Let’s face it, sugar is addictive and what’s more, we’re biologically programmed to binge on it and become obsessed by it.
We know sugar makes us fat and fatigued because it’s all we hear about these days. We’re also seduced by sugar everywhere we go.
BUT WHAT CAN WE DO ABOUT THOSE CRAVINGS?
I want to share with you a secret ingredient that will help you not only reduce those sugar cravings, but help you lose weight, and get your energy back (because we all know that after the sugar rush it sucks our energy.)
So here is one of my ‘secret weapons’ to curb that craving:
Coconut oil – yep, I know what you’re thinking – what and why coconut oil?
I eat this stuff by the tablespoon directly from the jar and it stops those cravings in their tracks. (Or if you want to flavour it up add some raw cacao powder for a simple chocolatey snack.)
How does it work? Coconut oil is made up of medium-chain fatty acids and these fatty acids produce a whole host of health benefits! Basically your body sends these fatty acids straight to your liver to use as energy.
This means that the coconut oil is a source of instant energy, in the same way as sugar and other simple carbohydrates. So although all these three deliver quick energy, coconut oil does not produce an insulin spike in your bloodstream like sugar and simple carbohydrates.
It also fills you up! If you consume 1-2 tablespoons I promise you won’t be hungry for at least a couple of hours.
Ssshhh… coconut oil will also help you LOSE WEIGHT
Yep, it’s those medium-chain fatty acids again – when these fatty acids are sent to the liver, it promotes “thermogenesis” which increases the body’s metabolism. Plus medium-chain fatty acids are not easily converted into stored triglycerides (longer-chain fat) and therefore cannot be readily used by the body to make larger fat molecules.
Clients often ask me “what sort of coconut oil should I buy?” And that’s a very good question because there are a lot of brands out there! I’d recommend buying from your local health food store and asking for an organic 100% pure coconut oil. I use a lot of it so I buy it in bulk from Amazon who also stock some decent brands.
If you decide to try coconut oil to curb your craving I’d love to hear how you get on! Coconut oil is my favourite oil and it has many other uses but I’ll save that for another day…