Several recent studies have shown that the supplement CLA can reduce body fat in animals and humans. Exercise has a similar
effect but few studies have examined the interactive effects of both exercise and CLA supplementation
on body composition.
This study published last month in the Journal of Nutrition examined the effects of 14 weeks of
and in combination with exercise on body composition and associated mechanisms of action in mice. Similar to other
studies, CLA resulted in a significant
decrease in body fat
. Exercise alone also resulted in a significant decrease in
body fat. The combination of CLA and exercise led to largest reduction in body fat and a significant
increase in lean
. CLA also resulted in a reduced inflammatory response to exercise and led to a more favorable metabolic and
hormonal profile. The authors encourage short and long-term studies in athletes to determine whether CLA
should be part
of optimal sport nutrition strategies.
Bhattacharya A, Rahman MM, Sun D, Lawrence R, Mejia W, McCarter R, O'Shea M, Fernandes G. The combination of dietary conjugated linoleic acid and treadmill exercise lowers gain in body fat mass and enhances lean body mass in high fat-fed male Balb/C mice. J Nutr. 2005 May;135(5):1124-30.