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Sensa Diet Review: When Biology and Food Technology Meet

sensaWe are truly living in an era of mind-boggling technological innovations. When it comes to food, science is creating some pretty wild stuff that is making genetically-modified tomatoes look like cell phones from the early nineties.

One of the latest class of products that are designed to help us lose weight are tasteless food additives that are sprinkled on food. Once ingested, they have the power to induce feelings of fullness by acting on certain areas of the brain. It’s kind of like what may happen if hoodia were to meet your salt shaker. But unlike many dietary supplements, these food additives don’t contain hoodia, drugs or any other stimulants.

One such product is Sensa.

Sensa works with your sense of smell to curb your hunger without affecting the taste of your food. This induces something called ‘sensory-specific satiety.’ It makes your brain perceive that you’ve eaten more than you have and, thus, you eat less and lose weight,” says Sensa Creator, Dr. Alan Hirsch.

In one 1,400-person clinical study, participants lost an average of 30 pounds over a six-month period while using Sensa tastants. The exact specifics of this study, which can severely alter the credibility of the study, are not known.

Sensa should not be confused with CalTrap, which is another food additive that contains extracts of an Asian plant that encapsulates up to 25% of the calories you ingest and allows it to be passed through your digestive tract without getting absorbed.

Sensa is instead, sprinkled on your food and imparts its magic by acting on your sense of smell, brain and sense of fullness. The end result is supposed to be a slimmer you as you register a feeling of being full even though your plate still has a good deal of food on it.

The ingredient list sounds fairly benign and since it was created by a medical doctor, one would hope that it was designed with sound science and safety standards in mind. I don’t know about you, but I’m fairly intrigued by this latest creation in food technology.

October 21st, 2008

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Tammy

Since using Sensa. My blood pressure has become sky high. I have never had any blood pressure problems before - Never! My blood pressure is coming back to normal since I have stopped taking it. Bad stuff. It is not worth it.

posted Jan 28th, 2013 8:27 pm


Danilo de Vera

Do you have free trial in the Philippines? SENSA

posted Jul 11th, 2012 7:35 pm


GRuss

Sensa has worked for me!
I used Sensa originally last year. I took it everywhere and sprinkled it on all I ate. Before I knew it I lost 10 pounds. In my mind I thought 10 pounds was enough to lose so I stopped taking it. I recently started back up once I gained that weight back! I've been using it sporatically for about two weeks and lost almost 10 pounds. THIS time I won't stop.
I've never experienced any bad symptoms from using Sensa. I'm lactose intolerate and I try to limit my gluten consumption. All I've experienced is a full feeling. No headaches, nausea, diarrhea, vomiting or any ill effects. I read some of these comments and felt compelled to share my experience which is something I don't normally take the time to do.
Sensa has worked for me!

posted Jun 28th, 2012 10:24 pm


dev

I've used this for one month. My weight fluctuated 3 lbs. over this period. I have headaches and my BP is higher every week (I had the nurse on my job check). This week, I noticed slight cramping near my heart. I'm done.

posted May 19th, 2012 12:13 am


Judy

I am wondering if Sensa would contribute to breast cancer due to the soy ingredient.

posted May 8th, 2012 3:26 am


mia

omg people that are on sensa do not beleave this bull that people are really saying sensa really does work ive been on sensa for 2 days and i lost allready 3 pounds you have to no you are full when you are satisfieds you not when you allready ate it all and over full these comments are stupid what do you think your going to lose weight over night i did no exercise or dieting at all and lost 3 pounds in 2 day thanks sensa yes it works

posted Feb 14th, 2012 3:28 pm


connie

I tried Sensa and all I got was a headache and constipation.

