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February 20, 2012 9:27 AM
I bought some CLA supplement from GNC a few months back. I'm going to start taking it today. Anyone else use CLA?

CLA = Conjugated Linoleic Acid
  17374392
February 20, 2012 9:30 AM
First time I hear about CLA... Very interested to hear more!
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February 20, 2012 9:35 AM
I was just looking at this online, would be interested to hear from anyone who has tried it.
February 20, 2012 9:36 AM
The bottle says" Helps maintain lean muscle mass. Enhances your diet and supports your metabolism. Supports healthy body composition."

It's not a diet pill.

This is what I read on it last night:
http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/mike8.htm
  17374392
February 20, 2012 9:36 AM
I've followed Dr. Ann Louise Gittleman, a natruopathic dietician, she highly recommends it. I've not found any results myself, except an increase in dark spots (moles) on my skin. I've done research, this isn't a side effect of this supplement but it didn't work for me.
February 20, 2012 9:39 AM
I am taking CLA.....So far I have no complaints, no side affects and I think I am seeing success....time will tell
February 20, 2012 9:40 AM
I heard its supposed to help with bloating also.
February 20, 2012 9:40 AM
I tried this but doesn't seems to work for me.
February 20, 2012 9:41 AM
I have never used it myself, but have heard a lot about it from trainers at my gym. It is supposed to help you keep the weight you've lost off. It does not help you loss weight.
February 20, 2012 9:41 AM
How many mg a day are you taking?
  17374392
February 20, 2012 9:43 AM
I take it regularly, am on my "off time" right now, so my body reacts properly to it, but it's one of many vitamins I take and highly recommend it. It seems to help boost metabolism and promote muscle gain.

Edit - I generally take 3 per day. Two in the morning and one at lunch and I am 5'11" and weigh 194.
Edited by HJCsDaddy On February 20, 2012 9:44 AM
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February 20, 2012 9:43 AM
I took it last year while trying to lose weight. I don't know if it was really helpful or had the placebo effect but I lost almost 30 lbs. I have since stopped taking it and haven't been watching my calories and gained about 10 back. :( I am going back on it and my calorie counting and working out to try and shed about 15-20 lbs!
  9750955
February 20, 2012 9:53 AM
its not a magic diet pill, it is more in the vitamin/supplement category. I have been taking it for a couple of months now. I have gained some more muscle and am getting more defined, but I would say that has more to do with more weightlifting, exercise, and better control over my diet. I have not had any side effects, but just taking this pill is not going to do anything without exercise and dietary controls as well. Hard to say if it helps or not, but it is cheap, and I don't think I have ever read anything bad about it, so why not include it with your multivitamin?
  11058666
February 20, 2012 9:57 AM
I take it per my trainer. Been taking it for 5 weeks now along with a switch to Clean eating. Was down 10.5 lbs in 5 weeks.
  13201145
February 20, 2012 9:58 AM
I use CLA! I love it. 2 capsules, 3 times a day. I've noticed my face looks very slightly thinner, and overall fat loss has improved over jsut three months. You must take it religiously and be consistent with your food and exercise. It isn't a magic pill - it works when you exercise and eat right. Let me know what you think of it! Good luck!!
  12604874
February 20, 2012 10:09 AM
Congratulations! You wasted your money!

Unless you happen to be a rat.
February 20, 2012 10:11 AM
I'm aware it isn't a diet pill. I told the guy at GNC I didn't want a diet pill. I'm going to start taking 2 pills a day this week. And maybe increase the amount I take slowly. Just hoping it will help increase my metabolism.
  17374392
February 20, 2012 10:13 AM
I heard about CLA a couple of times on Dr. Oz. That was enought to make me decide against it. It's supposed to help cut belly fat.
  15757675
February 20, 2012 10:24 AM
I take CLA as well. It is actually found naturally in meats (which I don't eat) and I believe the statistic is in the research and trials they have done it helps you metabolize 1 pound of fat every 5 weeks. So the effects of actual weight loss are minimal. I believe it also has anti-carcinogenic properties. I take CLA, with my Fish Oil supplement and although I haven't seen any CRAZY great effects like to believe its helping. :P
  7740730
February 20, 2012 11:14 AM
I have tried it and I can tell you that I was told it takes about 90 days for it to go thru your system to work effectively. Im still taking it and on day 45. add me and Ill keep you posted.
  15145930
February 20, 2012 4:44 PM
ive been taking CLA for several months now and i think its keeping the work ive done off and helped with my skin hair and nails. I take 4 1000mg a day. from the research ive done your suppose to take between 3000-4000mg a day and your suppose to take it for several months before it really starts to work and see results. I dont have any side effects from it, i figure ill keep taking it and see what happens
  3824977
February 20, 2012 7:35 PM
Studies showing little or no effect of CLA supplementation

Beuker F, Haak H, Schwietz H. , editors. CLA and body styling. Symposium: Vitamine und Zusatzstoffe; Jena (Thhr.) 1999

