Conjugated Linoleic Acid and Weight Loss
Before turning to drastic measures, such as weight loss surgery, many people consider using weight loss pills, especially if they have unsuccessfully tried to control their obesity through diet and exercise. One supplement that is often claimed to help people lose weight is conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), a naturally occurring fatty acid found in dairy and meat products.
Current research suggests that a lack of conjugated linoleic acid may send signals to the body to store fat. However, more research is necessary to say with certainty if this supplement is truly effective for weight loss.
For example, there is some evidence that certain forms of conjugated linoleic acid can make the body more resistant to insulin, which can increase the risk of diabetes in certain people. In addition, some forms of conjugated linoleic acid may lower HDL cholesterol ("good cholesterol") and increase inflammatory proteins, both of which are especially undesirable in people who are obese.
(Click What Is Conjugated Linoleic Acid Used For? for more details about using this supplement to lose weight.)