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Can Coconut Oil Yield Supermodel Figure?

Charley Gallay/Getty Images for Victoria's Secret(MELBOURNE, Australia) -- Victoria's Secret supermodel -- and recent mother Miranda Kerr -- revealed her most prized beauty secret last month: coconut oil.

Kerr, who gave birth to a son she had with Lord of the Rings star Orlando Bloom in January, told readers of Australian Cosmopolitan that coconut oil was the key to her clear skin, shiny hair and trim figure, saying she takes four tablespoons per day, either on salads, in her cooking or in her cups of green tea.

But can coconut oil really give you a supermodel body?

"I don't think so," said Keith Ayoob, director of the nutrition clinic at the Children's Evaluation and Rehabilitation Center at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. "I can't say I'd want people consuming lots of coconut oil. You should use it sparingly."

Ayoob said coconut oil is simply a saturated fat, with a high calorie count and few vitamins and minerals.

"You want to cut back on saturated fats in your diet," Ayoob said. "I don't know what benefit it would have for weight management because it has just as many calories as any other fat."

One tablespoon of coconut oil contains 117 calories, according to the Mayo Clinic. Kerr's daily dose of four tablespoons would mean she was consuming 468 calories, in addition to the calories from the rest of her diet. "And she's getting 2½ times the amount of saturated fat I would recommend for a person consuming 2,000 calories per day," Ayoob said.

So what options do dieters have without Kerr's remedy? "As a 150-calorie treat, I'd rather go for an ounce of dark chocolate," Ayoob said. "It probably has more nutritional benefit than coconut oil. And it's certainly going to be more satisfying."

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Victoria's Secret Model: Alarmingly Thin?

Mark Sullivan/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- Victoria's Secret model Candice Swanepoel has made headlines after appearing alarmingly thin during a recent photo shoot.

The entertainment website Hollywood Life called her "scarily, skeletally, stick-thin," adding, "That's not how the human body is meant to look."

Swanepoel revealed her skinny frame while modeling the lingerie line's new swimwear at Los Angeles' Mondrian Hotel. With stick-thin legs and a hollowed stomach, the once-curvy model stood out among her fellow Victoria's Secret angels. The 22-year-old South African looked significantly skinnier than she did in photos just two months ago, when she was the face of the company's Valentine's Day campaign.

In November, during New York's fashion week, Swanepoel told ABC News that she was having trouble keeping weight on.

"This year my problem has been more putting the weight on and getting muscle on because it's been really busy," she said. "I've been traveling around like crazy. I get skinnier if I'm very busy. I've been eating steak and everything, so I'm actually looking forward to eating some lighter food after this."

Last year, during a pre-Valentine's Day event, Swanepoel said food was the way to her heart.

"Usually my boyfriend cooks for me, which I really love," Swanepoel said, adding that pasta always wins points in her book. "It's really sexy."

Swanepoel also reflects what appears to be a shift by the fashion line away from its traditionally curvy models, like Tyra Banks, Claudia Schiffer, Gisele Bundchen and Heidi Klum, toward super-slim girls like Brazilian model Alessandra Ambrosio.

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