A notable study published in the journal Lipids found that coconut oil could promote weight loss while helping individuals improve cholesterol levels .
One notable study, published in the journal Lipids, found that coconut oil could have a positive impact for those struggling with obesity.
During the study, women in both groups cut back on calories and dietary carbohydrates, while increasing caloric intake of protein and fiber. Fat ingestion remained unchanged. Only one week after the dietary changes were made, the coconut oil group had higher levels of HDL (“good” cholesterol) and lower levels of LDL. Further, though both groups had reductions in body mass index (a measurement of weight and height), only the coconut oil group experienced a reduction in waist circumference.
The amount of coconut oil used in the study was equal to about 2 tablespoons. Does this mean you too could reduce belly fat by including coconut oil in your diet? Possibly.
But before picking out the desirable parts of this study and running with it, it’s important to remember that the study participants also decreased their total caloric intake and began exercising daily for 50 minutes. Pairing these significant lifestyle changes with coconut oil consumption seemed to have the best results.