I was recommended to use CLA because I was complaining that I was working out and losing inches everywhere but in my “trunk” area, especially my belly. When you get older the fat just seems to especially pile up around the core of your body. I felt like I looked like a barrel and was convinced that I had a rare disease that made me gain weight especially in the trunk area. Alas, after much testing it was determined that I was stricken with the common ailment of getting older, lower metabolism and not taking care of myself.
Where Can I Get CLA?
As we age and our metabolism slow down, dangerous fat builds up around our internal organs. My brain knows I did not get into this condition over night, but I needed help. Sure, but I wanted a magic pill that would at least speed up this process, if it could not melt it away, while I slept. CLA is available over the counter.
I bought my first bottle of CLA , Spring Valley brand at Wal-Mart, but they no longer had any. When I found out that DR Oz had mentioned it on his show that explained the run on CLA. Dr Oz suggests combining a muffin with CLA before breakfast to help cut belly inches and cut your chances of heat disease and diabetes by 50%.
Conjugated Linoleic Acid is a supplement, and does not need a prescription. It can be obtained at health food shops, stores and online outlets such as Drugstore.com. Experts suggest that you should get the patented name brand, because some brands have insufficient or inconsistent CLA amounts. The off brand sources are more likely to cause some of the side effects associated with CLA. The best CLA brand supplement is “Tonalin”, it comes in 1000 mg capsules. Experts recommend a 3.4 grams or 3400 mg, per day. In addition, you would need to take 4 of these capsules a day and should be taken with meals.
The Truth About Conjugated Linoleic Acid:
A Conjugated linoleic acid or as abbreviated, CLA is a free fatty acid naturally occurs in a broad range of meats and others. It is a form of trans fatty acid. Since CLA is a trans fatty acid, it is not considered as a “bad” trans fat since it has many health benefits. It can be consumed through diet or through supplemental form. Dairy products and meat have the highest form of concentration in conjugated linoleic acid. The main reason that Americans are not getting enough through diet is because we have reduced our beef and dairy consumption. The meat we have available is not the same beef our Grandpa’s raised in the back pasture. Beef in today’s stores has 65% less CLA because of the mass changes to feed from pasture to forage. There is some research that suggests that American obesity can be attributed to the lack of CLA in our diets.
Conjugated Linoleic Acid Benefits:
• Increases the metabolic rate — This would clearly be a helpful benefit for thyroid people such as hypothyroidism.
• Decreases the abdominal fat — Hormonal shifts and Adrenal imbalances often common in thyroid patients and it cause a quick build up of abdominal fat. CLA reduces the overall fat mass of the body and increases lean body mass.
• Improve muscle growth – Keep in mind that muscle burns fat, which contributes to the increase of metabolism, which is helpful in weight loss and maintenance.
• Lowers triglycerides and cholesterol - because many thyroid patients have high triglyceride and cholesterol levels, even with the management, this gain may have great impact on the health of a thyroid patient’s.
• Enhances immune system – CLA enhances the function of the immune system by decreasing the prostaglandins and leukotrienes, which are responsible for the suppression of the immune system. Those who experience allergies may also benefit from taking CLA. CLA works by activating a defensive the mechanism of the immune system that obstructs the IgE antibodies release.
• Decreased Cancer Risk – In current studies, CLA have shown fighting for breast, prostate and lung cancers by blocking the 3 stages of cancer cells, which are IPP or initiation, promotion and progression.
• Diabetes Prevention – It improves existing diabetes and prevent adult-onset diabetes. It assists in lowering levels of insulin. However, one article suggested that CLA could interfere or cause high sugar levels. Losing weight is what helps with diabetes.
• Rheumatoid Arthritis Prevention – CLA blocks overload production of inflammatory immune agents, like the Cytokines (PGE2) and Prostaglandin, leading to inflammation and less joint destruction.
• Heart Disease CLA decreases bad cholesterol and prevents atherosclerosis.
Conjugated linoleic acid Side Effects:
• High CRP or C-reactive protein, this is a provocative protein that may give a lot of problems.
• Lowers the levels of HDL ( good cholesterol) levels.
• May present some allergic reactions: Unexplained rash, Itching, Unexplained swelling, Wheezing, Hives and Difficulty breathing or swallowing.
• May Cause fatigue.
• Macular Degeneration – It may affect your vision as studies by Alternative Medicines Encyclopedia.
• CLA lowers HDL cholesterol level in the blood. HDL is usually referred as the “good” cholesterol and is essential by the body.
• It can raise the level of blood sugar causing hyperglycemia.
• Dizziness is often found as negative effects of continued usage.
• GI Upset – Diarrhea, indigestion, upset stomach and acid reflux disease. It is recommended to take with food to help prevent digestive upsets.
How does CLS help with belly fat?
It slows the rate of growth of fat cells. Thus, it helps the body by consuming the glucose we usually swallow and moving it more rapidly and resourcefully to muscle cells. Glucose will no longer feed the fat cells. In its place, you are now rebuilding and growing muscle cells. It means the slow-growing of fat cells and fast growing of muscle cells.
Keep in mind that CLA alone will not help you lose weight. You need to be balanced with everything like the proper and right diet (low-glycemic diet, reduced-calorie), incorporate regular and energetic exercise and activities.