One such bad idea is the Coconut Diet, which is yet another of those diets that add some kind of miracle ingredient to a strict eating program and hope that everything turns out great.
The magic ingredient in this case is the coconut oil and its metabolism boosting capacity. It seems that coconut oil can be rapidly burnt by the body, despite the fact that it is rich in saturated fats.
This diet is in fact a regular low-carb diet, very similar to Atkins.
During the first stage of the diet, users are not allowed to eat any kind of carbohydrates and must do with lean foods, such as eggs, nuts, cheese, fish, chicken, turkey and up to 10 glasses of water per day.
They also have to swallow 2-3 tablespoons of coconut oil per day. The first stage lasts for three weeks, only to be followed by an optional detox stage. This stage lasts for 4 weeks and focuses on cleansing the liver, kidneys, gallbladder and colon through certain interesting means (such as drinking water mixed with lemon juice and olive oil).
The third stage of the diet is the reintroduction of carbohydrates in the daily eating plan. Starting with fruit, wholegrains and potatoes, the dieter is once more allowed to eat carbs. It is assumed that the dieter has lost more than 10 pounds by this point and still maintaining a weight loss pace of 1-2 pounds per week. The fourth stage of the diet means that even more carbohydrates are added to the eating plan, while still drinking coconut oil.
Unfortunately, the person behind this diet provides no sound explanation for the alleged positive influence of coconut oil on weight loss.
While it's true that coconut oil helps regulate the thyroid gland, it has far too much saturated fat to be healthy.
Furthermore, it's not very clear whether the coconut oil plays any kind of role in this diet, since the weight loss can easily be ascribed to the strict "no carbohydrates" eating plan.
Most dieting experts and dietitians agree that access to saturated fats should be limited during diets, so it's pretty strange to see one that claims the opposite.
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