Keto diet plan advocates extol the virtues of the diet for fast weight loss.
The low-carb plan is popular, partially because it enables followers to eat high fat foods.
This means meat and cheese are on the menu. However, foods such as bread, pasta and more starchy vegetables are not.
Popular keto recipes include chicken hot pots, baked avocado and courgetti and tomato sauce.
But when making any of these healthy meals, which is the best cooking oil to use?
It has been found that a type of fat in coconut oil can be very effective at triggering ketosis.
These are medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs), which are rapidly absorbed.
Ketosis is when the body switches from using carbohydrates for fuel to using fat. This means the body very effectively burns fat, helping with weight loss.
The reason coconut oil is so effective at triggering ketosis is because the fat in it is highly bioavailable, meaning it is taken by the liver and converted to energy immediately.
Additionally coconut oil contains lauric acid, which helps the body sustain ketosis for longer.
Studies have shown that coconut oil can help with weight loss. A study from Brazil found that 40 women who used coconut oil had smaller waists by the end of the trial, as opposed to women who used other oils.
In another study, also from Brazil, women reported having a reduced appetite after adding coconut oil to their breakfast.
The keto diet plan helped one woman lose an incredible seven stone.
This 31-year-old dieter revealed that she lost an amazing seven stone on the diet.
She wrote: “Finally hit the 100 lb mark. Totally unexpected after a week-long girls trip!”
The 5’ 3” woman initially weighed 18.5 stone. However, she has slimmed down to an amazing 11.4 stone.
Eating low-carb can actually cause dieters to burn an extra 100 calories a day.
According to Healthline.com, meat in particular is a weight-loss friendly food as it contains a lot of protein.
Studies have shown that increasing protein intake to 25 per cent of daily calories can cut cravings by 60 per cent, reduce your desire for late-night snacking by half and cause weight loss of almost one pound (0.45 kg) per week.
Another study was done on women who increased their protein intake to 30 per cent of calories. They ended up eating 441 fewer calories per day and lost 11 pounds in 12 weeks.