Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA) is present as a natural compound in meat and dairy products and is associated with fat loss. Conjugated Linoleic Acid is a general term for a mixture of conjugated dienoic isomers of Linoleic acid (C18:2 n-6). Several positional isomers can be distinguished. However, the two predominant isomers are c9, trans 11 and trans 10, c12. CLA is present as a natural compound in meat and dairy products.
CLA works by reducing body fat by preventing fat accumulation in fat cells. CLA is found in the diet, but diet alone will not provide enough CLA to experience health benefits. To reach an optimal dosage of CLA, a person can supplement his diet with capsules, bars or ready-to-drink shakes fortified with CLA.
What does CLA do to reduce body fat?
CLA inhibits the activity of the enzyme lipoprotein lipase (LPL). This enzyme transfers fats from the bloodstream to the fat cells. As a result of the decreased enzyme activity the transport of fat into fat cells is blocked. At the same time CLA also stimulates the breakdown of stored body fat (lipolysis). Additional studies have shown that CLA increases the disintegration of cells (apoptosis), resulting in a decreased number of existing fat cells.
What does CLA do to increase muscle mass?
CLA increases the activity of the enzyme carnitine palmitoyltransferase (CPT). CPT is present in the skeletal muscles and is responsible for the transport of fatty acids into the mitochondria. Energy production in the body takes place in the mitochondria. Fat can be used as fuel for energy production. With an increased activity of CPT in the skeletal muscle, CLA increases the transport of fat into the mitochondria. All these steps elevate the beta-oxidation, thus helping the body to burn more fat. Physical activity stimulates the fat transport from the bloodstream or the fat cell, to be burned in the muscle cell. With no extra fat coming in to store in the fat cells and increased burning of stored fat, the size of these cells is reduced. Using CLA in combination with a sensible diet and moderate exercise can lead to an improved body shape.
What makes Reflex Nutrition's CLA different from the competition? - Reflex Nutrition's CLA contains a special 50:50 mix. Since c9, t11 and t10, c12 are believed to be active isomers, Reflex Nutrition have dedicated their research to the development of CLA with a higher purity of these two isomers than is normally obtained from other brands. The resulting product ensures better, faster results and better value for money.
"I only took this for 15 days (90 caps worth) and exercised 5 times a week, a variety of weights and extremely hard aerobic work but I did not find any benefit from the product. It could be that you need to take more than 15 days worth but I decided, as there was no noticable difference, not to continue. "
Posted by anon (30th October 2006)
"Took this with Xenadrine EFX, continued with regular routine - weights 3 times a week, morning cardio 6 times a week and healthy diet. My six pack has never come back to me sooner- i think Xenadrine EFX and CLA helped give me an extra edge- theres no subtitute for hard work though"
Posted by Anon rugby player (24th November 2005)
Qhey i am cutting , and i was thinking of stacking with pharma whey and Phd creatine , my diet is very high in protein , and i do 15 - 20 mins cardio ( cross trainer) after every weights session i wanna aim for like a mens fitness type of body , i saw doing heavy compound exercises will pack on lean muscle and strip away fat = cardio , will CLA be helpful for my aims ?
CLA should be helpful for you as many studies show that it can decrease fat mass, whilst increasing muscle.
You are right to max your protein intake and need to adjust your calories and especially carbs so that your weight is going in the right direction. Next most important thing is a fat burner. CLA would fall into this category but you can take a Thermogenic type fat burner like Lipo-6 Black (very strong - too strong for some), Grenade, Hydroxycut, Cuts, etc.
QHey, is it a good idea to take this with a fat burner such as Hydroxycut? If so how should I take them?
Yeah it totally fine, have 2 capsules per day, 30minutes before breakfast.
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