Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA) Product Review: Getting Over Your Plateau
The end of the first month of the year is coming to a close, and I hope all of you have been doing well with your resolutions! Gyms are still packed, which is great to see. Keep at it guys!
Good news: Like I've mentioned before, it's no secret--proper diet and exercise are the keys to a healthier lifestyle and slimmer physique. You WILL see a change when you start exercising correctly and eating well.
Bad news: If you don't switch up your exercise routines, your body will get used to what you're doing and you'll hit a 'plateau,' meaning the scale stays constant no matter how many carrot sticks you're eating or how many lunges you're doing around the football field. You're giving it your all, and nothing seems to be happening.
Good news (Part II): When I hit a plateau, I came across something called CONJUGATED LINOLEIC ACID or CLA. CLA is a substance that is converted from the linoleic acid of pure safflower oil. It reduces body fat by decreasing the number of fat cells and decreasing fat that is stored after a meal. In addition, it also builds lean muscle tissue and increases the rate of fat metabolism.
"Extensive research is now showing CLA to play an important role as a multi-beneficial health promoter. More than 200 studies worldwide are indicating that CLA may help reduce the incidence of breast cancer, improve asthma, allergy control, and blood sugar control (diabetes), and limit the extent of atherosclerosis which can lead to heart disease." (Wellnesspartners.com)
Bad news (Part II): There are a lot of impure versions of CLA being sold on the market today that will burn a hole in your wallet, but do nothing for your waistline. Here's what you want to look for:
- Make sure the capsules have 100% pure SAFFLOWER oil. Do NOT buy the ones that say it uses sunflower oil or even a safflower/sunflower oil blend. The ones that include sunflower oil have less of the active fat loss ingredients.
- The entire capsule should be at least 1000mg.
- 750-1000mg of the capsule should be composed of CLA.
Where to buy CLA capsules online:
To make it easier on you, here are some trustworthy CLA vendors. This is something I recommend, because I've tried it and I've seen the favorable results. Best of all, I got through that plateau period and am at my ideal weight. Hopefully, this will do the same for you.
*Disclaimer: Please consult your doctor before trying CLA.