COCONUT WATER: Unusual drinks that could help you lose weight
Coconut water? Have you heard of it, or tried it before? Don’t confuse it with coconut milk. Coconut milk is made by processing the white coconut flesh, while coconut water is the liquid you find inside a coconut.
Coconut anything; coconut oil, coconut milk and coconut water all seem to be gaining in popularity when reading diet or health related articles. But when it comes to losing weight, can coconut water have any beneficial effect on weight loss?
Let us take a quick look at the basic properties of coconut water and see……….
ABOUT COCONUT WATER
Coconut water is very low in calories, it has only 46 calories per cup, contains no fats and is made up mostly of natural sugars and minerals. It is very high in fibre and rich in magnesium and potassium and it has great hydrating qualities due to its composition of electrolytes.
WHAT BENEFITS CAN COCONUT WATER OFFER DIETERS?
Well, one of the first benefits of coconut water is that it is full of electrolytes which have a hydrating effect on your body meaning that if you drink/sip it regularly you will feel full for longer which, in turn, will help you to beat those cravings for carbohydrates and it could even reduce your hunger pangs which in theory could stop you snacking between meals savings you lots of extra calories per day. = healthy maintainable weight loss
Coconut water also contains fibre – three grams of fibre in each cup to be precise, which makes coconut water a much better option as one of your daily drinks – much better for you than fizzy drinks which are full of sugars. Fibre is great because it slows down your food absorption which will then help to stabilize your blood sugar levels which in turn will help curb your sugar cravings, hopefully leading to you eating less = healthy maintainable weight loss
Coconut water contains both Potassium and Magnesium but let’s look at the benefits of Potassium. Coconut water contains about 300mg of Potassium per cup, which means that coconut water is a better source of Potassium than a banana. Potassium supports your body in the processes used to convert the food you ingest into muscle. It is a fact that having more body muscle increases your metabolism which then goes on to burn more fat and you don’t even have to be working out for this process to happen = healthy maintainable weight loss
Coconut water also contains lots of vitamin C which is a natural anti-oxidant. Many people swear by coconut water for their youthful good looks and beautiful skin and hair, but vitamin C also has the benefit of being able to help our bodies distribute energy to each cell. If your body doesn’t have enough vitamin C it can’t distribute energy effectively and so it stores the energy as fat. Another good reason why it is believed coconut water can support us in achieving a = healthy maintainable weight loss
Now to conclude, I have to say that I believe coconut water would be a very beneficial addition to any diet, and to be honest, if you like the taste of coconuts you will love drinking coconut water, so let me finish by briefly summarising what we’ve found out:
- Coconut water is a very healthy drink
- It may contribute towards helping you to lose weight
- It’s could help to suppress your appetite
- It could help your digestive system to distribute energy more efficiently thereby preventing excess energy being stored as fat
- It could boost your metabolism
- It could help balance your sugar levels and stave off energy slumps
- It may reduce cravings for sugary foods and carbohydrates
I know that this post has given a very positive review of coconut water, but remember one important thing though – coconut water is not going to make you magically lose 25lb in two weeks, as some sites claim – nor is it the miracle fat burner that we are all looking for………it is simply a pleasant and nutritious drink that you could use as a healthy alternative to tea, coffee, sodas, juices, etc as part of your healthy eating diet plan, but as a bonus, it just so happens that some of its properties could have a beneficial effect to help you to lose weight. So I think coconut water is definitely worth a try. I really like the drink myself, but I have never yet found it in a supermarket which means you either have to buy it from a health food shop or buy it on-line.
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