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What IS CLA?

CLA, is one of the most favoured fat loss supplements of today, but does it work and is it for you?

So what exactly is CLA?

Conjugated Linoleic Acid or preferably CLA is actually a naturally occurring fatty acid found in sunflower oil, dairy and meat. It is most famous for its use as a fat loss supplement. It also has a few other health benefits it reduces the risk of breast cancer, increases metabolism and lowers cholesterol.

CLA works by reducing fat mass and increasing lean muscle mass simultaneously.  It inhibits the body from storing fat, it will cause the body to use existing fat as an energy source and it will increase lean muscle tissues.

Achieving these results from CLA found in our diet alone is almost impossible as it is find in only small amounts in foods that also contain high amounts of saturated fats, thus making supplementation of CLA a must.

How do I use it?

woamn eating pill universalIt is recommended that you use 3g daily of CLA broken up into 3 dosages with meals. It is also said that it will take around 6 weeks for you to notice a difference, hence it is not an overnight quick fix but the results do happen.

The reason for the slow weight loss is that CLA is also growing your lean muscle tissue which as you may know weighs more than fat. This is why it is recommended to take the supplement for 6 weeks before you decide if it is working for you or not, and even then you may not see dramatic results for a few months.

Is CLA for me?

Basically if you want to lose fat and at the same time gain a lean, toned look then CLA may just be the wonder supp you have been searching for.

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Raspberry Ketones – Get the Lowdown

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overweight peopleWith obesity rates raising it’s no wonder we are looking for new methods to control our weight. In Australia every 2 in 3 adults are either overweight or obese finding that conventional ways to control weight, such as diet and exercise, are proving to be difficult for people to stick with and have a high fail rate. It’s no wonder people are turning to easier alternatives such as shakes, pills and herbal remedies. Among these is the popular Raspberry Ketone, but is this a weight loss miracle or another fail waiting to happen?

What are Raspberry Ketones?

I’m sure nearly everyone who has thought about dieting has heard of raspberry ketones but what are they? They are the naturally occurring substance in raspberries that gives them their distinct smell. It can also be found in small amounts in blackberries, cranberries and kiwis.

The raspberry ketone has been used for decades; you can find it in cosmetics, soft drinks and other processed foods as a flavorant. So therefore most of us are already consuming it in small amounts either from the fruit themselves or in foods with it added in.

Using raspberry ketones as weight loss supplements is only a recent innovation, and the raspberry ketones used in supplements are not the same naturally occurring ones in raspberries, they are synthetically made in labs. This is because it would cost billions to extract it from the fruit as you would need 41kg of raspberries for one single dose!

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How do they work?

fitness ratRaspberry ketones have the same molecular structure as capsiacum and synepherine. These are two molecules that can boost metabolism, so it was thought that raspberry ketones would have the same effect.

Studies on isolated fat cells from rats have shown that raspberry ketones promote lipolysis (breakdown of fat) and cause the fat cells to release the hormone adiponectin which is believed to play a part in regulating metabolism and regulating blood sugar levels.

However….this does NOT mean it will do the same for a living, breathing human. Plus the dosages used were extremely high; you would need to take 100 times the recommended dosage to reach these same levels (NOT RECCOMMENDED)

Should you add them to your supplement regime?

Currently there have been no human studies on the use of raspberry ketones for weight loss but there is hope for the future.

Dr Oz recommends using it in conjunction with a healthy diet and exercise whether this speeds up fat loss or not is dependent on the individual.

Do some research and decide for yourself, as until further notice, only you will know if it can work for you.

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The Best Fat Burning Stack for Women

So, you’re ready to burn that fat, you’re starting a workout plan, and a diet. You’re ready and wondering how supplements can help? You walk into any supplement store and instantly feel overwhelmed by the array of products offering different ingredients that burn fat, but which ones should you use? Which ones work together and which ones are rubbish??? Here’s the low down on the best fat burning stack for women. You’ll never have to wonder again!

1.Thermogenic Fat Burners

The first and most obvious choice is a fat burner supplement but what ingredients are the most efficient?

One of the key ingredients is caffeine, on the ingredients list it will come under caffeine, caffeine anhydrous, green tea extract, trimethyl xanthine and caffeine citrate. Caffeine promotes lipolysis which is the breaking down of fat to be used as energy which in turn speeds up the body’s metabolism causing the body to burn more calories, caffeine also suppresses the appetite and acts as a stimulant so you will receive a nice energy boost while using theses supplements. so, it’s obvious why it’s the main ingredient in a thermogenic.

L-tyrosine or 4-hydroxyphenylalanine is another popular ingredient in thermogenic fat burners. This amino acid really promotes thermogenesis, the bodies way of generating heat, which helps to burn more calories.

Beta-alanine is another popular ingredient, this amino acid raises muscle carnosine levels which cause faster muscle contractions so you are able to work harder and longer, this in turn causes you to burn more calories.

There are also many herbal ingredients that all work in different ways to promote thermogenesis, appetite suppressors, and stimulants there are too many to list here and I will go through these in other articles.

Look for a combination of these ingredients in your thermogenic fat burner for best results.

2. L-Carnitine

This compound is a must have for your fat loss stack. L-carnitine’s job is to transfer long-chain fatty acids into mitochondria so they can be oxidised and burned as energy. This means your body will no longer be storing fat it will be continuously using it to fuel it activities. L-carnitine also acts as an appetite suppressant so you will no longer be over eating.

When you combine l-carnitine with a thermogenic you’re really getting the best of both worlds as your body is using fat stores for energy and is also no longer allowing you to store new fats!

3. Protein

Another very important component of your fat burning stack is protein!

You may be scared that protein is going to stack on the gains and really your trying to lose, not gain. Protein helps you to gain LEAN muscle which happens as you are burning fat. A good protein to go for is a WPI with little or no fats, carbs and sugars. This will keep your calorie intake down and allow your body to get the extra protein it needs while burning away the fat!

These are the Top Three products I recommended for a fat burning stack. Now that your armed with information head into the supplement store and get ready for the body you have been waiting for!
Go get it girl!