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Will Sensa Help You Lose Weight?

It seems people will always be on the hunt for the magic pill that leads to weight loss, and there is no shortage of products trying to satisfy people's need for short-cuts to weight loss. Alli diet pills and Thermo Bubbles both come to mind. There's another product to add to the list called Sensa, developed by Dr. Alan Hirsch. You add these sprinkles to your food, and they supposedly curb your appetite and make you feel full, so you eat less and lose weight. Extra host Dayna Devon says, "It eliminated my sweet-tooth cravings!"

The website says you can eat whatever foods you want when using Sensa, and still lose weight. To find out how that's possible


All you do is sprinkle either the salty or sweet Sensa crystals on all your food. The sprinkles stimulate the area in your brain known as the satiety center, which tells your body when it's time to stop eating, and they trigger the feel-full signal. There are no diet restrictions, but the crystals are added to your foods to help you overcome your desire to overeat.

Sounds like a dream come true, being able to eat what you want and still lose weight, but there's one problem here. People using Sensa aren't making any permanent behavior or attitude changes about food, so they're not going to learn how to keep the weight off once they stop using Sensa. Plus, it's not cheap. A one-month supply costs $59. Seems like another diet scam to me. I sound like a broken record here, but if you're looking to lose weight and keep it off, a healthy diet and regular exercise is the only way to go.

Peggysc Peggysc 5 years
I think with all weight loss plans..people should know you can use these to get where you want to be and then there has to be some kind of control to keep it off. I think going into it everyone should know you just can't go back to pigging out if you want to keep it off. It is just good common sense. In my metabolism has been so sluggish that I know I have to work at weight loss and maintaining it.
DKW DKW 8 years
more info on the actual study participants:
DKW DKW 8 years
the silica is used as an anti caking agent / filler. and newsflash it's in a LOT of everyday food.
DKW DKW 8 years
p.s. there's nothing "unhealthy" about using Sensa. It's just flavorings (like month 1 is garlic and cherry) that play on your natural ability to smell and be satisfied with what you eat. It's science not a gimmick. please don't let your ignorance show people.
DKW DKW 8 years
I'm using it and it works. I'm down 7 lbs already in 3 weeks. It really does eliminate in between meal cravings and over eating. you can sprinkle it on like an apple for desert and after you eat it it's like you ate a big delicious dessert, but you only ate an apple.
almostloli almostloli 8 years
basically the idea is.. eat less. then you'll lose weight
createMH createMH 8 years
I use it and like it. You still need to exercise but this helps curb your portions and snacking. A plus if you work in an office with goodies around!
hithatsmybike hithatsmybike 8 years
aromatherapy for the brain..? jesus. Stupidity reaches all new heights.
miss-malone miss-malone 8 years
Ugh, I would never try this. People need to learn they can lose weight the healthy way! By eating right and exercising.. not with this artificial junk. Sorry, I just don't get it, but if it works for you, I guess to each their own :shrug:
RoxyMadsen RoxyMadsen 8 years
I have tried every diet out there, including those horrific ephedra and other stimulants that made me feel like I was on another planet. It sounds to me like Sensa is Aromatherapy for the brain. I'm into holistic healing and as much as people dispute aromatherapy it is now curing medical illnesses. I'm totally open to this idea! Interested to hear from those on it.
SKC-Sparkle SKC-Sparkle 8 years
This kind of stuff freaks me out - why don't you lose weight the healthy way?
fittipdaily fittipdaily 8 years
Wow what a cool article! Great find! What will they think of next!?
rayychill1 rayychill1 8 years
It’s not always that easy. I am using Sensa and found that it has really helped me get a sense of control over my eating. That is now helping me make healthier choices that I know I never would have made before. I needed a kickstart and Sensa gave it to me.
hithatsmybike hithatsmybike 8 years
No, spectra, that's not it. Silica is sand, and they're probably just using it as a filler. It doesn't really do anything to your digestive system; it doesn't "swell" when it absorbs water, and there's certainly not enough of it in one of those packs to make a real difference even if it did. Fit said the claim was it directly targets the satiety centre of your hypothalamus, so theoretically it should contain some kind of hormone, or something that generates a hormone response.
Spectra Spectra 8 years
Aha, I think I figured it out. It's got silica in it. That's what they put in those dessicant packs to absorb moisture. I'm betting the silica swells up in your gut and helps make you feel full. Kinda gross, if you ask me.
hithatsmybike hithatsmybike 8 years
HAHAHAHAHAHAHA omg there's sand in it! On another note, does anyone know what the active ingredient is? Maltodextrin is just a sugar.. does it actually target the hypothalamus..? Anyway, I'll pass on this one -- enjoy your sand for lunch ladies!
KirstenOlsen KirstenOlsen 8 years
have not tried it yet, but would like to try it. i use chocoleans to get me through the time between meals. so far so good
amandaaa amandaaa 8 years
sounds kind of like slimshots, which i'm trying currently. can sensa be bought in stores? or only online?
GemGen GemGen 8 years
Yeap - flavorless and it actually works. I mean, I could be doing a lot better by monitoring the kinds of foods I eat, and getting all nazi over it. But, I'll be honest - I'm lazy. If there's something I can sprinkle over my shizz to make me eat less of it, I'm going to jump on it. [checks calendar] Ive been on Sensa since January 20th, so thats 3 1/2 weeks. So far I'm a hair shy of 3 pounds lost. That's better than I've ever done on Slim Fast or Lean Cuisine meals, lemmie tell ya. I like the idea of magic pixie dust, dd sugar! Hahahaha....
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
well i'm not sure that i get really how this one works. a lot of the time people eat too quickly and i can't imagine that the chemical reaction there would occur fast enough to make any impact. i don't know - i think that the key here is just to watch what you eat and be active.
lindssaurussss lindssaurussss 8 years
i would just wait until someone i know has tried it and saw results. at least i would know she isnt trying to sell me stuff.
TammyO TammyO 8 years
I'm sure down the line a study will pop up saying that this stuff causes uncontrolable puking or diarreha (sorry I can't spell that word for the life of me). It just seems too quick fix to me.
wackdoodle wackdoodle 8 years
that ok gemgem - i found the ingredients on the website - there's really no reason it should not help to suppress the appetite. ingredients-Sensa contains Maltodextrin (Derived from Corn from the USA), Tricalcium Phosphate, Silica, Natural and Artificial Flavors, FD&C Yellow 5, and Carmine. Sensa also contains Soy and Milk ingredients. Sensa is sodium-free, sugar-free, calorie free, gluten-free, and there are no stimulants, drugs or MSG.
wackdoodle wackdoodle 8 years
gemgem what are the ingredients? i was guessing that it either repulses you from wanted to eat whatever food its on or it contains so appetite suppressant or something that swells and filled the belly like psyllium husk. oh I had gastric bypass surgery so i got my own food secret weapon.
xuxa444 xuxa444 8 years
Not a scam! It just helps you be less hungry. I didn't believe it either at first until a friend of mine really had a good experience. It really helps me get through my day without snacking a ton. :)
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