posted Jan 14th, 2012 11:43 pm


Aviva

Any other alternatives to Sensa for those with food allergies? SENSA contains milk, soy, and carmine. Many people are allergic to dairy - estimates are 20-25% of the population - and alot of them don't know it. Maybe they don't drink milk or use only a little cream in their daily coffee. Now they start sprinkling this on everything at each meal of course there will be a reaction. Soy is another common allergen and either couled cause increases in gas & belching as your system doesn't digest these well. High BP comes from your body's reacting to what it views as an irritant. Carmine is a food additive used to add color. There is research that suggests large amounts can cause big problems. If someone wants to try SENSA and has no known food allergies to any of these, buy it thru a third party like HSN.com when it is on special. HSN will stand behind what they sell, and you can get a refund if the product is returned in 30 days. That should be sufficient time to know if you are going to have a bad reaction. I can't have dairy so am hoping something else will be developed because millions of sets of SENSA have been sold and folks all over are reporting weightloss success. That dosen't mean the stuff is dangerous - only that some inidividuals should not take it, so stop if you notice any symptoms and consult your doctor. And it doesn't hurt that knowling all this, ck your BP shortly after starting just to be sure.

posted Jan 14th, 2012 7:51 pm


Koala

SENSA contains milk, soy, and carmine. Many people are allergic to dairy - estimates are 20-25% of the population - and alot of them don't know it. Maybe they don't drink milk or use only a little cream in their daily coffee. Now they start sprinkling this on everything at each meal of course there will be a reaction. Soy is another common allergen and either couled cause increases in gas & belching as your system doesn't digest these well. High BP comes from your body's reacting to what it views as an irritant. Carmine is a food additive used to add color. There is research that suggests large amounts can cause big problems.
If someone wants to try SENSA and has no known food allergies to any of these, buy it thru a third party like HSN.com when it is on special. HSN will stand behind what they sell, and you can get a refund if the product is returned in 30 days. That should be sufficient time to know if you are going to have a bad reaction. I can't have dairy so am hoping something else will be developed because millions of sets of SENSA have been sold and folks all over are reporting weightloss success. That dosen't mean the stuff is dangerous - only that some inidividuals should not take it, so stop if you notice any symptoms and consult your doctor. And it doesn't hurt that knowling all this, ck your BP shortly after starting just to be sure.

posted Jan 14th, 2012 7:50 pm


FiggyLeaf

I have been using Sensa for about 3-1/2 weeks and rather than losing weight, I've GAINED 5 lbs. Not a great side effect. Have not noticed any other side effects.

posted Nov 24th, 2011 2:16 am


mick

i been using this 3 days, And my blood pressure went from 130 over 80 to 144 over 94. and i have pains in my chest. And im a healthy eating guy. My BP has never been that high. this stuff is going back. ITS DANGEROUS PEOPLE.

posted Sep 8th, 2011 7:38 pm


Deasa

I just turned 25 in june i started taking sensa in 2009 a lump in my breast formed shortly after it stayed there and continued to grow till 2010 i stopped taking sensa and went to the docter due to severe pain and it was breast cancer!!! i was devastated and i couldnt figure out what i did different in m,y life and that was nothing but start using sensa i do not recomend this to anyone of any age! and by the way i am cancer free as of april 2011!!!1

posted Aug 26th, 2011 9:32 pm


Shirlee Lindauer

I am interested but does it have soy? Soy is a number one cause in breast cancer in women going through menopause. If so what number is it in the ingredients. This needs to be researched for women like me who have had cancer. please reply.. Thank You---Shirlee

posted Aug 13th, 2011 3:22 pm


fran smith

can sensa cause high blood pressure? are there any other side effects? i have been on sensa for 1 week. i have noticed some change in eating habit. i am not eating as much and cravings have gone away. BUT i have developed headaches and high blood pressure. i never get headaches and dont have HBP. i have stopped as of today, and see what happens in the next few days, i also plan on calling my doc to check out the high blood pressure, that is dangerous.

posted Jun 26th, 2011 4:22 pm


richard pilchen

Sensa seems to be exactly what I expected and needed to control my appetite. It is true my visits to the bathroom have increased and something I kinda expected. Am in my third week and intend to continue unless my doctor advises otherwise.

