Keeping weight loss simple. That’s what we all want to do – especially when living with a chronic disorder like Fibromyalgia, we already have enough challenges in our life.
Personally, I am not someone that can stick to a strict eating regimen. I have finally found a program that is simple, and incorporates a few of my favorite things! And, it’s healthy!
Thermongenesis Burns Calories
Thermogenesis literally refers to the creation of heat. When you create heat, you burn additional calories. Simple.
Medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs) are medium-chain (8 to 12 carbons) fatty acid esters of glycerol. An ester is an organic compound made by replacing the hydrogen of an acid by an alkyl or other organic group. Many naturally occurring fats and essential oils are esters of fatty acids.
These MCT’s are different from the common longer chain fatty acids found in other plant-based oils, called triglycerides (LCT). LCT’s are typically stored as body fat, while MCT’s are burned for energy
I don’t really understand the science but it’s wonderful news!
Medium Chain Triglycerides + Thermogenesis = Weight Loss!
In fact, a new study shows that chili peppers and coconut oil together can induce thermogenesis and lead to weight loss.
Healthy Weight Loss
Coconut oil, nature’s richest source of medium-chain triglycerides, increases metabolic rates that lead to weight loss!
Researchers now know that weight loss associated with coconut oilis is related to the length of the fatty acid chains contained in the coconut oil. Coconut oil contains medium chain fatty acids, or medium chain triglycerides (MCT). and is easily digested and turned into energy.
With increased metabolism levels, effective weight loss can be achieved. Patients that have malnutrition or malabsorption syndromes are treated with MCTs because they do not require energy for absorption, utilization, or storage.
Researchers in Japan have found that when you consume a food rich in MCT’s, such as coconut oil, the MCT’s are absorbed and transported directly into the liver via the portal vein. They are metabolized readily and increase diet-induced thermogenesis.
Fats and oils are known as “lipids”. If a lipid is liquid at room temperature, it is called an “oil”, if it is solid, it is called a “fat”.
Fats can be found in many food sources in nature—animal meats (tallow and lard), butter, eggs, marine animals (fish oil), vegetables and fruits (olives, avocados, coconuts, etc.), nuts and seeds/legumes (soybeans, sesame seeds, peanuts, cashews, grape seeds, etc.), and whole grains (wheat, rice, etc. (must contain the bran and all components to benefit from all the oils present) — not hot dogs and pepperoni pizza!
Most assuredly, the biggest enemy in our food is likely refined sugar. Even the American Heart Association, which is still anti-saturated fat, agrees that sugar is a far bigger contributor to heart disease.
A diet high in natural foods will be naturally high-fat! it is impossible to eliminate fats from our diet. We wouldn’t want to because fats are an essential part of life!
Did you know, just as raw milk was recommended by physicians in the 1800’s to the 1940’s, not only for the fat content, but the active enzymes in a non-pasteurized product— so was a high-fat diet?! These high fat foods were considered to be healthy and are rich in saturated fats.
Margarines (not like the modern-day versions) were originally created as a substitute for butter, made from beef tallow and skimmed milk in 1869 in France, as a cheaper alternative.
Low Carbs + Thermgenesis = Weight Loss
You can lose weight by cutting out the refined carbohydrates. Why not combine that with the thermogenesis action of medium chain triglycerides?
Thermogenesis increases the body’s metabolism-producing energy. When you consume a food rich in MCT’s, the MCT’s are absorbed and transported directly into the liver. They are then metabolized rapidly and increase diet-induced thermogenesis.
Many people may not lose weight because they are lacking the proper fats in their diet. Most of the low-carb diets give mixed messages about a healthy fat vs. an unhealthy fat. Consuming large amounts of the wrong fats, such as hydrogenated polyunsaturated fats, full of trans fatty acids, will not only sabotage your weight loss goals, you may end up with a host of other health issues.
Foods that include MCT’s include natural raw butter, coconut oil, which is the richest source of MCT’s and Palm Kernal Oil. These foods increase metabolic rates and lead to weight loss.
