One of my basic nutrition recommendations is to try eat meat with every meal. While some think I say that just to increase dietary protein, there is another reason that directly affects fat burn. According to a 2007 study in the Journal of Clinical Nutrition, the conjugated linoleic acid will help you whip in to shape faster.
Conjugated Linoleic Acid or CLA not only increases the amount of FAT you burn at rest, it also decreases your body’s production of lipoprotein lipase, an enzyme that helps your body transfer fat in to cells to store.
CLA has been repeatedly shown to decrease body fat and was even shown to increase metabolism while it’s users slept, according to a 2006 study by the International Journal of Obesity”
Some studies also show CLA may reduce the risk of cancer, inflammations atherosclerosis…who knew Grass-fed or wild meat was so good?
Where do I get it?
CLA is rich in foods like meats, dairy and eggs and the animal’s lifestyle matters. Grass fed (as opposed to normal, corn and slop fed) animals have been found to produce around 300% more CLA compared to grain-fed. The CLA in eggs has been shown to survive the high temperatures of frying. If those foods don’t do it for you, search for a list of foods that are potentially high in CLA or take it in CLA supplement form, usual recommended dose is 2400 to 3500 mg a day.
Most of the meat you can buy in the grocery store is garbage. It’s been fed fat and corn all it’s life to make it bigger…therefore, it’s bigger! Meat with a western diet will have western diet in its veins unless the cycle is broken and omega 3s are increased through more natural means of nutrition.
- Watras AC., Buccholz AC., et al. The role of conjugated linoleic acid in reducing body fat and preventing holiday weight gain. Int J Obes (Lond). 2007 Mar;31(3):481-7. Epub 2006 Aug 22.
- Close RN., Schoeller, DA., et. al. Conjugated linoleic acid supplementation alters the 6-mo change in fat oxidation during sleep. Am J Clin Nutr September 2007 vol. 86 no. 3 797-804
- Bianchette-Mackie EJ. Lipoprotein lipase and fatty acid transport in heart, adipose tissue and mammary gland: immuno and cytochemistry. Endocr Regul. 1991 Jun;25(1-2):63-9