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Eat Fat – Lose Weight!! The Incredible Oils That Actually Aid Weight Loss!

We found this excellent article over at the other day.  This information is in no way new news; the article was originally written in 2006, but today many people still do not understand the important role healthy fats, like those found in coconut oil,  play in a balanced diet.


Copyright 2006 Sylvia Riley

The notion of ‘healthy fats’ is becoming increasingly acknowledged. The idea that some fats may actually help you loose weight however, is a little further-fetched, and yet It appears this seeming paradox is indeed the case. As will be explored, both coconut oil and omega-3 oil can speed up metabolism and accelerate the burning of fats in the body.

Distinguishing between fats is imperative for optimum health and weight. Saturated animal fats are notoriously linked to obesity, heart disease and cancer. Hydrogenated fats as found in chocolates, baked products and margarines are even worse and contain trans fats, the most harmful fats of all. Refined cooking oils are also detrimental, with harsh processing methods altering oil molecules and creating toxins and free radicals.

Natural cold-pressed oils such as nut, seed, olive and fish oils, contain healthy essential fatty acids, monounsaturated fats, nutrients and phytochemicals that serve the body.

Coconut oil is also supremely healthy; a saturated fat structurally different from animal saturated fats containing medium-chain as opposed to long-chain fatty acids. These molecules are small enough to be absorbed directly into the liver and used as an immediate source of energy by the body. They place no strain on the digestive system and their availability for metabolism means they are not likely to be stored as fat (unlike high-calorie cholesterol-heavy long-chain animal fats).

Coconut oil has a plethora of noted health benefits. It houses lauric acid, an antimicrobial fatty acid that fights bacteria, viruses and fungi. Some more surprising benefits include an ability to lower cholesterol, reduce the risk of heart disease and actually stimulate weight loss. It has also been found to benefit conditions such as diabetes, chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia, digestive disorders and thyroid imbalances.

Dr. Weston A Price, the Darwin of nutrition writes: ‘Replacing the fats you now eat with coconut oil may be the wisest decision you can make to lose excess body fat…Yes, there is a dietary fat that can actually help you take off unwanted pounds. Coconut oil can quite literally be called a low-fat fat.’

In the 1940’s farmers discovered that attempts to fatten up their animals with coconut oil produced the opposite effect; they became leaner and more active. Ironically, with the demand for leaner meat today, they are now using coconut oil for this exact purpose.

Raymond Peat MD, author of Coconut Oil and Its Virtues concludes, ‘The anti-obesity effect of coconut oil is clear in all of the animal studies, and in my friends who eat it regularly.’

Omega-3 oil is another virtuous fat that can actually speed up the burning of fats in the body and hence aid weight loss. Omega-3 oil serves numerous bodily processes and is particularly beneficial to the immune system and heart as well as arthritis, skin conditions, pre-menstrual tension, mental function, improving memory and reducing depressive symptoms.

One of the main reasons omega 3 oil increases fat metabolism is because of its effects on insulin, significantly reducing it’s levels in the body. Insulin inhibits the enzyme lipase which breaks down fat for use as energy and activates an enzyme that converts carbohydrate into fat. Insulin promotes the use of fat for storage and reduces the use of fat for fuel, hence lower insulin levels mean a greater conversion of fat for energy rather than storage.

Omega-3 oil is found in cold-water fish such as sardines, salmon, herring and mackerel as well as plant sources such as flax seeds (the richest plant source), walnuts, pumpkin seeds, mustard seeds, green-leafed vegetables and spirulina.


  1. Wow! I’m really healthy and body figure conscious. I know about some health benefits of virgin coconut oil but after reading through this article, it’s now that I fully understand what an incredible oil this vco really is! Thanks a lot for sharing.

  2. I know you guys want to post items that look great for Nutiva products–in this case,coconut oil. But the article is quite incorrect regarding animal-based saturated fats: “Saturated animal fats are notoriously linked to obesity, heart disease and cancer.”

    There are many others that say it much better (the first wo that spring to mind are Gary Taubes in his book “Good Calories, Bad Calories” and Tom Naughton in his documentary “Fat Head”), but the research against animal-based saturated fats is lacking at best and in many cases it is downright fraudulent. The human species evolved to our current form because we ate large amounts of animal fats and flesh. To turn around and say that that very food source is now, all of a sudden and after millions of years, killing us is ridiculous and irresponsible.

    That said, I do think that coconut oil deserves a place in a proper diet. In fact, I eat at minimum 2 tablespoons daily. But it is not a replacement for one of nature’s primary food sources for the human race.

    Side note that I posted on Twitter yesterday… my father-in-law gave me an 8 pound tub of Nutiva coconut oil that he no longer wanted. I’m going to be cooking everything in coconut oil! Mmmm… a nice grass fed sirloin pan fried in coconut oil. That is going to be some good eats.

  3. Stephanie says:

    I still believe in the power of coconut. I do believe that it’s a healthy food. It’s even now called the tree of life because of its many uses. I specifically use virgin coconut oil because it helps my body burn fats. It’s composed of 50% Lauric acid that promotes healthy metabolism, another great way to lose weight. Thanks VCO and Nutiva!

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