Hoodia Weight Loss

Loosing Weight The Hoodia Way

Hoodia – Breakthrough or Myth?

Posted by borzack On January - 7 - 2010

New breakout weight loss products come down the pike every few years.  About 99% of these products proved to be helpful to only about 1% of the people who try them.  Some never work for anybody.

The rising star of the moment is Hoodia gordonii.  You’ve been hearing about Hoodia in the news, in major magazines, you may have done some research on it, and here you are reading about it right now.

What Exactly is Hoodia?

Hoodia is a cactus-like plant, not an actual cactus, but a member of the extended succulent family.  Wild Hoodia is found in the desert areas of southwest Africa.  It grows to a mere two or three feet in height and is covered in prickly spines that must be removed to get to the flesh inside.  Called Xhoba by the San people, Hoodia’s active chemical is called P57 and fools the brain into thinking the stomach is full.

The San people were first to use Hoodia to stop their hunger and thirst during food shortages and during travel through the desert to find food.  Now thousands of people the world over use it to reduce hunger and cravings as a means of weight loss.

What Sets Hoodia Apart from Other Supplements?

Hoodia has no known effect on the body apart from its hunger suppression.  It has not been associated with a frantic heart rate, nausea, diarrhea, or sleeplessness.

Many people using Hoodia begin taking in about 1000 fewer calories each day, reducing their calorie intake on average by half.  Subtracting 3500 calories translates to subtracting a pound of fat.  Doing the math, you’ll find that you can lose 10 pounds in only about a month.

You won’t count carbohydrates or calories, and you don’t need to buy special food.  Eat whatever you want, and you’ll find that you want to eat less of it.

Hoodia is available in various kinds of products:  pills, liquid form, tea and Hoodia, coffee and Hoodia, a chewy form like candy, etc.  There’s bound to be a Hoodia product to appeal to everyone.

But are all of these products created equal?  Absolutely, positively not, and this cannot be stressed too much.

What to Look for in a Hoodia Supplement?

There are many other plants in the Hoodia family which can be called Hoodia.  Only hoodia gordonii has the ability to suppress appetite.  Make sure your Hoodia product is made from Hoodia gordonii.  Hoodia is now grown in non-African countries including China and Mexico.  The only premium Hoodia gordonii comes from South Africa.

Read the label of the product to look for extra ingredients like binders and fillers.  You don’t want to pay for other ingredients and wind up with less Hoodia.

To get the optimal benefit from Hoodia, you need to take somewhere between 1000 mgs and 3000 mgs of Hoodia per day, or 1-3 grams.  Read the label to see how much Hoodia there is in the product per dose.  If a capsule has only 300 mgs of Hoodia, you will need to take ten of them every day to get the maximum results.  If a dose or serving of the product has 1000 mgs, then you only need to have three of them in a day.  A product with more milligrams of Hoodia in it will cost more, but it could be less expensive per day.

Most people who use Hoodia feel its effects on the first day.  But some people don’t feel the maximum effect of the appetite suppressant kicking in for 3-5 days, so don’t give up too soon.

So what you want is pure South African Hoodia gordonii, no binders or fillers, and you need to take between one and three grams worth every day for full effect.  Check with your health care provider first before starting on Hoodia or any other appetite suppressant, to be sure you have no health condition or prescription you are taking that would rule out your using it.  Hoodia should not be used if you are either pregnant or nursing.  Follow the instructions on the product’s label, and don’t exceed the dosage recommended.  Since Hoodia has not been evaluated by the FDA, these products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent diseases.

And because Hoodia may drastically alter your appetite, make good choices with the food you do eat.  Remember to have fruits and vegetables and lean sources of protein.  Drink water throughout the day, and take a good multivitamin/mineral supplement.

Check out my Hoodia Comparison Table to compare pure hoodia products.

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I was introduced to Hoodia back in 2007. I am not that into diet pills, but with Hoodia Gordonii, the fascination came as a surprise. This blog will give you information on what Hoodia does and does not do. The truth!