Visceral fat can build-up around internal organs, leading to adverse health consequences. To help keep levels of the harmful belly fat to a minimum, research has shown how cooking with one certain type of oil can do just that.
Studies reveal coconut oil is a great alternative to other oils when cooking, as it can lower the amount of visceral fat stored in your body.
One way to measure levels of visceral fat is to take out a measuring tape to record your waist and hip measurements.
Do note, to measure your waist correctly, the waistline is considered to be in line with your belly button.
It suggests men should have a waist to hip ratio of 0.95 or lower to dramatically reduce health risks.
For women, a measurement above 0.86 is also high risk. WHO recommend women to have a waist to hip ratio of 0.80 and below.
To illustrate the benefits of coconut oil, one study showed how medically obese men lost an average of 1.1 inches off their waists without altering their diet or exercise routine – aside from consuming coconut oil everyday for 12 weeks.
Additionally, coconut oil tends to have a longer shelf life than some other fats, and is a great replacement for butter or vegetable oil.
As it’s solid at room temperature, coconut oil can be used when frying foods, greasing baking pans and can is useful in when baking.
Research has also shown that coconut oil is made up of medium-chain fatty acids, which may boost metabolism as well as a host of other health benefits.
Furthermore, coconut oil is less likely to stored in the body as (visceral) fat and is more readily available to be used as a source of energy.
Visceral fat is different from the wobbly bits of skin you can grab hold of. That type of fat is called subcutaneous fat.