I’m sure you have heard about the fantastic health benefits of coconut oil. The internet is buzzing with the literally hundreds of ways to make use of this wonderful oil’s healthy properties. Coconut oil can help you become healthy and slim and when partnered with green tea, also known to aid weight loss, the combined effect can be even more dramatic.
Disclaimer: I am not a doctor but I am giving advice. Please consult your doctor before drinking green tea and coconut oil, they may cause a variety of side effects and interact with medications. Pregnant women should have no more than 200mg of caffeine daily.
The ingredients required to make a fresh cup of healthy tea that can aid you in weight loss.
The Fat-Burning Phenomenon of Green Tea
Green tea can aid you in your quest for weight loss by boosting your body’s metabolism and reducing your appetite according to a published article in the Journal for Nurse Practitioners in 2010. The caffeine that is naturally found in green tea is the main driving force supporting weight loss. It is common knowledge that consuming caffeine can temporarily suppress your appetite and result in reduced calorie intake. The tea therefore creates a calorie deficit and a resulting weight loss. However one must be careful not to overdo it and drink too much green tea; caffeine is not without side effects, too much can cause toxicity in the body. Luckily, green tea contains much less caffeine (24-40mg) than a cup of coffee (100-200mg). For healthy adults to avoid harmful effects from caffeine, they should limit daily intake to 300-400mg.
Green tea also contains a massive range of potent antioxidants that keep free radicals in check and prevent cell damage. One of the most abundant catechins in green tea is epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), approximately 7380 mg per 100 g, which has a synergistic interaction with the caffeine. The combined effect is that it elevates your body’s metabolism. In the British Journal of Nutrition, studies on healthy normal-weight males observed a 2% increase in the resting metabolic rates. This effect, over long period of use, could result in weight loss. Scientists have come to the conclusion that one needs to drink six to seven cups of green tea and take regular exercise to see the benefits of weight loss.
Why Coconut Oil is the Best Oil for Weight Loss
For years olive oil has been hailed as the ‘healthy oil’ but it may come as a surprise to you that it is by no means the best oil for people wishing to lose weight. In fact, olive oil should be limited or avoided completely if you are looking to lose a few inches around the waist. Even back in 1994, a study published in The Lancet described the fatty acids most predominately found in body fat can be attributed to monounsaturated fat. Olive oil and extra virgin olive oil are typically composed of 72% monounsaturated fat whereas coconut oil is sitting with an astounding 6% monounsaturated fat. It also has the lowest percentage when compared with all vegetable oils. Coconut oil is a far better option for weight loss than many other oils.
Coconut oil is an edible oil that is obtained from the meat of mature coconuts harvested from the coconut palm. It is considered by many to be the world’s most weight loss friendly fat. There are several studies that show adding the oil to your diet can help you to lose fat. This is because it is very different when it comes to fatty acids. It is nature’s richest source of medium-chain fatty acids or medium chain triglycerides (MCTs). Most other plant or vegetable oils are made of long-chain triglycerides (LCTs) which become stored in the body as fat. MCTs found in coconut oil are metabolized differently from the LCTs and are sent directly to the liver from the digestive system, promoting thermogenesis, the heating up of the body and the raising of the body’s metabolism.
Recipe: Healthy Lemon Green Tea with Coconut Oil
- 1 bag green tea (or loose leaf tea, just strain the tea before drinking)
- 1 – 3 tsp coconut oil
- 1 tsp honey
- Juice from a lemon (add your desired amount)
- Hot water
Coconut oil is bought from local shops in a solid form but it easily begins to melt at 24°C. First mix the honey and the oil together. The oil is incorporated better if you mix it with a thicker substance like the honey. Add the tea, lemon juice and hot water. Stir it with a spoon until the oil is completely melted. Allow the green tea to brew until you have your desired strength. Drink and enjoy!
The Best Time and Dosage to Drink Green Tea with Coconut Oil
It is recommended that one should drink green tea with coconut oil about 15 to 20 minutes before eating a meal. The reason for this is that the coconut oil will make you feel full thus reducing your appetite. After drinking the tea you will be more inclined to eat a smaller portion thereby reducing your calorie intake.
The dosage of coconut oil that can be added to your tea, to aid weight loss, depends on your preference for the coconut taste. In the recipe, I advise between 1 to 3 teaspoons of oil per cup of tea. To begin with the recommended daily dosage in your diet is 1 to 2 tablespoons (3 to 6 teaspoons) of oil. If you are consuming the oil in other ways such as cooking food with the oil then take that into consideration. Once you have adjusted to the taste, one can begin to slowly increase the dosage of tablespoons per day. Below is a guideline on how much oil you can consume before each meal according to your body weight:
- Body weight of 40 – 59kg: use up to 1 tablespoon of coconut oil before each meal for a total of 3 tablespoons per day.
- Body weight of 60 – 82kg: use up to 1.5 tablespoon of coconut oil before each meal for a total of 4.5 tablespoons per day.
- Body weight of 83kg and above: use up to 2 tablespoon of coconut oil before each meal for a total of 6 tablespoons per day.