Below we take an in-depth look into Sports Research CLA 1250, to see whether this popular and well-liked product is a real fat burner or just another placebo.
Sports Research CLA 1250 is a single-ingredient weight-loss supplement that uses Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA). It promises to burn fat, raise the metabolism and help dieters to maintain their ideal bodyweight when they reach it, all without inducing some of the annoying side effects normally associated with fat burners. This product comes in two slightly different versions – the high-strength version contains a concentration of 80% CLA, whereas the max-strength version features 95% CLA.
CLA 1250 is manufactured by Sports Research, an American supplement manufacturer that has been designing and releasing products since 1977. The company is led by Jeff Pedersen, a former athlete that has achieved success at the Chicago Cubs and the University of Southern California. Sports Research now run a slickly-produced website and offers a comprehensive line-up of fairly-priced products.
CLA can occasionally cause stomach issues, nausea, diarrhoea, and fatigue, although it has never been associated with more serious side effects. Some customers have mentioned an unpleasant aftertaste or smelly burps after consuming CLA 1250 softgels.
CLA 1250 is priced very differently depending on where you buy it from. The cheapest prices we found were on Amazon, where 180 capsules of the 80% version costs just $18.65 at time of writing, and 180 capsules of the 95% version costs just $22.95. Most 3rd party retailers have fairly set prices – a 90-capsule pack of 80% strength CLA 1250 costs $20 on both Vitamin Shoppe and iHerb.
On the official Sports Research website, everything becomes far stranger and more expensive. A 90-capsule pack of 80% strength costs $21 on the official website, with the 180-capsule version costing a whopping $35. Oddly enough, a 180-capsule pack of 95% strength is actually cheaper than the weaker version at just $30.
CLA 1250 is a difficult one. On almost every count, it’s a great product. CLA 1250 is priced very fairly on most webstores, and the manufacturer offers a very generous 90-day money-back guarantee that covers purchases made on a number of websites. Most importantly, customer reviews are highly positive, with almost all claiming to have lost weight in a steady and healthy way whilst using the product. Side effects are rare and not particularly concerning as well, making this appear to be the perfect fat burning supplement at first glance.
The main issue is that a lot of these experiences don’t match what we know about CLA. Every time the effects of CLA are investigated in a scientific setting (with strict controls and with the precise outcomes carefully measured) the results always indicate the same thing – CLA is not a fat burner, at least not a very good one. Thousands of happy customers may suggest otherwise, although it is of course possible that this product actually did nothing for dieters other than the famed “placebo effect”. There is a strong consensus that CLA is useless, so our only explanation is that either the manufacturer is misrepresenting what is really in this product or it offers only a psychological boost to customers that were losing weight anyway.
For the record, if you are looking for a CLA-based product, you really, really cannot do much better than this! However, we cannot recommend a product that contains an ingredient that has always been found to be almost wholly useless by customers of other products and in proper scientific tests.
We would not recommend Sports Research CLA 1250 to our readers.
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Sports Research CLA 1250 is a generic name for two different products; one contains a concentration of 80% CLA and the other contains a more potent concentration of 95%. Both products are intended to act as a weight loss supplement and fat burner, acting without the jitters and negative side effects associated with more popular ingredients like caffeine or synephrine. This product is deemed to be suitable for vegetarian and vegan dieters.
As the name suggests, both versions of CLA 1250 are manufactured by Sports Research. This American supplement manufacturer has been making products since 1977, and enjoys a good reputation for customer service on the Better Business Bureau. The company are mainly known for their initial innovation, the Sweet Sweat Workout Enhancer, but now operates a slick website that offers a huge range of supplements for fairly reasonable prices. The company can be contacted via the contact details supplied at the bottom of their official website’s homepage.
The directions for use for Sports Research CLA 1250 are as follows:
Adults take 1 veggie softgel three times daily 30 minutes before a meal or as directed by a healthcare professional.
Sports Research CLA 1250 is intended to act as a weight-loss supplement. The manufacturers claim that its main active ingredient, CLA, has been “clinically shown to decrease the amount of fat your body stores after you eat”, as well as increase the body’s metabolism and help dieters to stay at their target weight. The manufacturers also state that CLA 1250 is free from jittery or unpleasant side effects. The full list of benefits mentioned on the official website are as follows:
Conjugated Linoleic Acid is an ingredient with a mixed history of success. Although early trials suggested that it could burn fat, more recent studies conducted in a more strict manner now indicate that the ingredient does little to nothing in terms of fat burning. Researchers now believe CLA to be a barely effective and highly inconsistent fat burner that may only be able to counteract the calories absorbed from a small snack. It’s simply too weak and unreliable to make much of a fuss about.
