My daughter asked me about this fat burner product a few days ago, and I told her upfront that like all of these bogus fat burning supplements, this is pure garbage. I really wish these unproven supplements would be made illegal since the unscrupulous marketers are taking advantage of the desperate and gullible among us. There is not an over the counter fat burner supplement available in America that will do anything to help you to lose body fat. If you are serious about healthy weight loss, you must change your lifestyle to one that has eliminated foods that contain added sugars as well as processed foods which contain added sugars, high amounts of sodium, unhealthy fats, and preservatives that have no business belonging in food except to prolong their shelf life. These foods often contain meat that had been slaughtered up to several months or years in the past. Just look at the expiration dates to see for yourself.
What does this garbage fat burner contain?
The main ingredient that makes up this supplement is CLA, or rather Conjugated Linoleic Acid. As a popular weight loss supplement, conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) is a fatty acid found in meat and dairy that is believed to have various health benefits. However, the CLA in this fat burner comes from safflower oil which allegedly targets stubborn belly fat so that you can slim, trim and tone your waistline. If you believe this load of baloney, I have a nice bridge to sell to you too…
Linoleic acid is the most common omega-6 fatty acid, found in many vegetable oils. The “conjugated” prefix is basically a scientific term that has to do with the arrangement of the double bonds in the fatty acid molecule. CLA is technically a trans fat – however, it is a natural type of trans fat that occurs in many healthy foods. (1)
Note: CLA is a naturally occurring trans fat and is not the same as industrial trans fats which are indeed harmful to your health.
Meat and milk of ruminants, such as cows, goats and sheep are the main dietary sources for CLA. However, the total amounts of CLA found in these foods varies greatly depending on what the animals have eaten. For example the difference in total content of CLA between grass fed cows and grain fed cows can differ between as much as 300 to 500%. (2)
CLA found naturally in food sources does indeed have health benefits, but you have to keep in mind that the CLA you find in supplements is not derived from natural foods. The CLA you find in these bogus fat burner products is made by chemically altering linoleic acid found in vegetable oils.
You can take these supplements, but there are a few risks you need to know before over consuming them. As many people will do, if one pill does a little bit of good, they will take more than one pill. The risks associated with taking too much of this fat burner, supplement garbage is not only do they not provide the same health effects as CLA from foods – there can be some serious consequences to your health from taking them.
The benefit derived for the loss of body fat from these CLA supplements have been shown to only be modest at the most.(3) Modest, as in an average of .2 pounds per week – your body weight fluctuates by much more simply by water retention, or the lack thereof. (3)
Health risks from taking too much of these fat burner supplements that contain CLA.
It is indeed true that evidence suggests that getting small amounts of natural CLA from food is beneficial. That being said, the CLA found in supplements comes in much higher doses than the amounts people get from dairy or meat. As is often the case, some molecules and nutrients are beneficial when found in natural amounts in real foods — but become harmful when taken in large doses. Studies indicate that this is the case with CLA supplements used as fat burners.
Some clinical human studies using reasonable doses indicate that CLA supplements may cause several mild or moderate side effects, including diarrhea, insulin resistance and oxidative stress. However, large doses of supplemental CLA can cause increased accumulation of fat in your liver, which is a stepping stone towards metabolic syndrome and diabetes. (4) Additionally, Numerous studies in both animals and humans reveal that CLA can drive inflammation, cause insulin resistance and lower “good” HDL cholesterol. (5)
The bottom line.
Just do not bother with any of these over the counter body fat burner supplements. At best, the fat loss you will get is so minor that you will not know the difference between actual fat loss and water loss. You can lose more weight just voiding your bladder before stepping onto your bathroom scales. Or at worst, you can actually experience a detrimental effect on your health. If you are serious about weight loss, follow us here at David’s Way for free. We will always have the best and most straight forward information you will ever find in regards to healthy weight loss.
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