Nutrition and Calorie Tips

Coconut oil is good for weight loss…..

Coconut oil is good for weight loss….. 🥥

It’s very common in the media for certain foods to be proclaimed as ‘good’ or ‘bad’ for weight loss and health. In reality this is rarely the case – individual foods rarely make a significant impact on weight loss or health – rather it’s the overall balance of these foods within the diet that matter. When it comes to weight loss the calories are actually what matter most.

Coconut oil is one such food that many proclaim as being ‘good’ for weight loss, whereas butter has been vilified as ‘bad’. I often hear clients tell me they’ve swapped to coconut oil and with that comes a presumption that it will aid their weight loss journey. The claims around coconut oil include that it boosts metabolism, regulates blood sugar levels, and increases fat loss. In actual fact there are no reliable studies to support these assertions. Coconut oil is in fact extremely high in saturated fat, and calories. Compared to butter it contains more calories and a higher proportion of saturated fats. Saturated fats aren’t inherently bad and should certainly be included in your diet, but there are multiple studies which demonstrate links to increased risk of cardiovascular disease and high consumption of saturated fats. So if you already have a diet high in saturated fats adding more probably isn’t a great idea!

Coconut oil’s reputation as a ‘super food’ means that many might presume it would be lower calorie than traditional butter and therefore use it without really considering the calories. If goal was to lose weight then blindly using coconut oil in place of butter and other oils/spreads wouldn’t be a good choice. However if you enjoy coconut oil then by all means use it – just be aware of the calories it contains.

As always – knowledge is power! Never assume ‘healthy’ or ‘good’ foods are automatically lower in calories!


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