The Sensa Sprinkle Diet Review : Does Sprinkle Diet Work?

by Alex

Background:Want to lose weight but don’t want to give up your favorite food? The latest diet, “Sensa Sprinkle Diet” by Dr. Alan Hirsch may be the answer for you. In this diet, you will need Sensa shaker that consists of salt-like spray.
There are two flavors for you to choose from: sweet and salty. The concept behind Sensa Sprinkle Diet is rather simple: just spray the Sensa sprinkle in everything you eat. You can sprinkle the sweet Sensa on sweet foods like yogurt, dessert and salt Sensa on other savory foods. The sprinkles trick your brain to think that you are full. As a result, you may lose weight as you are eating a lot less.
Pro

  • No foods restriction;
  • Convenience: you don’t have to worry about calories and carbohydrates consumption;
  • No need to change your lifestyle, although healthy meals and exercise regime are recommended.

Con

  • Not approved by FDA;
  • Expensive: $210 for six months supply;
  • The long term side effects and safety are not studied yet;
  • If you stop Sensa Sprinkle Diet, it is unsure if you will gain all the weight back.

Side effects of Sensa Sprinkle Diet:There are no drugs, stimulants and known side effects. However, you are advised to consult your physician should you have any concern.

How long will you lose weight with Sensa Sprinkle Diet?
According to Dr Hirsch, there’s no typical timeline. Most women took up to 3 months to observe any significant weight loss.

Conclusion: It seems that Sensa Sprinkle diet is backed with solid clinical data. However, the concern is that the long term side effects and safety of Sensa is not study yet! Remember: to make any diet work for you, you must eat sensible diet and exercise regularly!

{ 37 comments… read them below or add one }

TEARS July 30, 2008 at 7:47 pm

I START USING SENSA JULY 24TH, AND LOST 6 lbs…

IT REALLY DO WORK!!

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Jane August 4, 2008 at 4:42 pm

Hi Tears,

It is now August 4th. Have you lost anymore weight? If so, what is your total weight loss so far?

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Jessica December 2, 2008 at 4:34 am

I started sensa and immediately started noticing a huge increase in belching, and then was notified by the people around me that everytime I belched, it smelled like gas! I was mortified! Anyone else experience this?

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linda January 12, 2009 at 6:35 am

I just started on pack # 3 I have lost 7 lbs, but my stomach started hurting today and I dont know if it is Sensa or my ulcer flaring up.

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Kathy April 12, 2009 at 1:17 am

Careful of this company. They send you the “free 2 month sample kit” but willcharge you the full months price if everything isnt returned in 30 days. It doesnt work, cutting back on food does. No address on web site for returns!

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jane April 28, 2009 at 7:48 pm

I agree, be careful of this company. They charge the 89.00 on your credit card and don’t allow you to return it. I found sprinkling ? on all your food every time you eat and especially in public or at social gatherings is highly unrealistic and not a way of implementing long term lifestyle change. I wonder if the simple act of doing this tends to end up being a psychological (mind over matter) change for those who claim it works for them. In other words creates a mindfulness of being more aware of just how much you are eating, and because it’s such a hassle to sprinkle all the time that you tend to then eat less? In addition to this a great deal of junk or store bought box foods tend to be food which is more challenging to sprinkle onto. eg. candy bar, m&m’s, hotdog, etc….The jury’s still out on this product. Their marketing of it, the bait and switch thing alone leaves a poor taste in my mouth. No pun intended. No magical potion exists, do the old fashioned way and make lifestyle changes to better your health, eat less, exercise more, and have a positive frame of mind. No quick fix.

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Kelly Q. May 1, 2009 at 4:21 am

It is interesting how that last post was able to sound as if they were NOT talking out of where the sun don’t shine.

The Sensa company is not a scam and they do all they are going to say. If you order the free trial offer you will have no problem sending the product back if YOU FOLLOW DIRESTIONS. Unless you do not know how to read the directions on how to send it back are all on the invoice/packing slip you get in the box. The link directly below is to a page that shows you the packing slip you receive. The packing slip tells you who to call and how to return. The reason the address is not provided is because you get the address when you call. When you call you get what is called a “RMA#”. When you get your number, you get the address.

As far as it being bait and switch? What are you talking about? I guess you never read the packing slip?

Please stop talking as if you know what you are saying. It is quite obvious you are fairly clueless when it comes to Sensa. If it works for someone FOR ANY REASON, that means it works.

