According to the Sensa website, it’s “Not a diet, not a pill, Sensa is as easy to use as salt and pepper.”
Sensa is actually a “tastant” (basically a substance that you sprinkle on your food before you eat) that is supposed to use your senses of smell and taste to tell your brain that you are full and thus help you lose weight.
When compared to our leading diet pill Apidextra, Sensa looks like the tastier option to losing weight. But is Sensa as effective as Apidextra? Let’s take a closer peek.
Sensa Review Video
Maltodextrin – An easily digestible carbohydrate made from corn. It is commonly used as a filler or additive to thicken food.
Tricalcium Phosphate – Used in powdered spices as an anti-caking agent and it is also sometimes used in nutritional supplements.
Silica – Acts as a flow agent or an anti-packing agent in food.
Natural and Artificial Flavors – These flavors are not disclosed. Instead, the official website says that the exact combinations are “proprietary and patent-pending”. Some of the flavors may contain milk and soy derived ingredients.
How to Use Sensa
Sensa is supposed to trigger the signals that tell your body when you’re full. After sprinkling Sensa evenly on your meal, you’re supposed to pay attention and once you notice the signals, stop eating. In this way, you should eat less than you usually would and eventually lose weight.
Sensa tastants should be sprinkled on all the food you eat. They should not be used for cooking. If you buy a 6-month supply of Sensa, each month has a different flavor. This is to prevent your body from becoming accustomed to the tastants.
I’m disappointed to see that the official website does not offer a diet plan or detailed dieting advice for Sensa users.
Clinical Studies and Dr. Hirsch
Dr. Alan Hirsch is a neurologist and psychiatrist who has done extensive research on the effects of odors and flavors on human emotion, mood, and behavior. His research led to the development of the Sensa Weight Loss System.
In one clinical study–which was conducted by Hirsch and sponsored by Sensa–participants lost an average of 30.5 pounds in 6 months while using Sensa.
I’m a little bit skeptical of this study because it has not been published and is funded by the manufacturer. This opens up the possibility for researcher-bias and questionable research methods.
Pamela Peeke, MD, also questions the reliability of the study saying that Sensa “oversimplifies the complex physiology and psychology associated with appetite…This is not a magic bullet. There is no magic sprinkle. This isn’t even a diet.”
Is Sensa Safe?
The ingredients used in Sensa are Generally Recognized As Safe by the FDA. I only found one report of side effects in customer reviews. The user reported headaches, nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, dry mouth, and about 5 more serious problems. Unless the user had a serious allergy or reaction to one of the ingredients in Sensa, I’m not sure how the product could cause these side effects.
How Do People Like the Taste?
The official website says that Sensa tastants shouldn’t affect the taste of your food. I searched through more than 140 reviews and only found two which said that Sensa changed the taste of food.
Some users say that although Sensa doesn’t have a taste, it does have a sweet or salty scent.
Is Sensa Easy to Use?
Out of those 140+ reviews I read, 120 people said that Sensa was easy to use. The other people either didn’t mention usability or they said Sensa was difficult and inconvenient to use.
Buying Sensa from the Official Website
You have several options for what and how to buy Sensa. You can purchase Sensa Individual Months for $59 a month. When you buy these packages, you can choose from month 1 through month 6, and each month has a different flavor of tastants. Or you can use the complete 6-month Sensa Weight-Loss System.
In the 6-month Sensa Weight-Loss System, you get a 6-month supply of Sensa tastants, a How-to-Guide, and a Getting Started DVD for $289.
Both the monthly and the 6-month packages are backed by a 30-day satisfaction guarantee. So, if Sensa doesn’t work for you, you can get a refund.
Should You Use Sensa for Weight Loss?
I am intrigued by the idea of Sensa — sprinkle it on your food and you’ll eat less — but I’m just not sure if it’s the best product to use for weight loss. Supposedly, Sensa has been clinically proven, but the reliability of this study is in question. Sensa is guaranteed, which is a plus, but it’s also expensive compared to Apidextra, which costs $49.95 for a month supply and has clinically proven ingredients.
In addition, users gave Sensa an average rating of 3.6 stars out of 5, which doesn’t inspire a lot of confidence. Rather than taking a chance on Sensa, I recommend using Apidextra. It has clinically proven ingredients and most users say it works.
If you’ve tried Sensa, please tell me about your experience! Did it work for you? Was it easy to use? Would you recommend Sensa to others?