CLA: The Weight Management Game Changer: CLA is such a game changer for weight management because it’s nearly impossible to get enough from diet alone. So if you’ve been frustrated by other “miracle” solutions that haven’t delivered the results you want, it may be as simple as you not getting enough conjugated linoleic acid. How exactly does CLA impact healthy weight loss goals? Clinical evidence shows linoleic acid helps modulate the metabolism of fat, which helps your body utilize food for energy. It has also been shown to support healthy levels of triglycerides in the bloodstream in other words, it blocks your body from building fat stores. The Secret Weapon for Healthy Weight: CLA may be a secret weapon for healthy weight because it acts as a “slim-signaling” prebiotic in your gut. It helps feed the good bacteria in your gut that play a direct role in body weight regulation, potentially protecting you against unwanted pounds. CLA may also accelerate healthy weight loss and fat burning by upregulating your body’s metabolism while you sleep. It’s true a study by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition showed that linoleic acid actually increased fat oxidation during sleeping hours in study participants. CLA May Burn More Fat Calories: By increasing fat metabolism, conjugated linoleic acid helps your body burn more calories throughout the day, even at rest, and helps you utilize energy more efficiently. What’s even more impressive, CLA “tells” your body to feed on its fat stores by using less protein for energy — meaning it plays a role in maintaining lean muscle mass. Why You Need a CLA Supplement: So you may be wondering why can’t you get enough CLA from diet alone? Conjugated linoleic acid is mostly concentrated in beef and dairy products and even then the source needs to be grass fed to get higher amounts of CLA. In fact, CLA levels are 300-500% higher in grass-fed cows when compared to grain-fed cows. Here’s the kicker though: Even if you eat a grass-fed steak every day and wash it down with a tall glass of grass-fed cow’s milk (and you know I don’t recommend dairy…), you would still only get a fraction of the linoleic acid needed to produce any weight management benefits. The problem is made worse by the change in livestock feeding practices over the last 50 years or so, which have stripped CLA from diet even more. Most People Don’t Get Nearly Enough CLA: The average American woman gets only about 151mg of CLA per day, while men get just a bit more. That’s not nearly enough linoleic acid to have any kind of effect on your weight or metabolism. In fact, you need around 20 times that amount, or 3,000mg, per day to experience any weight loss benefits. This has been demonstrated repeatedly in double-blind, peer-reviewed studies (which are the gold standard when it comes to supplement testing). Astoundingly, it would take you eating over 2 POUNDS of grass-fed beef every day to experience any metabolism-lifting benefits of CLA! Not to mention the fat, calories, and cholesterol that go along with all that red meat. Who wants to do that? My pure mixed-isomer linoleic acid, on the other hand, delivers a waistline-cinching 4,000mg to your body every single day. What’s more, conjugated linoleic acid can cross the blood-brain barrier and support optimal serotonin levels (serotonin plays a key role in appetite control). For healthy weight management and optimal metabolism support, CLA gets my endorsement as a medical doctor and functional medicine physician. I can’t wait to hear about your transformation! Bonus tip: Conjugated Linoleic Acid works synergistically with lean metabolism support, which is the other supplement in my gut-brain axis approach to healthy weight control! Use both together to unlock maximum benefits!