Tonalin CLA Review

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Tonalin CLA (Conjugated Linoleic Acid) is a dietary supplement that aims to increase the user’s lean muscle mass, while reducing unwanted body fat. This diet product comes from safflower oil and is claimed to hinder “lipoprotein lipase,” which is an enzyme that’s commonly known for breaking down fat cells in food. This process is supposed to result in less fat being absorbed into the dieter’s body, hence assisting with weight loss and remaining thinner. Like many other dietary supplements, Tonalin CLA is intended to be used in conjunction with a healthy, well-balanced diet and a regular fitness regimen.

The key active ingredient incorporated into Tonalin CLA is Conjugated Linoleic Acid. This substance naturally comes from animal foods, meats, safflower oil and dairy products. Overall this diet supplement aims to block unwanted fat from being absorbed into the body. Tonalin CLA does come with a few potential side effects, which can involve diarrhea and/or upset stomach. This diet product can be purchased online as well as in most drugstores and nutritional supplement stores. Tonalin CLA is Ephedra-free and the basic form (Conjugated Linoleic Acid) has been around for over 25 years. As with many other diet supplements, systems, pills and products, the results of Tonalin CLA may vary from user to user. This can depend on factors such as body type, metabolism, diet and how much the user exercises.

List of Ingredients

Conjugated Linoleic Acid is the only ingredient we found.

Product Features

Tonalin CLA is a diet product that can be used along with a healthy diet and regular exercise in order to reduce unwanted body fat. This product endeavors to prevent fat absorption and improve lean muscle mass. The primary ingredient found in Tonalin CLA is Conjugated Linoleic Acid, which often comes from safflower oil. This product appears to be marketed toward men and women who wish to lose excess weight. Tonalin CLA can be purchased in most drugstores, nutritional stores and online. Tonalin CLA does not aim to suppress hunger, boost the dieter’s metabolism or burn calories faster.

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Advantages

  • Tonalin CLA can be conveniently purchased in many stores and online.
  • Tonalin CLA is Ephedra-free.
  • Tonalin CLA supports a healthy diet and regular exercise.
  • The active component (Conjugated Linoleic Acid) of Tonalin CLA has been around for over 25 years.

Disadvantages

  • The official Tonalin CLA website does not appear to offer a money-back guarantee.
  • Tonalin CLA does not assist with calorie burning or appetite suppression.
  • Tonalin CLA may cause an upset stomach and diarrhea.
  • Some ingredients found in Tonalin CLA may not be suitable for some individuals.
  • Product may cause acne. (See reader comments.)
  • The official website lacks free trial samples of Tonalin CLA.

Conclusion

Tonalin CLA offers an interesting take on getting rid of unwanted body fat. The notion of taking a supplement that aids with the reduction of fat absorption may sound appealing to some dieters. On the other hand, it would be nice to see more substantial clinical evidence backing Tonalin CLA. Furthermore, Tonalin CLA may be more appealing if the official website offered a money-back guarantee, or at least a free trial of the diet product.

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111 User Reviews about Tonalin CLA

  • 1
    WMLII

    Hi. I am a 54 year old man ( just turned 54 in August). My height is 6′ 2 1/2″.

    To start with, I am not recommending any supplement! I only want to tell you my story. The best advice I can give is to always check with your doctor before taking ANY supplements.

    My Story:

    Last December I was diagnosed with with adult onset diabetes. My triglycerides were 454. HDL was 30 A1c was 7.5. Had a 44″ wait and weight 238 pounds. . My BMI was at 29.2. I also have IBS
    I was put on cholesterol, IBS and diabetes medicines and told to lose weight.

    I started a diet of cutting out all bad carbs (white bread, white potatoes, sweet tea, and candy). I also increase my fiber intake. I dropped my calorie intake to approximately 1600 cals per day. Did not do any exercise because I have a desk job and work about 14 hours a day.

    I was surprised to see my weight start dropping immediately. The supplements I took were a multivitamin a day, fish oil (i know there are mixed reviews on this but my doctor said he trusts it for lowering triglycerides).

    By February I was down to 210 pounds. Then plateaued.

    I was happy I had lost 28 pounds and figured that was all I was going to lose, but with the change in my diet I had actually already changed my eating habits and liked the new diet so decided to just keep eating exactly like I had become accustomed to. Did not change anything else.
    In March my weight started dropping again. remember I had not done anything new, just ate the right way now.

    In June I went back to my doctor for a check on my diabetes. My Doctor was amazed. I was now at 178 lbs, my A1C was at 5.3, my HDL was at 45, and triglycerides was at 114. He took me off all my meds. BTW, I no longer had any of my IBS symptoms. My doctor told me he was very happy, but wanted me to stop losing weight as my BMI was at 21. He also took me off all my meds (IBS, Cholesterol, Diabetes) and told me to come back in 3 months to see if I would need to be put back on them.

