Belly fat is stored energy. To get rid of the layer of fat you need to burn more energy (calories) than you eat. Hundreds of sit-ups or crunches don't burn enough calories to make much of a difference to the appearance of your waist and stomach.
How to Lose Belly Fat - The CLA Secret
What is CLA? - Conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) refers to a family of many isomers of linoleic acid which are found primarily in the meat and dairy products.
Scientists in Sweden have reported that patients taking conjugated linoleic acid, or CLA for short, lose fat, especially abdominal or belly fat. CLA is a special type of fatty acid, and is available in the U.S. without prescription.
In a 2001 trial, people taking 4 grams of CLA a day lost nearly 4% of their body fat and reduced their tummy fat over 12 weeks, with no other dietary or exercise changes.
Another Swedish study in 2004 found that CLA:
"might slightly decrease body fat in humans, particularly abdominal fat," without changing body mass index. No harmful side effects were reported.
A 2004 review study on weight loss supplements from Creighton University Medical Center reported that:
"results for conjugated linoleic acid were positive in three clinical studies, with few adverse effects."
A 4% reduction of fat may not sound like very much, but its importance for your health can be profound.
Doctors at Laval University in Quebec, who specialize in the study of abdominal fat, say that even a 5% to 10% reduction in belly fat can reduce your risk of diabetes and heart disease by as much as 60%.
While CLA may not be the cure for belly fat all by itself, it is certainly one way to target belly fat loss. In combination with some (or all) of the other powerful, proven methods I will share with you in this series, it could make a profound difference for your waistline - and your overall health and fitness level.
David L. Kern is a health researcher and publisher of New Health & Longevity, a newsletter devoted to the latest advances in nutritional science. Find out how to lose belly fat today. This entire series of articles, How to Lose Belly Fat: Secrets from the Research Labs will be available for download at www.applepoly.com