posted Apr 8th, 2011 8:09 am


Damaris

I been using sensa for a month and I went for my regular physical exam and my labs came abnormal, my CBC came too high. I didn't know what was this an I asked my provider, she told me I have liver dysfunction; I never drink in my life and I never have any problems with my blood pressure or my liver. I have to stop using sensa and I really don't recomment it to any one.

posted Apr 5th, 2011 5:36 pm


Jacci

I have been on Sensa for about 3 weeks now and was really liking it until yesterday...I went to the Dr cause I banged my toe and she took my blood pressure and it was really high...I have never had high blood pressure in my life...I am quitting Sensa for now to see if it comes back down to normal...that was really scary!!

posted Mar 12th, 2011 12:58 pm


cdreamerme

On Monday of this week I received my introductory package of SENSA. And I sat down and read the entire booklet to make certain I knew how to use this product. In fact I made certain to examine the photo page showing the difference between using too much SENSA or too little.

At dinner I used SENSA in what I would deem a moderate dosage. After dinner I lived to regret it. The 'problem' finally ebbed some hours later. And I do mean hours later.

I will attempt to use less of SENSA tonight and see how my system reacts.





posted Mar 9th, 2011 7:23 pm


Susan

I have been using Sensa for about a week and a half. NO SIDE EFFECTS and I am eating half of what I ususally eat. This is also teaching me new habits because I do not put as much food on my plate because I do not like to waste food. I am also preparing more vs grabing something because I sprinkle everything that goes into my mouth. I have lost 4 lbs so far and I believe this is the best thing ever!!

posted Dec 18th, 2010 7:34 am


texas

I used Sensa for about 1 week. I had severe diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, headache. I also developed dangerously high blood pressure and then had 3 TIAs-which are strokes. I was in the hospital and did not fully recover until January 2010 but I am still under doctor's care. I don't know if it was caused by SENSA but it seems like it could have been.

posted Aug 25th, 2010 3:31 pm


norma

I have been using sensa for 2 weeks. I really wanted this to work, as I have tried every diet known to man. But it wasn't until I stopped using it, that it hit me what was going on. I have had a constant headache for about 2 weeks. I am a person who does not get head aches.....ever. I have been anxious, my bloodpressure has gone up ( way into the 160 range) I have aches and pains I never had before. It was all very concerning to me. I stopped using Sensa for a couple of days and now the symptoms have started to go away. Today is the first time I haven't had a headache in a while. And, I actually slept all night long last night. Sorry folks, but this stuff is bad for some of us. :(

posted Aug 23rd, 2010 6:18 pm


Sensa in Sherman

I have only been on Sensa for a week and I have already lost 6 pounds. I workout at least 4 times per week but I had hit a plateau. It seemed like the more I worked out the hungrier I became. Sensa does what it claims to do...curb the appetite. I find myself fuller faster and since using Sensa I have yet to finish all the food on my plate. I haven't had any side effects either.

posted Aug 20th, 2010 2:49 pm


Bea K.

Has anyone here heard of, or read about Hilton Hudson III and other doctors who endorse this product? The really scary part is that most of the people on the infomercial 'do not' say if they've experienced any side-effects, which says alot to me. If at least one or two stepped forward to say it's not as 'easy' as the commercial portrays then I might be willing to chance it, but I truly don't believe it's this 'easy'.

posted Aug 7th, 2010 5:55 pm


shirley stever

If you guys dont like them taking money from you credit cards every month get a load yourself card at wal mart dollor general ect.... You put what you want on there and dont have to worry about people taking your money. If ya dont load money on the card they cant take it out:) NEVER GIVE A STRANGE COMPANY YOU CREDIT CARD #!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

posted Jul 10th, 2010 12:19 pm


Mary

How to respond--I have a friend who was on the second
level of Sensa. I had dinner with her and she accidently
gave me her plate. A few hours later, I found out the hard
way. I had terrible diarrhea, bloating. The next day my
liver is congested and pushing up against my ribs so they
actually hurt. Does anyone know what I need to do about
this? I only use alternative medicine, so I think I better
get some assistance ASAP. Thanks.