    Even though I had lost 60 lbs in 6 months, and my waist had dropped to 36″, I really wanted to take it to the next level and aim for a 34″. I started taking AbsCut CLA, after doing research on the web about CLA.
    I started taking 3 pills a day to see if it worked and determine any side effects it might have, I did ask the doctor if he thought it would be safe and he said it would be okay. After 2 weeks with no side effects I upped the dosage to 7 pills a day for a total of 3.5grams a day. I took 2 with my breakfast, 2 with lunch and 3 with supper.

    I increased my calorie intake to 2000 cals per day to keep from continuing to lose weight, including the “occasional” french fries and mash potatoes (once or twice a week) . I also started doing 15 minutes of treadmill 3 times per week. Actually the only exercise I had done in 10 years. (haha)
    It is now Sep and I jst got back my three month review from the doctor.

    First, my waistline is now 33″. I still weight 178 lbs, and my A1C is still 5.3, my HDL is still 45, my triglycerides are at 95, and my doctor said I could stay off the meds and continue to increase my exercise and keep eating right. All my other test (liver, kidneys, prostate, and blood) are all normal.

    I am actually starting to try bodybuilding now (I know, I am 54, but want to prove an old man can still get ripped ads and build big arms). I asked my doctor about several other supplements I wanted to take in this new adventure (P6 Extreme, and C4 Carotene) he approved both of them for me. He actually took the time to read the containers I took in to him. BTW I love my doctor, takes the time to really understand what I am trying to do and reads all the container information and explains what each ingredients means and how they affect my body and what to expect.

    I know supplements work in different ways for different people. AbsCut seems to have worked for me in reducing my waistline when I increased my calorie intake. I did not lose any weight while on it, but did reduce my waistline.

    Again, BOTTOM LINE, it worked for me , but ask your doctor before taking any supplements. That way you are not guessing but actually know if the supplement will affect you body based on your medical history.

    Hope this helped and best of luck to all you you in your endeavor.

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  • 2
    Gloria

    I just took Tonalin CLA last and spent the night with excruciating leg pains.. I have not read anything that says this is a side effect. Anyone?

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  • 3
    Nan

    Every time I take this I get severe muscle pain in my upper arms to the point I cant hardly lift them. I always feel Im losing weight when I take it but the muscle pain is unbearable so I quit. Anyone else have muscle pain???

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  • 4
    Filippo

    I just bought the product im rather skinny been goin to gym nonstop getting muscle and toned but i still have belly fat which drives me crazy. After seeing all these side effects if stomzch problems and definetly fo not want achne im thinking twice now.

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  • 5
    Preetiy

    Hi I have hypothyroid as well as pcod I am using cla with l-carnitine from last one month i lost some weight but doing har exercise and diet but having pimples on my face and main thing is that I got my period in ten days again means twice in a month what to do I have to escape and gonna drop cla idea for weight loss I only hv to work hard and dieting…….I hv no choice three thing are there for me weight training+good fibre+good fat

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    Arizonagirl

    I began taking Tonalin CLA about 3 days ago and I immediately started my period. I have never had issues with my period.. Anyone else? Is this normal for women

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  • 6
    Ebs

    i took cLA for a week
    it seemed to be working a little
    side effect after a week: very itching, burning bumps on my hands,upset stomach and diarrhae…the side effect came after week…stopped using it, i hope the bumps will go away..can somebody tell me please

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  • 7
    EB

    used it for a week or so…and it seemed to be working a little…but i stopped it and i got very itching, burning bumps on my hands and an upset stomach and diarrhea…after a week i stopped the medicine…i was wondering what it was…what to do? is it going to go by itself or how is going to be

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  • 8
    Jms

    Hello, I started taking Tonalin 1000 mg two softgels twice a day three weeks ago. I haven’t had any weight loss but I feel I may have gained a pound or two! Also, I have noticed that anxiety/ability to be patient has really ramped up to the point I am having trouble getting to sleep and even having mild panic attacks when doing so. Anyone else having this side effect? Today, I decided to quit for a while and may not have the courage to start it up again.

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    Misty

    Hi I take one 1000 mg dose in AM w/ breakfast and
    Sometimes another for lunch. I’ve found my energy level
    Is higher and no unwelcome side effects. I am
    Light exercising as well and am finding that
    Am losing weight slow and steady.
    Perhaps less is more in this supplements case.

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    Daisy

    Hi JMS

    I had the same side effects i gain about 5-8 pounds instead of losing it i took it for about 3 weeks when i realized i was gaining not losing :{ The sleeping problem well i have that problem anyway so didn’t notice and change. so i also stop taking the pills and dont think i would start them.

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  • 9
    John

    I was taking this 2 times a day and then ramped it up to 3 times a day. It seemed to be working great for the first week!

    Then around the start of the 2nd week I started getting crazy rashes all over my body. It was intermittent but got pretty bad throughout the day. I could not stop itching. After about 6 days of this, it appears to have passed. I have no idea what is in it that makes this happen but just know that the allergic reaction that might happen will not be worth it. You will be regretting it when you are scratching like a crazy person.

