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The Sensa diet claims to be as easy as a sprinkling your food to lose weight.

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  • Established: 1996
  • Founder: Dr. Alan Hirsch
  • Headquarters: McLean, Virginia
  • Accessibility: Online
  • Diet Type: Supplement that sprinkles on food
  • Gender: Male and female

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Also known as "The Sprinkle Diet," Sensa is an easy to use dietary supplement that aids in weight loss. Rather than having to take pills like most dietary supplements, Sensa Tastants are a product that you sprinkle on your food. You can use Sensa on your snacks as well. You don’t have to make any big changes to what you eat, but with Sensa you eat less.

The product is designed to work with your sense of smell and claims to make you feel full faster which leads to eating less. As you eat, smell and taste receptors send messages to your brain. These messages release hormones that tell you when it’s time to stop eating. This process is called Sensory Specific Satiety.

Sensa works with your body’s natural impulses to help you avoid hunger and intense cravings. Sensa has no calories and no sugar or sodium. The product is gluten-free as well so those with food allergies can still take it.

Even though there is a clinical study behind Sensa, the study was done by Hirsch himself and is not considered scientifically valid. But in his study of 1,436 men and women, the participants lost an average of just over 30 pounds in six months without making any changes to their diet and exercise program. That is also the claim made by the website, namely that you can lose 30 pounds in six months by following The Sprinkle Diet.

There is currently a deal for those that want to try Sensa. You can try the product for 30 days and return it if you are not satisfied for a refund. The product is marketed as a solution that helps you lose weight without dieting. Sensa was created and developed by board-certified neurologist Dr. Alan Hirsch. He is the nation’s leading authority on the science of smell and taste. Although you don’t have to change your diet with this program, those who have had dramatic results used Sensa with a diet and exercise regimen.

One of the top benefits of Sensa aside from the weight loss would be that it claims not to change the taste or texture of your food. When you start the program there are two different Tastants for salty and sweet foods. You also get a video that guides you through how to correctly use the program.

There are very few side effects with Sensa partly because the ingredients contained in the product are common ingredients you would find in other foods.

  • No pills to take
  • Can be used on all types of foods and snacks
  • Based on science to make you feel full with less food
  • Contains no stimulants
  • Eat regular foods and no need to count calories
  • Helps eliminate cravings
  • Easy to use at home or on the go

  • Promotes losing weight without making any changes to diet or exercise
  • Sensa is tasteless to most people; some may be able to taste the product
  • Product has not been approved by the FDA (ingredients are on the FDA GRAS list)
  • Some complaints about customer service and refund process
  • Not appropriate for those who are lactose-intolerant because the product contains milk

Sensa contains Maltodextrin (Derived corn in the U.S.), Tricalcium Phosphate, Silica, Natural and Artificial Flavors, FD&C Yellow 5, and Carmine. Sensa also contains Soy and Milk ingredients.


Sensa asks that all people who try their product and are on medication speak to their primary care doctor before starting anything. They are not qualified to give out any medical advice, meaning they can't tell you if Sensa is right for you based on a particular disease or medication regimen. This product is not FDA approved but the ingredients are on the FDA GRAS list. GRAS means generally recognized as safe. Keep your doctor in the loop about anything you plan on doing.

Sensa is sprinkled all over the surface of your food just before eating it. The Tastants marked “Salty” are sprinkled on all foods that you would typically use salt and pepper or a savory seasoning for meat, fish, pasta, most vegetables and starches. The Tastants marked “Sweet” are sprinkled on sweet foods like fruit, pastries, desserts and cereal. The words “Salty” and “Sweet” do not mean that the actual Tastants contain salt and sugar, or that they will make your food taste salty or sweet – it’s just a way to describe the type of food to use it on.

Sensa can be purchased in savory or salty flavors, like cheddar cheese, onion, horseradish, ranch dressing, taco, and Parmesan cheese or as sweet flavors, like cocoa, spearmint, banana strawberry, raspberry, and malt.

Sensa should not be used on liquids or liquid foods like soup or stews.


