Coconut Oil Coffee for Weight Loss? Myth or Not?

(Last Updated On: August 3, 2018)

People in this generation are far different from those who have lived before. Everything in this world is now more advanced than ever before. Traveling doesn’t need to take too long to reach your desired destination thanks to the advancement of the automobile, fast crafts, and airplanes. Communication is just a press away. You do not need to wait for the mail carrier to pick up your letter and deliver back the reply. Even befriending someone is just an “add”, “like”, “share”, and an emoticon away. Tuberculosis and other deadly diseases in ancient times are now curable.

Thanks to all these advancements, life has now become easier to live. Unfortunately, with all these advancements, diseases are also evolving. For instance, cancer used to be a rare disease. Now, it’s common and on the rise.

The Pathway to Health and Wellness

Due to the constant threat in having such diseases, many people are becoming health conscious and making weight loss a primary goal. Due to this goal, fitness centers are booming and are a common site to see everywhere you go. And each of these fitness centers offer different workouts to cater to different needs. Weight loss programs are also changing the way people live, each one different and unique on its own to help individual reach their weight loss goals using methods they’re comfortable with.

However, enrolling in fitness centers equate to additional expense. Aside from the monthly membership fee, it is difficult to say what kind of an impact a particular workout routine your body will have if you have never tried it. Going to the gym also entails living a healthier lifestyle all together, changing your eating habits and buying more food that can help reach your goals. If your income can cope up with maintaining such a healthy and fit lifestyle, then go for it. After all, it’s reassuring to have someone else monitor your progress and keep you motivated.

However, not everyone can afford a monthly gym membership, subscribe to a weight loss program or change their diet completely. So how are these people going to lose weight effectively? How are you going to reach your fitness goals if going to the gym is out of the option and changing your diet right away is a challenge?

Well, luck for you, the options are not limited. In fact, there are two things you can add to your diet to help you achieve your weight loss goal: coffee and coconut oil.

Yep, you read that correctly. You can breathe a sigh of relief now because there’s no need for you to give up on your caffeine if you’re not ready yet. You can add one ingredient to your coffee, though, and it’s coconut.

Adding coconut oil to coffee is an emerging trend for many coffee lovers not because they want to give their daily morning fix a new twist but because of the health benefits, and more importantly, the weight loss benefits it supposedly offers.

Of course, this begs the question does it really work? Does coconut oil coffee really aid in losing weight or is just a myth perpetuated until it sounds like a fact?

Well, to help you with this, let’s first delve in to the benefits of coffee and coconut oil for you to understand why coconut oil coffee is a new trend in weight loss.

The Health Benefits of Coffee

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According to Forbes, drinking coffee daily offers many health benefits when consumed wisely. Drinking a cup, especially in the morning, will give you more than just a boost in energy. Coffee is loaded with antioxidants and beneficial nutrients that can improve your health.

In addition to that, more studies show that there is a lot of good, health wise, associated with drinking this dark black beverage. Some show the potential health benefits associated with drinking coffee includes protection against diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, liver disease, liver cancer, as well as promoting a healthy heart. As a matter, below are just some of the benefits you get by drinking a cup:

Lowers the Risk of Diabetes

Drinking coffee increases plasma levels of the protein sex hormone-binding globulin, which controls the biological activity of the body’s sex hormones. And as you may have guessed, these hormones play a role in the development of diabetes.

Reduces the risk of developing Alzheimer’s, dementia, and Parkinson’s disease

Coffee contains a stimulant called caffeine. When absorbed into the bloodstream and travels into the brain, the caffeine blocks an inhibitory neurotransmitter called Adenosine. When this happens, the amount of other neurotransmitters increases, leading to enhanced firing of neurons resulting in improved brain function, increased energy level,  improved mood,  enhanced general cognitive function, and reduced risk of developing Parkinson’s disease.

Protects the liver

Back to the adenosine receptors, these are responsible for activating certain liver cells that lay down scar tissue. If this activation process is hindered, scar tissue and eventually cirrhosis, cause of liver disease, may be less likely to occur. Coffee helps stimulate the activation of liver cells to keep your organ healthy and functional.