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Sophie Goren July 11, 2009 at 3:08 am

Be careful of this “free” deal. I just had such an awful experience with the acai berry “free offer.” READ ALL THE FINE PRINT! I finally got my money back but, oh, what a hassle.

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Stacy August 10, 2009 at 5:52 pm

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.” http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-carmine.htm

“As a food dye it has been known to cause severe allergic reactions and anaphylactic shock in some people.”
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carmine

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.”
http://www.trysensa.com/frequently-asked-questions.htm
“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.”
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Food_coloring
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.

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Stacy August 10, 2009 at 6:37 pm

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. ”
http://www.ehow.com/about_5263462_sensa-loss-system-side-effects.html

It HAS side effects, they are rare.

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jane August 31, 2009 at 11:26 am

What would you say about a company that requires you to call for a return # before 30 days and provides NO phone number on the invoice or box to call? They also charged my credit card before the 30 days was up. When I finally reached them using a borrowed computer because I was traveling, I got a complete run around, very sarcastic, if not rude servive from Customer Service. I have finally gotten a refund by going to the corporate level. The CR rep did admit that they had made a packing error but was unwilling to make the adjustment or take responsibilty for the mistake. Look out for these guys, they are all about getting the charge to your card, not helping you loose weight. If they can slide even one months charges through while you fight them on every trial, that is alot of money.

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rachel cann September 8, 2009 at 2:29 pm

no phone number or address on my invoice either. i will NEVER do this again.

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Kathy September 14, 2009 at 5:18 pm

I’ve been taking Sensa for the last few weeks and when I do I immediately lose weight, eat less and have less of an appetite, so it seems to work for me; however, on a few occasions I’ve gotten nausaus and last night thought I might throw up. It really did a job on my digestive tract! I would like to know if many people have experienced an upset stomach taking Sensa and if this is something that will go away after awhile or not. Thanks :)

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hilary October 14, 2009 at 3:31 pm

does anyone have the address where i can return sensa? i just got the free month sample but after reading this blog, i want to return it before i get charged.

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ROn November 12, 2009 at 1:05 am

SCAM SCAM SCAM………………………I want my MONEY back

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Lee November 12, 2009 at 1:07 am

This Company is excellant at scamming customers for $100s of dollars and they have a great process for disputing your case with the credit card companies. They don’t tell you the product makes your breath stink!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Alicia November 27, 2009 at 6:23 pm

If I were going to order this product, I’d use a ‘vanilla’ charge card, the kind you can buy just about anywhere these days, and put maybe ten dollars on it, enough to cover the S&H charges to get the free sample. Then THEY would be the ones screwed when they wanted to add charges later! I’m glad I checked first to see if this product is a scam. If it were genuine, they would not be promoting it like a scam, with the ‘gotcha’ for your credit card.

May everyone associated with the product rot in hell.

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Tj November 27, 2009 at 7:44 pm

Customer Service is as follows
Customer Service:
Larana Ryan
28516 Livingston
Valencia California
91355

I talked with a man named Leonard and he informed me that there is no refunds for this item. Be very careful as they do charge you $89.95. I work to jobs and through my own complacency did not notice the first charge so I am stuck with it? Anyone want to by a two month supply for $50.00? Package is unopened !!!! Contact me

TjMarcinko@hotmail.com

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Cyborg December 20, 2009 at 12:05 am

I tried Sensa. One thing that bothered me was that you could not find an ingredients list before you order, still the shipping charge for a “free” trial seemed ok. I didn’t notice anything about repeat billing and no “check box” appeared. After I approved the purchase was when a pop-up window informed me that I would be automatically billed $80 per month. I immediately sent the e-mail to cancel and went to my bank to change my credit card.

Why did I fall for this scam? Well, I saw it on my Yahoo home page and thought that it was safe. It was supposed to be a new product which tells the brain that you are full. It is supposed to be developed by Dr. Alan Hirsch, MD, a renowned neurologist who allegedly has published over 180 research studies, authored six books and appeared on television programs such as Dataline NBC, CNN, the CBS Early Show, Good Morning America and Extra, so they claim. I did not follow my own rule of never trusting a company that doesn’t also accept PayPal.

