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How does CLA burn fat?


In our last article we learned about the health benefits of CLA (conjugated linoleic acid). In this article we will focus on how CLA can help burn fat.

How does CLA burn fat?

CLA (conjugated linoleic acid) has been shown to increase lean muscle mass, while decreasing body fat (please read The Benefits of CLA for research on this claim). Research shows that Tonalin CLA is able to reduce body fat in three key ways:

  • CLA interferes with a substance in your body called lipoprotein lipase that helps store fat in your body.
  • CLA helps your body use its existing fat for energy.
  • LA increases lean muscle tissue - more muscle means your body can burn more fat.

CLA appears to exert direct effects on adipocytes, which are the principle sites of fat storage and skeletal muscle cells and are the primary sites of fat combustion. It has been proposed that the physiologic mechanism of body fat reduction by CLA involves inhibition of fat storage in adipocytes coupled with elevated b-oxidation in skeletal muscle. An overall increase in skeletal muscle tissue may be mediated at least in part via the inhibition of immune-induced catabolism.

Does CLA have a stimulant effect?

No! Unlike traditional fat burners that try to speed up your heart rate and make your body run hotter - CLA does not have these problems. CLA is stimulant free and can be generally used without any side effects.

Does CLA work against that terrible fat around my waist?

Yes. CLA has been shown to be very effective in reducing waist size. The weight around your waist is fat. CLA helps burn and liberate fat - so it can have great results around your middle. This is contrast to many diet pills that really just help you lose water weight.

How much weight will I lose with CLA?

Not much! I know, this sounds crazy for a fat burner doesn't it? Here is the deal, the clinical studies have shown CLA to be effective in reducing body fat and increasing lean muscle mass. The most recent 1 year human study showed a 9% reduction in body fat and 2% increase in muscle mass (Gaullier, Am. J. Clin. Nutr. 79(6):11181125 (2004).

The key with CLA is that you are vastly improving your body composition as opposed to just dropping weight. Remember, muscle weighs more than fat. So, as you turn fat to muscle, you may not lose much weight, but you will be dropping inches around your weight and improving your overall look as muscle replaces fat.

In addition, as you increase muscle mass and drop fat, you will feel better and be more inclined to exercise. In turn the increased exercise will help you drop pounds.

Can I use other fat burners with CLA?

For the most part - yes. Remember, CLA is an extremely benefital health supplement, that just happens to also burn fat without side effects. If you are looking for more dramatic and quick weight loss results, you could use a stimulant based weight loss pill in addition to CLA.

Before starting any supplement program we always recommend you check with your Doctor first. Only your Doctor knows your medical history and can give you specific medical advice.

Is all CLA equal when it comes to fat burning?

No, No and No! This is one of the most misleading aspects of the CLA industry. The human weight loss studies were only done using Tonalin brand CLA. So, only Tonalin brand CLA can make claim to having clinical studies showing their CLA promotes reduction in body fat. This is why the CLA EDGE 1285 we sell is made from 100% Tonalin CLA.

To learn more about the differences in CLA supplements, please read our next article - Are all CLA supplements the same?


Information Guide for CLA EDGE -
100% Tonalin CLA
General Description and Ordering What is CLA? The Health Benefits of CLA How Does CLA burn fat? Are all CLA supplements the same? Research on CLA



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