“CLA (Conjuated Linolic Acid) has been proven to speed up metabolism, which helps you burn fat more efficiently AND prevent your body from storing excess fat”
Much has been written about CLA and I’m often inundated with questions around fat loss products. So to answer your questions and remove some of the confusion……..
What is CLA?
Basically your body produces many fatty acids itself but there are three types that your body is unable to produce on its own. The 3 types are:
- Linoleic Acid
- Arachadonic Acid
- Linolic Acid
You are probably familiar with the term ‘essential fatty acid’ which to sum up means your body cannot function correctly without them. So, CLA or this type of ‘essential linolic acid’ is a good fat that your body needs and is commonly found in beef, veal and certain diary products and cooking oils. As CLA’s are classified as an essential fatty acid for the body they should be taken in minimum doses every day for the proper maintenance and wellbeing of the human body.
Now here’s the reason why your body may not have enough CLA
Ok, so now we know that its ‘commonly’ found in beef, veal, cooking oil and certain dairy products why do I need to take it regularly if I’m already getting enough via certain foods? So, here’s the surprise………….(but not everyone knows) the actual amount of CLA naturally found in these food chains has decreased significantly over the years due to the over processing of both the food itself and also due to the over processed foods that the cattle is being fed on in the first place!!…………….(so not that ‘commonly found anymore!)
Most farmers today have to rely heavily on ‘processed feed’ for their cattle and to protect their profits and now more than ever that means its having a direct impact on our CLA levels. Because cattle are being fed more and more ‘processed fodder’ as opposed to when cattle were purely grass fed this one big change in our cattle’s diet means that this has led to a significant decrease in their own CLA levels.
So to sum up……… What that basically means to you and me is…, our cattle have less CLA naturally because of their diet. The more a food is processed and the more processed foods we eat the further it reduces the amount of natural CLA initially present in the food and the less CLA your body takes from these food sources.
For this reason anyone that raises their weight loss or training game and simply ups their protein intake may still not be getting enough CLA due to this constant over processing of our food chains and a CLA supplement may be the only answer to shift fat from those stubborn areas.
So, What has CLA Got To Do With Fat Loss?
Ok, so now we know why our bodies aren’t producing enough of the essential fatty acid CLA, but how come CLA is so significant to weight and fat loss?
To sum it up simplistically, CLA helps your body use its existing fat for energy. If it’s unable to convert the fat in to energy due to low CLA levels then your body will naturally store more of the fat you eat if it’s unable to convert it!!
Why CLA is essential to help you burn fat?
There are three factors that determine your metabolic rate, which is the amount of calories your body uses every day:
- the BMR or (Basal Metabolic Rate) is the rate your body uses energy for vital body processes and the closely related RMR (resting metabolic rate), is the amount of daily energy expended when at rest
- the rate you burn energy during physical activity
- the rate you use energy during the digestion of food
CLA can help to increase the metabolic rate which when increased helps you to burn more fat. Here’s how it works:
The real benefit of CLA is that as you turn fat in to muscle you are vastly improving your body composition. In addition to this as you increase muscle and drop fat your burning even more energy meaning that you are burning even more fat!!! By increasing lean muscle mass your metabolism will increase and aid the weight and fat loss process.
The most recent 1 year human study on CLA showed a 9% reduction in body fat and 2% increase in muscle mass (Gaullier, Am. J. Clin. Nutr. 79(6):1118–1125 (2004)
Does it get any better?…………Well, we’ll continue in a couple of days with Part 2.
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Until next time………..