Coconut Water Weight Loss

coconut water weight lossWondering what the deal is with everyone talking about coconut water weight loss?

I will admit, I am a fan of the coconut water. When I visit the tropics, I do love to drink this. It tastes awesome and is supposed to have a lot of anti-aging properties. I know that my skin looks amazing when I drink it on a regular basis and I feel more energetic.

But is there any scientific reason behind all these benefits of coconut water? And more importantly, does coconut water play any role when it comes to losing weight? Find out below…

 

What is Coconut Water?

Let’s start with the basics first, by defining what I mean by coconut water. Coconut water is the liquid found inside green coconuts. Let’s not confuse this with coconut milk, which is made by mashing coconut.

One cup of coconut milk has about 550 calories, whereas one cup of coconut water has only 46 calories.

One cup of coconut water contains no fat and consists mostly of natural sugars and minerals. Coconut water is very rich in magnesium and potassium, as well as being very high in fibre.

 

Coconut Water and Hydration

Coconut water is known to be incredibly hydrating, and was even given to soldiers intravenously during World War II, when saline was not available. It is so hydrating because of the electrolyte composition, which is very similar to human plasma.

 

Hydration and Weight Loss

Staying hydrated will help you feel full for longer, which in turn will reduce hunger and sugar cravings. This will effectively lead to you eating less, which means your total calorie consumption should go down.

Coconut water is also known to flush out toxins which will help you to lose fat faster, and will reduce your sugar cravings.

 

Coconut Water, Fibre and Fat Loss

Coconut water contains 3 grams of fibre in each cup. This means that you will be getting a fair bit of fibre. Contrast this to juice, water, soda, tea, coffee and milk – none of which contain fibre.

Consuming fibre helps weight loss. Fibre slows down the absorption of food. This means that your blood glucose levels won’t go up and down so sharply, and you will be able to avoid sugar cravings and energy crashes. In turn this should help you to eat less and lose weight faster.

 

Coconut Water, Potassium, Muscles and Fat Loss

Coconut water has about 300mg of potassium per cup. This makes it incredibly dense in potassium, more so than even a banana. Potassium helps to convert food to muscle. Having more muscle will increase your metabolism, so you’ll burn more fat during the day, even when you’re not working out.

 

Coconut Water, Protein and Your Appetite

Coconut water is high in protein, which is a natural appetite suppressant. Coconut water is suitable for high protein diets.

 

Coconut Water, Vitamin C and Fat Loss

Coconut Water has a lot of vitamin C. Vitamin C is a natural anti-oxidant: this explains why my skin looks better when I drink coconut water! Also, vitamin c helps your body distribute energy to each cell. Studies have shown that people with more vitamin c intake are slimmer and have more energy. If you do not have enough vitamin c, your body cannot distribute all the nutrients as energy properly, and instead, stores them as fat. So vitamin C is essential to weight loss – and to that extent, coconut water can help with your weight loss goals.

 

Coconut Water, Does It Really Help You Lose Fat?

Well, in conclusion… you can see that coconut water is really very healthy. All its health benefits contribute towards helping you lose weight. A lot of its beneficial properties have to do with suppressing your appetite and helping your body to not store food as fat.

Coconut water is not a miracle health product nor is it a magic weight loss pill.

However, drinking coconut water is very good for your health and will contribute towards your weight loss efforts as well.

So if you have access to coconut water and you like the taste, go ahead and drink it!

 

References:

Livestrong, Coconut Water & Weight Loss – http://www.livestrong.com/article/279867-coconut-water-weight-loss/

Weighloss.com.au: Potassium and Weight Loss

 

  

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About Alisha: Alisha is a Melbourne-based blogger who is happy to have lost a lot of weight recently! She is now trying to be more fit and lead a more healthy lifestyle. In this blog she shares tips for losing weight quickly and easily. You can read more about her on the "My Story" page.

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  1. Teresa says:

    Hi Alisha, I read your blog and I’m ready to start my diet and work outs to be able to loose 25 lbs by December, I have a herniated disk so I can’t lift heavy weights, but I will try walking and watch my intake, I know is hard, been there before, but this time I gained the weight do to been soo ILL from my back problem, not able to walk for days, so I made up by eating the wrong foods; but no more, concentrating in vegetables, fruits and fiber, I know this works. I was thinking of trying Sensa, but I read the side effects and no way…hope to hear from you soon if you have an advise for me I love to hear it. Thanks have a great day. Teresa.

  2. Alisha says:

    Hey Teresa,

    I’m really sorry for taking so long to reply to you! I abandoned the blog for a bit while I worked on some other stuff and fixed those annoying last few pounds.

    First of all, with your disk, run any program by your doctor first.

    One of the easiest ways for your to lose weight is to focus on your diet. I recommend the Eat Stop Eat or Cheat Your Way Thin diets, I’ll do detailed reviews of them soon, like everyone’s been telling me to do. Concentrate on eating healthy foods, you’ll soon develop a taste for them.

    In my opinion Sensa does not work at all, stay away from it, there have been a bunch of tv shows exposing their fake claims – I don’t want to get into this anymore since I’m wary of big corporations. Focus on good, healthy foods, light exercise that you can do etc.

    Thanks for your comment and good luck :)

  3. Sylvia says:

    Just wondering if you use canned or cartons of coconut water or if you have a way of getting it fresher? As much as my family loves coconut, I don’t think that we could eat enough of it to keep me in coconut water fresh from the coconuts. Sylvia

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