Most people trying to lose weight for whatever reason go about it the same way as everybody else and they focus on the key components of weight loss. They focus on lowering calorie consumption and maximizing energy consumption by increasing their intensity and frequency of exercise. What is lost on most people however is the helping hand of food science. Food science after all has the power to take what we eat and an aid in weight loss independent of our level of physical activity. Its true using food sciences will not do the bulk of the work but it will help you lose weight if you are doing everything else right at the same time.
In this instance I'm going to discuss the concept of strategically using your cooking oils to help you lose weight. Assuming you are following a balanced and healthy diet which is low in calories but not too low to cause you body to go into starvation mode and that you've already begun a weight loss program complete with a regular exercise regimen then optimizing your cooking oils to give you an added boost will definitely help. We all know that olive oil is generally considered to be the best all around cooking oil to use due to it's consistency of good fats and heart healthy attributes. Despite this for an added boost in weight loss we will change our cooking oils for only a short period of time from olive oil to more specialty oils such as coconut oil and grapeseed oil.
Coconut oil is sometimes considered to be one of the worst oils for you to use. It is heavy in saturated fats unlike olive oil and thus it can contribute to cholesterol buildup if it were used consistently all the time. However for a basic helping hand to a weight loss diet it is perfect. So long as using this oil is part of a short-term plan you should be OK to reap the potential benefits that this cooking oil brings to the table. Coconut oil basically encourages your body to use fat stores as energy. This means that it may help speed up your metabolism and may allow you to cut more calories from your diet without slowing your metabolism down.
This is obviously important to know because as you diet you can only but so many calories before your metabolism starts slowing down. This is commonly referred to as starvation mode because the body stops burning so many calories while you are at rest. It is trying to conserve energy while you are not consuming many calories. Using coconut oil helps in weight loss by keeping the metabolism up and encouraging the metabolism of body fat for energy as you work out. This obviously is desirable for any program aiming to lose weight.
Another cooking oil which is fairly non-standard in most American kitchens is grapeseed oil. Grapeseed oil is not inherently bad for you for long-term use like coconut oil can be but it is generally not considered to be as good for you as olive oil. As a result this too is not something that I would recommend using in place of olive oil indefinitely but it is a quality oil that can help you lose weight if it is used correctly.
Grapeseed oil helps you lose weight by speeding up the process in which your intestines signal to the brain that you are full. This is obviously helpful for weight loss as you are most likely on a strict diet on calorie restriction and sometimes it's hard to stop eating. Again this cooking oil is not a magic potion and cannot be relied upon solely but it may provide a small boost to satiety if used smartly. For instance if you start you meals with a small salad you can use grapeseed oil as the base to your dressing rather than olive oil. By having your light starter (the salad) which contains grapeseed oil you may be more likely to finish your meal without overeating once you get to the main course.
This of course means that your starter does come first and that there is a break between the two courses. You do want to give the grapeseed oil more time to trigger the satiety response after all but even by sautÃ©ing your foods in this oil and eating slow you may find a slight edge in keeping your calorie consumption lower over all.
Again it's important to understand that reducing calorie consumption too much while dieting to lose weight is a recipe for disaster so a good mix of food science and cooking oil usage might be to start all your meals with a healthy salad with a grapeseed oil base followed up by your main course which was cooked with coconut oil for the metabolism and its fat burning properties. Of course all of this assumes that you are in fact consistently working out on a strict exercise regimen. If you are not then the coconut oil will not lend much of a helping hand and will not really help you lose weight. It works by encouraging the burning of fat but the fat will only burn if you are using energy through exercise so you have to get moving.
Grapeseed oil, to some extent, might help you lose weight slightly if you are on a low activity level exercise regimen but only because it may help you shave a few calories off your meals by making you feel fuller quicker. For maximum results however you really should pair your weight loss actions together and commit to lose weight. The concept is simple; lower your calorie consumption and increase your energy output through exercise. Using food sciences to aid in this process can help slightly and can slightly speed the processes up. You may be able to lose weight slightly faster by utilizing these tactics but just remember that they are not stand alone. They must be used to embellish traditional plans to lose weight, not replace them.