Ingredient Spotlight: Tonalin® CLA for Weight Management

According to research, the prevalence of excess belly fat is a growing concern in the United States. Researchers from the U.S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that between 1999 and 2002 the average waist size increased from 37.6 inches to 38.8 inches. This is especially problematic because a waistline over 35 inches for women and over 40 inches for men is classified as abdominal obesity. Dr. Earl Ford, researcher at the CDC says “Waists are still expanding in the U.S., and particularly so among women.”

Fortunately, there are ingredients which can help with the loss of belly fat. In 1978, Dr. Michael Pariza discovered CLA (conjugated linoleic acid) while studying beef extract at the University of Wisconsin-Madison during his cancer research. Pariza’s early research suggested that that CLA helps reduce body fat and that it helps maintain lean muscle tissue. These significant findings generated great interest in the ingredient and a large number of scientific studies arose from Pariza’s research.

This ingredient could assist with expanding waistlines since it helps with increasing and maintain lean muscle and decreasing the amount of stored fat in the body. A long-term study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that study participants who took 3.4 grams of CLA every day for one year experienced as much as a nine percent decrease in body fat mass.

Earl Ford, M.D., M.P.H, medical officer, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Ga.; Connie Diekman, R.E., M.Ed., director of university nutrition, Washington University, St. Louis, Mo.; Sept. 17, 2014 Journal of the American Medical Association