There are many studies proving the concept of thermogenesis and medium-chain triglycerides. The research has reported that the fatty acids from MCT’s in coconut oil are not easily converted into stored triglycerides, and that MCT’s cannot be readily used by the body to make larger fat molecules.
When MCT’s are substitued for long-chain triglycerides in the diet, the body is much less inclined to store fat! When we eat sensibly, with natural fats, a diet containing MCT’s is more effective than a low-fat diet at decreasing body fat. Coconut oil was even shown to decrease belly fat in women!
Ways to Use Coconut Oil in a Weight-Loss Diet
Many people find that after including coconut oil into their diets, they tend to crave snacking less. Coconut oil has been found to support weight loss efforts in various ways.
First, it could slow down overall digestion of food. This could help you always feel full after a meal so that you would not crave to eat more.
Second, it could also significantly help avoid blood sugar fluctuations following a meal through slowing the rate at how carbohydrates are broken down in the body to be converted into blood glucose.
TIP: Twenty minutes before mealtime is the best time to take your coconut oil as it will significantly reduce appetite and help you to feel full more quickly and be satisfied with smaller portions. To liquify, mix 1-2 TBL of coconut oil in a mug and add hot water or herbal tea. Stir to melt and drink. Use the following guidelines to determine how much oil to consume before each meal:
- 90-130 lbs, use 1 TBL coconut oil before each meal for a total of 3 TBL per day.
- 131-180 lbs, use 1.5 TBL coconut oil before each meal for a total of 4.5 TBL per day.
- Over 180 lbs, use 2 TBL coconut oil before each meal for a total of 6 TBL per day.
Safety Issues when using Coconut Oil
Studies in animals and humans tell us that MCTs are quite safe when consumed at a level of up to 50% of total dietary fat. However, some people who consume MCTs, especially on an empty stomach, may experience annoying (but not severe) abdominal cramps and bloating.
***The maximum safe dosage of MCTs in young children, pregnant or nursing women, or people with serious kidney or liver disease has not been established.
In 1981, researchers studied populations of two Polynesian atolls. Coconut was the chief source of caloric energy in both groups. The results, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition,2 demonstrated that both populations exhibited positive vascular health.
In fact, no evidence exists that the naturally occurring high saturated fat intake had any kind of harmful effect in these populations!
Based on 60 years of negative public policy toward naturally occurring saturated fats, you would expect these cultures to be rife with clogged arteries, obesity, and heart disease.
It may be surprising for you to realize that the naturally occurring saturated fat in coconut oil actually has other amazing health benefits, such as:
- Promoting your heart health
- Supporting your immune system health
- Supporting a healthy metabolism
- Providing you with an immediate energy source
- Keeping your skin healthy and youthful looking
- Supporting the proper functioning of your thyroid gland
Don’t Dine Without Enzymes!
Enzymes are the “spark of life”! Without enzymes, our bodies do not properly break down food; therefore we do not absorb vitamins, minerals and amino acids which are the basis of health.
I keep a bottle of enzymes on the kitchen table as a reminder. They, too, are part of a healthy diet. They assist in transporting the food we eat through the digestive tract, eliminating digestive distress.
Our immune system, bloodstream, liver, kidneys, spleen and pancreas especially depend upon enzymes for proper digestive function.
Without proper enzymes, our white blood cells try to perform the purpose of the enzymes, usually leaving one feeling tired after eating, and compromising the immune system.
Enzymes are responsible for every biochemical reaction that occurs in living matter. All life depends on enzymes!
drink pure water throughout the day!
*****Most important – Keep hydrated!
Besides flushing toxins from our system, drinking enough water can help with weight loss. Having food cravings is a common symptom amongst Chronic Fatigue Syndrome sufferers. If you crave different foods, alcohol, caffeine, sugars and so on, your body may be disguising its thirst signals. Instead of feeding that craving, go for a glass of pure water instead.
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I hope you find this program as simple as I have. You can contact me at iambluegreen@ verizon.net, I would love to hear from you!
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