I don't have a copy of EFLF - so I wondered if anyone
could tell me what the purpose is for CO before meals.
Is it appetite suppressant or something else?
There are a few reasons for the CO, but as you said, one of them is
indeed appetite supression. To make that work, EFLF suggests you
take your dose 20 min before your meal to let satiation kick in.
EFLF also states that basically when you restrict fats, you tend to
replace with carbs. Eating high carbs can trigger an insulin
response which causes your body to store fat (as all of you low-carb
followers know). It says the right fats at every meal keep your
blood sugar (and energy levels) stable, and maximize your metablism.
Several studies are cited that support the idea that medium-chain
fatty acids (MCFAs) like those found in CO are actually oxidized
(burned up and used for energy) rather than stored as fat. One
study found animals eating 50% of their calories from MCFAs lost
significant weight, even though they were not on a weight-loss
diet. The other group of animals ate the same # of calories but 50%
came from LCFAs (long-chain fatty acids) instead; this group lost no
They also talk about MCFAs being "thermogenic", meaning they raise
your body temp, boosting your energy and metabolic rate. The most
rapidly oxidized MCFA was found to be lauric acid, which comprises
almost 50% of CO. CO also boosts your thyroid function.
There are tons of other things they say CO is great for - including
boosting your immunity, putting on your skin, etc, etc. The first
time I read EFLF I was like well why don't I just BATHE in it and
swig a bottle all day long?!!! I'll get real skinny then!!!!
It's a coconut-happy book!