Can You Use Coconut Oil for Weight Loss?

Current hype may tout coconut oil as the answer to your weight-loss woes -- but don't believe it. Adding coconut oil to your diet probably will not cause you to lose weight and it may even have the opposite effect. To lose weight, you need to burn more calories than you consume -- and at 117 calories per tablespoon, coconut oil is hardly diet-friendly.

No Miracle Oil

Although most oils only contain long-chain triglycerides, coconut oil is 60-percent medium-chain triglycerides, which your body is less likely to store as fat. This may sound like good news for your waistline, but Michigan State University Extension reports that any weight-loss benefit will likely be very small. Including small amounts of coconut oil in your reduced-calorie diet may not do any harm, don't expect to see miraculous results on the scale.