Tags: weight loss

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The nice folks over at Eukonic  sent me their Organic Cold Pressed Extra Virgin Coconut Oil supplement to give a try. According to the website, this supplement “Supports healthy cholesterol levels and weight loss By delivering the highest percentage of Medium Chain Fatty Acids (MCTs) and Lauric Acid [and] supports heart health”.

I am at an average weight, five foot 1 around 110 lbs. My cholesterol levels are a tad high but in healthy ranges. I have days where I have good energy and days where I am definitely tired. I weight train a lot, as well as work and am a student. I am a good candidate for this supplement, so I gave it a try.

One bottle is roughly $14.95, with 120 softgels per bottle. There is 1000mg of Organic Coconut Oil per softball. You are instructed to take 1-2 daily, with a meal. They are easy to swallow and squishy. You can smell the coconut aroma once you open the jar.  I have a sensitive stomach, and I do recommend eating these with food as I got mild upset stomach (I had it before a meal).

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The first week, I had some gas and bloating from this supplement. I couldn’t figure out why at first, because I literally eat the same things every day, and the only new thing introduced into my diet was these pills. That subsided within a week, but if I forgot to take it for a day or two, mild bloating would come back.

My energy levels were about the same, but I definitely felt I got better workouts toward the second week of taking them. This may or may not have been from the supplement.

My weight actually did drop, and my appetite was lessened. Again, school just started with work, so TO BE FAIR, I cannot say that this was caused by the supplement, but it could have been possibly correlated. Remember, correlation, not causation without definitive proof.

However, the entire time on the pill my appetite is lower, and I dropped about 2 lbs, which is a decent amount for someone of my size.

I have not had my cholesterol levels checked, but I can report back once blood work is taken.

 

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Overall, definitely worth a try. If not, coconut oil I’m sure offers a lot of healthy stuff. People cook it and take it straight up with a spoon all the time for the health benefits. This at least makes it easier and more palatable if you do not like the taste. 3 1/2 stars

 

28 Jun 2013, Comments (0)

Calorease weight management supplement

Author: Healthnuttxo

Heyyyyyo!

Got a new product coming out that I was sent to give a try. It is called Calorease- it is a weight management supplement that you take with meals that contain fat. The idea behind it is that it can bind with up to 18 grams of fat per meal by taking 2 of the tablets, and up to a total of 500 calories a day. Given that you are eating a diet ample in fat, according to the pamphlet I was provided, “that’s an equivalent to 15,000 calories a month, which could be a whole pant or dress size”. … Cool!

So I tried the supplement for 2 weeks. I have to be honest I do not eat a ton of fat…the pamphlet states that “most of us consume about 100 grams of fat a day” , which is not really the case for me. So sometimes I only took the supplement 2 x a day instead of the recommended 3, and even then my meals never really exceeded 15 grams of fat.

The pills are kind of big…about the size of one of those oval fish oil pills, but not terribly hard to swallow.

I’m happy to report I had NO side effects, which is definitely a bonus. I did not take any more than directed. I made sure to take them whenever I indulged in peanut butter or almond butter- this food always messes up my blood sugar levels. For whatever reason, which I think is due to the high fat content, my blood sugars seem to be elevated hours after eating them. When I took the calorease, I noticed they were not elevated quite as high, which was really nice. To me, that was more of a perk than any potential weight loss.

As for results? I lost about a pound. That does not seem like a lot, but keep in mind I mostly took it 2x a day, not 3 as directed, and my diet is NOT super high in fat. I am definitely not one to eat 100 grams of fat a day (well…except maybe on a peanut butter binge day 😉 ) but  I think this is worth a try! Especially since I had no side effects while taking it, which is something I am always wary of when taking any type of supplement.

Overall, 4 stars! I will keep this one in mind for sure. I like that this supplement is naturally sourced, and free of stimulants. I can still have my coffee! Woo!

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