The other key claim that Sports Research make is fair – CLA 1250 will indeed not cause any serious side effects like jitters.
The only ingredient included in Sports Research CLA 1250 is detailed below. The ingredient quantities listed below are correct for 1 softgel. Readers should note that the “Max Potency” version of this product is identical, except for the fact that it contains a 95% ratio of CLA to Safflower Oil.
CLA has not been linked with serious side effects, and the vast majority of dieters won’t notice anything adverse whilst taking this product. CLA may occasionally cause stomach issues, nausea, diarrhea, nausea, and fatigue, and some former customers of this Sports Research product have noted having unpleasant burps or a bad taste in the mouth after swallowing the softgel.
Not suitable for individuals under 18 years of age. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding consult a doctor before using this product. If you are taking any medication, or have any type of medical issue, consult with a doctor before using this product.
We were able to find plenty of detailed reviews for this product on Amazon. Interestingly, almost all former customers were highly satisfied with their purchase, with many detailing stories of steady weight loss over weeks and months. These results are highly unusual (most other single-ingredient CLA products do not attract such high praise), with many customers also mentioning a rarely-encountered appetite suppression effect. Negative reviews often simply complained that the product did nothing at all or had an unpleasant aftertaste.
So far so good with this product. I have a little more energy when taking this and I really don’t feel like eating as much at meal time.
This is very well priced. Prior to purchasing this product I had purchased another brand from another store, and I have to say this is a pretty good deal. The pills were moderately sized, easy swallow, no weird burps or any other noticeable side effects. I have been taken it daily, since I received it, and have nothing negative to say about it. As someone who has been taking CLA for a while, even prior to purchasing this brand, I can say I do notice a difference in my body when I take CLA and exercise.
I have been using CLA for a while, and love the effect it has on my body as a nutritional supplement and weight loss aid. I love the fact that the CLA from Sports Research is not only high quality, but comes at a lower price than most other retailers, for a much larger quantity! The other benefit is that this is very potent, as many that have not done their research don’t know, you must consume 3400 mg or 3.4 g of this daily to see results. By taking the minimum serving here, you get 3750!
This stuff actually works. I’ve lost weight by adding this to my daily routine. Great quality and great price.
I started off using this in the middle of June while I was 134 lbs. I lost around 10 lbs within the first 3 weeks and then it began to slow down. It is now August and I’m 120 lbs. I take around 3-4 tablets a day after my meals. While taking these, I did not gym but only ate smaller meals and I have to say, it does speed up your metabolism.
I followed the directions and watched my diet. Still, after a month, didn’t lose any weight. If this was bought for weight reduction….save your money
I’m really surprised that no one else has mentioned the aftertaste that these have. Not sure if people received the product for free and are just singing it’s praises because of that, but I purchased this at listing price and am not swayed in my opinions. That being said, you have to take one pill 30 minutes prior to eating and within the 30 minute (and even after eating) they give me a terrible aftertaste.
On the official website, Sports Research offer an exceptional 90-day money-back guarantee on all products (excluding products purchased from the clothing or “performance” lines). Products can be returned without reason or explanation, and the offer applies to all US customers who purchase from the official website or a few other 3rd party retailers (including Amazon and Vitamin Shoppe). Customers need only return the bottle to the address on the label along with their original receipt, and can expect to receive a refund within 5 business days.
CLA 1250 is available to buy from the official Sports Research website, Amazon, iHerb, the Vitamin Shoppe, and a few others. It comes in two different strengths that are priced very differently (though not always logically!).
The lower-strength 80% version comes in two different sizes of 90 or 180 capsules. Prices are always highest from the official Sports Research webstore, where a 90-capsule pack costs $21 and a 180-capsule pack costs $35. The smaller 90-capsule pack costs around $20 on most 3rd party websites (like Vitamin Shoppe or iHerb), and customers can now find a very reasonable deal for a 180-capsule pack on Amazon (just $18.65, reduced from $21.95).
The “max strength” 95% version only comes in a larger 180-capsule pack. The standard price for this product on most websites (like Amazon or iHerb) is $22.95, although Sports Research insist on selling it for the far higher price of $30.
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