The Sensa Diet (also known as the “sprinkle diet”) is one of the newer, popular diets on the market for those who want to lose weight.
Sensa was developed by Dr. Alan Hirsch, a neurologist.
According to Dr. Hirsch, the Sensa Diet — which consists of sprinkles that you put on your food to increase the sensation of the taste and smell of your food — actually tricks your brain into thinking you are full sooner. Hence, you don’t eat as much as you normally would.
Hirsch claims that:
- it doesn’t matter what you eat
- you need make no changes in your diet
- you need to make no changes in your exercise routine.
As long as you use his sprinkles, Dr. Hirsch says that you will lose weight.
Now let’s talk about the pros and cons of the Sensa Diet…
Advantages of the Sensa Diet
#1 In one study, 1500 people were put on the Sensa Diet for 6 months. None of these people changed their lifestyle at all. They continued to eat as they always had prior to adding the Sensa, and they lost an average of 35.5 pounds each in that 6 month period.
#2 Sensa claims to be an all-natural appetite suppressant since it tricks the brain into thinking the body has eaten more than it actually has.
#3 It’s a no-brainer. You don’t have to do anything other than add Sensa sprinkles to your food, so it requires no change in lifestyle to work.
Disadvantages of the Sensa Diet
#1 It is cost-prohibitive at $60 a month to stay on the diet, or $210 for 6 months. In my mind, this is way too much to spend for something of this nature. You could take that money and buy healthy foods, or invest in a monthly membership to your local gym.
#2 It requires you to make no lifestyle changes at all. According to the testimonials, you don’t have to exercise or watch what you are putting in your mouth. In my mind, the whole idea to losing weight is not just to lose weight but to get healthy. Eating less is a good start, but if the foods you are eating aren’t healthy ones, this diet is going to do nothing to improve your cardiovascular health, or your health in general.
#3 There is no guarantee that the Sensa sprinkles are natural. In fact, I wouldn’t call them natural at all. They contain things like maltodextrin, silica, FD&C Yellow 5, Carmine, soy and milk ingredients, and tricalcium phosphate. Okay, if that’s Hirsch’s definition of natural… well then, we are all in a world of trouble diet-wise. Most of these ingredients are not natural at all, but are chemical based, which to me is scary. Just as we’ve learned that many artificial sweeteners are not particularly safe to ingest, I suspect that 20 years from now we will discover that those who subscribed to the Sensa diet have developed health problems connected to their consumption of this product.
#4 With this diet, there is no plan to improve the emotional aspects of overeating that cause people to become overweight in the first place. Many people overeat and gain weight because they eat for emotional reasons, and have emotional triggers that are connected to food. If a person doesn’t do some serious looking inside themselves to understand why they overeat, then the only way to maintain the weight loss is to continue to take Sensa with your food. At $60 a month, and who knows how high that cost will soar over time? Being on this diet could become very expensive.
I don’t personally care whether or not the Sensa Diet actually works. I think that this is a moot point; obviously it works. But in my mind, the disadvantages far outweigh the advantages to consuming this diet product. I personally would not try it, nor would I suggest that others try it. Just because something may work, doesn’t mean it’s the best thing or the healthiest thing for our bodies.