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Burn Fat & Keep a High Metabolism with Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA)
There is no magic recipe for weight loss, only a simple regimen of eating well and exercising. However, a special compound called conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) can help boost your weight loss by assisting in burning fat for fuel while helping you maintain an active metabolism during periods of dieting.
What is conjugated linoleic acid (CLA)?
There are three types of macronutrients required by the human body—carbohydrate, protein and fat. Each is composed of different, smaller chemical compounds. Fat is composed of fatty acids, and linoleic acid is just one of many examples of fatty acids. Conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) is its slightly altered version.
Important for the body to perform vital functions, CLA must be ingested through food sources, such as dairy products and beef, or through supplementation, because it cannot be produced by the human body.
Some studies have suggested that American consumption of CLA from food has significantly decreased in recent decades due to changes in cattle feeding practices, shifting from grass to corn and grains. However, even with the consumption of grass-fed beef, the health benefits gained from CLA are typically only met through additional supplementation.
What are the benefits of taking CLA?
Touted in the health community as an anti-carcinogen (with some studies suggesting its ability to combat cancer), and as an anti-catabolite (widely used in strength training and body building to prevent muscle waste and encourage muscle growth), the most conclusive research demonstrates CLA’s ability to effectively treat obesity and promote weight loss.
A fatty acid that can help you lost fat?! It may sound like science fiction, but it is actually science fact. CLA serves in fat regulation, although its exact role is not currently known. However, scientific evidence has demonstrated:
CLA assists in the use of body fat as a source of energy, thereby decreasing body fat levels. Essentially, CLA helps to “burn” body fat.
CLA prevents the usual decrease in metabolic rate which follows decreased caloric consumption. Simply, CLA helps maintain an active metabolism, even during periods of dieting.
CLA appears to be relatively safe, although some side effects may include mild intestinal discomfort and nausea. As with incorporating any health supplement, it is best to consult a doctor prior to use.
If you’ve struggled with losing weight, consider a boost from a naturally occurring compound. CLA may help you lost fat and achieve the healthy weight you desire.