We have a lot of threads in here about those two topics. Very few people have had success with OTC appetite suppressants, but some have had success with prescription medications. You also less likely to have side effects or get ripped off since most OTC products have no effect at all.
Hoodia is a big scam. The only way hoodia works, and this is based on millions of dollars in research, is by eating about a 4 inch chunk of fresh hoodia plant. It also helps if you are in Africa and preparing for a long hunt and don't have enough food for the trip. That's really all it's ever been used for and should probably remain that way.
Keep in mind as well that all of the hoodia products available in America are not even genuine hoodia gordonii, because it is illegal to export the real deal from Africa as it is a rare plant protected by CITES. Experts say there's more hoodia on the market than there is actual hoodia growing on the planet. That says something, lol.
The so-called hoodia products you buy actually do contain cheap fibers, as you thought, which help you feel full so the are tricking you into thinking it's hoodia. But the effect is nothing like the real thing, which you can't buy.
Two major pharmaceutical companies, Pfizer and Unilever, have both spent millions of dollars trying to convert real hoodia gordonii into a hoodia product they could sell here that was both safe and effective. Pfizer tried first and pulled out of the project after spending millions. Then Unilever jumped in, they are the makers of Slimfast and other products. They also pulled out after spending more than 20 million dollars.
Unilever found two things in their studies - First any effect at all was very minimal. Second, they found that it wasn't safe
. Many subjects became ill and it was serious enough to abort the study.
It's a crazy market out there, ringmaster. So many people are willing to take advantage of us, and over 50 billion dollars are spent annually on weight loss products that don't work. Check out our goal forums and you won't find any success stories that used those types of products. It's just about calories in and calories out.