Ask an expert

07 Feb 2004

Will I loose musle if i take CLA?
Answer 285 views

01 Jan 0001

CLA is marketed as a fat burning product, and so it would not cause direct muscle loss or atrophy. Having reassured you on this note, I also would discourage you from taking CLA for other reasons. The main thing that supplements do is they take away the emphasis on exercise and diet, and this means that often the weight that can be lost is rapidly regained, because it is not lost by lifestyle changes. In the case of CLA, there is some evidence, but not a whole lot, that it actually works to start with. A very comprehensive study done a few years ago showed that the only effect was about a 1% reduction in body fat achieved in women only, and only when the starting body fat was high anyway. Therefore, the benefits seem to be pretty limited to begin with. All things considered, exercise and diet are definitely the way to go.

Good luck
The information provided does not constitute a diagnosis of your condition. You should consult a medical practitioner or other appropriate health care professional for a physical examination, diagnosis and formal advice. Health24 and the expert accept no responsibility or liability for any damage or personal harm you may suffer resulting from making use of this content.
Voting Booth
Have you entered our Health of the Nation survey?
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
32% - 9425 votes
68% - 19881 votes