What’s all the Hype about Hoodia?

In the past few days I’ve been featuring posts containing some yummy recipes and plenty of chocolate. Yes, these are fun posts to write (even more fun to make and eat) but eventually the treats do start catching up with the waistline. Unfortunately, at least for me, I just can’t eat anything I want to anymore, without paying the price. You can only justify the ‘it shrunk in the wash’ theory so many times and that doesn’t even work with ‘dryclean only’ LOL!

I am not a fan or believer in sparse, restrictive diets. I don’t think they work and I would much rather put my efforts into more exercise in addition to watching what I eat and of course in sensible portions. The 80/20 rule seems to be a good approach, eat sensibly 80% of the time, splurge a bit the other 20. I mean what is life without chocolate cake and other occasional treats? And if all the popular diets did work, why is the obesity rate skyrocketing year after year?

That being said, I am amazed by the barrage of diet aids and products that continue to flood the market and in ever increasing numbers. For the most part, I haven’t been paying too much attention but lately I must admit, my curiosity has been aroused regarding the ‘diet breakthrough’ Hoodia. Everyone from Oprah to  Lesley Stahl of 60 Minutes has been singing this plant’s praises.

Apparently it is a powerful appetite suppressant and works by releasing a chemical compound similar but stronger than glucose. The brain receives this as a signal that enough food has been consumed and voila, the inevitable weight loss (and many times dramatic) results are said to follow. All completely safe and without side effects.

I’m wondering if any of you have (or know someone who has) used Hoodia and if so, what was your experience? Look forward to hearing your comments…have a great day, treat yourself but not too much!!! 

 Read more about Hoodia at: CBS Report

12 responses

  1. Thanks for writing about Hoodia G! Don’t know anything about it, but like you, I’ve heard the buz and have wondered if it was just another dangerous diet pill. I’m very interested to see what your readers have to say about it. I’ll be checking back………..

  2. Yeah, it sounds great, but for many people who want to lose weight it isn’t hunger that drives the eating. I know I’m prone to emotional eating: I’ll eat when I’m not hungry.

  3. Hi G
    I’ve never heard of Hoodia before. But now I’m interested. I want to know what is tastes like. I’ll be coming back to see what people say

    have a good day : )


  4. I have been hearing and reading a lot about Hoodia.

    I posted about Midweek Munchies, Ugli Fruit, and Mild Ajvar today!

  5. Good Morning Ladies, Thanks for stopping by. I hope that some visitors stop by who have used Hoodia; obviously judging by your notes, I am not the only one curious about its merits. I have found in the past that anything that sounds too good to be true, usually (and unfortunately) is. Hopefully Hoodia will be all its touted to be…will have to wait and see.

    BFN and Happy Naked-Cake Eating, (my new sign-off LOL), gotta love Tania at the Candied Quince for the naked cake reference. G 🙂

  6. I know how you feel with not being able to eat anything you want, I have the same exact “It shrunk in the wash” theory. Although I don’t exactly like to portion my chocolate (hershey) intake. It’s so easy to justify eating an entire bag of kisses, they are so little. This is the first I’ve heard of hoodia and sounds like the magic cure to weightloss LOL.

  7. Hoodia actually works!! I have tried evey type of diet and diet pill that you can think of. I have even tried fat burners but they made me feel like I was literally going to have a heart attack or a stroke. I tried hoodia not expecting it to work(I got a free sample). The first couple of brands that I tried did not really work. I finally tried one called hoodia xr and it actually worked. It didn’t completely kill my appetite but it did drastically reduce it. I take in about 700-800 calories a day. As far as emotional eating.Hoodia makes me not really want to emotionally eat…the desire is just not there. If you decide to try Hoodia do not let price be a determining factor. Research the amount of Hoodia in each pill. Hope this helps!! If you want to learn more about hoodia xr you can visit

  8. Hi Aleshia,
    Isn’t 700-800 pretty bleak….in terms of enough calories to function? Ive actually read more than once that too low of a calorie intact is actually counter-productive, the body just goes into ‘starvation mode’ and the ‘furnace’ stops working. If its slowing down your metabolism, that isn’t going to help, is it? How much weight have you lost if you don’t mind me asking?

    Thanks for your comment, G

  9. Hi Geraldine,

    700 to 800 is definitely a small number of calories but the thing is… the hoodia tricks my brain into thinking that i am full therefore i don’t feel that weak dizzy feeling. Your metabolism only slows down when your body thinks that it is starving but your body doesn’t think that it is starving because the P57 tricks your body into feeling full. My body is burning the fat that I already have stored. I have lost about 12lbs in a few weeks. I know that doesn’t really sound like a lot but it is alot for me considering that I didn’t have that much to loose. Those last 10 pounds are the hardest. Naturally if you have more weight to lose you will loss even more. I am now back up to a normal calorie intake for me which is about 1500 calories a day and on the weekend i slurge. I make my self eat the 1500 because I know I should. Please understand that the 700-800 calories was only for a few weeks so that i could see results fasts! Amazingly i really feel that I have control over food not the other way around. I hope this help. Please let me know if you try it how it works for you.


  10. Thanks Aleshia, interesting points you bring up. I was hoping to hear from a couple more people who had tried hoodia, also their results and what they thought of this diet aid. As you can see from the comments, a lot more ???’s as mine was about what hoodia is all about.

    Glad you stopped by, BFN, G 🙂

  11. I stumbled across this and I would like to add that I too have tried several diets (scams,fads,hoax) whatever you would like to call it. I did extensive research on Hoodia and found that nearly every study that was performed Hoodia XR 1000MG was in the top 3. I have been on it for about 3.5 weeks and amazingly I have lost 16lbs. It might not sound like much; however, I have not exerised one bit. I wanted to see what it would do on it’s own. I have to remind myself to eat. I want to lose an additional 15 lbs. My husband said he thought I was trying to become anorexic :). NOT I love food entirely TOO MUCH. HOODIA XR 1,000MG (you’d think I was getting paid for this LOL). Take care and I will come back later to see if you have any comments and/or questions.

  12. hi I totally love this product hoodia is great I over eat all the time especially when I am depressed and lonely however I dont care for food anymore now I eat to live NOT live to eat thanks to hoodia I have’nt been on the scale but I can see the results this is truely the best no other diet pills did this for me

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