There have been some very interesting studies about the relationship between coconut oil (or any type of coconut fat, including coconut milk and cream) and how it can affect your body fat and the findings may surprise you!
One of the studies, which was published in the Journal Lipids, consisted of testing the effects of either 2 tablespoons of coconut oil or 2 tablespoons of soybean on a group of 40 women over the span of 28 days. Results showed that the group that ate the coconut oil had a decrease in abdominal fat, while the soybean oil group actually showed a slight increase in belly fat.
Additionally, the group that ate the coconut oil showed increased HDL good cholesterol levels, while the soybean oil group had decreased HDL cholesterol and increased LDL bad cholesterol. In short, what the research is showing, is that coconut oil contains fats that your body can burn off faster. And thats just the tip of the iceberg.
The Journal of Nutrition published a study where researchers investigated all studies relative to medium chain fatty acids (MCFAs) that are abundant in coconut fat and weight management. The studies showed that diets rich in fats such as those found in coconut oil prompted a boost in metabolism, increase in energy, decrease in food consumption, reduced body weight and lower body fat mass.
The study authors highly recommend using oils that contain MCFAs, such as coconut oil, as a tool to drop extra abdominal fat, manage a healthy weight, and even as a way to treat obesity.