Can you lose weight with coconut oil? When eating healthy and following a low carb diet it’s very possible. Today’s recipe is a tasty treat that is low in sugar and carbs, and includes everyone’s favorite healthy fat.
I don’t eat paleo. I’m more paleo-ish. I try to limit my intake of simple and complex carbohydrates. I also try to limit eating gluten. That said, I am more than happy to have a cinnamon roll from the local bakery now and then. Especially if it’s my new favorite bakery that gets all their ingredients locally and uses local honey for sweetening. But I also go days without eating wheat or rice. I also go days without eating any sugar. I feel its healthier and makes me feel better.
Coconut oil is hot nowadays for it’s almost magical medicinal qualities. It contains antibacterial and antiviral lauric acid, helps you feel full when you eat it, and can even lower bad cholesterol while raising good cholesterol. It can even help you lose weight.
Coconut Oil For Fat Loss
Coconut oil contains medium chain tryglycerides. These are medium chain fatty acids that when consumed, get processed immediately in the liver and are converted to energy. These are fats that the body burns for fuel. They don’t make more fat like one would assume. They give you energy. Sugar will however, make you fat. Especially if you eat a lot of it. The American diet contains tons of hidden sugars in our processed foods alone. Eating fat makes you feel full and satisfied. Eating sugars like fructose cause resistance to the hormone leptin. This is the hormone that tells you are saiated and makes you feel full. So, if you limit your intake of sugar and snack on these coconut bars instead when you get a sweet tooth, you will be burning fat for energy and on the way towards possibly losing some weight as well.
No Bake Lime Coconut Bars
- 2 cups unsweetened shredded coconut
- 1/2 cup water
- 4 tbs virgin unrefined coconut oil
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 2 Truvia packets
- zest and juice of one lime (just shy of 2 tbs of juice)
Mix the coconut, salt and lime zest well. I like to heat the remaining ingredients slightly in the microwave to help the oil liquefy. Lets say 30 seconds in the microwave, stir to dissolve the Truvia and help melt the oil. Then you combine the wet and dry ingredients and press everything into a suitable container. Refrigerate one hour or 15 minutes in the freezer. Cut into bars and enjoy.
Occasionally I like to omit the lime juice and zest and substitute cocoa powder to taste instead. You could also substitute lemon zest and juice for the lime as well.