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Sensa, the Weight Loss System

My partner has been on it since Sunday, and he's been acting weird ever since.

by Anonymousreply 1812/08/2012

Tired of that fucking Patti Stanger HACK shilling this shit left and right as if she actually lost weight on it. Bitch please!

by Anonymousreply 112/05/2012

He swears it makes him less hungry, but he seems off.

by Anonymousreply 212/05/2012

You don't have to be fat. You do not have to be fat. Sensa works.

by Anonymousreply 312/05/2012

What IS it, exactly?

by Anonymousreply 412/05/2012

You sprinkle it on your food, and it is supposed to make you less hungry.

by Anonymousreply 512/05/2012

Yeah but what is it? It's got to be bad for you. No way can weight loss be that easy

by Anonymousreply 612/05/2012

The Healthy Skeptic: Sensa promises to curb eating

A little sprinkle atop food can bring on weight loss, the company promises.

March 14, 2011|By Chris Woolston, Special to the Los Angeles Times

The human appetite is a fickle thing. It may come on strong if you walk by a hot dog stand but disappear if you spend too much time thinking about the ingredients. Comfort eaters may feel ravenous at the end of a bad day. And people who are bored with what they're eating may feel full (or at least fed up) after just a few bites.

At a time when so many people are struggling with their weight, appetite has become a hot topic. Researchers work to understand its ebb and flow, and dieters look for ways to dial it back.

Lots of appetite suppressants have hit the market over the years. One recent example that's making the rounds on TV commercials is a powder called Sensa, It supposedly turns off appetite without any drugs or stimulants when users simply sprinkle it on their foods. Each packet or "shaker" of Sensa contains a formula for savory foods and another for sweet foods. Cereal in the morning, a burger with fries at lunch, tuna casserole surprise at dinner — everything is supposed to get a fine dusting.

According to the company website, Sensa wakens a user's senses by subtly enhancing the smell and taste of food. The powder is said to activate the olfactory (smell-sensing) part of the brain that helps control appetite. With their noses and taste buds on high alert, users supposedly feel full after just a few bites of food.

Sensa crystals contain the sugar maltodextrin along with natural and artificial flavors and, in some cases, soy and milk extracts. Because the serving sizes are so small, the product is technically sugar-free and calorie-free. The six-month system comes with six packages, each with a slightly different formula. According to the company, switching up the formulas each month keeps the senses from getting complacent.

Sensa is sold online and at GNC stores. Shopping on the company site, you can buy a six-month supply (along with a "getting started" DVD) for $289.

The claims

A TV ad for Sensa calls it "a revolutionary weight loss system that will change your life." Users are assured that they can "eat what [they] like and still lose weight." How much? One woman in the ad claims to have lost 50 pounds, and another says she lost 45.

Dr. Alan Hirsch, creator of Sensa and founder of the Smell & Taste Treatment and Research Foundation, a Chicago treatment center for people with smell and taste disorders, says that Sensa is clinically proven to work. He conducted a study of 1,436 subjects (mainly women) who used the Sensa program for six months. The study hasn't been published in a medical journal, but it was presented at a meeting of the Endocrine Society in 2008. In the study, Sensa users reportedly lost an average of 30.5 pounds or almost 15% of their body weight. One hundred people who sprinkled fake Sensa on their foods reportedly lost only 2 pounds on average.

The bottom line

There's no doubt that flavors and aromas can have a huge effect on appetite. And there's good evidence that enhancing the smells of foods really can make people feel fuller while eating less. A Dutch study published last year, to name one example, found that subjects ate less strawberry yogurt if it was infused with a rich strawberry scent.

But there's a credibility gap between such research and the results promised by Sensa, says Adam Drewnowski, director of the nutritional sciences program at the University of Washington in Seattle

by Anonymousreply 712/05/2012

Dismal Amazon user ratings...

by Anonymousreply 812/05/2012

It's not just a powder you sprinkle on food, it's a weight loss [italic]system[/italic].

by Anonymousreply 912/05/2012

I fucking HATE that "Shake shake shake shake shake shake shake your Sensa" commercial with the fire of a THOUSAND suns.

by Anonymousreply 1012/05/2012

Why sprinkle it on food? why not just put it in a pill? Seems very snake-oilish.

by Anonymousreply 1112/05/2012

"It's not just a powder you sprinkle on food, it's a weight loss system."

Exactly. So it's a powder you sprinkle on food, plus a piece of paper that tells you to eat less and exercise more, fattie.

by Anonymousreply 1212/05/2012

Why not just sprinkle something else on your food that makes it taste like shit? Like pepper? It'd be much cheaper and have the same effect.

by Anonymousreply 1312/08/2012

Whenever a product or service (or TV show) promises to "change my life" I know I'm about to be fed some bullshit, and I laugh out loud!

by Anonymousreply 1412/08/2012

Why not just get your gut cut?

by Anonymousreply 1512/08/2012

Molly McButter for the credulous.

by Anonymousreply 1612/08/2012

Ned Stark's oldest daughter curbs your appetite?

by Anonymousreply 1712/08/2012

What is off about his behavior OP?

by Anonymousreply 1812/08/2012
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