2017 Consumers Survey: 
CLA Weight Loss Guide

Updated 06/26/2017

Which Maximum Strength CLA Supplement Actually Works?

CLA is definitely the buzzword in weight management these days. Ever since a certain television doctor marked it as "the miracle weight loss pill" its popularity has been rising and rising. After our initial survey, we found an overwhelming amount of positive reviews from CLA users all over the country. Surprisingly, this pill seems to work.

Unfortunately, this rising popularity is a breeding ground for companies who want to prey upon people's desire to lose weight. They advertise supplements with claims that have not been verified or tested by a reputable independent organization, and even worse, some companies will offer a "free trial" (pay only S&H) for your first bottle, and then continue to charge your credit card month after month without your authorization.

With so many different companies and so many offers, we decided to step in and perform a comprehensive review using our unique, three-step approach.

Our Research Procedure

First, we conducted in-house research to verify that the ingredients in the supplement itself were the same as the ones claimed on the label. Then, we surveyed our readers who have tried the product over time in order to learn from their experiences. Finally, we surveyed public opinion in the world's most popular marketplaces from Amazon and eBay, to Shopzilla and PriceGrabber.

We then put together all of these factors to review the best CLA products on the market today.

Our Product Review Pillars:

Customer Satisfaction: We surveyed thousands of customer reviews across the major online marketplaces to see which companies have the best feedback on their products, and to make sure the supplement actually works.

BEWARE OF unreputable companies. If the CLA you find isn't backed by a reputable seller with positive reviews, you should avoid           purchasing from that company. These companies just want to make           a quick profit and most likely do not care about providing you with a           quality product.

Potent Ingredients: An effective CLA supplement should contain at least 3000 mg per serving to produce substantial loss in body fat, according to clinical studies.1 Our research indicated that most CLA supplements did not contain even half of the full dosage necessary to achieve significant weight loss.

 BEWARE OF artificial colors, flavors, and additives, such as glycerin,  gelatin capsules, caramel, assorted oils, and carrageenan. These                  can all cause unwanted side effects.

Independent Testing: Often times you will see certain brands making outlandish claims that are unsupported. Most of these brands didn't even make it past our initial survey because they had no third-party testing to check the components and effectiveness of their products. After that, we put them through our third-party test lab to verify the ingredients on their label.

Product Guarantee: It is imperative that the company have a risk-free guarantee that they stand behind. This shows that they stand behind the product they sell, and are confident enough to offer an extensive or comprehensive guarantee.

BEWARE OF companies that offer a guarantee but with details in their "Terms and Conditions" that make it extremely difficult to                   receive your money back, if at all. Unfortunately, this was the case               with most companies we surveyed. Most of the time, we couldn't get           a live person on the phone, or an e-mail response, even after a                     week.

The Results Are In...

After surveying over 10,000 user reviews and then being subjected to our own rigorous survey, only a handful of brands made it to the top of our list. Users reported positive results—significant weight loss—and the companies selling these products are established, reputable, and have excellent return policies and customer service.

Our top picks below, are updated every month based on the above testing and criteria:

The Top Three CLA Supplements

Top Pick

5 stars

Consumers Survey Recommended

  • 3000 mg, 80% concentration
  • Third-party tested
  • 100% natural
  • Great customer service
  • 365-day money back

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#1: Essential Elements Maximum Strength CLA


Essential Elements came in first place, and it’s not hard to see why. Clinical studies have shown that an average CLA serving size of 3000 mg is recommended to achieve proper weight loss results.1 Their maximum strength CLA supplement contains optimal potency, top-notch purity, and a 100% all-natural formula with no artificial ingredients whatsoever. With an 80% concentration of plant-derived CLA, Essential Elements wins our #1 top spot.

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5 stars

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#2: GNC Total Lean ®

While Total Lean ® has a respectable and strong 2000 mg per serving formula this isn’t the daily recommended amount of 3000 mg. While there weren’t many reviews, when there were, customers complained of ineffectiveness. GNC’s 30-day guarantee doesn’t really offer a chance to truly try the product, and it doesn’t compete with much longer guarantees.

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5 stars

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#3: Ab Cuts CLA Belly Fat Formula

Ab Cuts CLA Belly Fat Formula Softgel has a strong 2000 mg formula (but it is not the strongest dose we’ve seen, nor the 3000 mg daily amount proven successful through clinical trials). Although the CLA dosage was lower, we did like the fact that this product contains no fillers or artificial ingredients. However, Ab Cuts reached only a 3.8 out of 5 stars review rating on Amazon for customer satisfaction.

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P.S. While Essential Elements is the best CLA we've found, we would still love to hear about any others you've tried. If you have had a great experience of your own, please send me an email to Beverly@ConsumersSurvey.org with the details.

Beverly Gratson,
Senior Health Editor

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What We Do

ConsumersSurvey uses a unique three-step approach to reviewing the most popular products in the online marketplace

  • 1. Research First we conduct in-house research with a highly qualified editorial team comprised of individuals who specialize in various fields.

  • 2. SurveyWe survey our readers who have tried the product over time in order to learn from their experiences.

  • 3. OpinionWe monitor public opinion in the world’s most popular marketplaces, from Amazon and eBay, to Bizrate and Pricegrabber.


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