The cake is not a lie. Weight gain happens around the holidays, starting as soon as stores put Halloween candy on shelves. Chances are a bag or two disappears before trick-or-treaters knock on your door… Then add Thanksgiving and all those leftovers just a few weeks later and next thing you know you’re preparing for a Christmas dinner. Sure, there’s holiday shopping to burn off a few calories, but not many of us have the willpower to pass up all those sugary lattes you can get in flavors that are available only during this time of the year.

Does that extra food necessarily translate to weight gain? For many, the answer is yes. The more overweight you are, the greater chance of weight gain. The above graph comes from a study recently reported by Kamal. First of all, notice the blue Germany line during December/January. Wow. Das ist nicht so gut. Second, notice that people don’t really lose the pounds packed on during the holidays. Every year, we become heavier and heavier due to all the accumulated weight.

How do you turn this around without making it complicated or feel like you’re missing out? Easy: take CLA.

CLA (conjugated linoleic acid) has been the focus of hundreds of studies, which show huge differences between people who took 3 to 4 grams of CLA per day and those who took a placebo. Studies consistently showed weight loss up to 400% faster and reduced food cravings.

What this means for you is minimizing how much you overeat while still enjoying everything the holidays have to offer. It also means you’ll bounce back faster and not only break even, but also can drop extra pounds of excess body fat, especially around your belly.

In a double-blind, placebo-controlled human study published in the Journal of International Medical Research, 20 participants were given either CLA or vegetable oil and were instructed to take the pills for 12 weeks. At the end of the study, the test group lost 20% body fat while the placebo group lost nothing. Please note: they took 3.4 grams of CLA for 12 weeks.

At an obesity conference, another study substantiated these findings. 180 overweight men and women with a BMI greater than 25% were supplemented with 3.4 grams of CLA per day over a full year. The participants recorded a 9% decrease in fat mass and a 2% increase in lean mass.

Optimal LipoLean CLA™ is pure CLA in a potency needed based on all the research. In order for it to be effective, you need to take 4 grams per day for 12 weeks. Your body acclimates to it for the first four weeks, preparing your cells to package up excess fat and remove it from your body. The next 8 weeks your body steadily removes up to 4% body fat.

You get a full three-month supply so you don’t have to worry about refilling before the full 12 weeks are up. You can continue to take CLA for up to six months before you’ll want to cycle off it for a soft reset on your system.

Please note: Santa on treadmill image from whus.org.