Losing weight with diet and exercise can be the hardest thing in the world for people with crazy schedules or a bad relationship with the hopeless lose-and-gain process. Instead of trying another diet, why not try fooling your stomach with good taste? That’s what some Sensa users are saying. The doctor who created this food crystals is an expert with smell and taste, and he says that our brains can be fooled into thinking that our bodies have experienced more food than they have. This can be useful for people who suffer from diet restrictions, because the product comes in sprinkles that can be scattered across whatever you feel like eating. Portion control happens in the brain, without surgery. But does Sensa work or is it just another diet fad – like hypnosis? Here’s my research summary of over 20 news videos and articles.
What Is Sensa?
Alan Hirsch, M.D., has spent twenty-five years developing, researching, and testing this product. He says that he treated people who gained twenty to thirty pounds after losing their sense of smell, so – why not add taste to food so that people could lose weight before gaining it? “Feeling full with less” is the idea, so people can lose weight, and save time and money.
The Sensa weight loss product is made from maltodextrin from starch, tricalcium phosphate, and silica crystals. The box of crystals has two sides, for sweet and salty foods. The crystals bring out food flavors without having flavor, calories, or sodium of their own. The smell and taste of food gets to the brain quicker, triggering the full feeling. Unlike some diets, portion control (the real reason for weight loss!) seems to happen in a natural way, because you don’t need to eat more to be satisfied.
Studies – Real Or Media Hype?
As Dr. Oz has said in his popular program, Sensa “claims to change how you smell and taste food, stimulating the brain so you eat less”. Hirsch says that the full feeling comes from the brain, and as a neurosurgeon, he does know how the brain works. He’s not the only doctor to recommend it either. The Sensa Medical Advisory Board include a certified psychiatrist, a bariatric physician, another neurologist and two heart doctors.
Some experts say that the studies done by Dr. Hirsch are biased, and not double-blind, but many of his studies have ended up in peer-reviewed journals like JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association). The Washington Post reported on an early study done on over 2,400 people who sprinkled various flavors on their food without knowing what the flavors were. 100 people just did diet and exercise. After 6 months, the sprinklers lost an average of 30 pounds, and the dieters lost 2 pounds each. This study was done before this weight loss product hit the open market.
Since maltodextrin comes from starch, there may be worse side effects than just gas or bloating. Wheat starch can set off a reaction with people who suffer from gluten. It’s also not entirely clear what the ‘natural flavorings’ of the formula are, though Dr. Hirsch says they are derived from foods we already eat on the FDA’s “GRAS” list (Generally Recognized As Safe). The colors change with flavors used, so one month the powder can look brown, the next month it might be a malt tan, but it doesn’t change the effect.
Real User Reviews
Dr. Hirsch isn’t the only famous fan. Patti Stanger, host of the Millionaire Matchmaker, is so excited about losing twenty pounds with Sensa diet that she raves about it in a blog. Octavia Spencer, winner of Academy and Golden Globe Awards, is on board as a product spokesperson, claiming that she’s keeping weight at bay with the sprinkles. She, too, has lost twenty pounds. But is that enough for those who want real change in their lives, or will the weight just come back on? Let’s see what other users have to say about it…
Some users say they got motivated to get out and exercise because of the initial weight loss, which is the only real way to keep off weight. Others found it hard to constantly use it for the recommended six months, and it didn’t help with snacking or creating discipline.
Does It Really Work?
Based on reviews it is evident that the product delivers on its promise although healthy diet and regular exercise are still recommended. Additionally, my research for bariatric surgery, such as lap band and gastric bypass, showed many more serious (and permanent) side effects than with Sensa, and extra weight can hamper life much more than buying a box of food sprinkles. So long as you don’t have severe reactions to wheat, the worst reactions seem to be normal diet change issues. For those who want to get going fast, the three-month Starter Kit comes with exercise DVD’s and free shipping. What have you really got to lose? Weight.
The Best Place To Buy
The product is relatively costly considering the recommended six-month program which costs around $240, or $40 per month. However, there’s a FREE TRIAL where the company sends you a two-month Starter Kit for the cost of shipping. After 30 days, you can either get your money back getting a Return Merchandise Authorization (RMA) number and returning the boxes within 7 days, or you stay on the delivery program and pay $89.95. You can cancel at any time, just stick a follow-up on your calendar and watch your credit charges. People have complained they got double-charged or didn’t know that their card would be charged after the 30 days were done.