Study results published in this monthÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s edition of The Journal of Nutrition conclude that the dietary supplement conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), has been shown to reduce body fat in overweight and obese humans. The results are from a large double blind, randomized, placebo-controlled study conducted in Norway.
In the study, 60 overweight people were given either a placebo pill or varying amounts of CLA for 12 weeks (1.7 grams to 6.8 grams). Participants were given the option to undertake light exercise and moderate their food intake. Results showed that 3.4 grams of CLA daily lowering body fat percentage. Participants who received 6.8 grams daily, the highest dose, compounded the results with a slight increase in lean muscle mass. The CLA used in the study was TonalinÃ‚Â® brand.
The researchers believe that CLA may be a valuable weight management supplement to any diet regime. Keeping lean body mass and speeding up fat loss are the keys to a successful weight loss program.
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