Lose your unwanted belly fat with coconut oil!

Coconut oil is one of the most weight loss-friendly fats in the world. Rich in a combination of fatty acids, it promotes optimal metabolism function which ultimately helps with weight loss!

Several studies show that by simply adding coconut oil to your diet, you can lose fat – especially the “dangerous” fat in your abdominal area, which has been linked to chronic diseases like type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

To learn more about how coconut oil can help you lose weight and belly fat, keep reading!

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Four ways that coconut oil helps with fat loss

#1: Coconut oil boosts your energy levels

Coconut oil is comprised mainly of medium-chain triglycerides AKA MCTs and lauric acid. This essential fatty acid metabolises differently in comparison to other saturated fats, such as those you find in dairy and meat products.

Your body doesn’t store MCTs as fat, but instead transports them directly to your liver, where they’re quickly converted into energy. So what does this mean for your weight loss efforts?

By adding two or three tablespoons to your daily dietary regimen, you’ll boost your energy levels by an average of 5% for a full 24-hour period! I find that adding coconut oil to my morning smoothie is the best way to get my energy kick for the day.

#2: Coconut oil decreases hunger and curbs pesky cravings

You already know that MCTs go directly to your liver during digestion. Not only does this provide your body with a natural energy boost, the processing of MCTs also forms keytone bodies, which have the added benefit of reducing hunger and curbing cravings.

I recommend enjoying two to three tablespoons of coconut oil each day to feel fuller for longer and to kick the habit of snacking on unhealthy foods between meals. You can enjoy the oil in tea, coffee, smoothies or directly from the jar!

#3: Coconut oil burns fat amazingly fast

Are you looking to reduce your daily caloric intake and lose weight faster without compromising your health? Well, then, you’re in the right place. Coconut oil enhances your body’s ability to digest food and absorb nutrients so that you can eat less without feeling unsatisfied, tired or weak all the time.

Plus, because coconut oil is a natural mood enhancer, eating it daily will help you reduce your stress levels and feel more motivated to partake in heart-healthy activities, which will only help you burn off persistent fat stores even faster – bonus!

Consuming coconut oil regularly will power up your body’s fat-burning potential – especially for losing stubborn belly fat. It will also regulate your appetite, improve digestion and just make you feel great!

#4: Coconut oil helps maintain healthy blood sugar levels

Because your body absorbs coconut oil easily without the need for digestive enzymes, your pancreas is less stressed and able to produce insulin more effectively. Plus, as a saturated fat, coconut oil makes it easier for your cells to bind with insulin during digestion.

When your body has the required amounts of insulin, your cells get the glucose (or blood sugar) that they need to fuel your daily activities. So how exactly does this translate into belly fat loss?

A daily serving or two of coconut oil will help your body maintain healthy blood sugar levels by promoting the efficient use and production of insulin. As a result this will provide your cells with more glucose to give you energy and help you lose fat.

PS: Just remember – coconut oil is high in calories, so it’s important that you use it in moderation. I recommend limiting your intake to one or two tablespoons a day to avoid unwittingly sabotaging your weight loss efforts. Good luck!

Revive your temperament with this bold and beautiful coffee smoothie recipe

This healthy delight is just the thing to lighten up those frantic mornings. It will revive your temperament, restore your constitution, and give you the energy to take on just about anything! It tastes fantastic, and will pick you up almost instantly. Grab your blender and get blending!

 

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Healthy coffee smoothie recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 cup coconut water
  • 1 tsp ground almond
  • 1 shot of espresso
  • Coconut chips or flakes to garnish

Method:

  1. Add the ingredients to your blender and blitz on high-speed until smooth.
  2. Pour into a tall glass and garnish with coconut chips or flakes. Serve right away.

This avocado citrus smoothie tastes just as good as it makes you feel!

Why not start off your week with this delicious avocado citrus smoothie? It’s lusciously creamy, packed with potassium, healthy fats and omega-3 fatty acids for optimal mental and physical energy levels. Enjoy!

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Avocado citrus smoothie recipe

Serves: 2

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup ripe avocado
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp raw honey
  • 1 tsp fresh ginger, finely-chopped
  • 1 cup ripe mango
  • 1 cup ice
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds, soaked

Method:

  1. Add all the ingredients except the chia seeds to your blender and blend on high speed for one minute.
  2. Add the chia seeds to the blender and then blend for a further 20 to 30 seconds.
  3. Decant into two glasses and serve immediately.

This smoothie recipe makes for a tasty breakfast!

This raspberry, blueberry and dark chocolate chip smoothie is pure decadence!

This drink is almost as rich-tasting and creamy as your classic diner milkshake, but with far less sugar and fat, and an added antioxidant boost from the blueberries and cacao powder. Enjoy!

