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I'm 5ft , 11 stone . 57 yr female I would class myself as fit I'm a gardener and cleaner so I don't sit all day I've just completed 10,000 steps a day for cancer research and haven't lost an ounce so I'm upping the ante couch to 5 k and eating more Heatlhly bought a skipping rope, a large hoopla hoop and small dumbed just need time to fit it all in just one question is coconut oil good or bad I have high cholesterol red different reports

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Hi jacqui02 i don't know about coconut oil, but just wanted to welcome you back on here. I am sure you will get replies to your question.

Well done on never giving up, maybe you lost inches with all the work and steps?

Cheering you on 🎉🎉🎉

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Hello jacqui02 and welcome to the Weight Loss Forum 😊

You sound very active which is great. But to lose weight you will need to reduce your calories. 😊

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The conventional wisdom is that the saturated fat in coconut will raise your cholesterol and that would be bad.

However, you may wish to consider that cholesterol is essential for life, and part of your immune system. If your cholesterol is high it's probably because your body is stressed, trying to cope with inflammation for instance.

So, whilst it isn't advisable to concentrate on any one food (too much of anything is bad by definition) having some coconut as part of a balanced diet will raise your HDL as well as LDL, and the LDL is usually the large fluffy harmless kind rather than small harmful VLDL.

What causes VLDL? Too much insulin from high glycaemic foods such as sugar, flour, potatoes, rice, cous cous, wheat biscuits, wheat that is shredded, cornflakes, parsnips, broad beans, and so on. Anomalies such as low-fat dairy and baked beans adversely affect insulin levels too. Also, too much fructose causes fatty-liver and insulin resistance.

Inflammation/abnormal growth that causes narrowing of arteries comes from a hormone that goes hand-in-hand with insulin; insulin-like-growth factor (IGF-1).

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