The Sensa Sprinkle Diet
Sensa crystals help you to eat less by tricking your brain into feeling full. Simply sprinkle Sensa on your food, sniff before eating, and chew slowly to let the flavor permeate. In a study of 1,436 participants who sprinkled Sensa on everything they ate for six months, the average weight loss was 30.5 lbs. There is no counting calories or exercise routines (but the small print advises you to choose healthy food).
Science at work
Before you dismiss Sensa “sprinkles“as a hoax, realize the concept is grounded in science. Sensa was developed by Alan R. Hirsch, MD, a psychiatric neurologist and Director of the Smell & Taste Treatment and Research Foundation in Chicago. Dr. Hirsch’s research focuses on how smell and taste affects weight loss, sleep, sexual habits, and consumer preferences, and his studies are published in peer-reviewed medical journals.
In Dr. Hirsch’s line of work, he found that patients who had lost their sense of smell typically gained weight. He hypothesized that if loss of smell could induce weight gain, then enhancing smell would bring about weight loss.
For years, Dr. Hirsch and his team tested “tastants” - substances that stimulate the sense of taste through the appetite control center in the brain. He was looking a flavorless, odorless crystal that could intensify the flavor of food. After testing more than 4,000 tastants he found Sensa, a blend of six different scent/flavor combinations. Sensa contains natural and artificial flavors in a base of maltodextrin (derived from corn), tricalcium phosphate, silica, FD&C Yellow 5, carmine, and milk and soy derivatives. It is sodium-free, sugar-free, calorie-free, gluten-free, and there are no stimulants, drugs or MSG. All of Sensa’s ingredients are on the FDA designation list of GRAS — Generally Recognized as Safe. FDA approval is not needed because Sensa is a food and not a drug. It does not have any known side-effects.
What to expect
There are two kinds of Sensa: salty and sweet. Sweet is for sweets foods and salty is for everything else. Sensa must be sprinkled on every bit of solid food - pizza, chips, broccoli, grapes, candy, supper - you name it! Most people don’t notice a change in taste with Sensa, but still, Sensa is doing its thing stimulating nerve receptors and signaling hormones to tell your stomach it's full.
You can buy Sensa from the Sensa website. A one month starter kit is $59 but a six month supply is discounted to $235.00. If you are unsatisfied with Sensa for any reason, you can return the product within 30 days for a refund. Watch this Dateline segment about Sensa on YouTube.
The Bottom Line: Sensa does produce a feeling of fullness, but that does not guarantee weight loss. But, if hunger is your problem, especially when you start to diet before your body adjusts, Sensa might be just the thing - along with counting calories. As for me, I'll push away the plate, but don’t go touching my food.
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