Women commonly develop fat stores that form the appearance of lumpy skin, known as cellulite. Genetics play an important role in your ability to develop cellulite. Proponents of the coconut diet claim that consuming coconut oil helps to reduce this unsightly layer of fat. However, MayoClinic.com warns that studies involving the effects of coconut oil on fat show mixed results.
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While the cellular composition of cellulite resembles other body fat, your connective tissue tends to give it a different appearance. Connective tissue in women has a honeycomb appearance that gives fat a chance to bulge and protrude, creating the appearance of cottage cheese.
Coconut oil comes from the nuts of coconut palm trees. Oils are calorie-dense foods, meaning they contain large amounts of calories in small servings. Coconut oil consists mostly of saturated fatty acids. A single tbsp. of coconut oil has 13.6 g of fat and contains 117 calories.
Although a small amount of coconut oil contains many calories, proponents of the coconut oil diet claim that the type of fatty acids in coconut oil burn up quickly in the body, rather than increasing your amount of stored fat. They claim that coconut oil improves your metabolism and thyroid function, while making you feel full and increasing your level of energy.
Different variations of the coconut diet exist. Instructions for this diet may advise eating up to 3 tbsp. of coconut oil each day or substituting it for other oils used in baking and cooking. This diet plan limits the amount of refined flour and sweets, including some fruits. It includes brightly colored vegetables and low-carb sweeteners.
Cellulite is difficult to remove and changing your diet to include coconut oil probably won’t eliminate your cellulite or other fat stores. In fact, coconut oil contains even more saturated fat than butter or lard. The American Council on Exercise advises that diet alone probably won’t provide an effective method for weight loss. Exercising and restricting your calories may help you lose excess fat, reducing the appearance of your cellulite.