So what is Sensa? Once I got the product, I was able to read the active ingredients. (Hold on to your seat.) The first ingredient is maltodextrin. This is a common food additive derived from starch and tastes slightly sweet or, to some, no taste at all. Energy products which want to increase their carb numbers without listing it under sugar will use this product, although it is rapidly converted to sugar once ingested. Here’s the thing–maltodextrin is the main ingredient in weight gain products like Carbo Gain. Next we have Tricalcium Phosphate, also known as “bone ash”. Although it is a good source of soluble calcium as a dietary supplement, it is probably used here for its other use as an anti-caking agent, sense Sensa ia a shake on powder. The remaining ingredients are Silca and “natural and artificial flavorings.” It does say that it “contains soy and milk ingredients” probably because the maltodextrin is derived from soy starch and the tricalcium phosphate is derived from milk–common sources for the manufacture of these products.

Decide for yourself if this product will help you lose weight or, by the ingredients in bulk as Carbo Gain and calcium supplement tablets and save money.

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bosco December 30, 2009 at 6:47 pm

Sensa IS A SCAM! It is impossible to cancel the “membership”. They claim they never receive the product you return and continue to charge your credit card. Forget any confirmation numbers or representative assurances. Sensa is a scam!

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Mirnah February 28, 2010 at 2:14 am

Sensa makes your wallet lighter not you! Got a 4 month supply for my B’day & tried it religiously . Did not lose weight . I hated the indifference
of their customer support team …….Total apathy ! Well, I guess they got my money & that’s all matters.

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Bettyboo March 31, 2010 at 11:08 am

This product did not work for me,sensa only made my breath and burps smell very very foul. I did not lost a single pound, when I was eating my own way I saw results, with sensa nada. My advice is watch what you eat, a lot of veggies,salad and fruit use a mayonaise dressing(dilute with skim milk) on salad, no fried food, notthing white,drink plenty of water and green tea, no red meats for 30days,yogurt, brown rice, sweet potatoes, jello-o,pudding, cool whip and lite arobics. These are some of the things that I do and now I’m starting to lose weight. Try it!

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Dr. Pete April 26, 2010 at 7:37 am

Do you give these people your credit card or phone number.
They will call you and try to sell you other stuff and when you say you do not want it, they continue to badger you.

Even after you return the product unopened, cancel your credit card, they turn you over to a collection agency.

Be careful what you put in your body.

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sarah July 14, 2010 at 8:22 pm

I just ordered Sensa and I am excited to try it. Although i did google it after i ordered it which wasnt smart.. So i call the customer care number and got a very nice and informational lady to help me. She said it is not a scam and she uses it herself and sells it to thousands of customers! So i didnt cancel my order. If you dont like it return it within your 30 days like every other place you buy things from and they don’t charge you the $89 so she said.. So I’ll be getting in the mail soon and hopefully I can write on here again saying I have lost weight!!!

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mary July 19, 2010 at 3:25 pm

Started taking Sensa in May saw some weight loss, 5 lbs after a month of usage, but saw my ability to get a good night’s sleep diminished. I could not relax for hours and there were even nights I didn’t sleep at all. If it doesn’t contain a stimulant, was it all in my nose? I did notice a marked increase in my ability to smell, especially otherwise non-offensive smells like campfire wood, adhesives and glues, and perfumem both men’s and women’s, was much more pronounced.

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Linda September 15, 2010 at 7:35 pm

I started Sensa 3 days ago and thought I was getting the flu. Ended up with a belly ache and mild diarrhea the first night. The next day that slowed down a bit. Now I am dizzy and nauseous after every meal and it lasts almost till the next meal. I certainly don’t want to eat when I feel this bad! I will be returning this product. I bought it through GNC so I hope I don’t have the same problems returning this as others have posted. Too bad. Back to the gym and good old Weight Watchers! :)

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jane b October 23, 2010 at 11:58 pm

I am sorry to hear of these negative experiences..I started Sensa 12 days ago and have lost 13.4 pounds..I am having no side effects and have lost 6 inches off just my stomach..If it is a mind-game I am ok with that too because whatever it is it’s working..I feel full faster, no snacking urges and no gorging at night..It has done everything it promised and more because for the first time in my life I am not obsessed with food..I am calm and happy..

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nana October 29, 2010 at 1:58 pm

read all comments and I will not be trying sensa , I will take the advice to eat less and exercise, do not want to deal with all those problems stated in comments. thank you all

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Delrine October 29, 2010 at 3:51 pm

This is my second time trying Sensa, and both times I’ve had a throat issue. I don’t know if my throat is swelling on the inside or not, but it sure feels like indigestion that’s being blocked. I’m curious to find out if I’m the only one experiencing this effect.

