Why You Should Avoid the Latest, Proven, Hot Weight Loss Supplement

Be prepared for a new wave of marketing trying to get you to buy a weight loss supplement that’s been proven to help people lose weight. 

And more importantly, don’t get suckered into buying it.

The name of this supplement is Conjugated Linoleic Acid, also known as CLA.  A study published last month in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that CLA did help people lose weight.

But before you rush out to spend your hard-earned dollars on this weight loss miracle product, let’s look a little deeper.

First of all the study, found that people who took a little over 3 grams a day of CLA showed a loss in fat mass of 0.2 pounds a week.  0.2 pounds.  That’s 2 tenths of a pound. 


With sensible eating and a little exercise, you should be dropping 1 -2 pounds a week.  And the effect of the CLA dropped after 6 months.  So you could shell out $15-20 a month for 6 months and lose around 5 pounds.  Again, whoopee.  But it gets worse.

Other studies have raised concerns that CLA could cause some adverse health effects.  Apparently, it can raise blood levels of leptin, C – reactive protein, and lipoprotein…all of which increase risk if heart disease.  For some reason, I’m thinking that the marketers will forget to mention those studies.

Now, please don’t think that I’m against all supplements.  Quite the opposite.  I have supplements that I take every day, and will try to plan some posts in the near future concerning some of the supplements that I do recommend, and why.

Until then, though, if something is touted as a weight loss supplement, keep your wallet in your pants until you can do your due diligence.


10 Responses to “Why You Should Avoid the Latest, Proven, Hot Weight Loss Supplement”

  1. Rick Says:

    Great point. It’s important to check out all of the facts before jumping in on the supplement bandwagon.

  2. Kery Says:

    Those things always make me snicker. Yeah, the “Lose up to 10% of your weight in 6 months”, and all of the other usual catch-lines. One could do so much better on his/her own, in the same time span, without having to shell out bucks like there’s no tomorrow. It reminds me of a French article about some pill promising the same stuff, last year; they had added something like “with a suitable diet and exercise, you can lose up to “. No kidding, Sherlock, with proper diet and exercise and without said pill, I can do the same, and so can many, many people. But this of course implies some work on ourselves first, and anyway pills are supposed to sell dreams, aren’t they? 😉

    And supplements indeed aren’t wrong in themselves, especially not if they’re for complementary vitamins and the likes, because those seldom hurt. But the ‘miracle loss pills’, well… Color me suspicious?

  3. loseweightwithme Says:

    Hi, Rick — too many of us get too excited by the marketing hype and don’t look hard enough at supplements.


  4. totaltransformation Says:

    The only things I take that could be considered supplements are Whey protein powder, a Centrum multivitamin, and a thermogenic I take when I hit a particularly hard plateau (and even then I only take it for three or four days).

  5. chiromom Says:

    I get very weary of seeing another “lose weight quick” gimmick. I agree that every one should do their due diligence. People need to realize that you can’t take your “instant gratification” lust in regards to weight loss.
    There needs to be a mentality shift towards health rather than just a quick loss in pounds (which will most likely be regained). Good luck with the weight loss, Brian!

  6. loseweightwithme Says:

    KERY — Makes me suspicious as well. 🙂

    TT — All three of those are reasonable supplements that I will take as well.

    CHIROMOM — People are so desperate to lose weight that they’re willing to try just about anything. And there are a lot of marketers with no scruples willing to take advantage of that fact.

    Thanks to all for stopping by.


  7. Kery Says:

    People are so desperate to lose weight that they’re willing to try just about anything.

    What’s truly aggravating, too, is when you talk with friends, family, colleagues or acquaintances, they ask you how you did it, you give them the normal healthy eating/exercise spiel, and then they lose interest and start asking (again?) about pills. It’s funny how “being so desperate” may translate as “not as desperate as to actually -gasp- try doing it the healthy way first and not stop 3 months later; we prefer the pills”. (Excluding metabolic syndrome, insulin resistance, hypothyroidism and other real issues out of this, of course.)

    Or am I some kind of weirdo who will actually want to try the longer, harder ways first because they seem more natural?

  8. loseweightwithme Says:

    Hey, Kery — every one is looking for the easy way out.


  9. totaltransformation Says:

    BTW when it comes to thermogenics I would give you this bit of info. Hydroxycut has proven WAY to powerful for me. It not only gives me the shakes, but whenever I take it I invariably get sick- I think it somehow compromises my immune system. The best thermo I have taken so far is ThermoDynamX from EAS. The key is never to take it more that three or four days on with three or four days off.

  10. loseweightwithme Says:

    That’s great information, TT — thanks for sharing it.


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