Certain saturated fats, like the medium-chain fatty acids in coconut oil, may help keep fat off.
In one study, 40 women, aged 20 to 40, with at least 35-inch waists, ate a lower-calorie diet, walked at least 50 minutes per day and took 1 ounce of coconut or soybean oil per day. After 12 weeks, the coconut oil group had more good cholesterol (HDL) and less bad cholesterol (LDL) while the soy oil group had the reverse.
Both groups lost weight, but only the coconut oil group had a smaller waist size, which lowers chances of chronic illnesses like heart disease and diabetes. Coconut oil is ideal to use as a high-heat cooking oil for baking or frying in place of butter, margarine, shortening or other cooking oils.