Lately, I’ve started to imagine the world’s coconut marketers as evil magicians. They seem to have the entire health food community under their spell. But, does coconut help you lose weight?
Read on to find out.
The world’s coconut marketers speak, and we accept.
“Coconut oil is good for you,” they command us.
“We love coconut butter!” we reply, in a hypnotic daze.
Well, as my great grandmother Millie used to say, “Never trust a food marketer.” And to paraphrase Hamlet, something is rotten in the state of coconut marketing. (Does anyone still quote Shakespeare? It doesn’t matter. I just did.)
WeightWinning is about losing weight. So, let’s tackle the great coconut question from that angle.
Do the various coconut products help you lose weight?
Yes or no?
In this article, I’ll focus on coconut meat. In others, I take on coconut milk, coconut oil and coconut butter.
Coconut flesh and weight loss
Coconut flesh (or meat) is delicious. I love to toss dried, shredded pieces into my muesli, or just directly into my mouth.
One reason coconut flesh (THE reason?) tastes so good is because it’s full of fat. We humans just love our fat. More than 60% of coconut meat is pure fat. Fat is the most concentrated form of calories naturally found on this planet. Eating lots of it will not help you lose weight.
Look at it this way. One tiny ounce of coconut meat carries 185 calories, of which 80% (151 calories) come from fat. Two little ounce-sized pieces of coconut meat will give you more calories than any of the following:
- One Starbucks Starbucks Venti Frappuccino (323 calories)
- One large cake muffin (280 calories)
- One regular-sized 2-oz. (or 57 g) Snickers bar (271 calories)
- A 20-oz. bottle of coke (240 calories)
- One jelly-filled donut from Dunkin Donuts (290 calories).
Coconut is not be as bad as a donut or another sugar bomb. That is because your body processes sugar differently. Australian Damon Gameau found this out the hard way. He replaced all his meals with pure sugar – just enough sugar to obtain the same number of calories he had been eating. The result was a weight-gaining, health-destroying nightmare.
But, is coconut a weight loss food? Not even close.
Will it help me lose weight? Nope.
Do I have to give it up? Let’s deal with that next.
What You Can Do Today
Listen, you don’t have to give up coconut.
It certainly wouldn’t hurt to do so, but if it’s a flavor you can’t live without, you can keep eating it. To enjoy the delicious flavor without gaining weight, just eat small amounts and infrequently.
Never eat it by itself, but always use it to add taste to a healthy dish to reduce the overall calorie load per spoonful. And, try to keep your overall calorie intake down by eating less of other high-calorie foods when you eat more coconut.