In my book, these would be the ones that
- promote weight loss
- do not have damaging side effects
- make dieting easy
- do not require memberships and other high pressure tactics
- are natural, that is not synthetic, and are derived from plants
The first one on the list is hoodia, or the more scientific name, hoodia gordonii, which is a cactus that grows in South Africa. San Bushmen of the Kalahari desert used this plant in lieu of food when they had to take long trips from one village to another, as the story goes, for thousands of years. They did not have public transportation, so each trip to their relatives in another village took weeks on foot. They could not carry a lot of food and water with them, so they took this cactus that suppressed appetite for days on end. They possibly did lose a lot of weight on these trips, although, I imagine, that was not their objective.
So, in the past years hoodia surfaced as a miracle diet pill. Modern science tries to explain everything, so the researches came up with a theory that the reason hoodia works as an appetite suppressant, is that it tricks the brain into believing that it has enough blood sugar. As such, even though hoodia is effective in suppressing appetite and even thirst, you are advised of the possible side effects, particularly of low levels of blood sugar. It is always prudent to consult your doctor before taking any supplements.
So with that, why would an appetite suppressant work as a weight loss agent? We should recall the old and tried formula, calories in - calories burned = weight loss (or gain if not enough of calories are burned). So, if you suppress the appetite, you eat less, but burn your usual amount of calories (from fat), therefore losing weight.
|Granted, we cannot have a raw hoodia cactus delivered to our door, so we have to get a supplement in a capsule. Here's where it gets tricky. There are a lot of hoodia supplements on the market. But very few are effective, at least as reported by real life users of this supplement. The Super Hoodia Time Release supplements seems to be the most highly rated because |