It helps you feel full. Many people have used it to help them loose weight. The benefits do not stop there. It also improves absorption of vitamins and nutrients and can help your gut by balancing the flora and feeding your gut (because you gut can use the medium chain fatty acid for food). I use about a teaspoon to a tablespoon of coconut oil a day. This let's me receive many of the benefits of coconut oil but keeps my calories to about 40 to 120 a day.