How to Use Coconut Oil for Weight Loss?

Coconut oil benefits weight loss by:

  • Reducing your calorie intake.
  • Increasing your metabolism.

Coconut oil helps to lose weight

How Coconut Oil Reduces Your Calorie Intake

Did you know that coconut oil has earned its reputation as the world's only natural, low-calorie fat?

If you pick a few brands of virgin coconut oil and calculate their energy value (calories) contained in one gram of fat, you would have gotten a range of 9 kcal +/- few percent, which has pretty much the same calorie per gram (i.e. 9 kcal/g) as animal fats and other vegetable oils.

In fact, coconut oil carries fewer calories because it contains medium-chain fatty acids that are smaller in size than the fatty acids in animal fats and other vegetable oils.

For example, MCT (medium-chain triglyceride) oil has an effective energy value of 6.8 kcal/g. It carries only caprylic and capric acids – the 2 medium-chain fatty acids that are also found in coconut oil. But because coconut oil also contains the relatively longer medium-chain lauric acid and other long-chain fatty acids such as myristic, palmitic and oleic acids etc (these fatty acids have energy values ranging from approx. 8 to 9.4 kcal/g), the overall actual energy value of coconut oil becomes roughly 8.6 kcal/g.

That's just a few percent lower than the actual energy values in animal fats and other vegetable oils, which I think is the reason why coconut oil manufacturers simplify the caloric calculation by rounding it up to 9 kcal/g and make coconut oil appear as having somewhat similar energy value as those in animal fats and other vegetable oils.

Apparently, this small discrepancy in energy value is not significant enough for coconut oil to get its low-calorie reputation as a fat. It actually attributes to coconut oil's inherent fat-burning characteristic that makes it well-known as a low-calorie fat. Let me explain.

Suppose your daily diet contains 500 kcal of fat coming entirely from olive oil. (Olive oil comprises entirely long-chain triglycerides, aka LCTs.)

For your info3 long-chain fatty acids (LCFAs) joining together via a glycerol molecule form a long-chain triglyceride (LCT).

What your body does upon ingesting olive oil is that it'll first break down the LCTs in the oil into smaller individual fatty acids (LCFAs) in your small intestine. It then absorbs the LCFAs through the intestinal wall and from there, reassembles them into LCTs again and package them together with phospholipids, cholesterol and proteins into chylomicrons, which then enter your bloodstream through your lymphatic system. (See LCFA vs MCFA for full illustration.)

If your body does not use the LCFAs in the bloodstream immediately to fuel your metabolic and physical activities because it still has sufficient carbohydrates (derived from food) on tap, the LCFAs will eventually end up in your fat cells.

For your infoOur body uses carbohydrate (carb) as the primary energy source and LCFA as secondary energy source because carb converts to energy very much faster than LCFA. So, when there is sufficient carb, LCFA will normally be shoved into reserves.

Unless you raise your physical activity to the point where your body needs to burn more calories to fuel the activity, your body fat remains "untouchable". In other words, the fat you eat is literally the fat you wear, even if the fat you consume comes from the health-beneficial olive oil.

But when you eat coconut oil instead of olive oil, you'll dramatically reduce your fat deposition because our body metabolizes the fats in coconut oil very differently.

How different?

Unlike olive oil (and most other dietary oils, as well as animal fats) that composes entirely of LCFAs, coconut oil contains about 64% medium-chain fatty acids (MCFAs), which are smaller in size.

For your infoCoconut oil also contains less than 1% of short-chain fatty acids, which are even smaller in size. But due to their insignificant contribution to weight loss, we'll focus mainly on medium-chain fatty acids.

Because of their smaller size, our body digests MCFAs very quickly (just as it does to carbs)... so quickly that our body prefers to use them as immediate energy source by shuttling them directly to the liver for energy production and to cells for fueling metabolic activities after they're broken down from medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs) in our small intestine, rather than packing them away as body fat reserves like LCFAs.

That means, MCFAs do not practically contribute to fat gain and cause weight gain as a result.

Assuming the same 500 kcal daily fat intake but this time around coming entirely from coconut oil, now you have 64% less calorie stashed in your fat stores. That means, you cut your fat gain by 320 kcal (64%) up front.

That's a massive reduction of effective daily calorie intake. Isn't that amazing?

That's not all. According to numerous studies and researches, MCFA encourages the burning of LCFA too. So chances are, before the remaining LCFAs (about 35%) from coconut oil land in your fat stores through the bloodstream, they could have already been utilized and burned off as fuel too, leaving even lesser contribution to your body fat.

