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…

Sensa’s Claim

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 Problem with Sensa’s Claim (Dishonesty)

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 NewsFor Sensa…

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. As reported by rip off report 

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.

Which brings me to my “11 foods that fill you up without fattening you up” report. Which you can get right here:

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No magic fairy weight-loss crystals here, folks. Nope. I’m giving you the opportunity to learn which foods can help you eat less… and NO they aren’t disgusting either.

This is all my gift of good health to you… will you take advantage of this gift?



  1. I have been using Sensa for the past two months. I have (had) lost 6 lbs with basically no exercise. This past week there has been a substantial amount of swelling starting with my ankles. I thought I had twisted my ankle but now the swelling has progressed to my hands and face and, I am sure, the rest of my body. Being that this is a weekend I can’t go to a doctor, but I will be placing a call to him on Monday. I don’t know if Sensa is causing this. I won’t be using any more until I contact my doctor.

  2. Sheri, I think the product you’re talking about that you saw on Dr. Oz is Saffron, not Sensa. This Sensa stuff is a S C A M!!! I hadn’t read all of the comments before I decided to purchase it, and those commercials make it really believeable. Thank God I stopped before submitting all of my pertinent info. But the next day I had an email pop up that said something to the effect “Was there a problem, you didn’t complete your order”. I said to myself, “Oh hell to the NO!! These people are crazy. I work way to hard for my $$. Long story short, I’m trying the Saffron. I just ordered it from ebay and it didn’t cost me an arm and a leg ($19.99 free shipping). So if it doesn’t work, then it’s not so bad. I’ll post later (for all who is interested) about my results. I’m excited!!!!!

  3. What a joke. The only way the Sensa can possibly work is if you exercise your brains out. THAT IS NOT WHAT IS BEING ADVERTISED!!!! Don’t waste your money. It is a fraud. I tried it.

  4. Okay, so I have been reading all of these comments, and by a far count, most people have said that sense does NOT work. Now, i can find this actually true. They tell you it will make you want to eat less, so, by command, your brain tells you to eat less while sprinkling sensa all over youre food, and your brain tricks you into thinking that youre full. So, those people just want youre money. Also, you need to add exercise into youre daily routine. ATLEAST half an hour to an hour a day. This is true stuff people. DONT GET SENSA.(:

  5. OF COURSE IT’S A SCAM! Not only is it a scam they play word games making you think that it’s fee. Then they charge you card for $90 a month latter.
    Good luck trying to get the money back after they trick you into giving them your card #.
    I actually did try using the product and of course….It did not work at all!!!
    Save yourself $90 and go for a bike ride….you will be much happier and save yourself $95

    • Yep. I found out before my card was charged that it is not free. They are still sending me emails to re register. This is a huge scam.

  6. I am about 10 pounds over weight and I run 3-5 days a week so I figured Sensa would help get rid of the few pounds I needed to loose, but I didn’t even loose a pound!

  7. I have been taking Sensa for three days now. Although I dont want to eat much every time I put it on my food, I get a headache each time. I plan on sending it back before my 30 days are up so they wont charge me.

  8. Whoever came up with that Sensa idea is pretty smart, basically a placebo that would make millions by tricking stupid people.

  9. I started to use Sensa after my friend started raving about it. She snacked during the day, I don’t. Ordered Sensa, used as directed, without any real direction and got very very sick. Not only did I gain weight, but it affected my stomach. It (salty) left a taste in the mouth that I could not get rid of. I am allergic to the ingredients and they LIED to me when I asked what it was made of. As of today, I need an endoscopey to check the damage that this did to my stomach. Don’t try it, it is not worth it. In fact, they called me yesterday, offering another free sample for just $4.95. Nothing is mentioned about the $89.00 charged. SAVE YOUR LIFE, DON’T USE THIS PRODUCT.

  10. I am using Sensa for the 5th week now and have not lost a pound. I feel hungry within about an hour after eating which I didn’t before using it. Now I know why. The MSG would do that. I hope I can get the next order stopped. I don’t have a real good sense of smell so that would be another problem if that is what is suppose to make it work. The sales part was not misleading to me. I understood that if I did not request a refund before the first month that I would be charged for it for the first 2 months and then again for the remainder of the 6 months.

  11. rite-aid pharmacy is selling it behind the counter.i think its $80 for a two month have to ask the pharmacist or the counter person because it wont be on the shelves,apparently theyre afraid of someone stealing it.good luck 🙂

  12. I am a bit shocked at those “Does it really work” and “Has anybody tried it yet” questions. Haven’t you read the above article?
    Given that probably 99% of the positive reviews are written by the sense company employees, here are the simple facts:

    – Sensa contains Maltrodextrin and Tricalcium Phosphate accordiung to their own information. Ingredients which have shown no connectoin with weightloss whatsoever in any study.

    – If somebody invents something that lets fat people continue to eat and loose weight and it was proven to work, they could patent it and it would be like a license to print money, better than a cure for Aids. Do you really think if it worked, they would print the “These statements have not been verified by the FDA…” label and sell their powder on cheesy late night commercials together with “no evil oil” and “miracle spring water”?