Helps burn fat and improve physical performance

Almost every fat burning supplement contains caffeine, which is considered one of the very few natural substances that have actually proven to aid in fat burning. Several studies show that caffeine can boost the metabolic rate by 3% to 11%. Although it is possible that this effect will diminish in the long run, other studies show that it can increase the burning of fat by as much as 10% in obese individuals and 29% in lean people. With this stimulant present in the nervous system, it sends signals to the fat cells to break down body fat at the same time increases adrenaline levels in the blood, fuelling the body. Given these effects, it is not surprising to see an increase in physical performance of someone who had drunk a strong cup of coffee.

Besides the health benefits, drinking coffee also opens doors for social interaction. This coffee tradition sprang back from the 17th century when coffee started gaining ground in the masses, especially in England. Dubbed as “penny universities”, people would visit coffee houses and spend just a penny to enjoy a cup of coffee and intellectual conversations with other coffee drinkers.

Nowadays, with over four hundred billion cups consumed every year, coffee is one of the most popular drinks in the world. But what makes it special? How will it help with weight loss and what is the connection of coconut oil? How effective is coconut oil coffee to losing weight? Or is it just all a myth?

The Health Benefits of Coconut

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The coconut is said to be the Tree of Life.

One big reason is that an entire coconut tree serves many purposes, from the leaves down to its roots. Anyone who has lived in the tropics for most of their lives can attest to that. In tropical countries, like Vietnam or the Philippines, coconut leaves are woven together to build a hut, to form a basket or to make a triangle casing where rice grain is cooked.

A coconut tree trunk is used to build a house, a piece of furniture or pieces of paper pulp. The coconut shells are used to make handcraft items, charcoals for cooking and even instruments to product native music.

The coconut fruit doesn’t lag behind in terms of benefits a swell. Coconut meat is sweet tasting it is either grounded to produce coconut flour, coconut sugar, coco milk or candies. The scraped meat is even a staple ingredient for fruit salads in Southeast Asian countries. When eaten raw, coconut meat can satisfy hunger.

Coconut water is also a refreshing drink that’s perfect in the summer as it can rehydrate the body and quench thirst. Coconut roots are also beneficial to the health. When brewed, the roots can help alleviate any skin irritations, cure fever as well as diarrhea.

Now, a new coconut byproduct is making waves in the health and fitness industry: coconut oil. When added to coffee, coconut oil can provide a metabolic boost to the body, which is said to aid in weight loss. But does it really help reduce fat? Let’s take a look at the benefits of coconut oil and how aids in weight loss.

It helps reduce appetite.

Overeating is one of the culprits of weight gain. The sad reality is that it’s so easy to binge on food but it’s difficult to shed the extra pounds you gained from eating too much. And as you already know, losing weight is all about burning more energy (calories) than you take in. So if you’re burning energy and taking less calories without really thinking about it, then you’re on your way to becoming several pounds lighter than you before. And coconut  oil seems to have that kind of effect.

Coconut helps reduce your appetite so you eat food less without really trying too hard. How? Through the medium-chain fatty acids that coconut oil contains. In a study published in The Journal of Nutrition, it states that there is a physiological effect of medium-chain fatty acids to the body and that is to create a feeling of fullness, which then leads to a reduction of calorie intake.

It helps lose dangerous abdominal fat.

With a reduction of appetite, the most likely result is fat loss over time especially in the belly area. Abdominal fat, also known as belly fat or visceral fat, is the kind of fat that usually lodges in the organs. When there is too much fat buildup in your organs, heart disease, inflammation and diabetes ensue. On the other hand, when abdominal fat is eliminated you will experience improved metabolic health as well as reduced risk of developing any chronic disease. Adding coconut oil to your coffee or to any drink or food can make significant reduction to fat build up around your abdomen.

It boosts metabolism.

The kinds of food you put inside your body has an effect on your metabolic health as well as on your hormones. When you gorge on any type of food, it goes through various metabolic pathways. Some foods will require more energy to burn as it go through the metabolic pathways, and this is where coconut oil comes to play.

Coconut oil is considered a thermogenic substance. In other words, it tends to increase fat burning when it’s being digested compared to other fats in the same amount. So if your coconut oil intake is increased, there’s a high possibility that your metabolism will also work hard to digest it, burning more fat in the process.

