The Coconut Diet

coconutCoconuts have been regarded as "trees of life" primarily because of their many uses specially for those living in tropical countries. The fruit of the coconut palm or the coconut oil is rich in good fats that are beneficial to health. This is why most tropical populations are healthy, free from diseases, and are rarely considered overweight.

Coconut oil contains healthy saturated fats, as compared to the transfatty acids found in most vegetable oils. Coconut oil helps boost the body’s metabolism and energy levels as it is made up of medium chain triglycerides, which burn more quickly than long chain triglycerides. When combined with a low-carb diet, coconut oil helps speed up weight loss. Also coconut oil improves the functions of the thyroid and can aid in treating candida and other common illnesses.

The coconut diet requires you to consume 2 to 3 tablespoons of coconut oil every day. You can add this to your salads, shakes and fiber and protein-rich foods. You can use it as a substitute to vegetable oil when cooking and as a diet supplement. But it is recommended to gradually incorporate coconut oil in your daily diet or take it in phases so as to prevent reactions like diarrhea and stomach cramps.

Just like most weight loss diets, there are phases to follow with the coconut diet. The first phase requires you to stay off the carbs and consume only lean protein-rich foods with your daily dose of coconut oil. Phase 2 is the cleansing stage where you can focus on detoxifying your liver, colon, kidneys and gall bladder. Phase 3 and 4 allows the reintroduction of carbs in your diet.

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