Coconut oil boosts your metabolism by increasing energy expenditure, raising basal body temperatures, and accelerating the loss of other fats inside the body. Yes – you better believe it! It’s been proven that consumption of just two tablespoons of coconut oil a day (30 ml), in both men and women, is capable of supporting a healthy belly fat level.
Coconut oil is primed for the fat around our midsections, the most dangerous kind. A single tablespoon of coconut oil contains 117 calories and 13.6 grams of fat; that’s over 90% saturated fat – but coconut oil is built of short and medium chain fatty acids that not only get broken down faster than long chain fatty acids, the oil's composition actually make it a fat hunter rather than a fat gatherer.
A higher metabolism means that we burn calories at a faster rate, leaving fewer calories to be converted to fat. Many studies (including those conducted by Bruce Fife, Mary Enig, McGill University and the Journal of Nutrition) have demonstrated coconut oil’s ability to help increase the metabolism and to make you feel fuller longer. This means more energy and fewer cravings!
Coconut oil can be an agent for physical and mental, short and long-term energy level benefits. Unlike caffeine or sugar that cause you to crash, coconut oil supports sustained, natural energy. With increased energy levels and mental focus, activities of daily living and exercise become more productive.
The key components in coconut oil are the medium chain fatty acids which are processed and metabolized faster. It has been shown that coconut oil intake can sustain metabolism boosts for as long as 24 hours! Due to this quick production of energy, athletes have been known to use MCFAs to enhance their performance.