One of the biggest draws for most people with Sensa will be that you can get results from the product without changing your habits. However, if you want to get results faster it’s advised that you incorporate a sensible diet and exercise regularly. Sensa does work to reduce cravings and make you feel full on less food.

You are encouraged to use Sensa on every meal or snack you eat as well as to keep portions in moderation.


Sensa offers a product that really sounds too good to be true. You sprinkle the Tastants on your food, eat less and lose weight. Most of the bad comments you hear about this product involve the recurring charges on your credit card and being placed into an auto-ship program. If you do decide to try Sensa, remember that your results can be enhanced if you include a sensible diet and start exercising regularly. And check with your doctor first, especially if you take any medications.

Sensa is unlikely to be your magic pill to weight loss, but if it somehow promotes you to eat less and with more mindfulness then perhaps it's worth it.

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I ordered the trial package of this product, but because of unforseen circumstances in my life, I was not able to use it. I tried to return the product, intact until I could give it a shot next year sometime, but the company would not work with me on a return. Once again, this was an expensive lesson to learn that these companies over the internet are not flexible, and are not willing to work with people to return product. Unless you are certain that you want to try this product and are willing to pay the $90 for it, don't take the risk!!!!!! It's not worth it.

posted Nov 23rd, 2009 10:35 am



When used properly Sensa truly seems to cut food cravings and curb my appetite. For example, with Sensa, I can make a "100 calorie pack" last for several snacks during the day instead of several "100 calorie packs" a day without it. Sensa does, however, require a mindful approach. It means taking small portions, sprinkling, eating and then stopping to evaluate whether or not I'm satisfied. With Sensa, it certainly is possible to eat more, but if I want to stop, I can without feeling deprived. There is a noticable difference in satisfaction from when I use it and when I don't.. It is a tool, not a diet.

posted Nov 18th, 2009 4:39 pm


I had read very disturbing reviews about Sensa, but figured that my shipping costs were more than worth the free month and half trial period. I didn't expect much to be honest, but I used in on my first meal and I really noticed a difference! I am a big 'foodie' and I constantly go back for seconds or even thirds! With Sensa, it was great, it's not like a felt stuffed, or sick, I simply just didn't want to eat any more. I felt truly satisfied, like I had gotten the best out of my meal! It didn't hit me right away, I guess it takes about 10 minutes to finally start signaling that I am full, but when it does, I look at my food and think to myself " No, I'm good. No more for me tonight." I'm not over weight, but it is the holiday season and I tend to gain 5-10 lbs, so I wanted to lose weight before I went on vacation at an all inclusive resort. Well, it has been 1 week, and I have lost 5 lbs!! Really, I have....WOW! The only thing I am struggling with is that I believe I sprinkle too much of the tastants on my food, so I'll have to use fewer for the following months batch. If you are concerned about the free trail, the main thing to remember if you don't like it and want your money back, is to have it postmarked BEFORE the last day of your scheduled free trail. I figured I would use it for the free trail and then send it back; what harm could that do? Now, I'm going to keep doing it!! Good luck to anyone wondering if this is right for them ❤

posted Nov 16th, 2009 5:12 am




posted Nov 15th, 2009 5:36 pm


well i was really interested in this sensa but now i dont think im going to order it, becuz this sounds like a scam that i tried 2 yrs ago. the "free" sample was like 4.95. and then you get billed on your credit card after. i they sent me another shipment before my 30 days trial was over. and they didnt give me any info nothing. thats why i was afraid to get this sensa stuff, cuz it sounds like people are having the same problems.

posted Nov 9th, 2009 3:12 pm



I been trying this product for almost a month and it is working! I had loose 3 pounds!

posted Nov 8th, 2009 11:29 pm



I do not like this product your not supposed to be able to taste it on your food but I do it's just crushed up pills and I'm glad im shipping it back before hand so they do not charge me because I will get stupid.

