If you would like to ask a question click here

See our Archive of all the previous questions our expert has answered

Ask the Nutritionist
Search for more expert advice


How effective is conjugated linoleic acid as a weight-loss supplement, assuming one is also eating healthy foods and exercising. — Cathy, On

Christine Palumbo


Conjugated linoleic acid, also known as CLA, is a mixture of polyunsaturated fats that forms in the gut of cattle. It's found in their meat and milk. Studies in farm and laboratory animals found that CLA can increase the amount of muscle and decrease the amount of fat the animals develop as they grow. However, when humans were studied, CLA was not effective in producing weight loss. CLA may help people add more muscle and less fat if they regain lost weight. Unfortunately there are no short cuts to weight loss. It's all about eating less and being more active.

About Christine Palumbo

Christine Palumbo, MBA, RD has been a nutrition communications consultant since 1989, providing dietary counsel and analysis on various nutrition, health and weight management topics to corporate clients and news media outlets nationwide. An active member of the American Dietetic Association (ADA), the Illinois Dietetic Association, Chicago Dietetic Association for more than twenty years, she has served on a variety of boards and practice group committees within those organizations. In 1981 and 1982, Palumbo was honored by the Chicago Dietetic Association and the Illinois Dietetic Association, respectively, as the Recognized Young Dietician of the Year.

Palumbo has been featured as the expert speaker in numerous national health panels and has published many articles and pamphlets regarding nutrition and healthcare. She has been featured in national women's, health and business magazines, daily newspapers and local and national radio programs. Palumbo has also appeared on numerous local and national TV news programs, including a segment on the Oprah Winfrey Show in 1997 on the health benefits of drinking water.

Sign up for FoodFit's FREE newsletters

Get healthy recipes, nutrition information and fitness tips!

privacy policy Submit


FoodFit is a part of HealthCentral
© 1999- The HealthCentral Network, Inc., Copyright All Rights Reserved. Privacy Policy and Terms of Use