Dr. Julian Whitaker, a well-known authority on nutrition and health says, "LCTs are like heavy wet logs that you put on a small campfire. Keep adding the logs, and soon you have more logs than fire. MCTs are like rolled-up newspaper soaked in gasoline. They not only burn brightly, but will burn up the wet logs as well" (Murray, 1996).

For your infoLCT (long-chain triglyceride) is made up of various types and sizes of LCFAs. Animal fats and most vegetable oils contain 99% or 100% LCTs. MCT generally refers to oil that contains entirely of MCFAs.

I'm not finished yet.

All dietary fats produce appetite-suppressing hormones, that's why you feel more easily satisfied with fat added to your diet. As dietary fat also delays the emptying of stomach, you get to forestall hunger longer. In addition to these "special features" that all dietary fats possess, MCFA creates a more satisfying experience and thus making you feel full even longer than any other dietary fats.

Here's a study that proves the point:

In a group of women, some were fed MCT drink while the rest LCT drink. 30 minutes after the drink they were allowed to choose and eat as much as they wanted for their lunch. Those who had the MCT drink before the meal ate lesser than those who took the LCT drink.

If you're not convinced, another study involving a group of normal-weight men shows the same result. Men who took breakfast that contains MCT ate less at lunch. What's even more encouraging is that these men who ate less at lunch did not make up for the lower calorie intake at lunch by eating more at dinner. Why?

That's because MCTs or MCFAs in coconut oil can enter cells with absolute ease to supply quick energy. When these cells feel satisfied, your body will respond by slowing down the absorption of sugar into your bloodstream (i.e. stabilizing your blood glucose levels), thus releasing a steadier and longer supply of energy to fuel your cells and keep you satisfied longer.

When your blood glucose levels stabilize and you feel full longer, you won't crave sugar and feel hungry easily. These could also help to control your binge eating, resulting in overall lower calorie intake.

So that's how coconut oil earns its reputation as a "low-calorie fat".

Now you know how coconut oil helps you consume less calorie without you having to force it on purpose, let's move on to see how coconut oil boosts your metabolism at the same time for a more complete and effective weight loss.

How Coconut Oil Increases Your Metabolism

Bustling cells rev up metabolism. Any food you eat can raise cellular activity. But no food can boost your metabolism to the level where your body can burn fat all day long like coconut oil. Here's why.

Carbs and LCFAs from food generally take only one path (by traveling through the bloodstream) to energize our cells and hike cellular activity. But MCFAs in coconut oil use two approaches to accomplish the same mission. How so?

Our body essentially breaks MCFAs into 2 groups, sending one group directly to the liver via hepatic portal vein for energy conversion while transporting the other group via bloodstream to each and every cell of our body.

For your infoYou'll feel the burning sensation somewhere close to your stomach and below your chest when MCFAs are burned in the liver as fuel and heat is produced (thermogenesis). The feeling is particularly more apparent in cooler environment.

Energy conversion (burning of MCFAs) in the liver produces heat (thermogenic effect), which in turn excites the entire body cells (cells that are closer to the liver get more heat energy). Just like when you heat up water its molecules move rapidly (molecules that are closer to the fire move faster).

At the same time, MCFAs in bloodstream also enter directly into other cells of our body to give an extra energizing boost to our metabolism.

When cellular activity increases, your cells naturally demand more energy to stay at that level. MCFAs alone can't sustain for long. In view of that, your body will obtain energy from carbs and LCFAs via the food you consume. It'll draw on energy from your fat stores as well, resulting in body fat burning.

This chain reaction will continue as long as you keep your MCFA supply incessant. Just one meal alone can activate your metabolism and keep it elevated for several hours (of course, depending on the amount of coconut oil you eat with that meal).

For your infoMCFA, though can boost your energy level, does not interfere with your sleep. Otherwise, I would have been sleepless for the past several years since I'm taking coconut oil every day.

Imagine you include coconut oil in every meal you eat, you're literally putting your body on a full-day fat-burning mode, even while you're sleeping like a bear.

This unique way of handling MCFAs by our body makes coconut oil a perfect metabolism booster for those who need to lift up their metabolism for weight loss, regardless of whether their sluggish metabolism is caused by low thyroid problem, genetic issue, diabetes, age, fatigue or something else.

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How to Use Coconut Oil for Weight Loss?

I've had people asking me whether they can use coconut oil topically by massaging the oil into their skin and get the same fat-burning effect as eating the oil.

