For some it sounds weird but not all fats are created equal. Coconut oil isn’t exactly an ingredient that you would want to eat by the spoonful straight from the jar, but it’s possible to do it and not gain significant poundage. The main active component in the aromatic oil are fatty acids that boost the metabolism to burn fat much more efficiently. Coconut oil is high in fatty acids of a medium length, called medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs). These fatty acids have been shown to boost satiety better than other fats and increase the number of calories burned.
What’s more, two studies — one in women and the other in men — showed that coconut oil reduced retention of belly fat. It’s not about adding coconut oil to your diet on top of everything else but rather replacing some of your other cooking fats like vegetable oil or butter with coconut oil.