Making Sense of the Sensa Weight Loss Program

NancyM on 9 Jan 2009 at 7:41am

Sensa is, at first glance, a dieter's dream pixie dust; you sprinkle Sensa powder on EVERYTHING you eat for 6 months and voila!—you lose weight.

Sensa apparently works by playing on your sense of smell to signal your brain to believe you've eaten enough food and, therefore, you stop eating.

The Sensa diet program is the brainchild of Dr. Alan Hirsch, who has put 25 years of research and a seemingly extensive clinical study behind Sensa. Sensa's ingredients can be found everyday food like yogurt, canned fruit, and sugar substitutes like Splenda:

Maltodextrin, Tricalcium Phosphate, Silica, Natural and Artificial Flavors, FD&C Yellow 5, Carmine. Contains Soy and Milk ingredients.

So here's the million dollar question: What if I ate "normal" - including my stash of Lindt Truffles - but used Sensa? Would I lose weight?

Like all the other diets, unless you change your eating habits, no amount of Sensa will make you drop the pounds. From a recent Sensa site blog post: 

Remember, Sensa can help you reduce your portion sizes by making you feel full faster, but even if you eat half of a 1270 calorie salad that's hardly keeping you on track. So be sure to be careful with restaurant and fast food meals.

How much does the Sensa program cost? The six month starter kit is the least expensive option at $235, and for those committment-phobes who only want to try one month, the cost is $59. 

Read on about "Extra" co-host Dayna Devon and Sensa or see Sensa in action on Dateline NBC: