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As much as your body can take it. Coconut oil not only helps to stimulate metabolism for burning fat, it also helps to increase your colon motility for more frequent bowel movements. Sounds good if you have chronic constipation issue. And don't forget that detox is a critical element for losing weight. Hence, the more coconut oil you consume, the merrier. But if you take more than what your body can handle, the runs can zap you out.
Which is why I cannot give you a specific quantity of coconut oil for weight loss because each person has different body constitution and if any, medical condition. Therefore, each of us may react differently to the detox effect of coconut oil.
"Okay, but at least tell us how much coconut oil we should start with."
Well, here's the deal.
1. How much coconut oil to start with for weight loss?
Before we go into that, I need you to remember these 2 rules:
- Never take too much coconut oil in one sitting, especially when you're just getting started.
- Never ingest coconut oil on an empty stomach.
Remember just now I told you coconut oil can help increase your bowel movement?
If you take too much at one shot and/or on an empty stomach, coconut oil can cause symptoms similar to diarrhea such as severe stomach cramp, watery stools or nausea.
Detox is good, but not to the extent of having to run to the bathroom so many times that may affect your work or sleep.
I hope to help you lose weight with coconut oil without getting the "side effects".
That said, you should always begin with a small amount and add coconut oil to your meals.
For example, mix one teaspoon into your breakfast. And that's it for the day. Don't take too much in the beginning.
Observe to make sure your body feels good with such quantity for at least 5–7 days. When everything looks okay, then increase to 2 or 3 teaspoons per day. Again, add to your meals. And stick for another week just to be on the safe side.
But remember, spread out the amount. Like 2 teaspoons to breakfast and 1 teaspoon to lunch or vice versa.
Will this amount effect any fat-burning yet?
Not quite. Because it's only 3 teaspoons (i.e. one tablespoon) of coconut oil per day. Even if there is, your scale won't deflect too much. Eating coconut oil this way is more for helping your body to adapt to coconut oil's detox effect first. So, don't expect much fat to burn at this amount.
Oh, one thing I forgot to mention. You should try to eat less coconut oil during dinner. This is to help you avoid the diarrhea symptoms (in case it does trigger) throughout the night that may affect your sleep quality.
Taking coconut oil in the morning or afternoon allows you to at least have some buffer during the day for multiple bathroom visits. By the time you hit the sack at night, the effect should wear off and so you can sleep soundly.
As a seasoned coconut oil eater, I take more coconut oil in the day than at night. I do pour some over my meal at dinner but probably just a teaspoon. For your case, I would suggest that you stick to morning and afternoon until you become a seasoned eater like me.
2. How to burn more fat with coconut oil
As the fat deposits that come from your intake of other foods can easily out-calorie what coconut oil has burned off, you need a pretty good amount of coconut oil to effect weight loss on you.
Having said that, you should also lower your consumption of other high-cal food as you increase your intake of coconut oil.
Ultimately, calorie still counts when it comes to losing weight.
The max for most people in general is 3 or 4 tablespoons daily. This is the same for those who eat coconut oil for health benefits.
But if you can shoot up to 5 or even 6 tablespoons in a day, that would give you an even stronger and longer lasting fat-burning effect. But be prepared for more bowel movements.
More bowel movements definitely help a lot in getting rid of toxic waste quickly. If you allow the waste to get stuck in your colon for days, the toxins from the waste will get resorbed back into your system. They then get stashed into your fat cells, preventing your body from utilizing the stored fats to fuel your metabolic activities.
However, bear in mind not to force it upon yourself. If you max out at 3 tablespoons per day, leave it at that. You'll lose weight at a relatively slower pace, but at least you don't throw yourself to the toilet too often.
In short, there are no hard and fast rules on how much coconut oil you should take for weight loss. It all depends on how fast you want the pace to be and how far you can go.
But do remember that you need to first condition your body by increasing your intake of coconut oil gradually and progressively. And adjust its amount accordingly to best fit your lifestyle and the pace you feel more comfortable with.
On top of that, you should also reel in exercises to step up your metabolism further for more burning of fat. Exercising can help to suppress your appetite so you don't eat too much food unnecessarily.
Plus, if you employ the principle of high-intensity-interval training (alternating between high and low intensity levels) into whatever exercises you do, for example, cycling or jogging, you can speed up your fat-burning and result in greater weight loss in shorter time.
3. How much coconut oil to take after weight loss?
If you ever succeed to shed off your excess pounds with coconut oil and achieve your desired shape, continue with your consumption. Don't stop.
"But I'm afraid coconut oil will make me too skinny."
Trust me. It won't. The amazing thing with coconut oil is that the more stored body fats you have, the more will get burned. In other words, if you have less stored body fats, of course, you'll have less to burn.
What's more, it can help maintain your metabolism so that you won't easily grow back to the size you were having. So, why stop?
Actually, coconut oil is primarily meant for lifting immunity due to its high content of saturated fats and antimicrobials. Saturated fats neutralize free radical reactions while antimicrobials fight off harmful pathogens.
I started taking it in the first place for such reason. It just happens that it also helps to move bowels and lose weight as the "side effects".
That makes coconut oil a powerful constipation relief as well as a fat-burner for many people.
So, how much coconut oil should you take after a successful weight loss?
Keep to the amount you have been taking. That should be fine. For example, 3 tablespoons per day. This quantity is what I recommend for obtaining health benefits from coconut oil.
But if you want to cut back a little bit, by all means. Just make sure you have enough to keep your immunity in good condition and maintain your metabolism at fat-burning level.