    – When you google “xxx” and the first 1000 websites that pop up have components in their urls like “” and “” you know the company is doing an active campaign to prevent legitimate websites with “scam”, “fraud”, “review” etc to pop up and register temporary websites which are promoted by an active campaign to fool google into bringing them up first.

    – Check Amazon reviews and you find tons of negative reports talking about how the sensa people screw over their customers. Do you really think a company that had such a miracle drug needs to make money the crooked way?

    – If something looks like a skunk, behaves like a skunk and smells like a skunk, it probably is a skunk. Use common sense(a)!

    • Tricalcium Phosphate (aka tribasic calcium phosphate, calcium phosphate) can cause weight-loss only when a person overdoses with it.

      Signs of an overdose include, but are not limited to: weight-loss, loss of appetite, mood/mental changes, headache, nausea, vomiting, weakness, tiredness.

      Please turn in all symptoms, even mild ones, to the FDA. This supplement is not safe in the way it is being promoted.

  13. There is a massive way to lose weight healthy and naturally that I’ve found, I’m just too lazy to implement it. It’s being a vegan for about 2 months, and working up from a 20 minute Zumba-fest to a full hour of Zumba 5 to 7 days a week, alternating weekends. After the 2 months of being a vegan (that’s actually a very bad word in my house), 1 meal every three days with a serving or two of meat will help the inevitable protein deficiency because soy is a very bad product to eat in the quantities required to substitute meat in the human diet. Keep up with the Zumba for the rest of your natural life, or gain all the weight back. After about 3 months of doing it though, you’ll feel like dirt if you miss a workout though.

  14. My biggest red flag is any company that requires auto enrollment to “try” a product. If you make a good product people will buy it. If you take money first and one has to go through many steps to cancel it you are probably a fraud. Unfortunately every infomercial out there is set up this way. I’m not stupid. No one is getting my credit card information.

  15. I’ve tried Sensa for five months and it doesn’t work. Believe me,Sensa is in for a huge lawsuit, not from me but from someone who knows how to sue.

  16. I don’t know if it works or not. I have been thinking about trying it, but worried about the cost. However, Walgreens now offers Sensa. It is around the same amount but you only buy one month at time. I am still on fence, but thought I would share this option. Good luck to everyone!!!

  17. Sensa is a SCAM!!! The product does not work, and they will send you over to a collections agency if you do not follow their GEMIC guidelines to the T. DO NOT FALL FOR THIS SCAM!!!

  18. I used Splenda with sucrolose and So Nice creamer for my coffee and am losing about a pound a week with no effort just by that change. Before I was stuck fluctuating between a pound to 5 pounds of weight now I lost 7 pounds since the new years. Still eat cupcakes without the icing and cut sugar almost completely out of my diet. No miracle. Now I have more energy I even feel less hungry all the time. I could never have anything with aspatame in it. It made me have headaches sore bones and make me feel like I was starving. This is only one little change and it works great. JUST BY CHANGING MY COFFEE HABITS!!!
    Thanks for letting me post.

    • Congrats on the weight loss! Note that most studies show artificial sweeteners actually increase the appetite, so you are better off with an all-natural choice like Stevia or even Truvia. Keep up the good work!

  19. I have tried sensa, I went though shop nbc so I wouldnt have to deal with trying to get my money back if it did not work…it does not work people, I promise you that. I eat very healthy, I do not eat fast food or sugary foods, I do however eat A LOT…the ONLY thing sensa did for me was make me more intune with how much i was eating having to sprinkle that sheyat on everything…IT DOES NOT WORK, this from a tried and true, up front totally honest full effort put it..ok, PLEASE do not waste your money on this, the weight loss industry is a multi billion dollar quck fix do it our way and you will loose…your ONLY guarantee to loose weight is to stop eating crap, limit your calories, get your lazy butt off the couch and excercise…taa daa…weight loss off.
    I only tried sensa to see if it could help with my hunger, nothing more, and it did not work for that or anything else to assist in weight loss

  20. I shopped around for the best buy I could find on SENSA 2 years ago – for $189 (including tax and shipping) I was able to purchase all 6 months from GNC on line. A one time purchase which came with 2 “salty” and 2 “sweet” shakers for EACH of the 6 months. I never used the entire 1st shakers before the months were over for the first 2 months. I lost 39 pounds in the 2 1/2 months I was faithful to follow the directions.
    Because of a family crisis and my mother becoming ill, I did find that I wasn’t able to always remember to keep my shakers with me, and I stopped the plan. My mother passed away, I’m getting back to a normal routine and am going to restart the SENSA plan.
    Of the 39 pounds I lost, I only gained back 8 pounds in a year. I had to give away all my size 18 clothes. I now wear size 12 jeans and even lost weight in my feet – so my expenses have been more for smaller size clothes than SENSA.
    For me, SENSA works – I have had more energy since losing the weight and have been able to do more walking and some exercise. My goal is to reverse my type 2 diabetes and lower my blood pressure & cholesterol levels.


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