You’ve heard about fatty acids before, generally, they are good for you, they can offer various health benefits for your brain, sometimes for weight loss and more. CLA is a group of fatty acids, polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) which resemble linoleic acid which is why the mixture is called conjugated linoleic acid. These fatty acids have the same molecular structure as linoleic acid or at the very least very similar and CLA has anti-inflammatory as well as antioxidant properties, it can reduce tumors in animals and in humans, it can help with blood pressure related problems, insulin resistance, etc.
Now, before I talk about how CLA can help you burn fat, I just want you all to understand that it’s no miracle drug. I keep repeating in my articles that there is no such thing and I am sorry that I sound like a broken record but there are always people that seem to believe that things like CLA, green tea, whatever else used by weight loss supplements, can help them shed several pounds per week and in no time they become fit, without much physical activity or dieting. No, in fact, you will probably make no progress unless you diet and exercise and CLA fat burning results vary for each individual.
Which leads me to the topic of CLA’s reliability, it is or can be quite unreliable. In some studies, it offered a good reduction in fat mass, while also helping to preserve muscle mass or lean muscle. In others, it didn’t do the same, it has conflicting results. Of course, as I said, CLA represents a mixture of linoleic acid isomers and not all trials use the same type of CLA, the same isomers with the same chemical bond or molecular structure which may affect the results. There was this one study done in 2007 I believe, which showed that individuals may lose around 0.1 or something along those lines, pounds per week while taking as much as 3 grams of CLA. So, obviously, the dose is quite high, 3 grams.
You will not find so much in foods by the way. It’s true that you can find CLA in grass fed beef, grass fed cow’s milk, however, the amounts are quite small. It is not very effective, not overly potent and often unreliable, so yeah, definitely not a miracle drug or anything like that. If you exercise regularly and your diet accordingly, I have no doubt that you will lose fat but how much CLA will influence that, it’s difficult to say. I’ve seen people be very successful with CLA, I’ve read reviews and feedback, even from athletes or bodybuilders, not necessarily professionals, just casual bodybuilders but I’ve also seen CLA fail in promoting any benefit for fat burning in others.
CLA Safflower Oil is one of the best weight loss supplements in 2017 according to Dr. Oz and other specialists. We will see in the next months but we can tell you for sure that more than 90% of the reviews are positive.