posted Jun 9th, 2010 10:34 pm


alanea

and fyi its free, all you pay i shipping and handling for the first 2 months worth and 4.95 for the book and CD

posted Feb 20th, 2010 7:36 am


Kiley

Maltodextrin (Derived from corn from the USA)...just wondering....could this be Monsanto genetically modified corn? My guess is that this product is just another way for the elite to make money.....I wouldn't touch it with a 10 ft. pole either!

posted Jan 26th, 2010 2:22 am


Crystal

The first ingredient is maltodextrin, which is one of the absolute worst things you could be putting in your body every time you eat. Any sugar product made from corn is hazardous to your health. In fact, scientists have recently come clean about findings that these cheap heavy sugar syrups made from corn are the cause of childhood diabetes, and it no doubt plays a part in the obesity crisis in the US. Carmine seems to be the only "actual" ingredient (i.e. not a filler or color/flavor), and it doesn't look to be proving itself as too healthy either. I wouldn't touch this stuff with a ten foot pole. It's a little something called self-restraint that will save you during the holidays, and there's no substitute to that.

posted Dec 31st, 2009 1:31 am


Stacy

Another thing:
"Common side effects experienced while using Sensa include upset stomach, vomiting, diarrhea and hives. If you have difficulty breathing, dizziness or swelling after taking Sensa, you should contact your doctor immediately. People without known allergies have also experienced some of these side effects while using Sensa. Others reported side effects including gas and loose bowel movements. It HAS side effects, they are rare.

posted Aug 10th, 2009 2:38 pm


Stacy

Sensa contains Carmine (Crimson Lake, Cochineal, Natural Red 4, C.I. 75470, or E120).

??Some people also have adverse reactions to carmine, which has led to a push among food safety activists to clearly label carmine so that people who wish to avoid it may do so.? ??As a food dye it has been known to cause severe allergic reactions and anaphylactic shock in some people.?
Sensa??s ingredients:
??Maltodextrin (Derived from Corn from the USA), Tricalcium Phosphate, Silica, Natural and Artificial Flavors, FD&C Yellow 5, and Carmine. Sensa also contains Soy and Milk ingredients.? ??Cochineal, also known as carmine, is derived from insects and therefore is neither vegan nor vegetarian. It has also been known to cause severe, even life-threatening, allergic reactions in rare cases.?
I wouldn??t want to put artificial flavoring and food coloring, and maltodextrin on everything I eat. That messes with your system. That much maltodextrin would give me gas, constipation, and diarrhea. Not so awesome.

posted Aug 10th, 2009 2:31 pm



   
 

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15 Responses to “Sensa Diet Review: When Biology and Food Technology Meet”


Delightfully Healthy
Oct 21st, 2008
10:25 am

Huh. I’m intrigued, but cautiously so. Thanks for posting!

Jody


Desperate Weight Watcher
Oct 21st, 2008
7:36 pm

I would like to know if where can I buy Sensa. I search their website but they didn’t ship this product in Asia especially Philippines.


Review This Weight Loss Program
Oct 22nd, 2008
5:22 am

does it pass the food and drugs department? i don`t prefer thing like that.. there are lots of ways on how to be slim it might be an enhancer but it wont really work if you wont do something with yourself.. i mean work that @~9 of yours!!!


heather
Oct 23rd, 2008
11:01 am

Since Sensa is a food product, FDA approval is not required for Sensa. All of Sensa’s ingredients are on the FDA designation list of GRAS – Generally Recognized as Safe.

It’s patent is still pending. The creator of the product, Dr. Alan Hirsch, currently holds 10 patents relating to olfactory mechanisms.