Well, I did come across people who rub coconut oil on their belly get 1-2 inches off after many weeks of sheer topical application. But not all get the same result. Some reported the exact same waistline before and after the rub but almost all experienced the same thing – their belly skin felt smoother and softer than before.

That's because coconut oil speeds up the removal of dead cells on the outer surface of our skin, allowing new cells to quickly take their place. So when you use coconut oil on your skin, it actually benefits your skin more than it does for weight loss.

For those who do really get some inches off their waistline, I think the act of massaging itself is more likely the "culprit" that helps to "scrape" some inches off as massage might break down the fibrous tissue that holds the fat in place, dispersing (not burning) the fat as a result. Additionally, repetitive massaging encourages your lymph glands to flush out excess fluid, which might also have a slimming effect on your belly.

Having said that, don't be surprised to rub off some belly inches even when you use other oils or just normal cream on your skin instead of coconut oil because it is essentially the act of massaging that works.

For your infoYou might argue that the MCFAs in coconut oil can enter our body via the skin and offer the same weight loss benefits as eating it. I don't deny that fact, but there's only that much coconut oil your skin can absorb and it's definitely not enough to boost the metabolism of all your cells to achieve the same level of fat-burning effect as eating the oil.

Actually, if you want to use coconut oil for weight loss, why not just eat it? It's so much easier and convenient that way! Most important of all, eating the oil definitely works to help you lose weight more effectively since you can eat more of it to raise its fat-burning effect on your body fat. Already tested and proven by many overweight people!

How to Eat Coconut Oil for Weight Loss?

Here are the few points you must take note before you start taking the first dose of coconut oil for weight loss:

  1. Use virgin coconut oil (best, organic) because this type of coconut oil best benefits both weight loss and health as it contains the best combination of various MCFAs for boosting metabolism and toughening immunity.

    If you want to soar your metabolism to greater heights, add MCT oil to your virgin coconut oil diet. This is because MCT oil carries only caprylic and capric acids, which are very short medium-chain fatty acids (usually extracted from coconut or palm kernel) that can infiltrate into your cells easily and then convert to energy quickly, thus providing an immediate boost to your metabolism.

    For that reason, some people eat only MCT oil for weight loss. But I do encourage making virgin coconut oil as the staple in your weight loss diet and MCT oil a supplementary for weight loss because virgin coconut oil really provides plenty of health benefits besides its fat-burning property. MCT oil can never match up to the health benefits of virgin coconut oil.

    Because I advocate healthy weight loss, I want you to lose weight and gain health at the same time.

    Another thing is, if you find the distinctive natural coconut scent in virgin coconut oil a bit too strong for your liking, either you learn to like it or instead, use refined coconut oil that is odorless and as a matter of fact, contains slightly lesser MCFAs.

  2. No matter how many extra pounds you wish to lose, whether 20, 50 or even 100 pounds, don't consume too much coconut oil in one go. True, the more coconut oil you eat, the more fat you can burn. But because coconut oil has bowel-loosening effect, it's best to start with 1/2 to 1 tablespoon daily for a few days first to allow your body to adapt itself to the oil and prevent diarrhea-like symptoms from occurring before your next increment.
  3. You can consume coconut oil on its own if you don't mind its greasy feel in your mouth (I've tried before and find eating this way a bit disgusting, but when added to my food and beverages – Yummy!). However, based on my own experience as well as feedback from people whom I recommended the oil to, eating the oil on its own produces more potent bowel-loosening effect than mixing it with food. That's why I always suggest people to cook their food with it (substitute coconut oil for whatever cooking oil you're using now), or add it raw to their food or beverages (juices, smoothies etc). Doing so enhances the flavor of your food and drinks too.
  4. Don't expect the weight loss benefits of coconut oil to manifest after eating it for only a few days or so. The toxic buildups in your body over the past years due to animal meat and junk food consumption can hamper the releasing of fats from your tissues for burning. As coconut oil has potent detoxifying properties, it'll deal with your toxins first before it can draw on the fats from your fat reserves and use them as fuel at its disposal. Therefore, it takes regular (i.e. every day for best result) consumption for at least 2 to 3 weeks before you can notice the difference on your weighing scale.

    Of course, if you manage to detox well with coconut oil, the scale should show a dramatic drop of few pounds in a week, but that's only "weight loss" (due to an increase of waste removal via more bowel movements) and not fat loss yet. True weight loss is burning off of excess fat that results in weight loss. So, please take note of this.

