How to Use Coconut Oil for Weight Loss

by Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist June 8, 2014

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.  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 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

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

When Coconut Oil May Not Be Right for You

 

Comments (228)

  1. “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.

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    • Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist
      Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist October 9, 2014 at 11:35 am

      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.

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  4. Debbie Robert-Moraal via Facebook October 9, 2014 at 11:17 am

    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

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  5. LindaMarie Davinroy Smith via Facebook October 9, 2014 at 10:55 am

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

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  6. 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 ?

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    • Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist
      Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist October 7, 2014 at 11:44 am

      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 :)

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  8. 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.

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  9. 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!

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  11. 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.

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  15. 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. :)

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  16. 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

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    • 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.

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    • 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!!!

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    • 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.

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      • Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist
        Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist October 9, 2014 at 11:18 am

        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.

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    • 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.

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    • 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.

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  17. 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

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    • Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist
      Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist July 14, 2014 at 6:31 pm

      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.

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          Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist July 23, 2014 at 12:12 pm

          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.

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  18. 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!

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  23. 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..

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    • 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.

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      • 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.

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

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    • 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????

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    • 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.

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    • 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.

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      • 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!!

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  24. 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?

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  26. 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

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  27. 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

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  28. 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!

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  29. 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?

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    • 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.

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  30. 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

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  31. 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 :)

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  32. 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.

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  33. 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!

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    • 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.

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  35. I am thrilled to see coconut oil is FINALLY getting some publicity that is way overdue! Coconut oil has bigger benefits otjher than weight loss! For some great info on this just enter Raymond Peat into your search engine. Dr Raymond Peat’s Article About Coconut Oil/

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  37. 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.
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  41. 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.

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  42. Laura Villanueva via Facebook June 30, 2013 at 2:52 pm

    @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. :)

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      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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  43. Rich Kelley via Facebook June 30, 2013 at 12:10 pm

    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.

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  44. 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?

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  45. Laura Villanueva via Facebook June 30, 2013 at 2:13 am

    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.

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  46. Denise Gallie Rollick via Facebook June 29, 2013 at 11:11 pm

    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. :)

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  47. Krista Darin Lord via Facebook June 29, 2013 at 11:09 pm

    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.

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  48. 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.

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    • 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.

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  49. Tia Zoccano Persons via Facebook June 29, 2013 at 10:33 pm

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

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  53. 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.

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  54. 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.

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  55. 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.

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  59. 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!

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  60. 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

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  61. 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?

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  62. 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??

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  63. Penny Farrell Simmons via Facebook January 9, 2013 at 4:21 pm

    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.

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  64. Rachel Budman-Burke via Facebook January 9, 2013 at 1:24 pm

    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.

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  65. 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.

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  68. 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

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  69. 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! :P

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  70. 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!

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    • 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.

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  71. 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!
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  72. 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.

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      • 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)

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  73. 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!

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  74. 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?

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    • 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.

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  75. 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!

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  76. 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?

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  77. Penelope Chapman via Facebook November 9, 2011 at 4:58 pm

    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!

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    • 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?

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        • 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!!!

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      • 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!

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  78. 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?
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  79. Laura Smith via Facebook November 9, 2011 at 1:47 pm

    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!

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  80. Laura Smith via Facebook November 9, 2011 at 1:47 pm

    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!

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  81. 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

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  82. 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.

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  83. Marcella Mathewes via Facebook November 9, 2011 at 12:35 pm

    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.

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    • 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.

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        Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist November 11, 2011 at 11:31 am

        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).

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  84. 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.

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        • 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.

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    • 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.

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      • 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.

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  85. 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…

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        • 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!
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          • 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.

    • Elisabeth Gibson June 30, 2013 at 6:11 pm

      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.

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  86. 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.
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    • “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?

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  87. Stephanie Pruett Amuso via Facebook November 9, 2011 at 11:19 am

    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!!!

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  88. Carrie Stutler Dunham via Facebook November 9, 2011 at 11:14 am

    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. :)

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  89. 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?

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  90. Amber Nerswick via Facebook November 9, 2011 at 10:29 am

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

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  91. 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;)

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  92. Jill Bryant Mitchell via Facebook November 9, 2011 at 10:12 am

    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!

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  93. Jesse Or Julie Chalich via Facebook November 9, 2011 at 10:10 am

    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

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

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  94. 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.

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        • 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.

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        • 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.

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          • 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.

        • 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.

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  95. 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!

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