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Testimonials Regarding Using Coconut Oil in the Diet

sample testimonies from the Coconut Diet Forums

Weight Loss

My name is Kelly, and I have been on a quest for health for several years now. At one time I was severely obese. I have since lost 140 pounds. I am not yet finished with my weight loss. I know with the help of coconut oil, I will achieve my goal. I read about the health benefits of coconut oil over a year ago, and added the oil to my daily regimen. Within a week, I had more energy, and was feeling like a different person. I love Tropical Traditions Virgin Coconut Oil, it is the best I have tried, and I will continue to use this oil forever. The quality cannot be matched. Kelly Inglet (read more about Kelly and see photos!)

Over the past 18 months I've lost 107 pounds, going from 316 to 209 and from 52 to 36 pants (19 pounds to go).  I lost the weight following a low carb, no sugar or grain, high saturated fat and high protein diet and eliminating ALL soy products and ALL polyunsaturated vegetable oils. I used about 2 or 3 tablespoons of Virgin Coconut Oil daily. I eat 6 eggs and half pound of beef and half pound of chicken a day and also use butter and olive oil. 1 or 2 pieces of fruit and a bunch of veggies daily. I walk an hour a day and work out 2 or 3 times a week. I'm 53 years old and cholesterol is 172, good ratios, triglycerides at 72 and blood sugar is 85. No meds of any kind, no illness, unlimited energy and I can easily outwork younger guys on my crew. I really believe in the importance of consuming a large amount of quality saturated fats. Chuck

I started taking Tropical Traditions virgin coconut oil faithfully six weeks ago. I am up to 2 ozs. a day and I am experiencing fabulous results. I am also using it on my skin immediately following bathing, before drying off. My diet has completely changed back to vegetarian and I have not had any desire for sweets for over a month. I lost 10 pounds (I was about 30 lbs. overweight) and my appetite is back to normal. I feel great and have much more energy. I am a massage therapist and have a very busy practice. I have been tired and burned out for years but still I plugged away and satisfied my customers. I have not felt tired for weeks now. I am also back to my spiritual practices and feeling very optimistic. I am a great deal less negative and don't even like to watch TV violence and find TV news disturbing, too dramatic and not worth my time. I am recommending the oil to my clients daily. I could go on for ever about the changes. Bruce, L.M.T.

I receive several health news letters and eagerly went to your website and devoured it's contents. I immediately ordered a half gallon of the wonderful oil. I have been consuming it for about 6 weeks and have lost about 5 pounds. I have noticed an increase in energy. I had had low metabolism since I was a teen. I am now 76 yrs old. I'm so pleased that I'm losing about a pound a week and no longer have tenderness in my gallbladder area. I walk about 3 miles 3 times a week and love the taste of the oil. I'm 76 and shooting for 100 unless the Savior comes before that! Sally

I would like to say that I have been on Virgin Coconut Oil for the past 2 months ( 4 tablespoons daily) and feel better than I have in a long time! My energy levels are up & my weight is down. I am never hungry anymore, & have incorporated a daily exercise routine & have lost 20 pounds. Paula

Since beginning to use Tropical Traditions Virgin coconut oil, about 8 months ago, I have:
experienced a noticeable increase in my energy, rid myself of cravings for carbs, cleared up my complexion (which has always been a problem) gotten the silkiest, most glorious hair from using it internally AND lost 16 pounds. This oil does all that it promises, and more!
Sharon

About two years ago, I bought some coconut oil for the promised benefits of better health and nutrition. At the time I was overweight and I was on a self-willed regiment of better diet and exercise. Every Friday, after a hard workout at the gym, I would weigh myself and keep track of my progress. When I bought some coconut oil, I consumed about 2-3 tablespoons a day, and I kept track of my weight loss. Before I purchase the coconut oil, I lost about 1-2 lbs per week of diligent exercise and diet. Once I got the coconut oil, my weight loss went up to about 3-5 lbs average before I plateaued to my normal weight for my build. Isaul

I have been taking a tablespoon of coconut oil three times daily with meals. Taking the oil with my meals seems to give me a “full feeling” a lot faster. My sweet tooth has practically vanished—and this is from someone who should have bought stock in Hershey's long ago! Ironically, facilitating weight loss was my main reason for trying the coconut oil diet, but with all the wonderful benefits I am experiencing, the weight loss aspect almost seems like an afterthought. About three days into the routine, I had an energy rush on a Saturday morning that kept me going until well after lunch. I can’t believe how much I got done that day! My mental state of mind seemed to be much sharper. I was able to focus on the tasks at hand without getting sidetracked. I was not exhausted at the end of running my errands, which included traipsing around a huge mall. It seemed like I was practically running, rather than the leisurely walking that was formerly my habit. In addition to my energy level, my mood has been very stable—no up and down mood swings—even with the onset of PMS! My husband commented yesterday on how soft and silky my skin felt, and I have not used any lotion since I started taking the oil. Theresa

