them….so if you are having any sort of difficulty with high-fat foods, I guess you’d have to experiment with these various enzymes and see what works best. I don’t have experience with that, and I’m sure every body responds differently anyway.

          February 18th, 2014 11:19 am Reply
          • Lynn

            Thank you!

            February 18th, 2014 12:46 pm
  • Andrea

    Thanks, Sarah! my blood sugar has been on a roller coaster with my pregnancy so I eat too much trying to stabilize it I and have gained more than the acceptable amount of weight. I never thought of taking pure coconut oil. Must try this!

    November 9th, 2011 9:09 am Reply

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