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How Creamy Coconut Milk Can Help Melt Belly Fat Fast

Comforting coconut milk lattes are brimming with belly-melting fatty acids to shrink inches fast. Take a look to learn more about how coconut milk speeds effortless weight loss!

Tamps Down Hunger

Coconut milk lattes can keep you full for 4 hours. That’s because its rich stores of medium-chain fatty acids (MCFAs) stimulate the output of appetite-suppressing hormones.

The payoff: British researchers found that subjects on an MCFA-rich diet ate 256 fewer calories per day than those who didn’t get the fatty acids.

Steadies Blood Sugar

The MCFAs in coconut milk slow the release of sugar into the bloodstream, which prevents blood-sugar spikes and dips that drain energy and trigger mood swings. A study in the Journal of Obesity showed that this effect helped people on an MCFA-rich diet slash blood-sugar surges by 58 percent after four weeks.

Powers Up Metabolism

MCFAs in coconut milk also stimulate the thyroid to produce more of the fat-burning hormone thyroxine, an effect that researchers at the University of Naples in Italy found will rev metabolism by 56 percent for up to 5 hours. And in a separate study, subjects who got a daily dose of MCFAs lost 40 percent more weight than those who didn’t.

You can enjoy all the benefits with these delicious coconut milk lattes (check out our guide for how to make a latte at home to nail the basic steps):

Matcha-Almond Surprise

Matcha almond latte
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  • 1⁄2 cup unsweetened coconut milk
  • 1⁄2 tsp. matcha powder
  • 1⁄4 tsp. almond extract

Heat milk; whisk until frothy. Stir in matcha and extract. Sweeten to taste with agave.

Bonus! L-theanine in matcha sharpens focus & brainpower by 133 percent.

Pumpkin- Turmeric Sipper

Pumpkin turmeric latte
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  • 1⁄2 cup unsweetened coconut milk
  • 1⁄4 tsp. ground turmeric
  • 2 Tbs. canned pumpkin
  • 1 Tbs. honey

Whisk together milk, turmeric, pumpkin, and honey until frothy. Pour into mug; microwave until warm, 2–3 min. Garnish as desired.

Bonus! Vitamin A in pumpkin speeds cold recovery by 50 percent.

Chocolate Coffee Dream

Mocha latte
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  • 1⁄4 cup unsweetened coconut milk
  • 1⁄2 cup hot coffee
  • 1 tsp. cocoa powder
  • 2 tsp. coconut sugar
  • 1⁄8 tsp. mint extract

In microwave-safe bowl, microwave milk until hot, 2min.; whisk until frothy. In mug, mix remaining ingredients; top with milk.

Bonus! The caffeine in coffee nixes head pain in 30 minutes.

This article originally appeared in our print magazine, First For Women.

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