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Does CLA Really Stimulate Fat Loss?

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If you are trying to lose fat and you’ve been searching around for supplements to help you reach your goals, chances are you have come across CLA. As a company dedicated to your health, we wanted to look into this supplement to find out whether or not it really worked and bring you some information so that you can make the best choices when it comes to what you put in your body.

Keep reading after the video to see…

  • What CLA is and the research behind it
  • Things people are saying about CLA

What is CLA?

CLA, also known as Conjugated Linoleic Acid, primarily comes from ruminants and the products of ruminants. What this means is that it is primarily found in dairy and meat.

So many people have recently turned to CLA to try and lose fat, but for it to be effective, you would need to consume 3-3.4 grams of CLA a day, meaning that you can only obtain this much through a supplemental source. If you were to try and consume this through just meat and dairy, you would also need to consume up to 500 grams of fat, primarily from saturated sources. This means you would need to obtain 4500 calories from fat alone in order for you to get a sufficient quantity of CLA for it to work.

What do the studies say?

There are so many studies out there on CLA and whether or not it truly works, some of it even dating back 20-30 years and continuing on until today. The issue with these studies is that they are very contradictory. There are so many studies that say, “Yes, CLA works! It does decrease body fat and increases muscle tissue.” But then, there is also the same amount of studies that say, “no, there is no finding that it does work and that the result from people given a placebo did not differ from those given CLA.”

There are an equal amount of studies that show that CLA is ineffective, and an equal amount of studies that show that it works. This means that we have yet to find a definitive yes or no answer on whether it truly works for fat loss.

Also, like with most supplements, what works for one person, doesn’t always work for another. This can make it difficult when searching for a definitive yes or no answer.

Another issue that arises is that many of the older studies were performed on rats, rather than humans. In these studies, we found that CLA was effective in reducing certain cancers, as well as body fat. However, in the human trials, we have not seen the same level of results that were shown in rat studies.

What are other things being said about CLA?

There are many things being said about CLA, from claims that it can boost immunity, to claims that it can help with insulin sensitivity, and that it can reduce body fat and build muscle. These claims are lackluster at best, as the studies and evidence are just too contradictory.

So, purchasing CLA and using it may or may not work for you and may not be the best investment for you to go out and spend money on.

When trying to achieve any fitness goal there are two things, hands down, that will always be effective. The first is having a solid training plan, one that is consistent and that you are sticking to. The second is by having a solid nutrition plan that is consistent with your training plan. Both of these need to work together and be aligned with your intended goal or outcome. These are the two most powerful things that you can do for fat loss.

Think of all of these of these extra supplements as just a tool and if you want to go out and try CLA, there is a chance that it may work for you. If you do choose to go out and spend your money on CLA in order to see if it does work for you, then just focus on CLA and don’t take other supplements. This will give you a clearer view as to whether or not it is working for you.

Whether it does work for you, or it doesn’t, just remember that a solid training plan and a solid nutrition plan will always be your best bet when trying to hit your goals.

Meet Morellifit Coach Christopher Smith, known as Chip or just Chris around here. He is an avid fitness lover and a hard core student for always learning more. He first became interested in fitness at age 18 when he joined a gym class his Senior year. Like most guys new to fitness the first exercises he learn... read more


  1. David Moreno says:

    Thanks for the info Chris

  2. <3 the info. Keep it coming Chris.

  3. lorrainetorres81 says:

    Hi there! I took CLA for couple of months. It did help but it was expensive to keep buying every month. Also there a big pills hard to swallow. But it all depends on everyone. Currently I’ve been off for 2mths but I’m still working out and still seeing results without CLA.

    • Great to hear you’re still at it and seeing great results.
      Thats usually the case with CLA, its cost to benefit ratio is just too much to make it worth it for most people
      Thanks for commenting

  4. Thanks! Makes a lot of sense! Tried CLA for years and it never made much of a difference if any at all. I just reduced to risk of choking to death on those huge pills three times a day by eliminating them. I still losing weight without them too!!

    • Thats great Bern. lol, yeah they can be big pills/capsules. Clean eating for your goals is the best method, nothing can replace that only add to it

  5. Can i take CLA with L-carnitine?

    • Yes, you can. When it comes to Carnitine, take Acetyl Carnitine on an empty stomach or any other variety with carbs/protein post workout for maximum absorption

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