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Coconut Oil Helps Trim Bulging Waistline

dietary supplementation with coconut oil-->reduction in waist circumference after 1 week!!
also coconut--> higher HDL, lower LDL:HDL ratio
randomized, double-blind clinical trial, 12 week long diet
n = 40 women in 2 groups, daily soybean oil vs daily coconut oil
all walked and ate low cal diets
at 1 wk: soybean oil group had incr total chol, LDL and LDL:HDL ratio, decr HDL
(bad trend in fats)


Lipids. 2009 Jul;44(7):593-601. Epub 2009 May 13.
Effects of dietary coconut oil on the biochemical and anthropometric profiles of women presenting abdominal obesity.

Assunção ML, Ferreira HS, dos Santos AF, Cabral CR Jr, Florêncio TM.
Faculdade de Nutrição, Universidade Federal de Alagoas, Maceió, AL 57072-970, Brazil.

The effects of dietary supplementation with coconut oil on the biochemical and anthropometric profiles of women presenting waist circumferences (WC) >88 cm (abdominal obesity) were investigated. The randomised, double-blind, clinical trial involved 40 women aged 20-40 years. Groups received daily dietary supplements comprising 30 mL of either soy bean oil (group S; n = 20) or coconut oil (group C; n = 20) over a 12-week period, during which all subjects were instructed to follow a balanced hypocaloric diet and to walk for 50 min per day. Data were collected 1 week before (T1) and 1 week after (T2) dietary intervention. Energy intake and amount of carbohydrate ingested by both groups diminished over the trial, whereas the consumption of protein and fibre increased and lipid ingestion remained unchanged. At T1 there were no differences in biochemical or anthropometric characteristics between the groups, whereas at T2 group C presented a higher level of HDL (48.7 +/- 2.4 vs. 45.00 +/- 5.6; P = 0.01) and a lower LDL:HDL ratio (2.41 +/- 0.8 vs. 3.1 +/- 0.8; P = 0.04). Reductions in BMI were observed in both groups at T2 (P < 0.05), but only group C exhibited a reduction in WC (P = 0.005). Group S presented an increase (P < 0.05) in total cholesterol, LDL and LDL:HDL ratio, whilst HDL diminished (P = 0.03). Such alterations were not observed in group C. It appears that dietetic supplementation with coconut oil does not cause dyslipidemia and seems to promote a reduction in abdominal obesity.

PMID: 19437058 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]


other things that reduce abdominal fat:
(source: http://www.greenmedinfo.com/)
anthocyanidins, from berries, separate study on tart charries
legumes, L-arginine and selenium
bitter melon
chick peas
conjugated linoleic acid
flax lignans attenuates visceral and liver fat accumuulation dt hi fat diet, induces adiponectin in mice
soluble fiber in fenugreek improves lipid profile and glucose response in rats, reduces abd fat
fish oil beats lard, corn oil and med chain tg's (coconut?) in reducing visceral fat, tot fat and IR
glycyrrhiza may help
vitamin D PLUS genistein-->inhib lipid accumulation and induces preadipocyte apoptosis
low vit D assoc c adiposity in Latinos
grapefruit oil inhibits adipogenesis in cultured subcutaneous preadipocytes and adipocytes
green tea

abdominal massage c EOs of cypress and grapefruit
Taehan Kanho Hakhoe Chi. 2007 Jun ;37(4):603-12. PMID: 17615482
RESULT: Abdominal subcutaneous fat and waist circumference in the experimental group significantly decreased after aromatherapy massage compared to the control group. Body image in the experimental group was significantly better after aromatherapy massage than in the control group. CONCLUSION: These results suggest that Aromatherapy massage could be utilized as an effective intervention to reduce abdominal subcutaneous fat, waist circumference, and to improve body image in post-menopausal women.


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Jun. 23rd, 2011 04:01 am (UTC)
How much coconut oil/day?
Jun. 23rd, 2011 06:20 am (UTC)
The study was on 2 TBS/day. Per discussion today coconut oil supports genesis of new brown fat cells, as well as stabilizing blood sugar by providing easy high energy fuel in the form of medium chain fats that do not stimulate an insulin response, hence reduces food cravings. It's also useful as an antifungal topical.
Jun. 23rd, 2011 01:32 pm (UTC)
Really? So if I put coconut oil on my toes when they get weird in summer (athlete's foot that a doc said I had to take a systemic drug for... no thanks), it might help?
Jun. 23rd, 2011 02:14 pm (UTC)
What kind of coconut oil? The kind that is solid at room temperature or liquid at room temperature?
Jun. 23rd, 2011 02:52 pm (UTC)
=-] Depends on room temperature. Coconut oil is liquid only on the warmest days in Portland. I don't know the exact melting point but I'd guesstimate it's about 80F. When I store it over the stove it gets melted just from the cooking going on.

I don't know about any "kinds" of coconut oil. Let me know if you find them! I know about coconut BUTTER which is an expensive product sold alongside fancy nut butters, and here it costs about $15/jar. It has coconut meat in the oil and is a better source of manganese than the oil alone.
Jun. 23rd, 2011 03:07 pm (UTC)
answer to Neptunia's question about coconut oil for athlete's foot
Yep, it will help your tooties. I have a jar of the stuff that I use as lotion, and since I started using it I haven't had a single outbreak of athlete's foot. I don't think it's a heavy enough moisturizer from a person suffering from eczema, though. It may be useful for fungi in other places. I have a friend who snorts it for her sinus infections. I had a hard time maintaining that long enough to get results. Coconut oil could be used vaginally, but I don't know anyone who has tried it, and it would be messy. Garlic works great for yeast infections. (Posted here because reply box isn't working on her comment.)

Edited at 2011-06-23 03:08 pm (UTC)
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