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What is CLA Supplementation?

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what is CLA supplementation

Conjugated Linoleic Acid, or CLA, is a group of a couple dozen molecular substances most commonly found in dairy foods and meat.  The idea behind CLA supplementation is that we extract these substances and fuse them together in a tablet or capsule.  These pills can then be ingested and digested to capitalize on the beneficial properties found within the various isomers.  CLA Supplementation is a new and increasingly more mainstream way to get all the “good stuff” from dairy and meat without all the calories or “bad stuff.”

CLA Supplements Are Perfect for Fat Burn and Weight Loss

We’re sure it comes as no surprise to you, being the intelligent reader that you are, CLA supplementation is a popular and effective way to burn off visceral fat quickly.  When coupled with calorie strict dieting and minimal exercise, individuals have been found to lose significant amounts of weight.  Obviously a caloric deficit is the best way to shed the pounds, and CLA supplements will allow for just that while providing your body with the essentials to maintain or even build muscle mass!

Side Effects of CLA Supplementation

Time to review the pesky side effects of CLA supplementation.  Again, in an effort for full transparency, we’re going to provide you with the top 4 negative side effects so that you understand what to look for if you’re one of the readers that are considering prolonged CLA supplementation.  The good outweighs the bad, but we still need to mention these:

  1. Increase risk for diabetes. Any time you really start to mess with your diet, you’re going to be putting yourself at higher risk for diabetes.  Taking in a really low number of calories each day is almost as harmful as consuming a ridiculously high amount of calories regularly.  Strict CLA based diets tend to fall in this category.
  2. Compounded metabolic syndrome. If you’ve been diagnosed with metabolic syndrome, it’s not recommended that you partake in a CLA supplemented diet plan.  Most people with metabolic syndrome diagnosis have already been instructed to be on a certain diet plan by their physician so in these scenarios, this definitely isn’t for you.  You’re going to practically guarantee diabetes is in your future if you disregard this warning.
  3. Reduction in blood clotting properties. CLA often comes with a bit of an iron deficiency as iron is not one of the isomers extracted from the meat when synthesizing capsules for consumption.  Should you participate in a CLA regimen, understand that your blood will inherently become thinner and could cause increased bleeding if you get a minor cut or scrape.  Individuals with preexisting bleeding disorders should avoid CLA supplements.
  4. Uncontrollable flatulence.   You’re going to be gassy.  Most of it is going to be controllable as usual so you likely aren’t going to have to avoid crowded elevators or supermarkets, but for a lucky few… It can be rather embarrassing.  You can choose to take your doses in the mid afternoon so that all that gas tends to come in the evening, after your busy day when you get a bit more privacy.

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