It strengthens the immune system

Aside from getting your daily dose of caffeine, drinking coffee with coconut oil can boost your immune system to help combat any infections and diseases invading the body. One good explanation as to how it can strengthen your body is that coconut oil contains 50% of a certain fatty acid called lauric acid. WebMD explains that this saturated fat is “used for treating viral infections, including influenza (the flu), swine flu : avian flu, the common cold, fever blisters, cold sores, and genital herpes caused by herpes simplex virus, genital warts caused by human papilloma virus and AIDS. “ Coconut oil is also used for the prevention of HIV transmission from the mother to the baby or fetus.

It helps the body absorb essential nutrients efficiently.

One of the healthiest ways to lose weight, aside from exercising at least 30 minutes five or six times a week, is to eat healthily so your body will be filled with nutrients that will help the organs function normally and efficiently.

When you’re eating less, especially fruits and vegetables, it makes it harder for the body to get its daily dose of nutrients. Thankfully, coconut oil contains properties that improve digestion. More specifically, it assists your digestive tract in absorbing fat-soluble vitamins, such as vitamin A, vitamin D, vitamin E and vitamin K from the foods that you eat. These vitamins will work to improve cellular regeneration, skin health and bones, brain function as well as mood. In addition to that, vitamin D is also responsible in helping the body absorb essential minerals, like calcium, magnesium, iron, and zinc.

What’s their relation with weight loss? When your body is filled with these essential vitamins and minerals, you’ll be able to feel better. You’ll feel less stressed and you won’t have any unhealthy cravings. All these will be benefit you in the long run.

Choosing the right coconut oil

Now that the benefits of coconut oil have already been established, you’re probably wondering by now what type of coconut you should get. Because there are so many to choose from, we’ve broken down the different types of coconut to help you find which one is right for you:

  • Virgin coconut oil

If you’re looking for the best one in town, virgin coconut oil or VCO is the way to go. It’s extracted from the meat of several mature coconuts and is rich of essential nutrients.

  • Extra-virgin coconut oil

While the name may imply superb quality, there’s really not much of a difference between it and virgin coconut oil. So if you can’t afford this type o f coconut oil, you can still reap the same benefits virgin coconut oil offers.

  • Refined coconut oil

Although this kind of oil isn’t the purest of them oil, refined coconut oil still offers the same health benefits as a virgin coconut oil does. What’s good about this oil is that it doesn’t have a distinct taste, so you don’t have to worry about the taste of your coffee being overshadowed by the oil.

Is coconut oil coffee for weight loss a myth or fact?

The answer to this question really depends. But given the many benefits coffee and coconut oil provides, it’s hard to say that it’s a myth.

In our opinion, we’d say it’s a fact. As already explained above, these two ingredients can make significant improvements to your health and fitness. However, do know that drinking cups of coffee sprinkled with coconut oil alone on a daily basis may not work as fast as you want to when it comes to losing weight. If you really want to shed excess fat, you can do it best by drinking coconut oil coffee in conjunction with exercising regularly and eating a healthy diet.

Now, whether you believe coconut oil coffee is effective in weight loss or not, you can still enjoy this warm beverage as a way of de-stressing, unwinding or starting intellectually stimulating conversations with your mate, BFF or work colleague. Here’s how make your own coconut oil coffee:

  • Ingredients:
    • Coffee (organic if you can find one in your local shop
    • One to two teaspoons coconut oil

The rest of the ingredients are optional so you can omit or mix these ingredients together with the original ingredients:

    • Stevia
    • Coconut sugar
    • Peppermint
    • Raw honey
    • Vanilla extract
    • Gelatin

Directions:

  • Put your coffee beans or powder into your blender.
  • Add the teaspoons of coconut oil.
  • Add any of the optional ingredients listed above.
  • Cover with a lid and blend until they look frothy.
  • Pour into an empty container and enjoy!
Written by Irina Radosevic MD
Irina graduated from the University of Belgrade, School of Medicine as a Doctor of Medicine (MD) and spent over 3 years working in the Clinical Hospital Center Zvezdara, in the Department of Emergency Medicine. She also undertook a postgraduate in Cardiology from the same University and had previously worked for over a year as a Physician and Nutritionist Dietitian for the Fitness club Green Zone. She eventually left her chaotic but fulfilling job in the ER to pursue her passion of writing, travelling and mountain climbing which has included writing a first aid course for the alpine club of Belgrade. Irina currently works as a VA for PintMedia focusing on medical and travel writing. Feel free to connect with Irina on LinkedIn and FaceBook. Her CV can be seen here.