  5. There's simply no restrictions on how much or how many doses of coconut oil you can or should take for weight loss. That depends on how well your body can adapt to the oil's effect. If your body can only take up to 2 Tbsps daily after several weeks of gradual addition of coconut oil to your diet, so be it. But generally, most people can take up to 3 or 4 Tbsps every day, which are what I would recommend for weight loss.
  6. Make sure you cut back on the calorie intake of other food while increasing your doses of coconut oil because excess calorie when not used as fuel will still convert to body fat. Calorie always counts when it comes to losing weight.
  7. One study shows that after consuming a meal containing medium-chain fats, normal-weight people increase their energy expenditure by 48%, but obese individuals increase their energy expenditure by an amazing 65%. In other words, the more excess body fat you have, the stronger will be the fat-burning effect of coconut oil on your body. That means, you may come to the point where coconut oil starts burning lesser body fat even though your metabolism remains optimally elevated. That's good news because that shows you're getting closer to a normal BMI.
  8. Don't limit yourself to just eating coconut oil. You can also include any coconut product such as coconut water, coconut meat, coconut butter and coconut cream or milk in your diet so that you'll never fall short of MCFAs to help keep your metabolism active at all times. Even when making snacks or desserts you can sprinkle desiccated coconut over to enhance the mouth-feel and flavor of your sweet treats. Isn't that cool?

In short, increase your coconut oil intake progressively to the point that it becomes a natural part of your diet and lifestyle because we're talking about long-term weight management, not short-term weight loss. If you treat coconut oil as a temporary weight loss solution, you're likely to fail on your quest to get down in shape and stay slim for good.

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References

  1. Health Benefits of Coconut Oil
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36 thoughts on “How to Use Coconut Oil for Weight Loss?

    • Hi Daisy, rubbing coconut oil on your belly may most likely not make it disappear. But eating coconut oil does. And it has to couple with exercises if you want to boost the fat-burning effect of coconut oil. On top of that, control your diet intake so you don't eat more than what you need.

    • Hi Peggy, you're right that coconut oil makes food taste sweet though it does not contain sugar. Coconut oil helps to enhance flavor.

      As coconut oil is very versatile, you can add it to literally any recipes you want. For example, a smoothie recipe – all you have to do is pour some coconut oil over it and you're ready to enjoy the healthful smoothie with extra health-boosting power from the tropical oil. If you're making cold desserts like sorbet, that's even better with coconut oil since it hardens below 76 °F (24 °C). Bear in mind that when eating your food with coconut oil for weight loss, keep your satiety level at 70% or less so you don't take in more calories than your body requires.

  1. Hi so reading your comments. Rubbing it on will not help but eating it will lose belly fat or drop pounds. But do I put coconut oil in everything I eat? And how coconut oil do I put in my food?

    • Hi Chanelle, sounds that your bowels are not moving well. If that's the case, you must first understand that the wastes that got stuck in your colon or other parts of intestines can contribute to as much as 10 pounds, which means if coconut oil does help you clear your bowels, you could immediately lose a few pounds or even as much as 10 pounds in just couple of days. And don't be too happy about that because that's just the after-effect of detoxification, and does not mean that you've burned off 10 pounds of excess body fat.

      Also, along with the bowel-loosening effect will be loss of water as well. So, you could be losing water mass also. Which means, if coconut oil moves your bowels and helps you detox well, you could have lost up to a few kilos in just a week. That's the short-term effect and it's really ONLY weight loss and not fat loss yet.

      For long-term fat loss and weight maintenance, you should keep adding coconut oil to your diet, at the same time, learn to take more fiber-rich whole foods like vegetables (best would be dark green leafy types) and fruits, and remember to drink adequate amount of water to help with the detox. Otherwise, the weight loss effect of coconut oil will not max up and you could end up like some people whining that coconut oil can't help lose weight.

      If you do not detox well, the toxins from the wastes (in your gut) can impair your cellular metabolism, making it difficult for your body to utilize body fat for energy conversion. Which is why when using coconut oil for weight loss, people with constipation problem will take longer to see true fat loss since coconut oil needs to help with the detox first before your body can effectively pull out fats from the fat reserves to burn them off.

  2. Can you ingest pure fractionated liquid coconut oil?? I use it as a carrier for my essential oils, but wonder if it is o.k..for anything else?

    • Hi Jennifer, if you want to try losing weight with coconut oil, it's best to use virgin coconut oil or MCT oil. MCT oil is a type of fractionated coconut oil but it's made for consumption. Most that are labeled as Fractionated Coconut Oil are usually made for skin care and not meant for consumption.

