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Green Tea and Coconut Oil


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Id just started drinking green tea daily as i know it helps you metabolism. But then i spoke to a friend of a friend who is a personal trainer and he swears by having green tea with a tea spoon of coconut oil mixed in. He says that the coconut oil increases the the effects the green tea has on your metabolism by 50 percent! So now im trying that, and it tastes quite nice aswell. Thought i should share this with everyone else. Good luck
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Sounds like BS to me.  What are this trainer's nutritional qualifications?  What studies can he cite to support this?

I've never been convinced that green tea did anything for weight loss except that people might tend to drink it instead of energy drinks, soda, etc., which are higher-calorie.  In that case, no wonder people lose weight, but it's not the green tea, it's the overall calorie reduction.

I'm pretty sure that coconut oil doesn't do anything except add about 40 calories per teaspoon to your drink.

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Its well documented that green tea can speed up your metabolism. A one minute search on the internet will show you that, as for the coconut oil, i found this.... Coconut oil primarily consists of medium-chain fatty acids. These triglycerides can speed up the metabolism because they are so easily digested and converted into energy.
I personally find that when I drink green tea not hungry for quite awhile afterwards. Fat certainly keeps you full as well, so perhaps this is eh he suggested it? Make sure not to eyeball it if you're trying to lose weight though, because it's very high calorie.
Original Post by mark_hus:

Its well documented that green tea can speed up your metabolism. A one minute search on the internet will show you that, as for the coconut oil, i found this.... Coconut oil primarily consists of medium-chain fatty acids. These triglycerides can speed up the metabolism because they are so easily digested and converted into energy.

I think this is a pretty analogous situation to milk in your coffee. If you drink black coffee it might speed up your metabolism slightly but the effects are basically negated when you add in calorie containing substances like milk or creamer or sugar.

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If you read my above comment you will see what it says about the fats in coconut oil, maybe that will ease your fears there. As for my mates mate, i know hes been a pt for 7+ years and earns a veruy good living so im inclined to trust what he says. But like anything its personal choice. Where some see positives others may see negatives, thats fine, its what works for you. Im guna stick with it and see how it goes. But i definately believe in the advantages of green tea. I agree with liseey02 about adding cream and milk, i wouldnt normally do that, but from what im told, a tsp of coconut oil increases the metabolism effects of the green tea, which surely is a good thing. Which id imagine cream or milk doesnt do. 

Good point about the milk; milk/cream/sugar may not increase metabolism but I still think the metabolism increase is negated by the calories consumed. Especially since oil is so much more calorie dense than say 2% milk.

I have also never seen any evidence that green tea + coconut oil work in synergy. Green tea may boost metabolism through caffeine content. Coconut oil may "boost metabolism" because it increases energy expenditure. However, I'm not convinced that consuming them together boosts metabolism more than the sum.

My personal opinion on the drink mixture is:

calories burned from increased metabolism from drink mixture < calories consumed from drink mixture

 

 

I drink green tea because I like it. Drinking it to boost your meatbolism is a bit odd if you don't like it. You'll burn very little extra.

The metabolic boost from coconut oil is so small as to be negligible, the metabolic boost from massive doses of green tea is a maximum of about 45-50kcal per day, so if you were to drink green tea every day and keep everything else constant you'd lose a pound every 70 days.

There is absolutely no evidence of any synergy between green tea and coconut oil that I could find, but even if it boosted the effect from green tea by 50% you'd still only be burning 67.5-75 kcal/d extra or lose one pound every 46 days assuming everything else is kept the same and not accounting for the calories in the coconut oil.

 Or, you know, if you put two teaspoons of coconut oil in every cuppa tea you drink and you need to on average drink one cup every 3-4 hours to reap the metabolism-boosting effect you'd actually gain weight, because the coconut oil has more calories than the frankly pretty negligible metabolism boost from green tea.

 Not to say that drinking unsweetened green tea is wholly without merit, there are suggestions that it may have a lean mass-sparing effect in a calorie deficit over and above what can be accounted for by exercise alone and there's all sorts of useful anti-oxidants in it. But add anything at all to it, have an apple extra or maybe two carrots and you're pretty much wiped out the extra calorie burn so for weight loss the idea's pretty much a dud.

 

Could you site your source on the metabolic boost from coconut oil being negligible? I think researchers are still trying to figure out whether that is the case. I found this article that reviews some of the studies performed with medium chain triglycerides mostly in comparison with long chain triglycerides. There is some indication it provides a benefit; how much is not clear to me.

You know what... I think if you look at the last article reviewed you will find that the argument is for replacing LCT with MCT. This could create the body to burn a few more calories (and possibly make you consume a few less through satiety). However, the argument is NOT to add MCT as a dietary supplement or to increase your overall fat/caloric intake as would be the case by adding coconut oil to green tea...

I drink green tea and take CLR oil, which work together just like the way you are describing the tea and coconut oil do. If you're enjoying it I don't see a problem.

 

Hmm, yeah, that's neat:

Mean 24-h EE also increased by 162 and 475 kJ with 15 and 30 g of MCT in added fat, respectively.

That's an added expenditure of ~113.5 kcal/d for replacing 30g of long-chain fat with MCT's which is more than I've seen previously and actually, yes, about twice that of the green tea. Would that still be significant though, if you consumed 200kcal extra of coconut oil, to get that 100kcal/d extra burn?

Original Post by melkor:

Hmm, yeah, that's neat:

Mean 24-h EE also increased by 162 and 475 kJ with 15 and 30 g of MCT in added fat, respectively.

That's an added expenditure of ~113.5 kcal/d for replacing 30g of long-chain fat with MCT's which is more than I've seen previously and actually, yes, about twice that of the green tea. Would that still be significant though, if you consumed 200kcal extra of coconut oil, to get that 100kcal/d extra burn?

No, exactly my point. And also, if you're female (I'm not sure if the op is) the added energy expenditure for replacing (not adding) lct with mct is the lower bound so maybe not even worth it.

Interesting stuff though.

You just need to count the calories from the coconut oil and still keep to your daily cal goal.

4 years ago my trainer told me to start drinking green tea...and i hated most hot drinks....like most things I forced myself to drink it until i liked it...now I am a green tea addict!!!! Tim Horton's XL everyday....on the weekends I find I get headaches if I miss my caffine fix for the day.

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