Magic formula: Conjugated linoleic acid (CLA); Does it cause FAT LOSS?

Magic formula: Conjugated linoleic acid (CLA); Does it cause FAT LOSS?

CLA, like fish oil, is a popular dietary supplement marketed for its role in enhancing fat metabolism. A very strong Polyunsaturated fatty acids primarily found in beef and dairy products has been linked to long-term weight management and health.

Appetite suppression, increased fat mobilisation, and increased fatty acid oxidation are some of its physiological functions. Although body fat reduction has been inconsistent in past studies but recently In a randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled examination subjects reduced their body weight (BW), body mass index (BMI), total fat mass, fat percentage, subcutaneous fat mass, and waist-to-hip ratio by taking the CLA of 3.4g a day for 12 weeks.


More importantly this 12 week accompanied with no side effects in overweight and grade I obese subjects in particular female subjects. Previously other studies shows that supplementation of 3 grams per day CLA will result in some fat loss (1 lb per week).

Well, I can see the take home message is If you're into taking CLA to help with your weight management issue. Keep this in mind that CLA can be a magic pill, if you follow a program of healthy diet and exercise in order to successfully achieve weight loss and body fat loss.


You can get full details of this magic pill by accessing the following papers:


  • linoleic acid or omega 3 fatty acids increase mitochondrial biosynthesis and metabolism inskeletal muscle cells.Vaughan RA et al. Lipids Health Dis. (2012).