I just had to tell you that your product has changed my life. For the past ten years I have been fighting hypothyroidism. I have gained over sixty pounds and it seems that lately my doctor is increasing the dosage of my thyroid medication nearly every month. After doing a lot of research, I first learned that it is probably up to me to cure myself, with a high protein - low carb diet. I started my new eating routine about three weeks ago and about a week later, after reading an article in Woman's World Magazine, I purchased a 32 ounce jar of Tropical Traditions Virgin Coconut Oil at a local nutrition store. I mix 2 tablespoons with a low-carb protein drink every morning and the energy I sustain throughout the day is amazing. I have also lost 11 pounds in 3 weeks and walking on my treadmill for 30 minutes every evening after work is almost effortless. Thank You for this wonderful product. Cheryl

I've been on coconut oil since September 2002 and although that doesn't seem like long - it has changed my life and the lives of my family and friends. I learned so much and much of it off of this site. These people are so helpful and smart! My weight actually went UP when I started on coconut oil but I felt so GREAT! Being hypothyroid, I was on synthroid and Cytomel and had been for years but with inconsistent results and feeling worse.

Other changes besides the addition of coconut oil were the complete removal of soy ( and that is a major challenge in itself!), all trans-fatty acids, no refined sugar, and organ cleanses seasonally. My thyroid meds were  discontinued with my doctor's knowledge as I was getting too energetic and having trouble sleeping! That from being a sleepaholic couch potato that was cold! :-) My weight stayed steady until the last three weeks and it has now started the downward move. My goal was health and just believed the weight would come off when I found the right diet and exercise routine that my life was comfortable with.

I've tried removing the coconut oil but my energy drops and I don't feel as good. I'm not on the site regularly any more - got too excited about all the energy to do all the stuff I used to dream of! :-) I wish you improved  health and the weight loss that will no doubt go with it!
Smiles,

Donna

Children:
I have personal experience with using Virgin Coconut Oil (VCO) to richen my milk supply :-) In fact, this is why I started taking VCO in the first place. My baby was very low weight and I just Knew that something wasn't right. Our ped was no help~ he said because she hadn't lost weight, she was fine. I finally went to a naturopathic doctor, and explained my situation (besides the baby gaining only a few ounces, I had PPD). Since my baby was my 9th and I'd nursed the last 6... He said that I probably didn't have enough good fats in my system. That would account for my milk not being rich enough/full of fat to help her grow, and it also probably had a great deal to do with my hormones being out of whack and me struggling with PPD. I started taking VCO when the baby was 5 months old. By the time she was 7 months old, she'd gained 3 whole pounds! My PPD had disappeared also :)

We went back for a weight check when the baby was 9 months old, and she had gained another 2 pounds and was not only back on the weight chart, but on the correct curve for her age, etc. I had also noticed that she was developing new skills all at once, that maybe she'd not been able to before. My ped was so impressed he asked me what I'd done... I was a little nervous about telling him, but truthfully, the only thing I'd done differently was to take the VCO! So I told him and he never rolled his eyes or treated me like I'd lost my mind ;-) He even wrote it in her chart!

I can hardly wait to see what the effects of the VCO is on me after the baby weans (she's 17 months old now~ and my other kids weaned by themselves around 2 years). I could really stand to lose a decent amount of weight... but in the meantime, I'm happy with what it's done for my hormones and for my baby's growth and development :-)

Jan El Paso, TX

Our whole family is really enjoying Virgin Coconut Oil.  The original purpose for the purchase was because we have a special needs child who has quadriplegic cerebral palsy and cortical blindness.  Unlike most children in her condition, our daughter is fed pureed foods orally and given liquids via gastrostomy tube.  She is able to tolerate very few proteins and fats because of the extremely slow movement of her digestive system.  Your Virgin Coconut Oil is gentle on her system and she tolerates it wonderfully.  This is such an accomplishment since there are only a few oils available that she is able to obtain nourishment and sustenance from.  The taste is pleasant and mild, and we are always pleased to provide her with foods that are whole and unprocessed.  Much to the surprise of her many doctors, she continues to gain weight steadily, although she is small for her age.  The nutritional consultants at the hospital where she receives all necessary care (recently noted to be one of the top ten in the country) continue to instruct us with regard to her nutrition "just keep doing whatever you are doing because she is thriving wonderfully."  They have no explanation for her wonderful skin, great immune system, and weight gain-  all areas in which children like her struggle for daily their entire lives.  We thank God for such wonderful foods as the coconut, for blessing her with great health, and for companies such as Tropical Traditions who can provide quality products with great integrity. Carissa Independence, Missouri

