Thursday, 11 August 2011

The Coconut Diet

Some people are willing to sell anything and this is why some bad ideas are
actually launched on the market, much to the dismay of unsuspecting customers
who are duped by the hype and advertising. One such bad idea is the Coconut
Diet, which is yet another of those diets that add some kind of miracle
ingredient to a strict eating program and hope that everything turns out great.
The magic ingredient in this case is the coconut oil and its metabolism boosting
capacity. It seems that coconut oil can be rapidly burnt by the body, despite
the fact that it is rich in saturated fats.
This diet is in fact a regular low-carb diet, very similar to Atkins. During the
first stage of the diet, users are not allowed to eat any kind of carbohydrates
and must do with lean foods, such as eggs, nuts, cheese, fish, chicken, turkey
and up to 10 glasses of water per day. They also have to swallow 2-3 tablespoons
of coconut oil per day. The first stage lasts for three weeks, only to be
followed by an optional detox stage. This stage lasts for 4 weeks and focuses on
cleansing the liver, kidneys, gallbladder and colon through certain interesting
means (such as drinking water mixed with lemon juice and olive oil).
The third stage of the diet is the reintroduction of carbohydrates in the daily
eating plan. Starting with fruit, wholegrains and potatoes, the dieter is once
more allowed to eat carbs. It is assumed that the dieter has lost more than 10
pounds by this point and still maintaining a weight loss pace of 1-2 pounds per
week. The fourth stage of the diet means that even more carbohydrates are added
to the eating plan, while still drinking coconut oil.
Unfortunately, the person behind this diet provides no sound explanation for the
alleged positive influence of coconut oil on weight loss. While it’s true that
coconut oil helps regulate the thyroid gland, it has far too much saturated fat
to be healthy. Furthermore, it’s not very clear whether the coconut oil plays
any kind of role in this diet, since the weight loss can easily be ascribed to
the strict “no carbohydrates” eating plan. Most dieting experts and dietitians
agree that access to saturated fats should be limited during diets, so it’s
pretty strange to see one that claims the opposite.
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