Deciding to lose weight remains one of the most common New Year's resolutions in the world. However, the method of weight-loss can vary drastically, and in some cases, the way a person chooses to lose weight may be dangerous. Rather than turning to drastic, invasive, and surgical ways to lose weight, many choose to use oral weight loss stimulants.
Weight-loss supplements are not created equal, and many weight-loss supplements on the market are simply stimulants, which increase the metabolism of your body by increasing your heart rate, respirations, and temperature. In contrast, conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) may help to lose weight through a different mechanism of action. Take a look at how CLA differs from stimulants in achieving lasting, less invasive, and potentially less damaging weight loss.
Weight-loss stimulants are the result of a chemical mixture, which serves to propel the body into a state of anxiety, unrest, and heightened activity explains the National Institutes of Health: Office of Dietary Supplements. According to Drugs.com, patients who have an extreme degree of obesity should always consult a physician before starting any type of weight loss or exercise program, which includes taking any sort of supplement. Furthermore, some conditions may prevent a person from taking a weight-loss supplement.
For example, those with cardiovascular problems could be placed at a higher risk of heart attack or stroke when taking a stimulant-based supplement. Furthermore, pregnant women should also avoid stimulant-based supplements, which could cause injury to the developing fetus.
One of the most popular stimulant-based weight loss drugs remains Adderall. Unfortunately, Adderall is a combination medication of amphetamine and dextroamphetamine, explains Healthline. You may have heard of Adderall in the treatment of ADHD. Unfortunately, this medication can cause serious, dangerous side effects. One of these side effects is weight loss, but Adderall does possess addictive properties. For pediatric patients, the use of Adderall has been linked to a poor body mass index, which may be an indicator of poor body fat to body muscle ratios.
Conversely, CLA has been shown to enact weight loss through a different mechanism of action. In the study, an Evidence-Based Review of Fat Modifying Supplemental Weight Loss Products, results suggest CLA may be among the few weight-loss supplements to result in actual weight loss without dramatic negative impact on the body. Furthermore, CLA has been shown to help improve energy metabolism by allowing cells to access adipose tissue reserves and minimize the deposition of fats into adipose tissue, as presumed by the study, Anti-Obesity Mechanisms of Action of Conjugated Linoleic Acid. Specifically, CLA’s primary mechanism of action for reducing body fat seems to be apoptosis.
Apoptosis occurs when a cell ingests too much of a given substance and ruptures. In the case of adipose tissue, individual cells take in excess lipids and other compounds from the surrounding serum beyond the ideal osmotic pressure. As a result, the cell membrane is unable to retain its elasticity, and the cell ruptures.
Stimulant-based weight-loss supplements and conjugated linoleic acid make up two distinct categories of possible solutions to weight loss without an invasive surgery. However, the most beneficial weight loss program should always include dietary changes and increased physical activity. Before starting any sort of weight-loss program, an individual should consult a physician to ensure neither supplementation nor activity will adversely affect his or her health. Furthermore, CLA-based supplementation does not appear to have the same negative effects as stimulant-based weight loss solutions.