Building Muscle While Losing Weight

Building muscle can be one of the most important aspects of weight control. Healthy muscle tone helps to raise the resting metabolism, thereby increasing the calories the body uses on a daily basis. It can also help to provide continual motivation by reinforcing a positive body image.

Conjugated linoleic acid (CLA): Derived from either sunflower or safflower oil, CLA has attracted a fair amount of attention lately for its ability to both decrease body fat and increase muscle tissue. The mechanism is not entirely understood, but numerous animal studies have shown a beneficial effect on body mass through decreased fat and increased muscle. In addition, CLA may help to support a healthy glucose tolerance. Though more research needs to be done on humans, CLA shows great promise as a weight control supplement.

Amino acids and protein shakes: Many amino acids have been reported as increasing muscle mass including L-arginine, L-lysine, L-ornithine and branched chain amino acids such as L-leucine, L-isoleucine and L-valine. Many people also rely on protein shakes to provide bulk to the muscles. Unless you adhere to a regular strength training regiment, these products are generally not helpful. They must be taken at certain times and certain levels to be effective. If you decide to amino acids or protein shakes as muscle builders, consult first with your doctor or personal trainer to determine the best supplement for your situation.

Before starting a muscle building supplement, you should be eating healthier and exercising. Although these supplements will have an effect with minimum effort, they will have greater effect when following a healthy program.



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