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Oct 18, 2004
Anyone know of any side affects of taking CLA (conjugated linoic acid) as a dietary supplement to burn fat? Does it really work? I've read only positive things about it online, one studied showed women lost 8 % body fat by just taking the pill for a year, about 3 grams a day.


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May 28, 2003
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The study probably involved individuals that were morbidly obese. I have taken the EAS brand of CLA years ago but found no significant results. I doubt it does much in the way of lipolysis when body fat stores are in single digits. I say ditch the supplements and work on a healthy base diet and exercise routine first. There may be indications where CLA supplementation could be advantageous but not to shed a few percent off someone who is otherwise healthy. Why supplement with CLA when you could just eat tuna and use safflower oil or something of that nature. I would talk to your physician and consult a dietician first as I am only a lowly medical student with poor spelin' and gramer.


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Dec 7, 2004
It's used fairly commonly in the bodybuilding world, the thing with it is that you need massive doses to see any results, usually on the order of >15 grams/day, making it too expensive to be worth it.

Most just use an EFA combo like Udo's or olive oil, flaxseed oil and get the same effect for 1/5 the price.

None of this crap works though if you aren't exercising and eating a reduced calorie diet.