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Using CLA to Maintain Weight Loss

Filed Under: Diet & Weight Loss,Supplements at 11:49 am | By: Kim McCorkell, Senior Editor

If you’re interested in buying a CLA supplement, you’ll be happy to know that conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) has been linked to more than just weight loss. Studies have also shown that CLA may also help boost immunity through proven antioxidant properties, and benefit athletes, by increasing lean muscle mass and metabolic rate.

But now that the determination of New Year’s resolutions may have begun to fade, and old habits begin to slowly slip back in, let’s take a closer look at how CLA may be able to support your weight loss goals.

According to Michael W. Pariza, a leading researcher on CLA with the University of Wisconsin-Madison, “It doesn’t make a big fat cell get little. What it rather does is keep a little fat cell from getting big.”  CLA achieves this reaction by enhancing insulin sensitivity so that fatty acids and glucose can pass through muscle cell membranes and away from fat tissue[2]. With this information, some doctors have concluded that CLA may be best when used as a post-diet supplement.

Pariza’s research further showed that when dieters stopped dieting and gained weight back, those that supplemented with CLA “were more likely to gain muscle and not fat.[3]”

In addition to keeping fat cells little, studies have also concluded that regular CLA supplementation can increase feelings of fullness[4], boost fat-burning energy while sleeping at night[5], and reduce abdominal obesity and body fat mass in overweight and moderately obese people.

If you would like to begin supplementing with CLA, LuckyVitamin.com has an excellent selection to choose from. As always, it’s always important to check with your doctor before supplementing with a new product.

[1]Cesano A, Visonneau S, Scimeca JA, et al. Opposite effects of linoleic acid and conjugated linoleic acid on human prostatic cancer in SCID mice. Anticancer Res 1998;18:1429-34.
[2]Conjugated linoleic acid and atherosclerosis in rabbits Lee K.N.; Kritchevsky D.; Pariza M.W. Food Research Institute, Dept. Food Microbiology/Toxicology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1925 Willow Drive, Madison, WI 53706 USA Atherosclerosis (Ireland), 1994, 108/1 (19-25).
[3]Lawson, RE, Moss, AR & Givens, DI (2001) The role of dairy products in supplying conjugated linoleic acid to man’s diet: a review. Nutrition Research Reviews 14, 153-172.
[4]European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, October 2003
[5]American Society for Nutrition, September 2007

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