The FeelFab formula is full of Coconut Oil and for the Babes on the Run bootcampers it forms part of their daily nutrition.
Despite the fact that it comes with a health warning from some experts who say over consumption could be dangerous as coconut oil is a saturated fat, which is true. However, the point they seem to be missing is the saturated fat we are talking about is formed from the same acids as the most nutritionally dense superfoods found on the planet – breast milk.
One of the most important components of breast milk are medium chain fatty acids, mostly lauric acid, the same saturated fat that’s found in coconut oil.
Coconut oil contains loads of medium chain fatty acids, these triglycerides are fantastic for speeding up the metabolism.
Whereas Long-chain fatty acids, like those in polyunsaturated oils, are more difficult for the body to break down and use for energy medium Chain Fatty acids are easier for the body to use and do not enter the blood stream but go straight to the liver where they get used as energy straight away (the same as carbs).
Meaning they are less likely to be converted to fat like long-chain fatty acids which are usually stored as bodyfat.
One study on metabolism and coconut oil reported an increase of 48% for 24 hours – and there are numerous others out there backing up this well documented theory – Nice!
Coconut oil supports fat loss in other ways, it slows down digestion keeping you feeling fuller for longer and can reduce carbohydrate craving leaving you less prone to snacking. I know some top Fitpros who have their clients eat coconut oil straight from the spoon for increased energy levels and decreased carb cravings.
This is primarily because Candida (a common yeast overgrowth) can be destroyed by the medium-chain fatty acids in coconut oil. Candida triggers a whole host of symptoms including weight gain, carb cravings and fatigue. If you are suffering with Candida weight loss can be very difficult and you will suffer over whelming sugar cravings, as the yeast will feed off the sugar asking for more and more.
Coconut oil will also slows down the rate the carbohydrate in your meal is broken down into glucose and therefore prevents blood sugar fluctuations, lowering the Glycemic Index of your meal.
Coconut oil is your best bet for cooking too as it is far better at coping with high heats than cold pressed and processed oils such as Olive Oil which although a definite friend of fat loss and overall health when unheated will lose many of its benefits and if heated to high temperature’s becomes toxic due to changes in its molecular structure.
In fact all poly-(vegetable oils, including soybean oil, corn oil Flaxseed and safflower oil) and monounsaturated (sunflower, hazelnut, safflower, olive, canola and peanut oil) fats can produce free radicals when used at high temperatures.
Saturated fat, ie Coconut Oil does not, as it can withstand the higher temperatures making it ideal for cooking
Olive and cold pressed oils are fantastic for dressings and to lightly sautee with, anything at a high heat or longer than 5 mins and it’s a no no!
Coconut oil is great for detoxing, as it balances the digestive system as well as healing and nourishing the cells of the body, paving the way for easier weight loss.
Think of it like putting the best quality fuel in your car, you will perform better with more endurance because of the boost of energy you will receive from these medium-chain fatty acids.
Finally as with most foods the quality of oil you buy is key, Organic, unrefined extra virgin coconut oil is the best choice since it preserves all the natural goodness of the oil. I like Biona Organic Raw Virgin Coconut Oil
I got my last batch from here http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B005GUU680/ref=oh_o04_s00_i00_details