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  • 10
    Aaria

    I’ve been taking the 1000mg Tonalin CLA with 500mg Raspberry Keystone before my meals for a week now, I’ve lost 3-4 lbs already! I ate a healthy diet as normal and didn’t really have time to work out, I also take milk thistle sometimes and melatonine at night. FYI, Safflower oil is an ancient ABORTION HERB in Chinese history! People had been using it for abortion in CHINA before the western method kicked in(Of cause its banded for this use nowadays)! So i guess this is mainly the reason why some people get weird cycles and break out from it, you just have to watch your diet, make sure you eat less FRIED, SPICY, IRRITATING food, otherwise yes, more acne is gonna show! Good luck people!

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  • 11
    Jenn

    I’ve been taking CLA for a few months now, I noticed right away that It was surpressing any weight gain, I was eating healthier and drinking a lot more water.. I’ve lost quite a bit of weight from dieting and adding the CLA (2 pills 2x a day) 10 pounds. But now i am experiencing the worst pains and cramps in my stomach from these pills.. Very rough on my stomach and I haven’t taken any in a good week! Patiently waiting for the bloating cramps and stomach pains to go away!! I don’t recommend if you have a sensitive stomach!

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  • 12
    Daisy

    Hi everyone i just started taking tonalin censor its been about 2-3 weeks and honestly i have not lost weight on the contrary i feel so bloated and gain weight i have change my eating habit i m eating healthier but feel like I’m going backwards :( can someone let me know if anyone else has had this problem?

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  • 13
    Anonymous

    i’ve lost 13 pounds and kept it off for the last 3 months of using CLA with zero side effects. it works!

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  • 14
    debbie

    Can I cut open the gel cap and mix it with my food?

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  • 15
    lydia mendes

    I have been taking tonalincla for 2 months have not had any side effects, im 51 feel great I think it is working, good luck

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    dudu

    hi lydia… how many pills you take per day? and with meals or after? do you exercise? and is it still working with you :) would love to have your response!

    thanks..

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  • 16
    Sara

    I have used this product a few years and felt like it gave me positive results, but I discontinued it because it seemed to affect my menstrual cycle. Now, I am trying it again and noticing the same thing. Does anyone else have this issue? I am not sure if its related to the Tonalin CLA or just a coincidence.

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    Mern

    Sara – I have the same question; I started taking CLA about 3 weeks ago. My most recent period was almost non-existent, just some spotting. Very very abnormal and I am wondering if there is a connection. I am not finding anything online, either.

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    Julia

    I’m having the same issue. My first period was completely regular, then I started taking CLA and a few days later I got my period again. It’s not heavy but it’s almost been a week and a half and it’s still not gone. I find it interesting because I am on birth control so I’m not sure why this is happening.

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    tara

    hi, just found this forum after searching the web for over an hour trying to find an answer…thank goodness i found you. I too have been on these cla caps for around a week now and i was due on my period over a week ago too… i have the usual symptoms but nothing showing this is so annoying as i need to start soon as this will coincide with my next period and im going on holiday!!

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    Emily

    I have been wondering the same thing! I was due a week ago and still nothing, but I had my Usual pms symptoms..I started taking this about 15 days ago and had always been very regular previously so I can only assume this is the cause…

    Steph

    I also started CLA about 3 weeks ago, have had pms, cramps, bloating, for the last 2 weeks and exactly 2 weeks late for my period. Today I finally started spotting, which is very unusual for me, but at least its something. My bloating is out of control and I never have it this bad from periods in the past. These pills went in the garbage tonight.

    Lily

    I am glad I came to this site. I was looking for answers because I too have experienced an irregular period, excessive gas and acne from taking CLA. My period was always like clockwork from my onset of menses at age 12. After taking the CLA I first became worried when I had missed my period by a few days. I am childless and in my early thirties, so I wondered if I might be peri-menopausal. My face and neck also became scattered with small, itchy bumps, and some of them were inside my mouth too. I had an abnormal amount of gas and bloating but at first I thought it was because of lactose intolerance. The CLA was the only supplemental change I had made so I stopped taking it. Two weeks later my period finally came and my skin had started to clear up. My mom asked me about the pills so I started taking them again on Day 3, thinking that maybe it was unrelated. (Plus, I am really trying to lose weight.) On Day 4 of my 5-day cycle my period had completely stopped. This makes me nervous and I will discontinue use until I talk with my doctor.

    DM

    Has anyone been able to figure out if there is an interaction between Tonalin CLA and birth control? I am worried it will make birth control ineffective. I’ve contacted numerous pharmacists, and they have no information on the interaction.

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  • 17
    Ross

    Same thing with me, was on it for about the 6th day and got hives/rash all over my arms and legs. Sucks. Stopped taking it and hust taking benadril and topical creams.. Im so itchhy!!

