Coconut Oil and Weight Loss

The studies below found some significant facts regarding health effects of certain food.  This is an attempt by us to interpret the findings so that it could be implemented in everyday health practices.  It has to be understood that good eating habits are necessary for optimal health and that means that a variety of good foods have to be consumed every day.  We do believe that some food has medicinal value and could be used to help in the prevention and support of treatment in certain illnesses.  However, if it is not part of a good nutritious diet, it might lose its value.    Although we do believe in the power of natural food, we absolutely do not claim to cure any disease through the consumption of specific foods.

Kai Ming Liau, Yeong Yeh Lee, Chee Keong Chen, and Aida Hanum G. Rasool An Open-Label Pilot Study to Assess the Efficacy and Safety of Virgin Coconut Oil in Reducing Visceral Adiposity. Pharmacology Volume 2011 (2011), Article ID 949686, http://dx.doi.org/10.5402/2011/949686

This study was done to determine the efficacy of the intake of virgin coconut oil on the weight and lipid profiles of 20 obese but healthy Malay volunteers - both male and female. It was found that there were no negative effects resulted from using 30 ml of the oil in three equal doses before each meal. After four weeks there was a significant reduction in abdominal fat in the male group. None was seen in the female group and no effect was seen on the blood lipid profile. Two possible reasons for the study to have failed to see the positive results other studies have found might be because of the small study group and the length of time of intervention. Only twenty people were studied over a period of six weeks of which the participants consumed the virgin coconut oil for four weeks.

 

Diuli A Cardoso, Annie S B Moreira, Glaucia M M de Oliveira, Ronir Raggio Luiz, Glorimar Rosa. A Coconut Extra Virgin Oil-Rich Diet Increases HDL Cholesterol and Decreases Waist Circumference and Body Mass in coronary Artery Disease Patients. Nutr Hosp. 2015 ;32(5):2144-52. Epub 2015 Nov 1.

One hundred and sixteen people with coronary artery disease were studied regarding the effect of extra virgin coconut oil added to their treatment regime. For the first three months all participants received intense nutritional intervention on top of their medication. After this time, they were divided into two groups; one of which received a daily dose of the coconut oil. After 3 – 6 months it was found that the intervention group, who consumed the coconut oil, had higher levels of good cholesterol (HDL) and a greater reduction of waist circumference.

 


Monica L Assunção, Haroldo S Ferreira, Aldenir F dos Santos, Cyro R Cabral, Telma M M T Florêncio. Effects of dietary coconut oil on the biochemical and anthropometric profiles of women presenting abdominal obesity. Lipids. 2009 Jul;44(7):593-601. Epub 2009 May 13.

This was a randomized, double-blind, clinical trial and involved 40 women aged 20-40 years. The effects of dietary supplementation with coconut oil or soybean oil were evaluated on women presenting waist circumferences greater than 88 cm (abdominal obesity). Each of the participants received daily dietary supplements comprising 30 mL of either soybean oil or coconut oil over a 12-week period, during which all subjects were instructed to follow a balanced low calorie diet and to walk for 50 min per day. It was found that the women in the coconut oil group had a greater reduction of the waist circumference and LDL (the harmful cholesterol) as well as an increase in HDL (the beneficial cholesterol). All three of these factors reduce the likelihood of developing cardiovascular disease and stroke.