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Body Fat

Your fat mass is the total weight of the energy stored as fat in your body. You need some body fat (at least 10% of your weight if you’re female, 3% if you’re male), but too much can lead to inflammation, insulin resistance, cardiovascular diseases, etc.

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The Human Effect Matrix looks at human studies to tell you what supplements affect Body Fat.

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Grade Level of Evidence
Robust research conducted with repeated double-blind clinical trials
Multiple studies where at least two are double-blind and placebo controlled
Single double-blind study or multiple cohort studies
Uncontrolled or observational studies only
Level of Evidence
? The amount of high quality evidence. The more evidence, the more we can trust the results.
Supplement Magnitude of effect
? The direction and size of the supplement's impact on each outcome. Some supplements can have an increasing effect, others have a decreasing effect, and others have no effect.
Consistency of research results
? Scientific research does not always agree. HIGH or VERY HIGH means that most of the scientific research agrees.
Notes
grade-a Minor Very High See all 6 studies
There appears to be a fat reducing effect associated with green tea, but it is minor and unreliable
grade-a - Very High See all 11 studies
There doesn't appear to be a significant nor reliable reduction in fat mass even in diabetics given chromium supplementation according to the literature.
grade-a - Moderate See all 20 studies
Evidence is too unreliable to conclude an inhernet effect of CLA on fat mass. There may be a context-dependent reduction in body fat and explanation for the observed variability, but at this moment in time too much evidence concludes no effect

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