TTA (tetradecylthioacetic acid) is a relatively new supplement among bodybuilding health products on the market. It’s meant to increase fat burning, which is helpful when you are bodybuilding. Thus far, it is used in conjunction with other supplements meant to increase satiety and reduced appetite, as well as burn fat. Most often, tetradecylthioacetic acid is used with oleoylethanolamide (OEA), which also helps to burn fat and decrease hunger. TTA may also be very promising among anti-fat supplements, because it appears to burn fat independent of exercise; preliminary results suggest that the body simply appears to “remove” fat from itself instead of needing to have it burned off with physical activity.
TTA is one of a number of bodybuilding health products meant to specifically reduce body fat and therefore increase muscle definition. Although it does not appear to encourage muscle growth on its own, it does encourage lipolysis, or fat burning. Best of all, it appears to do this without forcing your body to use fat stores for energy, which means that it is simply forced out of the body instead of having to be burned off. This, in turn, can make your workouts even more effective, because during a workout, you can burn off current caloric intake instead of burning excess fat stores. This can make workouts much more efficient because you will see results faster; because you’re burning off what you eat instead of burning off fat stores, you should lose excess weight much more quickly and therefore see greater definition much more quickly as well.
TTA also appears to make insulin work more effectively and increase insulin sensitivity, which means less insulin is excreted during each release. Insulin as a hormone appears to make the body both build and maintain fat stores; this may mean that TTA is further beneficial as a fat loss product for this reason.
TTA is also one of a number of anti-fat supplements that appears to be promising for the treatment of obesity. Obesity is a growing problem in today’s society, with as many as 60% of people at least overweight, many of them obese; some are morbidly so, and the number of morbidly obese people in this country is also growing. Because TTA appears to burn fat without the necessity of exercise, this is promising as a treatment for overweight and obesity.
Although of course we as a country do not want to encourage bad eating habits or a sedentary lifestyle, just the fact that TTA appears to help weight stay off is beneficial. Even if someone refuses to exercise, TTA may help an individual keep weight off and therefore progress more slowly to obesity-related health problems.
Specifically in regard to bodybuilding, TTA does appear to reduce hunger and helps increase feelings of satiety. If you are someone who works out but has trouble keeping weight off because working out actually makes you hungrier instead of less so, TTA can help you because you can maintain your pace without worrying that a strenuous workout is going to make you suddenly want to devour everything in your refrigerator. This means that you can modify your caloric intake without feeling deprived, so that you get the most effectiveness from your workouts and the most muscle definition; it may also help you eat healthier because you can more carefully choose what you put in your mouth when you are not constantly hungry.
Of course, as with everything, you must use TTA and other supplements with caution and moderation. Although this is a very exciting product, as yet, there isn’t a lot of information on its safety profile. Therefore, if you choose to take TTA as one of your bodybuilding health products to help you get and stay fit, do so carefully and watch for any ill effects.