January 17, 2017
CLA Pro Cut Review
CLA Pro Cut is fat loss formula from supplement company Applied Nutrition.
This product relies heavily on the popular ingredient, conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), along with sources of medium-chain triglycerides purported to aid fat-loss.
Can this simple formula help you cut fat, and does it have enough of each ingredient to make a difference?
What’s Under the Lid?
These ingredients are all part of CLA Pro Cut’s 3000 mg (3 g) proprietary blend:
CLA (Conjugated Linoleic Acid). CLA reduces fat deposits and improves immune function. One study tested the effects of CLA on healthy, overweight adults and found male and females experienced weight loss and achieved 1.8%-4.3% greater lean body mass. 
Coconut Oil. Coconut oil is sometimes used to treat diabetes, heart disease, thyroid disease, high cholesterol, and obesity. 
Some studies indicate coconut oil lowers lipid levels and increases LDL oxidation, which results in healthier cholesterol levels. 
One 5-week study tested virgin coconut oil (30 mL daily, divided and taken 30 minutes before meals) on male and female subjects. Researchers found it reduced waist circumference in both sexes, without a change in diet and exercise habits. 
Safflower Oil. Safflower oil is known for reducing trunk adipose tissue and promoting weight loss. Additionally, it is used to treat diabetes and maintain glycemic control. To produce these results in one study, subjects were given 8 g safflower oil per day. 
Though there is definitely less safflower oil in CLA Pro Cut, there may still be enough to produce beneficial effects.
What Is the Recommended Usage?
Applied Nutrition recommends taking 3 liquid soft-gels in the morning and 3 in the afternoon. Take with meals and a full glass of water.
For best results, a healthy diet and exercise plan are also recommended.
How Much Does CLA Pro Cut Cost?
AppliedNutrition.com sells CLA Pro Cut for $16.99 and includes a free Wellness Kit, 2 CDs, health information, and over $60 in coupons with every order.
Other retailers sell the product for lower prices, like DrugStore.com for $10.99 a bottle or Amazon.com for $8.70 a bottle.
Who Is Applied Nutrition?
Applied Nutrition isn’t a registered Better Business Bureau company, and I couldn’t find any ratings or reviews (positive or negative) regarding the company.
However, Applied Nutrition describes itself as “committed to developing science-based products that exceed the highest standards for quality and purity.” The company offers top-of-the-line products as well as information about healthy living and lifestyles.
Customer service can be contacted at the toll-free line: 1-800-297-3273.
What Do Customers Think?
I found 2 CLA Pro Cut reviews, and they have completely opposite perspectives. Still, they offer valuable information when deciding whether it is worth trying.
“I was so upset when I revieved this CLA. There are 42 softgels and you are instructed to take 3 capsules twice a day. That’s enough for 1 week only. That’s ridiculous. There is no way to find out if a product really works in 1 week.” – amethyst, Drugstore.com
“I love this product. I can tell a difference. I will be reordering.” – lissa20, CVS.com
Buy or Deny?
Though I do not know exactly how much of each ingredient is present, and many of the studies lack dosage information, I do know CLA Pro Cut is comprised of several clinically-tested ingredients for weight loss.
The price is affordable; however, if used as directed, it may need to be purchased weekly, which adds to the cost.
I recommend waiting for a few more customer reviews before purchasing, but this product doesn’t seem like a big risk and may be worth trying.
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