Wednesday, February 07, 2007

CLA how it actually works

Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA) is naturally found in grass fed animal meat and diary products and is a relatively newly discovered good fat which among other things has achieved good results in building muscle and helping in weight loss.

If you are using CLA as a diet aid you should not see this as a “get skinny quick scheme”. It does not remove fat or destroy fat within your body so it will only show substantial affects when it is used in conjunction with a regular exercise program and eating sensibly.

How Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA) actually works :

It takes the normally ingested glucose and efficiently moves it to the muscle cells to feed them. This means that the glucose that is normally shifted to the fat cells to feed them is greatly reduced and much more glucose is moved to the muscle cells. This has the effect of making the muscle cells grow much more quickly than the fat cells.

How safe is it

The general answer to this is yes – it has been used in a number of toxicology studies with animals and has shown no negative results. However a recent study by researchers at Ohio State University show that CLA helps lose weight in mice, but boosts accumulation of fat in the liver whereas CLA did not help lose weight in rats, but it reduced the liver fat. Accumulation of fat in the liver could be a sign of insulin resistance, a hallmark of diabetes, according to the researchers. The study of mice appears in a recent issue of the Journal of Lipid Research, while the rat study is scheduled to appear in an upcoming issue of the Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry. The question is are humans more physiologically like rats or mice. More studies are to follow to enhance these findings.

Modern food processing techniques mean that much of the naturally occurring CLA is lost before reaching you. The recommended daily intake is 1000mg two or three times a day – this would require you to eat 50 slcies of cheese and 6lbs of steak a day.
Once you begin to take ths supplement regulary and combine it with a balanced diet and regular exercise regime you should begin to see results in six to eight weeks.

Just like any other weight loss product, check with your physician before using it, to ensure it does not react with any other prescriptions or medication you may be taking.

If this has given you a taste to try CLA and kick start your efforts then be sure to visit a nutritional supplement site to purchase CLA

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