The Sensa diet aid is developed by Dr. Alan Hirsch, who is a medical practitioner and has spent many years researching the senses of smell and taste. He has developed the Sensa diet aid that claims to be a clinically proven method for losing weight. Sensa has garnered so much attention because of its claims of no food restrictions - by restricting your biological urge to overeat, you are able to eat whatever you like, but in smaller amounts, reducing calorie intake, thus leading to weight loss. Sounds a little too good to be true? Can sensa simply be a weight loss scam?
Sensa also claims to be based on 25 years of research and testing. The Sensa tastants, or "sprinkles" works by making you feel full faster. You simply sprinkle the Sensa tastants on to your food, and as you eat, you will get fuller faster. Sensa also claims to have "peer-reviewed" clinical studies to back up its weight loss claims, where a 6 month study with over 1400 participants found that subjects who sprinkled Sensa on their food lost and average 30.5 pounds compared to just 2 pounds for the control group. Sounds fantastic doesn't it? But all these claims brings many issues into question, such as: exactly what's in Sensa; does sense work; is sensa a scam; and exactly how reliable are the results of their claimed "peer reviewed" clinical trial. These are all issues that we will explore in detail in this Sensa diet aid reviews.
Sensa is sprinkled on to all the food that you consume. It is claimed to overcome your biological desire to overeat by using your senses of smell and taste to gain an increased satisfaction from a smaller amount food. Basically what this means is that the Sensa diet aid lets you eat less food, and at the same time gain the same satisfaction as you would by eating a larger amount of food. The idea behind it is that by naturally needing, or desiring to eat less, you will consume less calories each meal, and experience weight loss.
Sensa tastants works to enhance your sense of smell and taste, which in turn enhances the stomach to brain connection that triggers the feeling full signal. The Sensa diet aid does not involve restricting any types of foods you eat - in fact, it claims that you can eat all the foods you want, because there are no restrictions. It simply helps you eat less, and gain increased satisfaction from reduced amounts of foods. It is important to note that because Sensa works on your senses of smell and taste, if you have diminished or no sense of smell and taste, Sensa will not work for you.
Below is a list of Sensa Ingredients:
Natural and Artificial Flavors
Maltodextrin is a polysaccharide (carbohydrate) produced from corn starch that is easily digestible, and is absorbed as rapidly as glucose. Maltodextrin is considered to contain less calories compared to sugar, and is more easily digested compared to some other types of carbohydrates.
Tricalcium phosphate is often used as a food additive in powders as an anti-caking agent.
Silica is the most abundant mineral in the earth's crust. While it has many uses, the only applicable use I can see here is as a food additive that's primarily used in powdered foods to absorb water.
Carmine is a red color pigment that's obtained from some scale insects. It is used as a food dye.
Because Sensa is considered a food product, FDA approval is not required. According to the Sensa website, all the listed ingredients are Generally Regarded As Safe by the FDA (GRAS).
The Sensa diet aid has received a lot of media attention since it was introduced to the market, and it has been reported on numerous news segments and other media outlets. Whether Sensa is a scam or not, is not for us to decide; however, I can say with certainty that some of its claims are certainly debatable.
In a news report by ABC News , many questionable facts about Sensa was brought into light. Sensa has made an exceptional effort to promote its clinical study involving 1436 men and women who lost an average of 30.5 pounds using Sensa compared to 2lbs for the control group. The creator Dr. Alan Hirsch claims that this study has been "peer reviewed". In the scientific world, for any clinical study to hold any weight, it must be peer reviewed (reviewed by other experts in the same field for validity); however, as reported by the ABC News segment, the Endocrine Society stated that "it would be incorrect to characterize Dr. Hirsch's study as having been rigorously peer reviewed by the Endocrine Society".
In fact, the Endocrine Society which Dr. Hirsch claims has peer reviewed his clinical study, states that they only invited Dr. Hirsch to present the findings of his study for debate. The Endocrine Society went on to say that "they were surprised and troubled by the promotional nature of his presentation". Also in the same ABC News segment on Sensa, Dr. Pamela Peeke said that there is no scientific proof that Sensa works. Quote from the new segment: "There's no magic bullet, and there's no magic sprinkle."
So is Sensa a Scam, or does it really work? That's up to the users to decide. It appears that some dieters have found some success with Sensa as reported in other news reports. However, I still remain skeptical about its effectiveness. For what it's worth, Sensa is certainly not cheap. A one month starter kit will cost $59.00, and the 3 and 6 months kits offer some discounts at $145 and $235, respectively.