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  • 18
    Chaan

    well i just got my frist bottle but Im also going to be taking the Liporush with this pill. Im 34and just trying to lose my love handles and stomache area. I already hace a problem with acne far as im a combo skin oily and dry.. so Im thinking it might balance me out.. But GNC told me to take the Liporush with the TL I hope it works im starting mines in the Morning .Ive reviewed the other pills liporush and people have been losing waight like crazy with diet and excersie. So I hope it work s for me. Im goign to stay positive.

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  • 19
    misssmom

    I work out 5x a week and is in very good health for 50.I’ve been taking the CLA for a week and I have never been so bloated in my life! and I also myself extremely exchausted. What can I do to help this problem? Because I want to continue with this product.

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  • 20
    PoorGirl

    I love it. I love the way it works, I love it supports my workout routine. Although this, I’ve just thrown it into the bin. The first month was ok, (tolerable situation): breakouts and acne – but still, I could live with that because weight loss was so significative. Last week a painful bump appeared on my arm. Terrifying. This morning before going to the gym I’ve found a horrible, huge, painful bump on my chest. I said: stop. I said: enough. This is why I’m here – ’cause I’ve been searching for CLA and acne. So… thank you for sharing your experiences. I took my last capsule a few hours ago – I hope awful pimples will disappear soon!

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  • 21
    Justin

    Just wanted to say this product works well. Also, those of you with acne problems try taking forskolin along with green tea and milk thistle. The milk thistle offsets side effects of tonalin and the green tea offsets the side effects of forskolin. Forskolin and tonalin help with weight loss and green tea and milk thistle help with antioxidants for skin, hyperglycemia, thyroid issues, and boosts metabolism.

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  • 22
    kay

    I have been using Tonalin Cla for two weeks now along with weight watchers and excerices. I have lost 8 pounds and am full of natural energy. I already had a acne issue so i will continue to use it with my normal cleaning products. I take it with food so I never experience any stomach issues. My hair and nails look great too…..

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  • 23
    Anonymous

    I started using Tonalin CLA two weeks ago for 1 week. I am now on day 6 of a severe rash all over my body. CLA is the ONLY thing that has changed in my diet. I am on a maximum dose of antihistamines and am slathered in calamine lotion. It has caused extreme discomfort and I cannot leave the house. I would be careful with this product.

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    Eddy

    Everyone should look @ the fact safflower oil- is just Linoleic Acid–not–CONLUGATED Linoleic ACID (CLA) LINOLEIC is an OMEGA-6
    Fatty ACID–Very inflammatory- CLA comes from meat–and only two types mushrooms. Don’t be fooled , the conversion of LINOLEIC ACID (Safflower Oil)to CLA from the bacteria in the GUT is undetectable. Omega 6 fatty acids compete with Omega 3′at the cell level-

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  • 24
    maysa

    i didnt start yet tonalin cla but i was wondering is there any problem if i take it while im taking medication for hypothyroid

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    Linda

    Maysa,I also have been taken meds for hypothyroidism for over 15 yrs. I just started taken Tonalin CLA 6-7 wks ago. I have adapted to changing my eating habits and workout a few days a week. I haven’t had any problems. I have LOST 11 lbs so far and find that it helps support the general energy I need. At my recent Dr. appt., my blood test came out that my thyroid medication has not been affected. Still within the range of hormone needed. I reccomend for you to give it a try.

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  • 25
    Jessica

    Additionally, the side effects I have experienced are increased energy levels (the non-jittery kind) and near-diarrhea if I take two pills but then do not get a chance to eat right after.

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  • 26
    Jessica

    It makes sense that ingesting more CLA than your body can absorb could increase oil production on the face since it is an essential fatty oil. I have taken 4-6 pills a day for the last few months on and off and have never had problems with additional acne. However, I also cleanse my face twice a day with a Clarisonic and exfoliate every few days. Just pay attention to your skin and it should be fine. If oil production increases dramatically, take it as a sign that you should lower your dose of CLA. I would venture to say this has actually made my normally dry skin look better.

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  • 27
    Anonymous

    Started using Weight Management Tolin CLA 3 days ago, worst side effects ever. I experienced vomiting, diarrhea and acne in all kinds of places.

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  • 28
    Anne

    I’m 54 and have been using CLA Tonalin for many years. I really don’t need to lose weight, I take it as a fat burner for health reasons. I eat a healthy diet and get plenty of exercise. Although my directions say to take 1 pill, 3 times per day with a meal, I opt to only take one per day as I adjust to consider my small frame of 5’7″, 118lbs. I’ve always used the same brand made by Country Life @ 1000mg. It is gluten free. I’ve never had it cause acne or any other adverse reactions. It seems that maybe some people do have an allergic reaction to the Safflower Oil and there’s only one way to find out by trying it. Hope this helps someone who is trying to decide. :0)

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    Anonymous

    Thank you! So many bad comments, I am 49 and going to try it. wish me luck and no rash!

