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Could CLA cause weight gain?

Discussion in 'Nutrition & Supplements' started by Rosalinda, Mar 18, 2009.

  1. Rosalinda

    Rosalinda Active Member

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    I have been using CLA, 3600 mg a day for about 8 weeks now. I train with weights 2 to 3x a week. I know it is not supposed to change one's weight, just the composition, less fat more muscle.
    But to my greatest disapointment I gained 4 pounds :eek: while eating less (CLA decreases my appetite). Then I got so mad that I wanted to throw the scale out of the window (I didn't).

    Could the CLA actually cause a weight gain? Should I stop using the CLA?
     
  2. MannishBoy

    MannishBoy Senior Member

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    Well, it's a fat, so in theory it should be factored into your calories. As to gaining 4 lbs, with the small amount you are taking (~40 cals worth) I doubt it.

    How are measurements/clothes fit going? That's the real key as weight might actually go up with a recomposition if you are shedding a bit of fat and adding a bit of muscle. But you'd still have to be in caloric surplus.
     
  3. J_W

    J_W Well-Known Member

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    CLA is a macronutrient (fat). The only way it would make you gain weight is if you consumed too much of it. Have you been tracking your calories?
     
  4. Rosalinda

    Rosalinda Active Member

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    Yes, I have been tracking my calories. 1.400 to 1.600 calories a day. I could go lower 900 to 1300, but that method has proved counteractive in the past.
    I do not need a lot of calories, because I am like a Honda: fuel efficient.
     
  5. MannishBoy

    MannishBoy Senior Member

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    I'd recommend not dropping that low on calories as well.

    Are you doing any kind of training? If so, can you give us details?
     
  6. Rosalinda

    Rosalinda Active Member

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    I am very busy (and not a pro) so I work out at home with DVDs from the FIRM series. This dvd's all include aerobics and weight training, like jumping jacks, steps on a 14 inch high bench with 2 12 pound dumbulls on shoulders, squats with heavy weights, lunges with weights, push ups, arm curls with weights, dumbell flys, rows and a bunch of other exercises that I forgot the names for all other bodyparts. I alternate between free weights and heavy cord resistance training.
    I guess I must have at least put on some muscle at least on my lower body, because believe it or not: I can squat a few times with my 75 kilo husband on my back (no kidding ;)). My flexibility also increased.
    When I have time I also go on a 5 kilometer jog, accompanied by my GSD.
     
  7. AndiMAC

    AndiMAC Well-Known Member

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    I took CLA on a regular basis for many months and had no weight gain whatsoever. Actually, I got quite frustrated because it changed my shape quite a bit. Enough so that people were coming up to me saying "wow, you lost alot of weight" when in fact, I hadn't lost a pound. I mean like they say, everyone is made up differently so it will affect each of us differently.
     

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