posted Nov 6th, 2009 11:47 am



I would like to add another comment.....I have a friend who also tried this supposed "free trial"....she recieved an e-mail telling her how to return her product. When I asked the company why I didn't get this e-mail, they said that the info was in the packing label. I had not kept the label once I recieved the product and checked to make sure what was in the box was what I had ordered. If you have already ordered your "not so free trial"...please keep the label. YOU HAVE TO REQEST THE E-MAIL TELLING YOU HOW TO RETURN THE PROUCT, you CANNOT just cancel. I have reported them to the Attorney General's office. I am sure I will have to pay the $89.95, but I hope this helps someone else.

posted Nov 6th, 2009 10:56 am



I would like to warn anyone who tries this product...while some might have success with it both I and my girlfriend both started to gain weight. I canceled my plan less than 30 days after I started it. I have offered to return the product, but they will not accept it and have charged my account 89.95. There is NO SUCH THING as a "free months supply". Be very careful! If you do not cancel in less than 30 days from WHEN THEY SHIPPED IT you will be in the same predicament.

This is a scam and a fraudulent product!!

posted Nov 6th, 2009 9:23 am



It seems to really work, Unlike Nutrisystem, weight watchers and other diets this product gives me a strong feeling of fullness. That's the real test of a successful diet.

posted Nov 1st, 2009 7:05 am


Thank you everyone for posting, I was seriously about to try this, it looks so promising, but for your honest comments you have saved me a terrible time and a lot of money. Thankyou!

posted Oct 30th, 2009 8:41 am



This is one of the biggest ripoffs and scams out there. The product doesn't work and they take your money to boot. What a shame!!!!!!!!.

posted Oct 25th, 2009 5:58 pm



This company has fraudulent and manipulative practices to make money. It isn't about having a product that will make someone lose weight....it is a marketing scam. Save money and just find some good snake oil.

posted Oct 22nd, 2009 3:40 pm


You people have to watch out for "Free Samples", nothing is ever free, so always be cautious and READ THE FINE PRINTS, you have to because you dont know if your signing away your soul..lol..but really these diet promotions do this all the time...even Acai, everything with free trials are usually a scam to get you to buy more. READ before you give your money to the devil.

posted Oct 21st, 2009 7:30 pm


Sensa is FRAUD. First of all, it doesn't work. I tried it faithfully for three weeks with zero results - I think I even gained a pound or two.

Second, I called to cancel about three days after receiving my kit when I saw that it was a monthly billing thing. I HAVE A CANCELLATION CODE AND THEY STILL CHARGED ME. They are robber pirates and they are going to get a piece of my mind when their customer service center opens today!

I can't believe they would still charge me after I cancelled so promptly - SENSA IS A SCAM!

posted Oct 21st, 2009 8:17 am



This is a scammer!I saw Oprah's program with Alan Hirsch and I liked it and bought his book-it was interesting concept. As for the product-Sensa-totallu bullshit!First of all, they charged my card more than promised, second, I don't have positive results!The doctor's image was changed. DON'T BUY THIS PRODUCT.And legally they breach the contract, when they charge me more...

posted Oct 20th, 2009 7:32 pm

gloria addison

Please don't buy this product. It does't work. These people are scam artists. I sent off for the 30 day tria. It didn't work so l sent back the next month's that they had sent with the trial period. They kept the product and charged my credit card $89.95. What they did was against the law. They can't keep the product and the money. That's called double enrichment. Keep your money in your pocket. They are nothing but crooks. Stay away from them.

posted Oct 20th, 2009 1:39 pm


Thanks for the feedback. Helped me to decide. I'm going to continue with the extra long walk and the moderation in diet. No "SENSORY SALT SHAKER" for me!! Good to know that these sites are out here...keep it coming.

posted Oct 20th, 2009 10:55 am


For all the idiots who don't read the fine print. Everything that says it is a free trial offer for 7 or 30 days, means its free for 7 or 30 days! The terms & conditions on every website (diet pills etc) says after the trial ends, you will be billed. Stop bitching about being decieved and wanting to sue, you will lose. Every website has a terms & conditions on the bottom of the page for a reason. Now Shut the up.

posted Oct 18th, 2009 10:15 pm



this is 100% pure crap. No customer service at all. they are looking for a quick buck at your expense!!!

posted Oct 18th, 2009 3:52 pm


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