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Cactus Diet

The ever-popular Hoodia actually belongs to the cactus family.

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We've all been inundated with emails and stories hyping Hoodia. This native South African plant belongs to the cactus family and has most recently been praised for its contribution to weight loss. The Cactus Diet is not as much a reliable plan for losing weight as it is a snack. It is suggested that Hoodia reduces feelings of hunger, helping individuals to eat less.

South African native San Bushmen have been relying on Hoodia for centuries, using it as sustenance for extended travel without availability of other food sources.

Hoodia was examined to learn how it mimics an appetite suppressant. They found a new molecule, since named P57. One researcher summed up the findings by explaining that when gluclose sugar is recognized by nerves in the brain, it causes a spike in blood sugar and signals your body that it is full. The P57 in Hoodia reacts 10,000 times more than glucose, sending essentially a very loud signal that you're full, leaving you without any desire to eat.

  • Has successfully worked as an appetite suppressant for some
  • Has critics
  • No FDA approval
  • Difficult to find products with 100% Hoodia Gordonii

Use caution when using supplements such as Hoodia as their lasting effects have yet to be determined.

Common Misspellings

Cactas Diet, Cactusdiet, Cactus Deit, Hoodia, Hoodia Diet,

Related Diets: Hoodia, Hoodia P57

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A diet doesn't need to give exercise information. The US government already does. Used to be 30 minutes 3 times a week, now the official recommendation is 1 hour per day. This is just common sense ?? depending on your health conditions and level of fitness you squeeze in as much activity as you can. Do you really need a diet program to tell you that?

posted May 31st, 2009 11:10 pm


It seems as if it does makes one feels less hungry w/o the added jitters.

posted Nov 22nd, 2008 3:52 pm


I just had my baby and was looking to shed those lasting pounds, since I don't have the willpower myself the hoodia cactus pills helped me curb my post-pregnancy cravings.

posted Oct 5th, 2008 5:35 pm


The cactus - hoodia supplement had me bypassing the candy machines at work and I lost 25 pounds in the first month.

posted Oct 5th, 2008 5:29 pm


I agree with Callie, this diet doesn't supply enough information to be a well-rounded plan. Where is the information on exercising, how much should it be when taking this supplement?

posted Oct 5th, 2008 5:26 pm


This is just a supplement. Which si fine, but i'd like some info for meals and exercise to go with it.

Bethany P

So if I'm just eating healthier then the hooda will make me less hungry? That would keep me from snacking.


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