Can “Sensa” Really Help You Lose Weight?

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Sensa claims that if you sprinkle their salt (“Tastant” Crystals) on your food, you will end up eating less – and therefore lose a bunch of weight. Although the idea sounds kind of strange, their presentation and the credentials of the developer (Dr. Alan Hirsch) seem impressive.

However, after receiving numerous requests from the pack, I decided to do a little sniffing around. And the results aren’t exactly pretty…

The Claim

The Problem (Dishonesty)

Dr. Hirsch claims there was a peer reviewed study supporting the claim that subjects lost over thirty pounds using Sensa (versus the control group that lost only 2 pounds). The claim is that this study was peer reviewed by the Endocrine Society. The Endocrine Society says they did not review the study. On ABC’s 20/20 news they stated that, “they were surprised and troubled by the promotional nature of his presentation”. In fact, none of the internal “studies” are confirmed by any respectable body.


More Bad News…

And the not so great news about Sensa doesn’t stop there. In response to those who have accused Sensa of not being open with the science that supports the idea behind their “Tastant crystals”, they have finally posted links to their research on their website. Under the “clinically proven tab” visitors are taken to a page that summarizes the results of Dr. Hirsch’s study called “Weight Reduction Through Inhalation of Odorants”, where he reported to have found “some correlation between odorants and weight loss.” At the bottom of that page you can find a link to the entire published study.

But if you took the time to follow that link, (and don’t worry the Hound already has!) You would find that Hirsch’s subjects used an inhaler to administer the smells in very concentrated doses, directly into the nasal passages, which is nothing like the tiny sprinkle packs they sell. The study also says that his subjects often used the inhaler up to 288 times a day! The study was only conducted over six-months, which is generally regarded as pretty short to be statistically relevant. Most such trials are run for a year or more.

Also, the study states that the appetite suppressing smells only worked on certain types of people that were pre-qualified for the trial. Those that:

  • Had a great sense of smell.
  • Only ate 2-4 times a day.
  • Felt bad about overeating but good about themselves overall.

At the end of the study the doctor himself states that there “may be some benefit to smells if coupled with a nutrition and exercise program.” I couldn’t agree more, but you could

get the same results sprinkling little packets of blue cheese on every meal if you coupled that with a “proper nutrition and exercise program” – and you would save yourself 300.00!

Plus the Sensa website itself lists these possible side effects of using the product:

  • Upset stomach
  • Dizziness
  • Hives
  • Gas
  • Loose bowels
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Dizziness
  • Swelling

And those are just the ones that the company will admit to, others that have been reported but that they deny, range from rectal bleeding, intestinal blockages, and gall bladder issues.

And, finally, customers simply don’t appear to be happy. Please go through the comments below. It appears Sensa’s free trial offer is kind of tricky. It is not only on this blog, but all over the web… Community doesn’t lie.

So aside from not losing weight, people are getting charged $89 not once, but twice before they are able to stop the billing. And getting a refund doesn’t seem to be that easy.

In short, it appears to be one of those over aggressive marketing organizations that I love so much.

So What Can You Do to Curb Your Cravings and Lose Weight?

I wish I had a magic bullet for you (I am not creative enough to make up a word like, “tastant crystal”). My understanding is that there are some behavioral therapies that can work if the problem is emotional. But a lot of my pack has found that cravings are often caused by eating the wrong foods. If you start eating the right foods, most cravings go away on their own.

There is a great alternative to Sensa that my pack loves. Unlike Sensa, this program is not scam. It’s a 100% free report I’ve put together that teaches you several proven methods to lose weight. In the Health Hound’s opinion, I would say that it’s a no-brainer not to at least give this free report a try.

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Oh, one more thing I forgot to mention about Sensa, the product contains some really nasty ingredients. One of which is the artificial sweetener Maltodexterin. Maltodexterin contains, processed glutamic acid. Or in other words is a hidden source of MSG – which readers of the Hound know is not good for you under any circumstances, let alone ingested every day, several times a day!

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Teri (Submitted on 2011/04/26 at 10:28 am)


Great download! I am a real skeptic – especially with downloads, but I have to say I was pleasantly surprised by your write-up. It makes sense! A friend recommended Sensa and after reading your site, I am (once again) too skeptical to try.”

Thanks again,


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