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CLA and Green tea = shed the pounds!

I've been doing a lot of research and have been looking for supplements to help lose those last few pounds. I was thinking about buying one of those expensive fat burners. I talked to my trainer and he said I didn't need to take that garbage. All one should do is supplement with tonalin Cla and Green tea extract pills. It's healthy for you and does not make you jittery and it's good for you! Well, I went to walmart and purchased both from the vitamin isle and it's been 4 weeks. I went from 116 lbs to 106! I'm 5'2 116 was alot for me. Just thought I'd share. Look into it. It really works! My husband lost as many pounds in 3 weeks!

Tue. Nov 20, 9:23am

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what is CLA?

Tuesday, November 20, 2007, 11:20 AM

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conjugated linoic acid

Tuesday, November 20, 2007, 11:24 AM

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It's a natural occuring substance found in dairy and meat products. Look it up, it has a lot of health benefits but because of the way it breaks down fat quickly it's also being so as a fat burner. It's just a good supplement and works great when combine with green tea pills. Weight just keeps coming off!

Wednesday, November 21, 2007, 8:37 AM

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Please tell me exactly how it breaks down the fat. I'd like to understand the science.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007, 8:45 AM

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In a preliminary study, CLA has also been shown to reduce body fat in people who are overweight.

by Mary Shomon

A double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled study, published in the December 2000 issue of the Journal of Nutrition found that CLA reduces fat and preserves muscle tissue. According to the research project manager, an average reduction of six pounds of body fat was found in the group that took CLA, compared to a placebo group.

The study found that approximately 3.4 grams of CLA per day is the level needed to obtain the beneficial effects of CLA on body fat.

Dr. Michael Pariza, who conducted research on CLA with the University of Wisconsin-Madison, reported in August 2000 to the American Chemical Society that "It doesn't make a big fat cell get little. What it rather does is keep a little fat cell from getting big."

What he found was that when the dieters stopped dieting, and gained back weight, those taking CLA "were more likely to gain muscle and not fat.'' In a separate study conducted at Purdue University in Indiana, CLA was found to help improve insulin levels in about two-thirds of diabetic patients, and moderately reduced the blood glucose level and triglyceride levels, suggesting that it may help to maintain normal insulin levels.

CLA has been the subject of a variety of research in the past several years, and findings also suggest that some of the other benefits of CLA include the following:

May increase metabolic rate -- This would obviously be a positive benefit for promoting normal thyroid function.
May help decrease abdominal fat.
May enhance muscle growth -- Muscle burns fat, which also contributes to increased metabolism, which is useful in weight loss and management.
Helps maintain normal cholesterol and triglyceride levels.
Helps maintain normal insulin levels.
Helps make it easier to control weight.
Enhances immune system -- Enhancing the immune system's ability to function properly is a positive benefit.

Just google it. There's tons of good research on it's health properties.

My trainer, his also a registered dietician suggested it and wow! It's natural and great to supplement your diet with.
Plus the green tea pills is just green tea and if it helps shwd some beey fat in a healthy way then why not.

Again, do some looking into it. I asked my doc and she told me she takes it along with her other vitamin, minerals too. lol!

Wednesday, November 21, 2007, 7:13 PM

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Can you tell me the regiment for taking these? Do you take them together? Do you take them only once a day or before each meal, etc?

Friday, November 30, 2007, 7:44 AM

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you take them twice a day together. I take them with my multi and other supplements all together. It actually healthy for you...get rid of that belly fat. I never thought I'd lose my pouch after having kids but now it's almost totally flat. yay!

Friday, November 30, 2007, 8:31 AM

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I'm very interested. Is there a specific brand that you use? How much does it cost? Where did you buy it?

Friday, November 30, 2007, 9:57 AM

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I just did some research on CLA and this is what I found:

The most comprehensive study of CLA ever conducted highlights both its promise and its potential downside.

Jean-Michel Gaullier and his co-workers in Norway gave 93 middle-aged, overweight men and women 3.4 grams a day of Tonalin CLA and told them to follow their regular diet and exercise routine. (3)

After one year, the Tonalin takers had lost, on average, five pounds of body fat while similar people who took a placebo gained close to one pound. Most of the fat was lost during the first six months.

But the Tonalin group also had higher levels of leucocytes (white blood cells), which is a sign of inflammation. And they had higher levels of both thrombocytes (blood-clotting cells) and a chemical cousin of LDL ("bad") cholesterol called lipoprotein(a). All point to an increased risk of heart disease and stroke.

"Further studies are needed to determine if there is an effect of CLA on cardiovascular risk and inflammation," concluded Gaullier and his colleagues.

"As of now, the risks are more documented and the benefits are questionable," adds CLA researcher Darshan Kelley of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Western Human Nutrition Research Center at the University of California at Davis.

Our advice: until researchers can show that CLA works and is safe, don't try it.

....So, it doesn't sound all that great to me. I'd rather have 5 extra lbs. than do damage to my body and heart, thanks!

Friday, November 30, 2007, 10:15 AM

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CLA doesn't actively burn fat, however it supports the growth and maintenance of lean muscle tissue, so it is good if you do a lot of cardio and are concerned about losing the muscle you are building with resistance. As muscle is more metabollically active this will mean you burn more calories. CLA is not a substitute for working out and eating healthily.

Friday, November 30, 2007, 1:13 PM

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