STOP USING CLA FOR FAT LOSSSTOP USING CLA FOR FAT LOSS
CLA, short for Conjugated Linoleic Acid, is another ‘so called’ Fat burning supplement that sells like hot cakes in the supplement shops. I have even seen bodybuilders and health coaches recommending this supplement to people for quick fat loss. Today, I am going to tell you what exactly CLA does in your body and how effective is it as a fat loss supplement.
What is CLA?
You might not be aware of this but CLA is the most common omega 6 fatty acid that’s found in large amount in vegetable oils. CLA is a type of polyunsaturated fatty acid with double trans bonds. In other words, CLA is technically a trans-fat but a natural one. Studies that show that trans-fat are unhealthy for you are actually based on industrial trans-fat and not the trans-fat that’s naturally found in animal foods. For bodybuilding and fat loss, it is available in capsule form and is marketed as a revolutionary fat burning formula.
Does CLA help in weight loss/fat loss ?
Though biologically CLA was discovered way back in 1980’s , its usage to reduce body fat levels came much later on. Earlier it was used in researches that supported its use to fight cancer in mice. Now there have been various studies and researches on CLA and weight loss since then. Yes, it does aid in fat loss, it has been shown in few studies. But before you jump to a conclusion,three different studies conducted by various organizations and published in US National Library of medicine have shown absolutely no benefit of taking CLA for fat loss. A recent review of studies published by the same organization in 2012 stated that you can experience fat loss of around 0.1 Kg per week on an average basis with the use of CLA. However, this happens only in initial few months, then you will hit a plateau. But does this small amount of fat loss worth the side of this supplement? I want to quote a few lines from the study itself, ‘’the magnitude of the fat loss effect is small, and the clinical relevance is uncertain. Adverse events included constipation, diarrhea and soft stools.’’ Therefore even if its statistically true that it may help with weight loss, the magnitude of fat loss have no real world meaning.
Should you buy it?
Considering the fact the one small container of CLA is worth more than a thousand bucks, it makes no sense to invest your money into it. You are better off staying on a clean and calorie deficit diet. If you concentrate more on increasing your metabolic rate and NEAT (NON Exercise Activity Thermogenesis), it will give you far better fat loss results than CLA supplementation. Also, risking your gut health for a marginal fat loss doesn’t really make any sense.
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CLA, short for Conjugated Linoleic Acid, is another ‘so called’ Fat
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