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The study everyone keeps referencing in attack of the paleo diet is pretty much completely irrelevant. The study measured actual calorific intake for less than one week, and the findings were that there is no metabolic difference between calories from fat and and from carbs.
However, the main argued benefits of low-carb diets in terms of weight-loss, stem mainly from the short-term and long-term effects of different foods on satiety. I.e. people eating less carbs are generally eating less overall. Some of these effects are fairly quick to begin after you switch diets, others can take a few weeks to start after your hormones rebalance.
One other thing worth mentioning, forget about weight-loss, forget about any other alleged health benefits, the more carbs you eat the greater the risk of developing diabetes. That should be a good enough reason for anyone to cut down on carbs.
And remember; you do need some carbs to live, you just don't need a constant drip of them throughout the day.
Back on topic, how easy it is to get coconut oil depends on where you live. Shops in more middle or upper-class areas generally tend to be more likely to sell it.
Holland and Barretts sells it, but it's a bit on the pricey side. My local sainsburys, tescos and waitrose sell it, but morrisons and co-op don't. Failing everything else, you can get it from amazon.
(Third time luck, my writings awful tonight, I think I'll go to bed early)