Monthly Archive for December, 2009

Can CLA help me lose weight

Question: Can CLA help me lose weight and is it a safe diet pill to use?

Answer: Yes, CLA can assist you in your weight loss journey. CLA (Conjugated Linoleic Acid) is a substance naturally found mostly in meat and dairy products. CLA was first investigated in the late 1970′s for its anti-carcinogenic and anti-inflammatory properties and claims with regards to these properties are reasonably well supported by scientific studies. In July 2008, the FDA issued a letter awarding CLA Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS) status for certain food categories; including fluid milk, yoghurt, meal replacement shakes and nutritional bars. This means that the well managed addition of CLA to these products is regarded as a safe practice by the FDA.

Results of more than 30 clinical trials have been published regarding weight loss and CLA – all designed to assess the impact of CLA on fat mass. The varying designs and objectives of these studies complicate the overall findings somewhat, but the general consensus appears to be that CLA can indeed assist in reducing fat mass (especially belly fat) while simultaneously increasing lean muscle mass. It must be noted that CLA can only work as a weight loss aid in addition to a healthy, balanced nutrition and exercise plan; and is not expected to be very effective on its own.

Preliminary studies indicate that there may be a basis for some of the health concerns raised with regards to excessive use of CLA, namely increased risk of insulin resistance and diabetes, as well as cardiovascular and inflammatory diseases. The actual health risks to humans is still far from established. Scientists currently appear to be in agreement that foods naturally enriched with CLA are safe, but are still hesitant to declare CLA supplements safe for use in humans.

In answer to your question on whether CLA is a safe weight loss supplement then…our take on this based on the information available to us at this time would be that CLA supplements, provided that you choose products manufactured by reputable suppliers should be safe to use as long as you don’t exceed the suggested dosage. It is unclear to us what the difference would be between taking a CLA supplement and getting your share of CLA in the form of an additive to a meal replacement shake or a nutrition bar.

What is my Optimal Body Weight

Question: I am 5’6″ and weigh 186 lbs. How much should I weigh?

Answer: Your optimal body weight or ideal weight depends to a large extent on your height and gender, but also on other factors such as your age, your frame and your muscular development. You do not provide enough information for us to calculate your ideal weight, but you can get an accurate assessment by using our free online ideal weight calculator. It takes into account many variables including your bone structure, which is something very few ideal weight calculators consider.

Your optimal body weight is that weight where you are at your healthiest, not necessarily where you are at your thinnest. It is extremely important to take your build and body type into account when you calculate your goal weight. None of us want to be overweight, but too thin can be as unattractive and being underweight also poses health risks to your body and mind. The free weight loss tools available at myOBW offers you an ideal weight calculator as well as BMI (Body Mass Index) and Waist to Hip Ratio calculators. Keep in mind that while these tools can provide you with some idea of how you compare to others; your best indicator is how you feel in your own skin.

What is the recipe for the Apple Cider Vinegar Diet drink

Question: I read your article on the Apple Cider Vinegar Diet and would really like to try it out. What I really like about this weight loss plan is that I can follow it using natural ingredients from my cupboard. I don’t have to buy expensive diet pills or weight loss supplements, nor do I have to invest time and money in a book. It is also great to know that there is scientific evidence to prove that the Apple Cider Vinegar Diet can help me lose weight! Can you please let me have some more detail on the recipe for the Apple Cider Diet drink as well as instructions on how to follow this diet?

Answer: The Apple Cider Vinegar Diet is a rather easy and cheap diet to follow, and has first been described as a safe home remedy for weight loss centuries ago. You need to take 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar about 15 minutes before each meal, i.e. three times a day. Obviously, the strong vinegar taste can be very unpleasant, but it can be softened by adding the vinegar to a glass of water or apple juice and then sweetening the mix with two tablespoons of honey. Some of our clients reported that they actually like the taste of the drink! We all have very different tastes, so it would probably be best if you use the recipe described above as a starting point and then play around with the quantities of water, juice and honey until you like the taste of the drink.

The Apple Cider Vinegar Diet does not prescribe a specific menu or meal plan, but it can only help you lose weight if you follow a healthy diet while you take apple cider vinegar before your meals. Stick to natural, healthy foods and control your food portions. Many of our clients on this diet use our free online food diary to track their daily calorie intake and manage their protein, fat, and carb ratio. Most healthy diet plans suggest a caloric ratio of 20-30% protein, 30% fats, and 40-50% carbs. Make sure you obtain the majority of you fat calories from good fats like olive oil, avocado and nuts. Try to stick to fresh fruit, vegetables and whole grains as the main sources for your carbs. Avoid snacking between meals and have plenty of water.

Finally, if the taste of the vinegar becomes too much to handle, you can always try apple cider vinegar diet pills.