Can overdoing Coconut Oil cause Fat storage/Weight Gain?

by 871 · October 04, 2012 at 02:23 AM

I am trying to isolate what the culprit in my recent body fat % increase/weight gain was. I only changed 2 things.

1) I started incorporating more Coconut oil in my diet...some in cooking, some in a frozen treat. (if this was done in excess, can it cause body fat increase?) Max 3 tablespoons per day

2) I incorporated some Almond Milk in my diet, unsweetened of course, no sugar) If this was done in excess could this be the cause? Max 2 cups per day

Nothing NEolithic was consumed, and my calories were increased...so perhaps all three? Calorie increase..plus coconut oil plus almond milk?

I just want to make sure I don't make the same mistakes again. And want to know if I can incorporate coconut oil without gaining...

MY Tanita Ironman scale registered a 10lb increase and 5% body fat increase after 1 week of adding these things...

Any ideas?

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1267 · December 01, 2011 at 11:00 AM

Only really one way to find out - cut all 3 culprits - cal back to what you are use to , no coconut oil or almond milk - do that for a few wks then add one factor back in wk by wk. If your answer is not there - there must be something else going on - not sure what though

138 · December 01, 2011 at 05:47 AM

My money is on it being related to the almond milk before anything else. I know that many almond milk ingredient labels I've read list tapioca starch and can be a little carb-y. That could have brought on some water retention.

1945 · December 01, 2011 at 02:14 AM

If it puts you over your caloric limit, then yes. Calories DO count.

598 · December 01, 2011 at 10:41 AM

Are you are female? If so maybe hormonal, menstrual related water weight plus maybe a small fat gain from the extra calories.

90 · December 01, 2011 at 03:11 AM

Regardless of what you eat, if your calorie intake exceeds your calorie expenditure, you will gain weight. Consequently, because fat is the most efficient way for your body to store excess energy (calories), it is stored as fat. Coconut oil can be incorporated into your diet as long as you decrease your calorie intake in other areas of your diet OR you increase your activity level sufficiently enough to burn off the excess calories.

2565 · December 01, 2011 at 03:16 AM

It depends on if you're exercising regularly or not and how much sugar is in your diet. The majority of the fats in coconut oil are medium chain fatty acids that are absorbed and burned immediately by the body for fuel rather than being circulated throughout the body and being stored in fat cells. In fact most people notice weight loss when they incorporate coconut oil into their diet since it boosts the function of your thyroid and overall metabolism thus burning excess fat stores in the body. I'm wondering what other things you eat on a daily basis, cause I find it hard to believe the weight gain is from the coconut oil. Do you have any other health problems, particularly metabolic problems, recently or in the past? If you gain weight no matter what you eat and exercise a lot there's a good chance you're leptin resistant to some degree which will cause your body to be unable to burn excess fat.

37013 · December 01, 2011 at 01:17 AM

Coconut oil plus 2 cups of almond milk is actually a pretty high daily intake of nuts if weight is an issue. Unless you can comfortably balance by eating less of other dense nutrients they could be part or all of the problem.

If this is very recent, it could be water fluctuation. But, I happen to think coconut oil and almond milk, while healthy, are processed foods and therefore should not be consume in unlimited quantities.

How many almonds in their whole form would you eat in a day? How much raw coconut flesh?

EDIT: I forgot to ask if you saw increased inches anywhere on your body? This would be a more concrete evidence of fat gain since pounds can involve release/retention of water.

7153 · December 01, 2011 at 03:24 AM

I suspect something else may be going on here. Adding coconut milk and almond milk would certainly add calories, but coconut oil burns off quickly so it's unlikely to be stored as fat. Regardless, to gain 10 pounds in a week you'd have to store 35,000 surplus calories. That's 5,000 extra calories per day. There is no way eating 3 T. of coconut oil and 2 c. of almond milk on a daily basis could cause that in just one week.

0 · October 04, 2012 at 02:23 AM

get off the almond milk and any other polyunsaturated vegetable oil!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

saturated fat good. poly bad.

oh, and if you follow that, carbs are good too.

0 · May 26, 2012 at 04:00 PM

I put on a few pounds, especially in the belly area. I was consuming 3 Tablespoons per day. I'm wondering is you get the same benefit from the Monolaurin Supplements. I'm going to try that.

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8187 · January 21, 2012 at 04:07 AM

You ask your question in terms of "overdoing." Given that, what basis is there for doubting the likelihood that eating a hella lot of coconut oil portends excess weight? Keep everything else equal, then eat less coconut oil, and get back with us if you've not lost a few.

8185 · January 20, 2012 at 11:06 PM

10 lbs in one week tells me water gain, not fat gain. Water gain comes from carbs. There's no carbs in coconut oil. There are few carbs in unsweetened Almond milk. I doubt it was related to either. You say you increased your calories as well. What's an example of your full diet?

edit: Just noticed this is a bit old. Presumably the original poster's figured it out and can let us know what happened? :)

0 · January 20, 2012 at 10:54 PM

i've been seeing a lot of people recently on other websites posting about how they believe coconut oil may be causing them to gain weight. once they go off it they seem to loose the weight. i know this goes against what most believe is a very healthy oil.

733 · January 20, 2012 at 01:47 PM

its the soy, it is making you retain water. i had the same issue a couple of weeks ago.

0 · January 20, 2012 at 01:05 PM

I am on WW have lost 71 lbs, gained 10 from Thanksgiving on. Started on the new WW plan on Jan,5 lost 4.6 lbs. Started taking coconut oil and still doing my same WW and gained back 4.4.? I am assuming it is the extra virgin 3 capsules a day that are adding to my problem! UGH!!!!

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