Kreider RB, Ferreira MP, Greenwood M, Wilson M, Almada AL. Effects of conjugated linoleic acid supplementation during resistance training on body composition, bone density, strength, and selected hematological markers. J Strength Cond Res. 2002;16(3):325–34

Malpuech-Brugere C, Verboeket-van de Venne WP, Mensink RP, Arnal MA, Morio B, Brandolini M, Saebo A, Lassel TS, Chardigny JM, Sebedio JL, Beaufrere B. Effects of two conjugated linoleic Acid isomers on body fat mass in overweight humans. Obes Res. 2004;12(4):591–8

Medina EA, Horn WF, Keim NL, Havel PJ, Benito P, Kelley DS, Nelson GJ, Erickson KL. Conjugated linoleic acid supplementation in humans: effects on circulating leptin concentrations and appetite. Lipids. 2000;35(7):783–8.

Salas-Salvado J, Marquez-Sandoval F, Bullo M. Conjugated linoleic acid intake in humans: a systematic review focusing on its effect on body composition, glucose, and lipid metabolism. Crit Rev Food Sci Nutr. 2006;46(6):479–88.

Von Loeffelholz C. Influence of conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) supplementation on body composition and strength in bodybuilders. Jena (Thnr) 1999

Wang YW, Jones PJ. Conjugated linoleic acid and obesity control: efficacy and mechanisms. Int J Obes Relat Metab Disord. 2004;28(8):941–55

Zambell KL, Keim NL, Van Loan MD, Gale B, Benito P, Kelley DS, Nelson GJ. Conjugated linoleic acid supplementation in humans: effects on body composition and energy expenditure. Lipids. 2000;35(7):777–82
February 20, 2012 7:48 PM
QUOTE:

I use CLA! I love it. 2 capsules, 3 times a day. I've noticed my face looks very slightly thinner, and overall fat loss has improved over jsut three months. You must take it religiously and be consistent with your food and exercise. It isn't a magic pill - it works when you exercise and eat right. Let me know what you think of it! Good luck!!


It works when you exercise and eat right? Really! How amazing! :) How about exercising, eating right, then spending your money on something like new clothes or video games or something that isn't ripping you off instead?
February 21, 2012 7:40 AM
QUOTE:

Studies showing little or no effect of CLA supplementation

Beuker F, Haak H, Schwietz H. , editors. CLA and body styling. Symposium: Vitamine und Zusatzstoffe; Jena (Thhr.) 1999

Kreider RB, Ferreira MP, Greenwood M, Wilson M, Almada AL. Effects of conjugated linoleic acid supplementation during resistance training on body composition, bone density, strength, and selected hematological markers. J Strength Cond Res. 2002;16(3):325–34

Malpuech-Brugere C, Verboeket-van de Venne WP, Mensink RP, Arnal MA, Morio B, Brandolini M, Saebo A, Lassel TS, Chardigny JM, Sebedio JL, Beaufrere B. Effects of two conjugated linoleic Acid isomers on body fat mass in overweight humans. Obes Res. 2004;12(4):591–8

Medina EA, Horn WF, Keim NL, Havel PJ, Benito P, Kelley DS, Nelson GJ, Erickson KL. Conjugated linoleic acid supplementation in humans: effects on circulating leptin concentrations and appetite. Lipids. 2000;35(7):783–8.

Salas-Salvado J, Marquez-Sandoval F, Bullo M. Conjugated linoleic acid intake in humans: a systematic review focusing on its effect on body composition, glucose, and lipid metabolism. Crit Rev Food Sci Nutr. 2006;46(6):479–88.

Von Loeffelholz C. Influence of conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) supplementation on body composition and strength in bodybuilders. Jena (Thnr) 1999

Wang YW, Jones PJ. Conjugated linoleic acid and obesity control: efficacy and mechanisms. Int J Obes Relat Metab Disord. 2004;28(8):941–55

Zambell KL, Keim NL, Van Loan MD, Gale B, Benito P, Kelley DS, Nelson GJ. Conjugated linoleic acid supplementation in humans: effects on body composition and energy expenditure. Lipids. 2000;35(7):777–82


If you notice, all the people who have told you they got good results from it stated they watched cals and/or weight lifted/worked out with it. There is absolutely no evidence of it actually making a difference, though. That said, I took it for over a year "religiously" and when I watched my cals, I did well and when I didn't, I didn't. I've gone back and forth on it since up until I decided to stop wasting my money and just get back to seriously lifting heavy.
If you want to build lean muscle mass, lift weights - period. If you want to lose fat - keep your cals where they should be.
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February 21, 2012 8:03 AM
I take it too! I take three 1300 mg pills a day (one with each meal) and have seen my stomach flatten out some and more muscle definition since i started. Of course, I also watch my diet and exercise so it definitely could be that but I was doing that before too and either my body finally started to take notice or the CLA is helping. Whichever it is the pills are cheap and I'm not about to go off them just yet... :)
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