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Karen Bell November 5, 2010 at 5:07 pm

Sensa is only corn starch with some dried soy milk and chemical additives. The sweetness comes from Aspartame or Splenda and the saltiness comes from salt. I suggest that you make your own and sprinkle it on your food.

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Karen Bell November 5, 2010 at 5:09 pm

BTW, if you got Diarrhea on it, that means it also has Maltitol, which has a warning from the FDA to not use too much because it gives SEVERE gastric problems.

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Karen Bell November 5, 2010 at 5:11 pm

Here’s a novel idea. Before you eat, consume 4 ounces of a high quality whey protein drink and wait 1/2 hour and then eat.

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jonni November 13, 2010 at 10:51 am

well im holding the box n my hand got it today. and the ingredients say maltodextrin tricalcium phosphste silica natural snd artificail flavoring. what bothers me is it says patent pending testants. idont know exactly what that means but im guessing it cant be good. and as far as returns word for on the invoice it says …. return packages reqiure a return merchindise authorization number RMA to insure accurate processing. if yorenerate a RMA number you must return all opened and unopened products immediately. if product is post marked more then 7 days after recieving the RMA ypur return not be processed.and the customer service number is 866-514-2554. ihavent used it yet dont know that i will. ima do more research.

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Peggy November 14, 2010 at 7:09 pm

Sensa is the best… no, the ONLY weight loss plan that has ever worked for me. I love food, I love to eat. I was thin all my life until I got breast cancer and had to take medication for 5 years. I refuse to give up the foods I love, so I have looked for and tried every diet pill on the market. Everybody says to lose weight you have to eat less and exercise more. I do neither (that I can notice, anyway), and have lost 17 lbs. in 5 months. Yes, it’s slow because I won’t change my eating habits, but what else could do this? I experience some stomach cramping, and diarrhea after almost every meal, but it’s neither uncontrollable nor embarrassing. It is SO worth it. I would endure a LOT more to be able to lose weight without changing anything in my life. I LOVE Sensa!

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Shareen November 23, 2010 at 10:54 am

I was hooked on the television adds with sensa. I started to lose weight 3 lbs a month. The first thing I started to notice was the upset stomach, and felling very sick. I believe I had the four month supply. I was not a faithful with sprinkling so when I stop using the product the side effects were worse. The second reaction was the swalling of my upper lips, then a week later my bottom lip. The third side effect was the scariest when my throat started to swallen to the point I could not breath. It like even if you stop using the product every two weeks you suffer with a side effect with this product. PLEASE DO NOT BUY THIS PRODUCT.

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Janice December 14, 2010 at 3:40 am

Hello-
I also struggle with weight problems so Sensa sounded like an easy fix to my problem. But due to my background (science professor at an ivy league university) I’ve spent some time researching this product. Here is what I’ve found:

1) Sensa is not a scam. In the sense that they will take your money and run. If you log onto their website as instructed in your introductory email, returning instructions are clear. In bold they write that only the first month is free. If you select to keep the second month, you will be billed for the full price.

2) The ingredients for Sensa is nothing extraordinary. According to their website, the crystals are made of : Maltodextrin (Derived from Corn from the USA), Tricalcium Phosphate, Silica, Natural and Artificial Flavors.

source:http://www.trysensa.com/frequently-asked-questions.htm#q21
Basically, it’s a corn derivative.
Their claim of patent (note that this “patent” is “pending” which means there’s not patent granted).
However, I am not an expert in this field, so I cannot comment on how maltodextrin works in a biochemical context. The remainder of the ingredients are flavors enhancements. Tricalcium phosphate is an anti-caking agent.

3) Dr. Hirsch’s scientific achievement is similar to the ingredients, nothing extraordinary. Check his list of publications yourself: http://www.smellandtaste.org/index.cfm?action=about
Nearly 90% of those scientific journals are have a readership of less than a few fewer. Most scientist would be embarrassed to publish in those journals- let alone advertise in them. In fact, most of these publications are not recognized by Google Scholar.

If the product works, that’s great. But I don’t think it’s worth the money.

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Trini Cee December 15, 2010 at 8:10 pm

I tried Sensa and lost about 6lbs in 2 weeks. It really worked. However, I got a soar throat and a sinus infection soon after I stareted it, so idk if it was related. I stopped using Sensa becase I noticed that I had alot of muscle cramping. Also had no problem at all with the return process. They never charged except for my initial charge for shipping.

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