Tuesday, November 10, 2009

CLA Aids in Weight Loss, Especially Around the Middle

The average North American is seriously lacking CLA in their diets. Why should they care? Well, a lack of CLA means that their dietary fat will preferentially be stored as the physical fat found in their problem areas. Let me explain.

As a dietary supplement, CLA has been popular in health and wellness stores for quite some time now, and for good reason. Previous studies have shown that supplementing one's diet with CLA can help speed up their metabolism and reduce BMI by increasing the amount of fat burned, but preserves lean muscle mass. CLA is naturally found in foods like red meat and dairy products, however in order to get the amount of CLA that we require would mean consuming large amounts of these foods that we really should be consuming in moderation to maintain good health.

A new study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition has found that CLA helps to preferentially burn fat from the abdominal area. During a 16-week supplementation period, participants' BMI and over all fat was reduced, but muscle mass stayed the same. Results were apparent after about 8 weeks, so anyone who thinks that CLA will be a 'magic pill' may be right, but they'll have to be patient!