Hoodia appears to be safe for human use and can be found in a few over-the-counter weight-loss products, but you need to be cautious about taking weight-loss aids. Accordiong to the United States Food and Drug Administration, some weight loss aids actually contain hidden drugs and may not be safe. You should also speak with your health care provider before taking hoodia or any other weight loss aid, and before going on any type of weight loss diet.
Losing weight is still about eating fewer calories every day. Taking the edge off hunger may help, but you still need to make smart food choices and control your calorie intake - there's no way around that. Eat foods that are nutrient-dense with fewer calories such as fruits, vegetables, lean meats, poultry, fish, non-fat dairy products and whole grains.
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