What is CLA and how does it help burn fat?

CLA (Conjugated Linoleic Acid) is a polyunsaturated omega-6 fatty acid which is largely found in meat and dairy. CLA has a number of health benefits and is considered to be a necessity to a balanced diet. People who follow the Vegan Diet will struggle to obtain CLA through natural diet, therefore, will need to use supplements to ensure they receive the recommended amount.

Contemporary research may also support the belief that CLA can assist in preventing cancer, however research for this is still in its infancy. Although most CLA supplements are marketed for their anticancer properties, athletes and participants in bodybuilding in more recent years have been taking the supplement due to its fat-burning ability.

It is also possible to purchase CLA in supplement. A person supplementing with CLA will likely be doing this due to its ability to maintain weight loss, retain mass and regulate diabetes. 

CLA for fat loss

Increased levels of CLA stimulates the Human Body to burn fats. The Human body will therefore increase the enzymes and proteins responsible in the breakdown in fat.

Speeds up metabolism

Research shows that CLA will increase the speed of metabolism. By having a fast metabolism, the body will burn more calories while resting and during exercise. Meaning that a person with more CLA will be generally able to eat more without putting on weight. 

Mobilise stored fat

Providing the Human Body has an increased levels of CLA, this will encourage the breakdown triglycerides which is the main compound in fat cell. A person with high triglycerides will likely also have thicker artery walls and therefore have increased risk of serious illness such as heart disease. It is important to factor in that illnesses such as these also need to be combated with limited sugary snacks and refined carbohydrates. Dietary CLA or CLA supplements will not prevent this on their own. 

Fat to muscle ratio

Due to reducing the ability for fat cells to become larger while assisting with muscle growth and endurance. A person participating in strength training on a regular basis will, therefore, be able to work out harder and faster for longer. This will contribute to a stronger body system that requires more energy to support bigger muscle groups. Bodies with a larger muscles will result in an increase of Basal Metabolic Rate. 

CLA in the diet

A recommended baseline for an adult looking to supplement with CLA on a regular basis is 3.2-6.4 grams per day. Research shows that this can help contribute to weight loss. However, as with all supplementation for weight loss, this only works when combined with a healthy diet and caloric deficit.