Wouldn’t it be nice to crank up the dial on your metabolism?
Well, you can! Certain foods ratchet your metabolism into high gear, helping you burn more calories and increase your level of energy.
The best known of these thermogenic (or fat burning) foods is protein. That’s the reason why high-protein diets promote weight loss (and why Guilt Free Desserts packs our goodies with protein).
But there’s another food with similar calorie-torching power – and that’s coconut oil. This healthy tropical oil is filled with medium chain fatty acids (MCFAs). These unique fats are easily absorbed and rapidly burned as energy, helping to stoke your metabolism. What’s more, coconut fats help your body blaze through slower-burning long chain triglyerides (LCTs) as well.
Dr. Julian Whitaker notes that “LCTs are like heavy wet logs that you put on a small campfire. Keep adding the logs, and soon you have more logs than fire. MCTs are like rolled up newspaper soaked in gasoline. They not only burn brightly, but will burn up the wet logs as well.”
In a recent study published in the Journal of Clinical Nutrition, the thermogenic (fat burning) effect of a high-calorie diet containing 40 percent medium chain fatty acids was compared to one containing 40 percent long chain fatty acids. The researchers found that the thermogenic effect of the MCFAs were almost twice as high as the LCFAs. They were so astounded, they conducted a follow-up study and discovered that MCFAs given over a six-day period can increase diet-induced fat burning by 50 percent!
Enjoy a one-two metabolism punch of coconut with our recipes in Guilt Free Desserts. Use high protein coconut flour, then just blend in organic extra virgin coconut oil and the remaining ingredients for a meltingly delicious metabolism booster.
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