I’ve heard that coconut oil can help me lose weight, but it is really a healthy option?

Coconut has gotten a bad reputation for its high saturated fat content, but not all sat-fats are harmful. In fact, research has found that coconut oil can actually boost levels of HDL (“good”) cholesterol. And you are spot-on about the tropical fruit’s slimming perks. Coconut oil is primarily made up of medium-chain triglycerides, fatty acids that are broken down and burned for energy rather than being stored as fat. What’s more, studies show these fatty acids stimulate thyroid function to enhance the production of fat-burning hormones.

The jump-start your weight loss, aim to get 1 to 2 Tbs. of virgin coconut oil daily. You can expect to lose about 2 to 3 pounds per week, and most women find that it comes off the belly first!

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