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  • 29
    Jacqueline

    I have a question I went to buy the diet pills I usually take OXY ELITE PRO and in a week I lost 10 lbs great pills but when I boght them ghe guy at gnc told me that I can take the TONALIN CLA. together with the oxy elite pro…would that be a good thing to do or not

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    Jessica

    I wouldn’t take them at the same time since OXY ELITE PRO is chitosan based and it may try to attack the Tonalin as if it was a bad fat. I have successfully combined the two by taking the OXY in the morning and a few hours after lunch, then before any meals taking the CLA. Make sure there are a few hours between taking the two pills.

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  • 30
    Dprang

    I have only been taking 1000mg since Feb and I have lost my belly fat.
    I have not had breakout problems as others have and I am prone to that.
    My weight has dropped 12 lb. I do eat healthy though and tend to eat more veggies and fruits than red meat. In fact I probably only have red meat once or twice biweekly.
    The best part is the loss of belly fat. People now think I am thin. wowow, and at my age!

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  • 31
    Sam

    I have been taking the safflower oil supplement (2 capsules a day). And I get acne acne on occasion (before taking this pill) and there has been no change at all since I started taking it. So I think the acne is more a sign of allergic reaction then breakout caused purely from the oil.

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  • 32
    Mia

    I have been taking Tonalin CLA, three times a day and have not really had any acne issues.. I take it with L-Carnitine because Vitamin Shoppe said it would have better results.. may start taking CLA 4 times since I’ve seen this blog. I’m on birth control as well so this could be why my hormonal level is fine and I’m not getting the acne everyone else is getting.. I pray I continue not to.. Has anyone noticed a curve in appetite with using both L-Carnitine and CLA.. ?

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  • 33
    Marge

    I have been taking Tonalin CLA 1000mg (Vitamin Shoppe) product since Sept 2011. I crossfit 5 days week and follow a Paleo diet. I have had no effects, just not getting my regular sleep in but thats my dong. I usually get in 7 hours but recently less than that. What I recommed would be to establish a rest day to avoid injury, eat clean foods, no sugars, nothing processed, no dairy or grains. All celan food…. Great way to really take the change in a new body!

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  • 34
    Tarence

    I gave my wife a kidney. So I only have one. Is tonalin cla 1000mg is good for me to take with out any problems to my one kidney.

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    AR

    Thanks for mentioning this. I gave my brother a kidney, so I try to take good care of the remaining one.

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  • 35
    shawnte

    Does it matter what kind of cla I take? I have a two different name brands, but I don’t trust them. Any suggestions..thank you

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  • 36
    shawnte

    Does anyone take cla with multivitamins? If so, any side effects?

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  • 37
    christine

    Hi,I’ve been dieting and exercising for a month and taking CLA and I am getting awesome results I’ve lost 8 lbs so far I love,I should have taken it sooner,and try to eat,oatmeal,brown rice,sweet potatos tthese are good carb your body will break down and not store them as fat.if you stay way from soda,limt sugars,flour artificial sweetner you will be fine good luck to all.

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  • 38
    Stacy

    Hello, I started taking Tonalin CLA about a week and a half ago. My chin is now breaking out daily with acne and it’s awful. I’ve never had a problem with acne before and this is the only thing I have added to my diet. I was really hoping to being able take this but it’s not worth these painful bumps on my face. Best of luck to others!

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  • 39
    Nathaniel

    Hello everyone, I’ve been reading many of your concerns on this product and I feel what you’re saying. I too just started using this product and I always wonder all of the side of effects on something that I take no matter if it’s just a vitamin because somethings I can’t take either I can’t even drink whole milk without cramping throughout the day. Anyway I started yesterday and noticed that my stomach was cramping like I just drank a glass of whole milk and after a stool it was over and my stomach had lost a few inches from just that one day, Hmmm? I thought to myself if this product done this for just one day it may work off more but I hate stomach cramps and not too happy about any acne at my age either because I’m 50 and that isn’t what I want to see but I’m sure I can find away to get rid of them if I have to stop using the product but so far none having shown it’s ugly heads yet but this is day two do I will let you know any changes comes and I read that someone had shortness of breath. I had that too but not because of the pill but not from lack of working out like I should and my body was telling me that you are getting old and out of shape and it’s time to get yourself back into what made your woman love all about you all those years and take time to love yourself and do what is right and take care of yourself and workout more. The more you do it the better it will be in the long run because American been over weight far too long and now it’s time to take back control of our lives and be healthy, Peace!

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  • 40
    Heather

    I started Tonalin CLA about a month ago – almost through my first bottle taking 3 a day. I do workout and watch my diet but am not always great about it. I am noticing that my fat is dropping even while I have been on a dry spell from the gym. I have experienced no acne (and I am prone to break outs from the wrong foods and during pms) actually it has cleared my skin up! I am 37 and finding losing the pounds I want it getting harder and harder (especially after having 5 kids!) I truly believe the Tonalin is helping me and I can’t wait to see how it works when I get back to my 4-5 day a week gym routine!