      I do not know which brand of fractionated (liquid) coconut oil you're using so I cannot advise you on that. Either you tell me the brand and provide some details on the oil so I can check for you or you read this Can You Eat Fractionated Coconut Oil? and see if it does shed some light on what you want to know.

    • Hi Barbara, which nature's basket are you referring to? I don't quite get you, sorry.

      Anyway, you can click here that will take you to Amazon and you can buy from there. If you're not comfortable with Amazon, iHerb is another good place that I always buy from. One thing though, iHerb's Nutiva Organic Virgin Coconut Oil may cost a few bucks more than that in Amazon because of their heavy-duty packaging to ensure the goods are in good condition when it reaches their customers' hands, which I feel it's well worth buying from.

  3. hi soon chai.. am happy to read you blog about coconut oil for weight loss and i guess it would work well for me.. and I would like to ask you one thing.. will the coconut oil helps in reducing breast size ?? or can you suggest other natural home remedies for reducing the size..

    • Hello Radha, sorry to keep you waiting, just returned from Vietnam.

      When coconut oil burns fat, it won't choose which to burn or which not to. It depends on how your body utilizes stored fat and decides which part of fat to let go first. But in most cases of weight loss with coconut oil, the breast size will reduce along with fat reduction in other parts of body. It would be funny to lose just the breast size while keeping the fats in your waist, buttocks, thighs and arms intact.

      There's no natural remedy to reduce just the breast size, don't fall into those tricks and don't spend a dime on that. The only thing you can do is (in my opinion), do some chest-stretching exercises because when you try to work out a particular part of your body, you would notice that that particular part is unlikely to store fat. Just go to Youtube and source for some safe yet effective chest workout routine.

      • Thank u soon that was helpful .. so how do i take coconut oil in my diet? is it ok to just have two spoons of coconut oil daily after meals?? please suggest me on this... because i would really want to reduce my overall weight... and how long i should take coconut oil for best result...

        thank you

        • Hi Radha, coconut oil provides natural weight loss and natural weight loss takes time. Also, it depends on how much fat you need to burn. Of course, the more excess fat you have, the longer you would need to take coconut oil.

          However, I suggest you to change your perspective on coconut oil and don't treat it like a weight loss tool because you won't stick to it for long when it fails to give you quick result. Treat coconut oil as a food. Add it to every of your meal. In general, 3–4 tablespoons per day is good enough to reverse your sluggish metabolism, but if you can go beyond that amount that would be even better. Please read this → How Much Coconut Oil for Weight Loss?

          When you treat coconut oil as any food you're taking, it would become a staple in your diet and losing weight will become easier for you. Also, coconut oil provides tons of other health benefits besides weight loss. Hence, you should continue taking it even when you have gotten your desired size.

  4. Dear Soon, thank you for the best explanation of the benefits to using coconut oil that I have read.
    I have been adding a tbsp of virgin coconut oil to my breakfast coffee which is tasty and seems to give me a boost in the morning. I will take your advice and include a tablespoon of virgin coconut oil with each meal.

  5. hi soon,
    i gave birth 4 months ago and breastfeeding is going on.. is it okay to have virgin coconut oil in my daily intake? is it safe for the baby? but now im using the coconut oil as my after bath oil all over my body..thank you.

    • Hi Tracy, virgin coconut oil contains good amount of lauric acid and capric acid that are also present in human breast milk. When you consume virgin coconut oil, your breast milk will increase in lauric acid and capric acid, plus other germ-fighting compounds that will then pass on to your baby through breastfeeding.

      Also, because taking virgin coconut oil can kick your metabolism into high gear, your nutrient absorption power will rise too. That means you'll be able to produce high quality breast milk for your baby. And when your baby receives that, he or she will be able to absorb nutrients fast from the food and be well protected against harmful viruses, bacteria and other germs.

      But please do not rush and start off with 2 tablespoons in one go as virgin coconut oil can stimulate your bowel movement. Start with just one tablespoon per day spreading over your meals, and from there slowly increase your intake until you're good with taking 3 or more tablespoons daily. Please read Side Effects of Coconut Oil to better understand the use of coconut oil and how your body might react to it.

  6. Hi Soon Chai, I just came across your website and the information is very helpful. Thank you for all your research.

    I have a question about the different methods for eating the virgin coconut oil. Does the coconut oil lose some of its effect when it is heated? Does it lose some of its effect if heated above a certain degree?

