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    Hi
    I eat a pretty low fat diet, and ony eat one meal per day consisting mainly of lean protein and vegetables with maybe a tsp of olive oil. And low fat dairy. Now l,have switched to high fat diary after reading that fat is good. I would like to add coconut oil to my daily diet, eventually building up to 3-4 tbs per day, but am worried l will gain weight. I am at the perfect weight, for my height, if anything l could lose 2-3 kilos.
    The reason l would like to add coconut oil to my diet is l may have an autoimmune disease and l have read this may help.

    Regards Sue

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    The fat will likely displace calories from other sources because it will fill you up more. There's that.

    Also, I'd track the calories in that one meal on cronometer.com. You might find you have room to add more calories than you think.

    Picture this...

    My meal tonight was:

    1 tbsp of coconut oil
    1.17 lbs grass-fed ground beef
    7 egg omelet
    3 cups of mustard greens
    1 cup of sauerkraut
    1/2 cup salsa

    And all that was about 1,700 calories. And I walked six miles today. I think I'm not going to gain anything.

    Stay active and you will find that you can eat more than you think you could and not gain weight.
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    • #3
      Coconut oil is good for the immune system. It contains antimicrobial lipids, capric acid and caprylic acid which have antibacterial and antiviral properties.

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      • #4
        And body converts lauric acid into monolaurin which is claimed to help in dealing with viruses and bacteria

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        • #5
          Originally posted by shezian View Post
          Hi
          I eat a pretty low fat diet, and ony eat one meal per day consisting mainly of lean protein and vegetables with maybe a tsp of olive oil. And low fat dairy. Now l,have switched to high fat diary after reading that fat is good. I would like to add coconut oil to my daily diet, eventually building up to 3-4 tbs per day, but am worried l will gain weight. I am at the perfect weight, for my height, if anything l could lose 2-3 kilos.
          The reason l would like to add coconut oil to my diet is l may have an autoimmune disease and l have read this may help.

          Regards Sue
          The word on the street is that the type of fat coconut oil is composed of (MCT) is burned readily and unlikely to be stored by the body. It also generates ketones and is supposedly helps you lose weight/burn more energy. I know that the weeks where I eat some coconut oil I lose the most weight.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by specsAreGrok View Post
            The word on the street is that the type of fat coconut oil is composed of (MCT) is burned readily and unlikely to be stored by the body. It also generates ketones and is supposedly helps you lose weight/burn more energy. I know that the weeks where I eat some coconut oil I lose the most weight.

            These are all the reasons why l would like to incorporate coconut oil. But as the saying goes if you eat more calories than you burn weight gain will result. So hence why l am asking the question on coconut oil.
            I want to regain my health but not at the expense of weight gain.

            I will start with 1 tbs per day for a week and see how l go. Then build from there.

            Sue

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            • #7
              Originally posted by specsAreGrok View Post
              The word on the street is that the type of fat coconut oil is composed of (MCT) is burned readily and unlikely to be stored by the body. It also generates ketones and is supposedly helps you lose weight/burn more energy. I know that the weeks where I eat some coconut oil I lose the most weight.
              I heard of that before.

              For someone who needs to eat more calories, should they use an alternative to coconut oil? Would cooking with lard for instance, and adding lard to foods, give me more long-lasting energy than coconut oil?

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              • #8
                Why does it have to be either/or? Use good fats in reasonable amounts for your activity levels and goals. Right now, coconut oil is the darling of paleo and low carb lifestyles, and it may indeed have the edge over other fats for immune boosting properties. But I'm not throwing out my bacon fat, salmon oil (not used for cooking, only as a supplement), lard or olive oil and replacing them all with c.o.

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                • #9
                  Assuming you're right at your calorie threshold, it'll take ~30 tablespoons of oil to gain a pound of body weight, all other variables constant. I say try it and see what happens. If you gain a pound this month, you can always try something else next month.
                  I wish I liked to eat liver.

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                  • #10
                    ^ I second that. It takes a whole lot of effort and willpower to chug down enough coconut oil to make you gain a pound. If you do gain weight, it's most likely due to other factors in your diet. And anyway, you should not rely on the scale day to day, because your weight will fluctuate widely depending on your size, it could be because you've eaten a large meal, retained a lot of water, haven't done #2 in a day or two, trust me, it's hard to gain a pound a day and have it be purely packed on as fat.
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                    • #11
                      You mention 'regain your health.' I also have an autoimmune disorder (Hashimoto's thyroiditis), but I have no illusion that I can 'heal' my body with coconut oil. Many of the claims for its healing powers are made by those who market the product (or have been influenced by those marketing techniques). Eating a healthy Primal diet is, IMO, best for my body, but I have no illusions that I can control all illness and disease with a good diet and healthy exercise program.

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                      • #12
                        What do you mean by calorie threshold?
                        Do you mean within my calorie range?
                        30 TBS to gain one pound? Wow, l find that amazing. You mean without eating anything else but CO?
                        Just trying to understand what your saying.

                        I may have an immune condition, as you know it's very difficult to diagnose any kind of immune disease. Somedays l feel fine and others feel rotten. But l can say since l have been eating full fat dairy and more fats l actually feel better, but l have also gained, which is why l am worried to add more to my daily diet.

                        Not sure l agree with you in regards to coconut oil being recommended for profit.

                        Have you read the book "Nourishing Traditions" by Sally Fallon? It's a great read and full of very interesting information.
                        She states in her book that you need to eat 3-4tbs of CO, per day to see improvement in immune diseases.
                        I really do believe this to be true. I am not saying to cure, but to improve. What have we got to lose? I would rare try that than be put on all these other meds which have terrible side effects.

                        Sue

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                        • #13
                          What I meant was that if you are currently eating exactly as many calories as you burn, you'd have to add an additional 30 tablespoons of coconut oil on top of that to gain a pound, assuming nothing else changes.
                          I wish I liked to eat liver.

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                          • #14
                            Thanks for that. I find that pretty amazing.
                            But extra coconut oil still equals extra calories, so wouldn't that still mean some sort of weight gain?

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