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  • 41
    Javier

    I just started using Tonalin CLA 1000mg from Vitamin Shoppe and I did take it with my lunch today for the first time, but I noticed I had shortness of breath, not sure if it’s the product, but it was the weirdest feeling. Anyone know if this is one of the side effects? By the way, something that has me thinking, this product is suppose to reduce the intake of fact but not reduce the fat in already stored in our bodies. So for someone that is on a very low fat diet what’s the advantage of the product then?

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  • 42
    Charley

    I have used CLA Tonalin from the Wellness Group for over 7 years off and on. When I’m on it, I notice a considerable reduction in the fat in my fat to muscle ratio. I have taken other types, such as the CLA from The Vitamin Shoppe, but it is not as effective because it is a Proprietary Blend, instead of the CLA solely from Safflower oil. The amount of CLA in alternate brands do not tell you how much of the blend is safflower and how much of it is something else. Also, the type of CLA that was used in the clinical studies of CLA had 1285mg of safflower oil. The findings, the group that did not even exercise had a sustantial reduction in fat compared to the control group. Also, when u order from the wellness group they send you a free book with the history of CLA and the group study results. The only draw back is that u can only get this stuff online, and I’m an instant gratification type of person;) Lastly, due to the natural ingredients, no breakouts. I am 38, and have been on accutane twice and still have occassional cystic painful breakouts, but I have had this since I was 13 yrs old. Hope this helps!

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  • 43
    Maria

    I am currently have a thyroid control and I am taking Eutriox 100 mg per day? Is this recommended if one is taking meds to control the thyroid?

    Thank you

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  • 44
    L471530

    I started taking CLA a month or so ago and I love the way my body has been reacting to it. However, my face is a mess. I am 50 yrs old and my face as been pristine for the past 10 years with an occassional breakout on my chin. Now my chin looks like I’ve had chickenpox. It’s gone from bad to uncontrollably awful. My whole chin is inflamed with these cyst like bumps. I’ve been trying everything to help it to no avail. I’ve been trying to figure out what may have caused this…I’ve made some changes the past month but not a whole lot. It dawned on me today to see if CLA could have caused it. I did read the label etc. but never saw anthing re: acne. Now that I’ve read many other site posts, I am confident that this is the culprit.

    I am heartbroken since I think CLA has done wonderful things for my body…any suggestions?

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    Bets

    I would like to know if anyone out there has Parkinson’s & is using the Tonalin CLA:-) Have you had any problems with your meds & this product?? I am 61 yrs old ….. 20 lbs overwt & have had Parkinson’s for 16 yrs.

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    pam

    Hi just read your post, my husband 55yrs old was just told he has parkinson’s can you tell me how you are doing and what you take for it. Very scary… I just purchased tonalin for myself but now i am afraid to take I am 52 and do not want to experience acne. Thanks, Pam

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    MLO

    pam Ive read the coenzymeQ10 can help and cure your husband with the parkinson ask or talk to your doctor about this.GBU

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    alma

    How many are you taking? I also suffer from rosacea, and have tried almost everything and nothing seems to work.

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    Shelley

    I just stared using cla last week. I have had rosecea for about a year now and use a topical from my dermatologist. I still have had issues with the redness until taking cla. Now my redness and complexion are so much better. I can even go without makeup and not feel uncimftable and have to worry about people asking bout my redness. I have had alot of compliments. I love cla and will continue to use especially if it helps my rosecea!

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    Kayla

    I took this for a couple of days and pretty sure I am having an allergic reaction on my legs. I will probably go to the Doctor tomorrow because I think it has caused my to have hives and bruising. No Bueno!

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    Anonymous

    Was it a reaction to the CLA? I’ve been taking it a week now, and my legs hurt terribly and tons of bruises, no idea what from. Concerned!

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    Arizonagirl

    OMG! I thought it was me. I have tons of bruises up and down my arms and like a old scary movie or a nightmare. Couldn’t figure out why.

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    Mario

    CLA works well…for my body…no side effects… and even helps me with good stamina for minor exercise assistance… You sometimes even feel tone and lean at some points…if use correctly you maintain your body weight with out counting on CLA by letting your body naturally adjust while using CLA and is also a good consumable value.. So Yes.. recommendation are good… Bye Buy…

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  • 50
    Vee

    In the beginning of january i decided to stick to my new years resolution and diet and go to the gym as i have been every single day for the past month now… i started taking Tonalin CLA on the first of the month, we are now on the 25th of january, and i can honestly say that the Tonalin CLA and my exercise and different eating habits have totally made a difference. i had a baby, and couldnt see my waist anymore, and after taking the pill and exercising everyday, im seeing results little by little. its not a miracle pill, you definetly have to put your part in as well. take 4 pills a day, 2 in the morning with breakfast and 2 for lunch or dinner whatever works for you. thumbs up to this product.

