What if I say you need fat to burn fat? Yes, I am serious. You actually require fat to reach your weight loss goals faster. Quite a revelation, isn’t it?
Not all fats are created equal.
Some are bad. Some are good. But some are downright powerful. And conjugated linoleic acid (or CLA) is one of them. It is one of the few healthy fats that your body absolutely requires. CLA has terrific benefits – the most potent of them is aiding weight loss. In this post, we’ll learn all of that and the other ways CLA can make your life easier. Keep reading!
- Why CLA Anyway?
- What Are The Benefits Of CLA?
- What Are The Sources Of CLA?
- What Are The Side Effects Of CLA?
Why CLA Anyway?
Let’s first understand what CLA is. CLA is a naturally occurring fatty acid found in dairy and meat products. It is available as a supplement too, which is quite popular among weight loss enthusiasts.
All types of fats are made of fatty acids. Fats are of two types – essential (which we need to obtain from our diets, like omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids), and non-essential that the body can synthesize on its own. Though omega-3 and omega-6 have slightly opposite effects, we need both to balance the functioning of our immune, digestive, nervous, and circulatory systems.
The standard American diet contains more of the omega-6 fatty acids, which is why it is often termed as inflammatory. Studies show how excess intake of omega-6 can trigger the body to produce inflammatory-promoting chemicals, causing havoc (1).
And CLA is an omega-6 fatty acid. Then, how on earth is it going to do you good?
It does, because it acts like an omega-3 fatty acid in the body, thereby fighting inflammation. Interestingly, CLA also controls the production of ghrelin, a hormone that triggers hunger. It also improves the body’s ability to absorb nutrients.
Now you know why you must take CLA. More so, if you are looking for ways to curb hunger and achieve healthy weight loss. And here is what Dr. Mercola has to say about conjugated linoleic acid and weight loss: