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Product Deep Dive - CLA

Product Deep Dive - CLA

Taking a closer look at how a fat, CLA, can help you loose fat and gain muscle.

As mentioned previously CLA is a extremely versatile supplement that can help no matter your current goal.

✔️How does it help with weight loss?

There are two main ways CLA is believed to help aid in fat loss.

The first is the reduction of lipid uptake into fat cells by inhibition of a specific enzyme called lipoprotein lipase. This mechanism is controlled by an isomer associated with CLA.

Second, CLA has the potential to reduce the accumulation of triacylglycerol in fat cells. Triacylglycerol is a blood lipid which enables the transfer of glucose and fat from the liver.

Another study also showed that fat loss was due to the fact that CLA actually has the ability to reduce the size of fat cells by 15 to 29%.

These results indicate that CLA can reduce synthesis and storage of fat cells, resulting in lower body fat.


✔️How does it help with muscle gain?

In these studies, changes to body fat did not alter weight loss, even when body fat was reduced by up to 60%. What does this mean? Along with a decrease in body fat, there was an increase in lean body mass.

So how exactly does CLA help to create these results?

One way that CLA can help increase lean body mass is by increasing insulin sensitivity. In one study, after an 8-week period of CLA supplementation at 4g per day, insulin sensitivity increased, and fasting insulin levels reduced when compared to the placebo group. These results indicate that the supplement showed an improvement with the participants responses to an oral glucose tolerance test, and reduces insulin resistance.

How does an increased insulin sensitivity translate to an increase in lean mass?
Insulin is the most anabolic hormone in the human body. It is what drives nutrients into your cells. Insulin helps to shuttle glucose and amino acids into your muscles, where it is used for fuel and daily activities. The amino acids also contribute to muscle repair and growth.

So, when your insulin sensitivity remains high, you need less carbs to create that anabolic effect. And just the opposite, when you are insulin resistant you will find your body fat will increase ahead of your muscle mass.