I've lost 32 pounds in 14 months (very slow weight loss, but I'm happy to take it slow and steady) and I'm still in an obese BMI category and have quite a ways to go to get to goal. I've been seeing an acupuncturist b/c I have ovarian cysts which cause amenorrhea so have been trying to resolve that. Anyway, my weight loss has pretty much stalled - been stuck between 203 and 205 or so since pretty much January - despite continued efforts with strength training, running/cross training, and eating (limiting calories, balancing carb w/ protein, not eating after dinner, eating less food but more frequently, etc). I went to see my acupuncturist on Monday and expressed disappointment that the scale is 'stuck' - especially since I'm so close to onederland - and she talked to me about some different herbs.
She recommended that I start with hoodia - which both suppresses appetite and helps the body to balance blood sugars, she said. Now, the only thing I have ever heard about hoodia is from spammy emails trying to sell it to me - which gives me an impression that it is some faddish thing not to be trusted. My acupuncturist is trained and certified, and she is also a registered nurse, so unless she had recommended it I wouldn't even consider it. I have insulin resistance so she said it would be particularly helpful to me in stabilizing my blood sugar. I started yesterday with a low dose - one pill before lunch, and one pill before dinner. It definitely reduced my appetite, and helped me to eat lower calories but not be hungry. No side effects that I could tell. She doesn't think I should take it long term, maybe for a few months to 'kick start' my body back into weight loss mode.
What are people's thoughts on this? In some ways it feels like 'cheating' to use pills, but I feel like I can't do any more on my own in terms of exercise and calorie restriction. I definitely don't want to take risks with my health - is this safe? I'm all about long term health and wellness, not into fitting into a smaller pair of jeans. Anyone out there had experience with hoodia? And specifically with insulin resistance?