If your goal is to burn fat and lose weight, perhaps it’s time you start supplementing with CLA.
One supplement with serious upside, but without the recognition of protein powder, creatine, glutamine, or fish oil, is CLA. But what does CLA do and how can it help you? Simply put, numerous studies show this fatty acid supplement, which is naturally found in protein sources like eggs and grass-fed beef, aids weight loss and helps burn body fat. But (insert infomercial voice here) that’s not all! Let’s have a quick look at the many reasons CLA is worth adding to your daily supplement routine.
Increases Metabolic Rate
A 2007 study on CLA showed that those using about 3.2 grams of CLA on a regular basis had an increased overall metabolic rate over the control group not given CLA. This enabled them to burn more calories at rest and eventually led to a pound of fat loss over the five week test. Not bad for doing nothing but taking a few pills, eh?
Since your total rate of body fat loss is a matter of how many calories you burn throughout the day, increasing your metabolism with CLA will ensure you’re doing everything you can to accomplish your goals.
Increases the Rate of Muscle Growth
CLA has also been show to help increase the rate of muscle growth. Granted these studies used a heavy training stimulus and provided ample protein, but those who added CLA to their supplement routine saw increased size and strength over the test group. How? Because an increased metabolism leads to increased protein synthesis throughout the body.
As I’m sure you’ve read over and over again on OneResult, protein synthesis is the key to the muscle rebuilding and recovery process. In order to grow, your muscle tissue must be broken down and then forced to rebuild. CLA ensures that building stage happens faster.
Improved Cholesterol Profile
From a general health perspective, CLA offers some other clear advantages. For one, using CLA can help lower your overall level of bad cholesterol and keep triglyceride levels under control. Similar to the attributes of fish oil, this, for anyone, young or old, currently at risk or worried about the development of cardiovascular disease, is an extremely important benefit.
Decreases Insulin Resistance
Insulin resistance is a big problem in today’s society, as more and more suffer from diabetes. Those who are insulin resistant have trouble managing their blood sugar levels, and struggle to perform at their best during games and workouts. Additionally, insulin resistance usually leads to unwanted weight, trouble losing weight, increased hunger, and generally lethargy, especially after meals.
Needless to say, if you can reduce your resistance to insulin, you’ll not only be able to manage your weight better, but also be able to process and use carbohydrates better. Both will lead to better athletic performance and feeling better throughout the day.
Improves Your Immune System
Finally, CLA’s last benefit is it increases immune support. Each time you perform an intense workout, you place a stress load on the immune system. Do this often enough without proper recovery and overtraining quickly sets in. CLA, like glutamine, strengthens your immune system so that you recover quicker and feel your best all day long.
With all of its benefits, isn’t CLA worth a shot [Feel free to let out a resounding “YES!” here!]? All you need is to add 3-4 grams a day to your diet and this supplement will help you lose fat, gain muscle, and improve your performance as well, or better, than some of the most popular supplements on the market.