Selah117
Nov 1st, 2008
8:11 pm

If you go to this web site: http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/booster_shots/2008/06/get-a-whiff-of.html

I am posting my comments each month while I am trying Sensa for 6 months. I am letting everyone know each month how Sensa is effecting my body weight and my eating behavior and any side effects I may be having. I think that will give people a better insight into whether this product works or not. The Sensa site says that if you are a woman then it can take from 4-6 months before you notice any significant weight loss and I’ve been on it for 3 1/2 months so far. I have actually gained 10 pounds on Sensa so far which doesn’t sound like the typical reaction from others who have tried it as long as I have. I think a lot of it has to do with the fact that the potency of the shaker wares off which is why you are suppose to throw away one shaker after 30 days and try the next. My portion control is very good for the first 2 weeks and I have noticed that lately I crave more healthy foods. Anyways, to learn more please check out the link.


Tommy
Jan 24th, 2009
6:20 pm

I tried Sensa about 7 months ago while in Canada. I thought it was a joke and laughed when my wife suggested it. I stopped laughing awhile ago and have since ordered more.

Proud to say I lost 45 pounds with no side effects. The first place I heard about it was at a site called sensasolution.

I wish everyone luck and good health


Jodi
Feb 9th, 2009
3:28 pm

I’ve been on it for 1 (one) week and have lost 7 lbs. Yes – you heard me correctly……..7 lbs in 1 week!!! I’ve noticed that my appetite isn’t has huge as what it was a week ago and I’m eating smaller portions as well!

I’ve always been skeptical of “fad weight-loss diets” but I’m am becoming a believer in Sensa!

Try the “free offer” – you only pay for shipping & handling…..what do you have to lose???


Lyn
Mar 8th, 2009
10:48 am

where can i buy sensa here in manila, philippines? does anyone know where i can get it? please help, thanks


mercy
Mar 17th, 2009
8:05 am

where can i buy sensa here in the philippines? ply help me to lost wieght. i try to go on veggie i lost 15 lbs but now my wieght up again to the same lbs before


Thomas
Mar 18th, 2009
12:04 am

I really like Sensa and I order the six month supply and at first I was angry because I found a free offer about one week after I started the stuff. Other than paying too much (I wish I Ordered the free supply) I love the stuff. I have been on it for 3 months now and I lost 16.3 pounds. The cool part is that I really am not dieting, I am just not wanting to eat as much.

I think this Doctor has helped weight loss enter a new era. This may make weightloss today look like pong to video games. I think the stuff will be aroubd for a long time.

The place I wish I ordered the free stuff, which is about $5.00 is at a small site portal and I have not seen it anywhere else. I do not see how anyone can make any money when it is only $5.00.


Nicholas
Mar 25th, 2009
10:22 am

I’ve been on nutrisystem for 3 weeks. The last time I weighed myself I lost 8lbs. but its like I keep see-sawing and I have no idea why.


Shelia
Apr 8th, 2009
8:34 pm

The thing is about the free offer and just paying S&H is they keep on charging your credit card and never stop, or sign you up for all kinds of other stuff.


Dee
Jun 3rd, 2009
5:05 pm

I’ve been using Sensa on my food most of the time for about 2 and 1/2 weeks now and have not lost weight. I do believe I am eating less, hard to say in my case. I have started gaining weight lost from chemo last year, so maybe this sensa is simply stabilizing my weight at present. I go back & forth wondering if I should send it back before they charge my credit card the $89 (1st payment one month after the free shipment), or stick it out in hopes of later success. Will keep y’all posted. Here’s hoping!


karen
Jun 20th, 2009
10:42 am

Don’t buy this product. I sprinkled like a fool for 3 months and did not lose a pound. I stopped by order, and it took 6 months to get a refund. It doesn’t work.


jerry hill
Jun 21st, 2009
7:23 am

If all these products are so good, and about everyone that uses it likes it, why does one have to committ to $89 a month and then when it doesnt work, take 6 months to get it stopped and a refund. I really am fearfull of the companies who want an automatic withdraw out of your account each month and then when you try to stop, it is almost impossible to talk to someone or to get it stopped. Is it just a get rich quick plan by the owner?