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    Jennifer

    I bought Tonalin ClA at Vitamin shoppe. The man told me to take 4 in am and 4 in evening. He likes it and asked me to come back in two weeks and let him know how Im doing.

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    Linda

    That seems like overdosing and just trying to get you back in the store for more buying. The directions just state 3 a day. I’d look into that if I was you. Check to see what dose you bought. You should take just around 3000mg a day.

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    Karen

    I purchased the vitamin shoppes Tonalin CLA also and I am wondering if that brand specifically has caused anyone acne? I already have mild acne and I don’t need any help making it worst!!

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    Sarah

    i bought the vitamin shoppe tonalin about 3 weeks ago and have had no problems with acne at all

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    jyoung

    Yes! It’s so unfortunate but after taking it for 2 days I got huce cystic, painful acne on my face, neck and back! So gross. It took about two days and my skin is clearing up… Such a shame! My stomache has also been pretty bloated too

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    Jen

    I’m a bit concerned with the acne issue. I purchased from The Vitamin Store on line, has anyone else purchased from there? I started 2 days ago. Need to lose unwanted baby pounds.

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    katrina

    Haven’t takin it yet but I do think about having dis supplement apart of my diet.

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  • 55
    Thomas

    I’ve read on the Vitamin Shoppe Tonalin bottle that they want you to take 3 capsules (1000mg) a day, and then read elsewhere that I should be taking 4 a day in order to see any benefit. Anybody know what I should do?

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    David

    Man take 4 pills this product is amazing and natural my weight was 200 lb and know 172 yes my friend 28 lb in 2 month of course with diet and moderate gym rutine . Know I can see my abs :)

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    Sarah

    Bottle says take 3000mg/day, but guy @ Vitamin Shoppe said to take 4000mg/day for best results. No harm to body, which I also looked up as well. I’ve been taking 1 pill w/breakfast; 2 with lunch; and 1 with dinner. So far, so good!

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    martha

    does toalin cla interfere with omega-3 as a non-benefit?

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  • 57
    Mary

    Where can I get tonalin n how much id it? Plesdr help

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    Mayra

    You can find it in Costco

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  • 58
    Edna

    J just started taking Tonalin CLA today and notice that it contains salflower. I am allergic to all sunflowers, peanuts, nuts, are these in the same family should I keep taking it??

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  • 59
    lisa

    I’ve read two different opinions. One, take on empty stomach. One, take with a meal? which is it?

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    Brian

    Hi there Lisa, I am no nutritionalist, but I would only ever take these types of suppliments with food, just eat healthy smallet meals more often, avoid fats, exercise regularly and safely and you will get what you want out of this product faster, I have just started using it myself to get faster results safely from my fitness regime, I take it with with food every time, I wish you the best with this, Regards Brian

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    Albert

    I think the product is suppose to be consumed with a meal since one of the objectives is to reduce the amount of fat your body absorbes with every meal.

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  • 60
    barbie

    well here i go…im taking my first one now. a lil scared with all this talk about acne. never had acne as a kid or an adult..im 42 and would love to loose 45lbs. right now just looking for 5lbs at a time…please tell me this is really a good idea???good luck to all..walk walk walk…

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    Linda

    I just swallowed my first pill and then found this great blog. I’m certainly not enjoyed to hear that some have trouble with acne. I too am in my 40′s and have interstingly found that Cheese is what makes me break out, horribly. Also, no peanut butter. So I’m wondering if those whom are having trouble with acne eat a lot of cheese? I can eat things like Feta, Parm, and Cottage cheese without any acne but the others run my skin. I’m so over it so I will let you all know what happens with me. Good luck to all and thanks for the posts…all really good info.

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    Pam in pTC

    Just bought a bottle today.
    You started 4/27. Does it work, how’s your acne? what is your overall experience.
    thanks for sharing!

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    Sonya

    I have read it is not a good idea to take Tonalin CLA while nursing. I have an 18 month old who still nurses just a couple times a day. Is it still not a good idea to take it?

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    lisa

    I have a four months old, and I call the doctor and she said that is was ok that I took Tonalin CLA and nurse! So I think your baby would find as well.

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    Marcee

    You want your baby’s to GAIN weight and absorb fat!!!! For healthy brain function. CLA is suposed to do the opposite. It may be passed through breast milk! I would NOT take this and breast feed!

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  • 63
    jenny wilson

    Every time I take CLA it gives me acne!!!! AND i mean every time it does clear up fast when i quit taking it though!!! Whats up with that? Im 39 years old!!!

