by Sarah Shilhavy
Health Impact News
Fitness junkies, take note: you need coconut oil. Coconut oil straight up, in your protein-rich meals, protein shakes, snacks, pre-workout, post-workout fuel – whatever you choose. Coconut oil can be adapted into your style of eating and seriously enhances the results of the style of fitness you’re into, be it body building, toning, endurance, or general weight and muscle management.
So why add coconut oil into your fitness routine? Coconut oil is a rich source of MCTs (medium chain triglycerides), a high-energy fuel that the body uses to prevent muscle loss, but take off body fat. (Great short video  to watch here that explains this.) Coconut oil has a lot of these MCTs. Eat it.
Skeptical? There are hundreds, even thousands of personal testimonies  of people who have added coconut oil to their diet and seen impressive results in their quest to keep their bodies fit and healthy. Athletes finding more endurance during their workouts, building muscle mass quicker (and keeping it on), and even slimming down on the body fat but not the muscle mass.
Coconut Oil Will Give You More Energy and Endurance
Coconut oil is a natural energy booster without the adrenaline crashing side effects that other natural energy foods such as caffeine and sugar bring. In fact, many racehorses’ diets consist of coconut oil for endurance and the same benefits are also available for humans.
Coconut Oil Can Help You Reach A Healthy Weight
Coconut oil will help you lose unneeded fat , but not muscle mass. While on a high-fat diet supplemented with medium chain fatty acids such as coconut oil, your body will go into a state of ketosis and help take off weight in a safe and healthy way.
Coconut Oil Aids in Building Muscle Mass
Coconut oil’s ketogenic effect takes off body fat but not muscle mass. Quite the opposite – coconut oil aids in increasing muscle mass. To maximize these effects, consider eating according to a ketogenic or modified ketogenic diet by adding more healthy fats to your diet like butter, coconut oil, olive oil, eggs, consuming more healthy meats and cutting back on the carbs. Learn more about the ketogenic diet here .
Getting Coconut Oil into Your Fitness Food
Getting coconut oil into your diet as a fitness supplement is easy due to its versatile nature. Cook with it as you would with any other oil, or use it in your shakes and protein snacks (see recipes below). However, if you are new to coconut oil, start with small servings and slowly build your intake up to tablespoon amounts, or as you see fit. Your body will tell you how much you can take, but in order to get the full muscle mass building benefits, many take large amounts, approximately 3-6 tablespoons a day. To get you started, try some of these recipes before or after your next workout (coconut oil amounts can be adjusted to fit your needs):
Dark Chocolate Raspberry Custard Smoothie
Healthy Peanut Butter Protein Balls
Chocolate Coconut Protein Bites
Strawberries and Coconut Cream Protein Shake
Coconut Peanut Butter Banana Protein Shake
Note: A popular alternative to coconut oil that is commonly being sold today in the fitness crowd is “MCT Oil.” MCT Oil is NOT coconut oil, however. It is a different product, even though it is “derived” from coconut oil. The testimonials we report, and what I use personally, is REAL coconut oil (preferably virgin coconut oil), and not MCT Oil. Read more here: MCT Oil vs. Coconut Oil: The Truth Exposed 
Virgin Coconut Oil:
How it has changed people’s lives and how it can change yours!