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Raspberry, blueberry and dark chocolate chip smoothie recipe

Serves: 4

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups almond milk
  • 1 cup strawberry yoghurt
  • 1/2 cup frozen raspberries
  • 1/2 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1 tbsp cacao powder

Method:

  1. Put all the ingredients except the chocolate chips into your blender.
  2. Blend on high-speed until completely smooth.
  3. Add the chocolate chips, then pulse until chopped.
  4. Pour the mixture into four glasses and serve immediately.

Don’t make these six bulletproof coffee mistakes!

Bulletproof coffee is a healthy upgrade for your regular cup of Joe. Healthy fats are blended and frothed into richly-brewed coffee, resulting in a cup of coffee satisfying enough to double as a morning meal!

 

While bulletproof coffee is pretty simple to make, it’s important you keep these guidelines in mind to avoid mixing up a cup of java that lacks the qualities that a classic cup of bulletproof coffee is known for!

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Six bulletproof coffee mistakes

#1: Using chemical-laden instead of organic coffee

Not all coffee is equal. The wrong coffee (as in those that contain mycotoxins) will zap your energy, leaving you feeling sluggish and irritable. To avoid chemicals, opt for organic coffee.

#2: Using grain-fed instead of grass-fed butter

Only use grass-fed butter. Butter from grain-fed animals has a different fat composition – it doesn’t blend as well or taste as good, and it lacks fat-soluble vitamins (which is one of the reasons this coffee at hand is described as “bulletproof”). Also, don’t use low-fat or butter substitutes!

#3: Not adding in MCT oil

Butter alone doesn’t make your cup of coffee bulletproof. The MCT oil in your bulletproof coffee is what promotes high energy, fat loss and increased brain function. It also makes the coffee have a better feel in your mouth.

#4: Drinking it as a meal replacement

It’s tempting to drink a cup of bulletproof coffee as a meal because it’s so filling. A few times a week is acceptable, but replacing a meal means you’ll be missing out on vital nutrients and protein.

#5: Not blending well

Blend, blend, blend! Or it simply won’t taste the same. Stirring won’t emulsify your bulletproof coffee. To get that delicious rich and creamy texture, you must use a blender.

#6: Adding in flavoured syrups

If you must add a sweeteners, use stevia, erythritol or xylitol. Use caution when adding sugar-free flavoured syrups. The extra carbohydrates quickly add up and may act like sugar for some low-carbers.

To learn how to make your own bulletproof coffee, go here now.

Kickstart your morning with this fat-burning green smoothie

It’s not often that a picture of some sort of green drink doesn’t show up on my Instagram feed – and for good reason. Green smoothies are the perfect way to slip in veggies before noon!

 

Here’s one of my favourite fat-busting, with a boost of pea protein to rev up your metabolism and keep you feeling satisfied for longer. Enjoy!

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Fat-burning green smoothie recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1 ripe pear
  • 2 tbsp green bell pepper, minced
  • 1/4 cup cucumber, peeled and minced
  • 1 cup baby spinach leaves
  • 1/4 ripe avocado
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 scoop plain pea protein powder
  • 1 tsp fresh ginger root, grated
  • 1 tbsp freshly-squeezed lime juice

Method:

  1. Toss all the ingredients into a blender and blend on high-speed until completely smoothie.
  2. Decant the smoothie into a tall glass and serve.

Note: This smoothie is even better if you chill it in the freezer for 5 to 10 minutes before freezing!

Boost your workout with this chocolate superfood smoothie!

Nothing heightens your energy levels and gives your athletic performance a boost quite like chocolate! I love adding cacao to my smoothies. It blends so well with most smoothie ingredients – especially bananas, berries, coconut products, avocadoes, vanilla, bee products and protein powders.

 

I prefer cacao powder for smoothies and nibs for smoothie bowls, but for this recipe, either will do! Before you next hit the gym, blend up this chocolate smoothie beforehand and you’re sure to effortlessly make it through your workout! It’s so deliciously rich and chocolaty, that I can’t see any reason not to try this. Enjoy, fellow chocolate lovers!

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Chocolate superfood smoothie recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup raw milk (it’s also great with almond, coconut or hemp milk)
  • 1 medium frozen banana
  • 1/2 cup frozen berries (I like a mix of strawberries, blueberries and raspberries)
  • 1 scoop chocolate protein powder
  • 1 tbsp cacao powder or nibs
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds or chia seed gel
  • 1 tsp organic raw honey (if you’re not a fan of honey, try stevia to sweeten)
  • Dash of sea salt

Add ons:

  • 1/2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon

Method:

Place all the ingredients in a blender. Blend on high-speed for one minute, then decant into a bottle or tall glass and drink up!

What’s your favourite post-workout smoothie recipe?