Coconut Diet

coconut dietJoining the new breed of diets that are being shoved into our everyday lives, there is this one type of diet that has emerged. It is the coconut diet. Because coconut oil is rich in saturates, it is one of the many approaches today to the so-called problem of weight loss.

The reason why this is so is because coconut oil helps to boost metabolism and that it is composed of medium chain triglycerides as opposed to long chain tryglycerides. The medium chain triglycerides are the ones which burn faster in the body. This essentially speeds up weight loss whenever it is combined with a low-carb diet. Another thing that coconut oil does is that it supposedly enhances the thyroid function and is able to help treat candida.

The diet is composed of almost the same things that you will find in the Atkins diet with the major difference of the inclusion of 2-3 tbsp of coconut oil everyday. This, along with many popular diets, includes several steps or phases.

The first phase is the strictest part of the diet and is most limited in the amount of carbohydrates that you can take in.

The second phase is an optional 4-week cleansing program that focuses on detoxification. The targeted organs for detoxification are the liver, gallbladder, kidneys and the colon. The third phase is the phase where carbs are reintroduced to the diet of the person and the fourth phase is sort of a maintenance plan.

For the first three weeks, carbohydrates are strictly off limits and you can only consume lean, protein-rich foods such as turkey, lamb, beef, eggs, nuts, cheese, vegetables and chicken. You should also be able to drink around 8-10 glasses of water daily and 2-3 tbsp of coconut oil. When you get to the cleansing phase, it will depend entirely on the organ that you want to detoxify.

There will be some unpleasant combinations of liquids that you will be asked to drink such as the unpleasant lemon juice and olive oil mixed in water.  Phase three will allow your diet to accommodate more carbs such as potatoes, fruit and wholegrains. The last phase, which is phase 4, will see the reintroduction of carbohydrates in the diet.

The coconut diet is quite a new thing nowadays so you might want to step back from the hype and still consider more evidence and research so that if you do think that this is the right diet for you, you will have made an excellent decision