“Coconut oil is a great dietary fat to include in your diet when losing weight,” White says. That’s because the bulk of coconut oil’s saturated fat content comes in the form of medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs), which, might be more weight-loss friendly than the long-chain triglycerides (LCT) found in other vegetable oils. In one McGill University study, dieters who opted for oils rich in MCTs lost more body fat compared to those using LCT-rich olive oil. MCTs may also temporarily increase your metabolic rate, according to European Journal of Nutrition research. Coconut oil also has a high smoke point, so it’s great for sautéing veggies and scrambling eggs at high temps.