Thyroid Sufferers

I purchased a jar of coconut oil about a month ago. I purchased your coconut oil because it is in a glass jar and because of the pictures and information on your website. I have a low thyroid and have been trying to find natural ways to speed things up. I take 2 tablespoons everyday and have found my energy level and weight loss to be its best in years. I am now able to control my hypothyroidism without having to take prescription drugs. This means a lot to me. The quality of your product is the best. Thank you for such a wonderful product. Heather

I have added about 3 tablespoons of coconut oil to my diet a day on top of my normal amount of calories. (I'm trying to get it up more.) I have a family history of thyroid disorders. All of my living sisters and my mother are currently being treated for hypothyroidism. I have struggled all my life with trying to keep my weight down and have to eat between 1200 and 1400 calories plus do regular exercise in order to keep my weight stable. I decided to use coconut oil after reading the work of Dr. Ray Peat and feeling for years that my thyroid function has never been adequate. In the past thyroid tests have shown me to be a tiny bit low, not enough for treatment. My own experience so far has been very good. I have not put on any new weight even though I am eating easily 300 more calories a day. I have actually dropped a few pounds recently since working on eating more coconut oil. I am a celiac and the coconut oil has had very good effects on my intestinal tract as well. I am the only one left in my immediate family not on thyroid medication right now and the only one not overweight. Something must be right about this. I am 49 and seem to be healthy for my age. Tish

I have been using coconut oil for a couple of weeks now, and I feel so much better! I even have my husband using your product and wanting to know as much about it as possible.  I have Hypothyroidism and have been having the hardest time losing weight! Of course, I have always had the tired symptoms of Hypothyroidism! Not fun! The only time that I have felt as good as I did taking Coconut oil, is when I had changed doctors and he immediately prescribed me a different medicine. The medicine was different than I have been taking for almost 8 years. Within 4 days, I lost 6 lbs. I know that this medicine is helping, but I am at a plateau and am having a terrible time losing weight! Coconut Oil once again, gave me this same feeling! It is awesome! I once again have energy, and it is wonderful! I forgot how good it feels to FEEL GOOD again! Linda

Candida

I am a walking testimonial to the benefits of a low carbohydrate/ high fat diet with regard to candida and cystitus. I used to purchase Monistat two or three packages at a time. Now I use lots of coconut  oil for cooking and eat plenty of coconut products such as fresh coconut, coconut flakes, and coconut milk. Coconut contains capric/caprylic acid and lauric acid both proven to kill candida while leaving healthy intestinal flora intact.

I was taking a long-term, broad-spectrum antibiotic for chronic  cystitus for over two years and now its been two years since I stopped refilling the prescription with no recurrence! My original inspiration was Dr. Mary Enig, PhD. through whom I became familiar with the Weston A Price Foundation and the books All About Fats, Nourishing Traditions, and The Cholesterol Myths.

The hallmarks of the diet recommended by westonaprice.org are whole  dairy (preferably raw), bone broths, lacto-fermented vegetables, free-range grass-fed meat and eggs, natural saturated fats like coconut and butter, and to eliminate rancid and then refined, bleached, and deodorized polyunsaturated oils and trans fat, and to limit soy, refined carbohydrates, quick-rise breads, and whole grains that are not properly prepared by soaking first.

I did this in stages but by far the most remarkable transformation  occurred when I started using coconut oil and simultaneously eliminated skim milk and all soy products from my diet. And I lost weight! Laura

For the past 20 years I have been effected by a chronic illness which creates a susceptibility to opportunistic imbalances like candida. It's been 5 years that I have really been struggling with this (though the imbalance was
established long before that). I read that taking Tropical Traditions Virgin Coconut Oil could help with a candida imbalance and it really has. Of course, I did experience the dread die-off when I began the TTVCO (Feb '04), which is not pleasant, but I know of nothing that works to balance this situation without creating a die-off. I began using the coconut oil at 1 tsp the first day and increased by 1 tsp each day until I was taking 1 tbls with each meal (3x/day). I have also used the coconut oil to make suppositories with essential oils. This, too, has been very helpful.

Subduing a candida overgrowth can be very costly. TTVCO is one of the more affordable tools I've come across and it's a great addition to my curry recipes and the morning oatmeal (with cardomon, cinnamon and coriander). If it can make the difference for me that it does now, I imagine that had I found this 5, 10 years ago the candida would never have gotten so out of hand. I recommend to anyone who is dealing with candida overgrowth that they read about this product and seriously consider employing it. 
Elizabeth

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