Victoria's Secret supermodels tend to look like they came from a completely different universe of beautiful, so it's no wonder that when one of them spills the details of how she stays slim and gorgeous, many women cling to every word. And it's really not all that surprising that women on both sides of the pond and Down Under are fascinated by new mom and wife to Orlando Bloom, Miranda Kerr. After all, she did just drop her baby weight like it was nothing. How the heck did she do it?
Well, apparently, coconut oil plays a major role in her beauty and weight maintenance regimen. She revealed last month that she's been taking four tablespoons a day of the "healthy fat" (diluted in green tea or drizzled on salads) since she was 14, and it's the one thing she "can't live without." She attributed her svelte body, clear skin, and glossy hair to the supplement. Then, surprise, surprise, within weeks, sales of coconut oil SOARED!
Oh man, are we all that gullible?
Don't get me wrong. I'm pleased to hear Miranda's touting a natural supplement that probably doesn't cause any harm, and may do a body good, but is it a magic bullet for weight loss? Uhm ... doubtful.
Some quick myth-busting: The medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs) in coconut oil have been said to boost metabolism and promote weight loss. I know we all wish this was really true (myself included!), but the fact of the matter is that preliminary human studies haven't really shown weight loss effects from MCTs. And the evidence is slim on other "heart-healthy benefits." Bummer.
That said, it's totally annoying that so many of us are so hard up for beauty and weight loss fast fixes that we're not even curious about what the research shows. We just think, "Miranda Kerr likes it? Sign me up!" failing to remember that uh ... the supermodel is only 27 years old with fab genes, and also follows a hardcore regimen of daily yoga, light jogging, steamed veggies, fresh fruit, and fish. Coconut oil probably doesn't hurt, but I'm sure it's not doing the heavy lifting when it comes to keeping Miranda looking fit and gorgeous. Any woman who buys into the hype will probably just end up looking foolish.
Does Miranda Kerr's love for coconut oil make you want to try it?
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