      • Hi Aisha, adding to steaming hot coffee or tea does lessen coconut oil's effect because some phytonutrients in coconut oil will evaporate with the steam, albeit slowly. That means, only a very small degree of the oil's effect will be lost because the temperature of the tea or coffee would be less than 212 °F (100 °C), which is way below the damaging smoke point of coconut oil at 350 °F (177 °C).

    • Hi Aisha, virgin coconut oil breaks down at above 350 °F (177 °C), meaning, it will lose its health and weight loss effects completely under prolonged exposure to such high temperature.

      But if you're talking about temperatures way below that, virgin coconut oil may just lose some of its phytonutrients. Not much, really. You might like to take a read @ FussyBody.com/use-coconut-oil-for-health-benefits/ where you'll learn how to reap maximum weight loss and health benefits from consuming coconut oil.

    • Hi Nereida, your skin will tighten on its own to eliminate the stretch marks. But how long it will take depends on how "stretchy" your skin has become post weight loss and how much skin-nourishing fruits and vegetables you're consuming. Coconut oil works to expedite the skin healing process since it helps to boost cellular metabolism.

  7. Hello Soon Chai. Thank you for all this wonderful information. I recently read where a coconut oil detox could be done by swishing a Tbsp of coconut oil around inside your mouth and spitting out so all the toxins the oil pulled out would be eliminated. Is this even possible? If so, and I was to add coconut oil to my diet, would that help with weight loss and just helping my body to become healthier? Supposedly coconut oil helps rid the bowels of candida, are there foods I should abstain from eating so as to not counter act it's benefits?

    One thing though, I have always almost immediately vomited upon smelling coconut. I am afraid to open my new bottle. People have always told me coconut milk doesn't smell like the smell generally associated with say suntan oils. The ingredients listed are : LCO MCT 100 (Liquid Coconut Oil MCT), contains tree nuts.

    Thanks again for your knowledge.

    • Hi Cindi, it's true that pulling with coconut oil can help cleanse your mouth of germs (and toxins) and keep your gum healthy as well as prevent harmful germs from entering your body, thanks to the antimicrobial medium-chain fatty acids in the oil. I do oil-pulling quite regularly and I feel it's so much better than using antiseptic mouthwash.

      Oil pulling does not help in weight loss, but eating coconut oil... yes, because the same medium-chain fatty acids in the oil will help accelerate your metabolism for fat-burning, besides fighting germs to help boost your immunity.

      Candida is a genus of yeast that feeds on sugar. Watch your sugar and carb intake. Also, toxins from meat can weaken your immunity that indirectly promote Candida growth. That said, cut back on your meat consumption as well.

      I mean, improve your diet gradually, like over the course of several weeks (or even months) rather than trying to eliminate the bad stuff quickly because doing so often triggers "withdrawal symptoms" that could easily fall you back onto your old eating habit or make you become worse than before. Gradual changes are more sustainable and longer-lasting.

      Virgin coconut oil does smell of coconut. Of course, some brands are milder while others are stronger. You can try Nutiva refined coconut oil, which holds almost what a virgin coconut oil carries, but without the coconut smell.

      Recommendations: Read Health Benefits of Coconut Oil to discover the mechanism behind the scene that makes coconut oil so powerful as a health booster and fat-burner. Read How to Use Coconut Oil for Health Benefits to find out how you can maximize its use (including oil-pulling) to gain the most out of it.

  8. Soon Chai
    Do you have to massage with coconut oil and eat half a teaspoon of coconut oil ,
    Or do you just have to massage your stomach with coconut oil?
    A.C

    • Hi Anita, you're trying to lose your stomach fat, right? Massaging may help to a small extent only. Eating coconut oil is more effective in burning stomach fat. The more you eat, the more fat you'll burn. But please scroll up and read this article carefully on how best to eat coconut oil for weight loss.

  9. Hello I just started taking Coconut oil organic unrefined for two weeks now just one teaspoon in my tea in the morning and it's giving me horrible headache I don't want to stop taking it though what should I do?

    • Hi Sonia, taking just one teaspoon of unrefined coconut oil in the morning together with your tea can hardly effect headache, let alone horrible headache on you. Are you sure the headache is caused by unrefined coconut oil?

      Poor sleep quality, stress, depression, overuse of pain medication, too much processed meat that contain nitrates, low-carb diet etc can trigger headache. When headache kicks in, please look back on your diet and lifestyle. Rarely, coconut oil has anything to do with headache unless you're taking a lot in the beginning that triggers intense detox reaction or elimination of candida yeast.

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