Want to hear about a diet that sounds like a dream? Imagine being able to eat whatever you want without worrying about the consequences of what you were eating. Yeah, sounds too good to be true, doesn’t it? That’s because it probably is.
But these are the claims made by Sensa, better known as “The Sprinkle Diet.” Sensa has been the target of a lot of criticism and even court cases that have tainted its image. But is it the scam that it seems to be, or does it actually work? In this article, we’re going to take a closer look at Sensa’s claims, ingredients, and whether or not the program actually works.
What is the Sensa Diet?
Alan Hirsch, the founder and director of the Smell and Taste Treatment and Research Foundation in Chicago, developed Sensa to help promote fullness and weight loss. Sensa is sometimes called “the Sprinkle diet,” because all you have to do is sprinkle the crystals onto your food as if it were salt or another spice, and eat your food as usual. Savory flavors include cheddar cheese, onion, horseradish, ranch dressing, taco, and Parmesan cheese. Sweet flavors are cocoa, spearmint, banana strawberry, raspberry, and malt.
These sprinkles are meant to enhance flavors and smells, thus tricking your body into thinking that it’s eating something much more substantial that what you’re actually eating. This, in turn, attempts to fool your body and mind into thinking that you’re fuller than you are. The idea behind the whole thing is that appetite suppression equals weight loss, which is does, if the appetite suppression is actually occurring.
What’s inside of Sensa?
- Maltodextrin. This is a type of carbohydrate, but doesn’t really do much for weight loss. It may, like other carbohydrates, cause you to “feel full faster”
- Tricalcium Phosphate. This is just a form of calcium, and there is little evidence that shows that calcium promotes weight loss.
- Soy. There’s no real reason behind having soy, except maybe for taste alteration reasons.
- Silica. Silica is a type of sand, and probably helps to form the “crystals” that Sensa is made of.
- Natural and Artificial Flavors. We don’t really know what they are, but they are there. Sensa is meant to “trick” the body by altering the taste of food, so these probably have something to do with that process.
Does Sensa Have Any Side Effects?
There don’t appear to be any negative side effects to Sensa, even though some people have claimed that the sprinkles totally destroyed their sense of taste. Because there isn’t a lot of proof (or even a large population) to say whether or not that is true, it is likely not a concern. If you have issues with soy, you may want to avoid Sensa, and if you are allergic to any of the ingredients, you may want to be careful.
Does Sensa Work?
According to many people (and a lawsuit in 2012), Sensa really does not work. There isn’t really any scientific evidence to back up the product’s claims, and there really aren’t a lot of people who have claimed success. Part of this is probably due to the outlandish claims made by the company, including the assumption that all you had to do was put the sprinkles on and go for it. If a diet supplement claims to work without proper diet and exercise, then you should probably avoid it; no supplement is the “magic bullet,” you must take care of your body while taking them. On top of all that, there’s not really any weight loss or appetite suppressants found in the Sensa formula. When you piece that all together, you have a product that you should probably avoid.