Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA) has become a popular supplement with the claims that this compound helps individuals lose body fat, speeds up metabolism, and assists in body shaping. Many companies are now producing their own versions of this supplement, with their own claims of the superiority of their product. GNC manufactures its version, called Total Lean CLA Softgel Capsules. Our review will take a look at this product to see how it compares to similar supplements on the market, and also will examine whether CLA is really as effective as it claims to be.
What’s In GNC Total Lean CLA?
Unfortunately, this supplement is not suitable for vegetarians due to its use of gelatin in the capsule.
How Do You Use GNC Total Lean CLA?
The recommended dosage is two softgel capsules twice daily. The label lists that the serving size is two softgel capsules, but the dosage directions indicate that one is to take four softgel capsules per day. Elsewhere, in a description of the product online, it states that one can take two softgels once or twice daily.
This product is not to be taken by women who are pregnant or lactating. Anyone with a medical condition is cautioned to first consult with a doctor.
The price varies depending on which online retailer one purchases it from, and some online vendors offer incentives for purchasing multiple bottles. When purchasing from GNC’s website, the list price for a bottle containing 180 capsules is $44.99, and for a bottle containing 90 capsules is $29.99 per bottle. Some online vendors offer the 180-capsule bottle for $35.99 per bottle, with prices reduced even more when purchasing multiple bottles.
Is There A Guarantee?
When ordering from the manufacturer, GNC, the purchase comes with a 30-day money back guarantee. This 30-day period begins from the date that the order was placed.
The Conclusion of Our GNC Total Lean CLA Review
Our review of GNC’s Total Lean CLA Softgel Capsules concludes that this supplement is a natural product, without chemical additives. It also comes with a 30-day guarantee when purchased online from the manufacturer (although note that this is 30-days from the order date, not from the date the product was received, so you will not have a full month to try it out).
However, we do have our concerns about the product, as many customer reviews seemed to be less-than-favorable, with individuals stating that they did not actually lose weight (one review even said they developed acne from using the product). Indeed, the clinical research seems to be inconclusive as to whether the ingredient CLA actually helps burn fat and reduce weight, and it may be that it is only effective in helping individuals to retain lean muscle tissue. The price also is high, given the inconclusive nature of the results, and the dosage is vague – we are not sure if we are to take two or four capsules daily, or how to determine which quantity is correct for any particular individual. Finally, the capsules are not vegetarian, so are not suitable for everyone. In sum, we are not convinced that GNC’s Total Lean CLA is the best solution to achieve one’s weight loss goals.