If you have gained weight after pregnancy you might want to consider taking hoodia. It has worked with me. The key is to take it in a safe way. Then you will be guaranteed to lose the weight in a healthy way.
Like any type of weight loss aid or supplement you are the safest if you use it in moderation. It is hard to harm yourself taking hooida but it can lead to anorexia if you take it daily for a large number of months. This is because it cuts hunger so effectively that you do not notice that you are losing a lot of weight. Not feeling the hunger helps disassociate you from your body.
You can lose as much as pound a day on hoodia but you do not want to go for that. Your body will soon hit a level called a plateau. The plateau is the point at which you cannot possibly lose any more. It will go into 'famine' mode and you will actually conserve pounds. It is a natural protective thing that your body does. It is not a good idea to lose too much weight like that as it can cause disorders.
The reason that I recommend it for moms who are a bit down and fat after giving birth is that it does cause you to feel slightly elated. Hoodia is a bit of a natural antidepressant but not so much so that you feel like you are on crack.
Hoodia can be taken every day and you can take big amounts if you like because it is not classifieds as drug. It is named a food. People in Africa eat it every day to stave off hunger and they have done this for centuries. In it's natural state it tastes like a very bitter melon. That is why us Westerners take it in pill form.
Still you need to be careful with this stuff. Research done in Africa shows that if you eat nothing but hoodia for three months you will eventually starve to death. You just won't feel the malnutrition set in.
The key to staying healthy while on hoodia and in fact on any type of diet that involves taking a supplement is to ingest a variety of different foods. Hoodia is a food but it is not considered to be a 'whole' food like wheat grass. It's value instead is to do with losing the pounds.
The biggest danger of taking Hoodia is losing too much weight too rapidly. You can lose ten pounds a week if you are the type of person who takes Hoodia and completely loses all appetite. However this type of rapid weight loss is very hard on the brain, muscles, nerves and heart and you could die if you were not careful with it With some individuals it takes as long as two weeks to work and with others the appetite suppressing effect seems to happen immediately. I did not take the recommended dosage at first and only took one pill a day. That resulted in about a one two pound weight loss for me a day.