Fit Tip Daily

November 26, 2007

CLA- The Amazing Supplement That Makes You Lose Body Fat!

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     This up and coming supplement could mean great things for anyone trying to lose weight!  In various studies people lost body fat without changing their diet or exercise routines!  Now, I’m not telling you to stop exercising, but for people who need just that little bit of extra help; this could be the answer for you!

     Numerous studies have been done on this supplement here is some basic info from Web MD.

“CLA is a naturally occurring fatty acid found in meat and dairy products. It is also a popular dietary supplement that is sold with claims of helping people lose fat, maintain weight loss, retain lean muscle mass, and control type 2 diabetes — the type of diabetes that is often associated with obesity.

In health food stores, CLA is sold as a pill or as a syrup. The syrup tastes pretty good and can be mixed with food, Gaullier tells WebMD. “But if you break the capsules apart and try to mix it with yogurt, it tastes very bad. It has a very bitter taste.”

CLA comes in varying concentrations. Be sure to buy a product containing 80%CLA to get maximum weight-loss results, he says.

In small studies involving animals, CLA has been shown to prevent heart disease and several types of cancer, Gaullier says. It also appears to enhance the immune system.

Smaller studies of CLA’s effectiveness in weight loss have shown some contradictory results — possibly because they used body fat scales to measure improvements, and those scales are not very accurate, he tells WebMD. In his study, Gaullier used a body-scanning technology called DEXA (dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry). “It is very accurate in measuring body fat,” he tells WebMD.

His is the first long-term study of CLA’s safety and effectiveness in weight loss.

Some Weight Loss, Excellent Body Fat Loss

Gaullier’s study involved 180 overweight men and women, all between 25 and 30 BMI (body mass index). A BMI — an indicator of body fat — over 25 has been linked to an increased risk of heart disease and other medical problems, such as diabetes. The volunteers were mostly female — 149 women and 31 men.

They were randomly assigned to three groups. The two groups taking CLA got either the typical off-the-shelf pills (4.5 grams of 80% CLA) daily or the syrup formulation (3.6 grams of 76% CLA disguised in a capsule) daily. The third group took a placebo capsule filled with olive oil daily.

At the end of one year:

  • Both CLA groups lost weight — about 4 pounds; the placebo group stayed the same.
  • The CLA syrup group had a 9% body fat loss; the CLA pill group had 7% loss; the placebo group had no body fat loss.

  • Both CLA groups had similar improvements in muscle mass.”

 

According to about.com said that CLA ….

  • “Increases metabolic rate — This would obviously be a positive benefit for thyroid patients, as hypothyroidism — even when treated — can reduce the metabolic rate in some people.
  • Decreases abdominal fat — Adrenal imbalances and hormonal shifts that are common in thyroid patients frequently cause rapid accumulation of abdominal fat, so this benefit could be quite helpful.
  • Enhances muscle growth — Muscle burns fat, which also contributes to increased metabolism, which is useful in weight loss and management.
  • Lowers cholesterol and triglycerides — Since many thyroid patients have elevated cholesterol and triglyceride levels, even with treatment, this benefit can have an impact on a thyroid patient’s health.
  • Lowers insulin resistance — Insulin resistance is a risk for some hypothyroid patients, and lowering it can also help prevent adult-onset diabetes and make it easier to control weight.
  • Reduces food-induced allergic reactions — Since food allergies can be at play when weight loss becomes difficult, this can be of help to thyroid patients.
  • Enhances immune system — Since most cases of thyroid disease are autoimmune in nature, enhancing the immune system’s ability to function properly is a positive benefit. “

      If CLA can promise such positive affects with very little, to no side affects, then I think everyone should be taking this product!  With the stress of todays world, and the gradual increase of obesity over the years; Amercia can use a supplement like this one!  

 AAli

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2 Comments »

  1. […] Original post by adreeza […]

    Pingback by CLA- The Amazing Supplement That Makes You Lose Body Fat! — November 26, 2007 @ 8:33 am

  2. CLA is a funny thing (by funny I mean it is strange the way it works). I started taking CLA a few weeks back and walking by our bedroom mirror I noticed my stomach looked… well…flat. I was surprised. I just couldn’t believe it. It didn’t make sense to me b/c I hadn’t been on a diet. I have always exercised maybe for more than 10 years but even with the workouts I wasn’t losing weight. I weighed m/s and actually weighed more. I became frustrated and stop taking the CLA, but then my sister told me that I may weigh more b/c of gaining muscle and losing fat. Women do not want to weigh more. It is a weird thing b/c I weighed more but my stomach was flatter. So I am back on the CLA and will continue to take it. I believe it works. I going to back a fat monitoring scale to see if the fat loss is the thing that is making my stomach flatter.

    Comment by Natalie — August 11, 2008 @ 2:48 am


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