(ARA) - The days are getting shorter; the air is getting colder. Are you nervous about losing the summer figure that you worked so hard to achieve? Winter will be here before you know it and so might those extra seasonal pounds. Now there is an easier way to help ward off the dreaded winter weight.
Ongoing research continues to indicate that use of the dietary supplement conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) may reduce body fat while increasing lean muscle tone. This naturally occurring fatty acid appears to slim the body and increase metabolism by building muscle mass. CLA reduces body fat and can be used to bolster any dieter?s fat reduction program. In addition, CLA is believed to keep fat cells from refilling with fat, protecting dieters from regaining lost weight.
?CLA is in no way a ?magic bullet?, but it is a valuable fat reduction supplement for any diet regimen,? explains Delbert Dorscheid, MD, assistant professor of medicine, University of British Columbia. ?Keeping lean body mass and speeding up fat loss are the keys to successful body composition changes. CLA, used in conjunction with diet and regular exercise, can help people achieve this desired effect and keep their bodies from regaining fat.?
Recent studies published by the American Chemical Society, The Journal of International Medical Research, The Journal of Nutrition, The International Journal of Obesity, and Lipids concluded that subjects taking CLA experienced body fat reduction, while increasing lean muscle mass. Studies indicate that 3.4 grams of CLA per day is enough to obtain all the beneficial effects on body fat.
In the past we got healthy doses of CLA naturally, through regular consumption of beef and dairy fats, but changes in the way cattle are raised and in the foods we eat have lowered the amount of CLA people get in their diet. To obtain the equivalent of 3.4 grams of CLA through food now, you would have to consume 9.5 quarts of low-fat milk or 6 quarts of whole milk, eat four pounds of beef or 50 slices of cheese. Supplements provide equivalent amounts of CLA in a single dose.
CLA is available as a dietary supplement called Tonalin CLA. It can be purchased at GNC and Vitamin World stores nationwide as well as independent health food stores, grocery stores and via the Internet at www.tonalin.com.
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