Eating Raw Coconut Oil for energy

by (80) Updated February 08, 2013 at 7:16 AM Created July 22, 2011 at 7:52 PM

Has anyone ever tried this? I know a guy who is eating a TSP every morning for energy he said it works great and lasts all day. I was just wondering potential set backs with doing this or if any one else practices this??

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19355 · July 22, 2011 at 8:31 PM

About once a week I'll do a fat fast to promote lipolysis and protein turnover.

To keep my energy levels up on days when I plan on working out or teaching fitness classes I'll sometimes have some coconut oil (about 1-2 tbsp with about 1 tsp almond butter, a pinch of sea salt, and a little unsweetened natural cocoa powder mixed in)

A couple weeks ago I did this prior to a metabolic conditioning workout and the coach remarked that he hadn't seen anyone work as hard yet or since. I was able to hit 90+ % of my Max heart rate (using a polar heart rate monitor) several points over the course of the 30 min workout and felt great.

This is what my coconut oil "energy snack" looks like...


(full recipe post here)

17816 · July 22, 2011 at 8:02 PM

Start with one, then try two, then try 3. Eating too much coconut oil on an empty stomach has the potential to make you feel sick.

70 · July 22, 2011 at 8:35 PM

Try coconut butter.

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4873 · July 23, 2011 at 3:38 PM

I eat a scoop of my "Fake" Nutella instead of lunch on busy days and find that I don't get hungry until after 4pm. I've also recently discovered Coconut Manna and have been flavoring it with high quality cocoa, real vanilla extract, a little (1/4 tsp per 1c manna) honey, and cinnamon. Yum!

Here's my fake Nutella recipe:

2/3 full jar of Coconut Oil

1/4-1/3 c almond butter, just for the nutty flavor

2-3 TBS 100% high quality cocoa powder, make sure you spend the money to get the good stuff

1 tsp honey, just enough to sweeten slightly, but you should taste the nut and chocolate before any sweetness.

Mix well and store in fridge.

177 · July 23, 2011 at 12:40 PM

I recently relied on coconut oil as easily transportable energy food while in a food desert at a martial arts conference... kept it in my dorm room and felt totally well fed by using it to supplement meals constructed around canned sardines/salmon, avocado, eggs, sauerkraut and nuts. I agree that at first you need to be careful about too much on an empty stomach but now I seem to handle it ok.

Mix in some raw cacao nibs!

It's also an excellent immune booster and antimicrobial. While at the conference one of my buddies had folliculitis; I gave him a paper cup of coconut oil with a couple doz drops of tea tree oil mixed in to treat it.

4067 · July 23, 2011 at 4:08 PM

I know everyones been going nuts on Ray Peat, but he has a great article on coconut oil. I think it pertains. http://raypeat.com/articles/articles/coconut-oil.shtml

705 · February 08, 2013 at 7:16 AM

coconut gives me such an incredible rush of energy. i eat 2 tbsps and it keeps me going for hours, and it also decreases my appetite for a couple hours. that, and bacon fat. they're the equivalent of energy drinks for me.

124 · February 08, 2013 at 6:54 AM

On my non workout days I eat 100g block of creamed coconut, it's roughly 700cal and my main source of fat for the day, gives me plenty of energy and taste yummy

280 · February 08, 2013 at 12:51 AM

Last time I was sick with flu nothing seemed to help except scooping coconut oil out of the jar & eating it straight, or mixing a bit with my tea. Its anti-viral you know :)

0 · December 05, 2012 at 9:32 PM

I have started taking coconut oil 3-times a day about one week ago. I have severe fibromyalgia and I had been diagnosed with depression. For the past two days, I have been feeling more energetic and my body hasn't been hurting like it normally does, even though we have been having some rainy weather and nasty temps (cold then warm). I have not been laying in the bed all day and just being sad..., I get up and clean, I started back sewing, and I am planning to go to the diamond mind to dig tomorrow morning (I live in Arkansas). My fiance' is so happy that I am feeling better, PLUS my bowel movement is regular and that is good for me. I haven't been as hungry, so I am expecting to lose some weight..., I am obese (but I am still beautiful, it will only be better for my diabetes - type 2). I get up in the morning and take one heaping teaspoon, chase it with water or a sprite. I do the same thing around 3 pm and then before bedtime. Good luck to all!!! Val

0 · March 12, 2012 at 11:45 PM

I am finding that it does give me energy. I am using Nature's Way with the green leaf. I do not have a lot of it at a time just tiny amounts. 1 tablespoon is 130 calories according to their website. I had a little bit this morning, and I get the afternoon blahs. I like the taste - but then again I'm a person who likes butter raw, and margerine raw so it could be just me. I hope that it will help me with my large stomach.

1674 · July 26, 2011 at 8:47 AM

I've taken 1-2 Tbspns and felt no ill effects. Sometimes as breakfast, sometimes later in the day. It does keep me full for a long time.

But warning. Sunday I took less than 1 Tbspn (end of the jar) before my long run, thinking it would give me energy. On an empty stomach. Then endured 16 miles of gut pain and 3 trips to the bush. Not recommended.

221 · July 26, 2011 at 1:20 AM

I can't stomach a spoonful of coconut oil. Any tips on making it more bearable like keeping it refrigerated or something? Are there differences in quality of coconut oil? I may have a low quality (bought it at walmart). I want to like it but I can't!

3621 · July 23, 2011 at 4:49 PM

I've eaten large and/or multiple spoonfuls of it many times. Never noticed any energy increase (i wish), nor any stomach probs like i've seen others mention (thankfully). Less hungry, that's it. I cook with it all the time.

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