It is a question for many if CLA really enables people to lose belly fat. The details in this article will help you gain insight about this exciting new development.
For over a decade now, Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA) has been known and recommended as an effective, stimulant-free, weight reducing supplement. However, the scientific information doesn’t compliment and support the sales pitch. CLA is basically a trans fat which is found in small amounts in dairy foods and also in grass-fed beef.
CLA is essentially an umbrella which constitutes different kinds of trans fat which are chemically identical. Therefore, a lot of research and finding is required to explore as to which type of CLA is the most favorable to human health.
A lot of hype comes from the results of feeding CLA to mice i.e. if they are fed these supplements, they tend to lose 60% of their body fat turning into a Mighty Mouse. Now don’t get too excited about losing half of your belly weight by consuming a few capsules each day, because it doesn’t always work that way for us.
Even though CLA has demonstrated some promising results from studies on various animals, the findings have not been very impressive in similar experiments on humans. The findings of eight clinical trials have shown high variability in results; some study participants lost nearly 7.5 pounds while others gained 1 pound of fat. It has also been observed that consuming higher doses of CLA doesn’t necessarily lead to more weight loss. This might indicate that the amount of CLA consumed is less effective and is of less concern as compared to the type of CLA consumed, as the kind of CLA most actively involved in losing fat (the trans-10, cis-12 isomer) is found in the smallest amounts in our diets (less than 10 percent of the CLA in our diets is that particular isomer). Most supplements contain a mixture of the different types of CLA.
Since the details and findings are less accurate, more studies are to be done on the subject matter of whether CLA has greater or lesser effects on losing body fat. But as for now, no matter how sleekly shaped bodies those advertisements portray, try to exclude the daily intake of this supplement because it clearly won’t help you lose any kind of body fat and most specifically belly fat.