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    Jillian

    Dear “Jenny Wilson”:
    I am SO GLAD to hear that someone has the acne problem from CLA. I am in my mid-40s, and every single time I take CLA or Tonalin, I breakout all over my face. It is also not normal acne, but almost under-the-surface cystic acne. I woke-up one day, went to brush my teeth, and thought I had a mild case of measles. It is also been the kind of acne to leave discolorations on my face, so even 4 mos. down the line, you can see the darker “spots” on my face of where a pimple was from the CLA. And like you, as soon as I stop taking CLA or Tonalin, my skin looks clear, even-toned, and it’s acne/blemish-free.

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    Karen

    Wow, I didn’t realize that acne was a side effect before taking the Tonalin. My face is now a complete mess! I too have the cystic acne which has left horrible marks. What good is the weight loss if I’m too embarrassed to go out in public because of my skin? Not worth it for me, no more Tonalin.

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    ELLE

    I just started taking (BSC) CLA 1000mg caps 3 times/day last week.
    I also take 3 Acetyl L-CARNITINE 500g at the same time (3 per day.
    I was told by the lady at the vitamin shop that the combination of both will help use BROWN FAT and altough I’m average height and weight I should be able to loose the tire around my MIDSECTION!
    She said to use CLA and carnitine for 1 month, the next no CLA just carnitine then rotate then CYCLE back to both the next month.
    I’m 26, on the pill (yasmin) and my ACNE cleared up, my skin’s usually clear.
    Now since taking CLA I have it again, it looks like small chicken pox. Should I lower the intake? I DON’T KNOW IF WE’RE ALERGIC TO THE OILS? Is there soemthing else that will get rid of stomach fat without the acne? I exercise a few times a week, my diet is ok and I don’t eat large meals. Please help!

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    Anonymous

    I was taking l-carnitine too! My husband said I had a bad body odor! It took almost 5 days for the smell to go away. 1000g a day! I recomend not taking that supplement! Good luck!

    Joe

    Jenny, I am in my 30s as well. I purchased this Tonilan CLA product from Vitamin World and have been taking it for about one month now. I have to say with regular exercise regiment and healthy eating, this product has been working for me. I have lost weight and couple waistline inches so far. I noticed that every now and then I will get acne out of nowhere, especially on my forhead. I would get so agitated as I am always cleansing, applying toner and moisturizing my face on a daily basis to help prevent acne from forming.
    I wish there are other similar products that don’t cause any unnatural acne to form.

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    ELLE

    I agree (as above).
    I noticed a rash around my eyes, not sure if that was aslo from the CLA or just my make up wipes.
    I’m glad the CLA is working for you in weight loss,I was only taking it for a month and didn’t see the diffence as yet, I’m exercising and my diets ok.
    I don’t know if a differnt brand would be better?
    I read that hives and acne and swelling is a allergic reation to CLA :(

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    Elle

    I’m going to the doctors soon for an allergy test to see if the CLA is causing it (my skin is much better without it).
    I heard that an alternitive to CLA is Animal Omega. I’m not sure where to get it, if it helps with belly fat and if it has any side effects but I will look into it.
    Any other similar reactions to carnitine or CLA?
    Any other alternitives tried?

    Clara

    When I took CLA Tonalin, I combined it with Milk Thistle and saw incredible results. In fact, I actually saw CLEARER skin, and any excess bloating is also taken away as the milk thistle helps move toxins.

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    Amy

    How much Milk Thistle did you have to take? I am starting CLA Tonalin tomorrow.

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    susan

    My skin has cleared up also! In fact I had acne on my chin constantly and I’m in my 40′s. I read that acne on your chin means you have a hormonal imbalance and can be tied to PCOS(Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome). I also read that CLA can help PCOS, and that PCOS can lead to weight gain and may cause….wait for it….acne in the chin area! It all ties together, huh. Anyway, if your trying to conceive, a little overweight, and bothered by constant acne on the chin, you may want to try this.

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    Anonymous

    Oh my gosh I’m glad I read this, I am going to stop for a few weeks and see if my skin clears up, other wise I love CLA.

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    Mary

    Since linolic acid is a derivative from red meat and cheese does it increase your cholesterol.

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    Jalas

    I bought a bottle from GNC Linolic Acid that is derived from safflower seeds, so I suppose that this would be an option that is cholesterol free.

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    Jillian

    I wonder if the “safflower seeds” CLA would NOT cause acne. I am so sick of this acne that I get from CLA and Tonalin.

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    martha

    does tonalin interfere w/omega-3 as a non-benefit?

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    john

    Weight loss should take time. Fast results often lead to regaining weight and adding even more than you had to begin with. Give yourself time, be consistent and use suppliments with caution. if youhave side affects just cut back on the dose and listen to your body. I take it at a very low level and only before I eat a meal that may be higher in fat (good fat) than normal. Moderation and time are key. Give yourself a break and remember it may take you a year to get where you want to be, but you have a higher chance of staying there than losing it all in 6 weeks.

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    iza

    i havent used it yet but i ve bought it..i am 23 and for those who ve lost weight with it can u please tell me which diet plans did u follow? please reply soon

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