SENSA Weight Loss System (Updated Review)

Weight loss sprinkles may not be effective for weight loss

SENSA Weight Loss System
SENSA Weight Loss System

If you're looking online for the SENSA Weight Loss System, you're not likely to find it. The popular "sprinkle diet," as it was often called, is no longer available after government agencies fined the company for making false claims.

What Was The SENSA Weight Loss System?

SENSA gained instant popularity in 2009 when Dr. Alan Hirsch published Sensa Weight-Loss Program: The Accidental Discovery That's Transforming the Way People Lose Weight. 

The book captured the attention of dieters who didn't want to change their eating or lifestyles to slim down. 

Instead, dieters purchased a complete SENSA Weight Loss System based on claims made by Hirsch that the product would help them lose weight by changing the way their brains worked with food.

According to Hirsch, you could simply sprinkle special crystals on your food and the sprinkles would send a message to your brain to stop eating. He said that the weight loss sprinkle method was backed by independent research.

Unfortunately, however, Hirsch's claims were not backed by scientific evidence and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) intervened. On January 8, 2014 the FTC ordered marketers of Sensa to pay $26.5 million dollars to settle charges that they deceived consumers. The FTC planned to make the funds available for refunds to consumers who bought Sensa..

Currently, if you see online ads or images of the SENSA weight loss crystals, you'll find the product is no longer sold by legitimate vendors.

The book, however, is still available for sale. Vendors like Amazon still sell the book even though the diet sprinkles are no longer sold. 

Why Dieters Used SENSA Weight Loss System

People who have used the weight loss product said that these factors helped them lose weight:

  • Simplicity. In order to use the system, you simply carried a shaker of SENSA crystals and added them to your food.  Dr. Hirsch said that the ingredients in the crystals changed the way your brain detects fullness and you ultimately eat less food.
  • Safety. According to the company, each substance in SENSA was on the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) list of foods that are generally recognized as safe (GRAS). So dieters felt safe using the weight loss crystals instead of more (potentially) dangerous weight loss pills.
  • No diet restrictions. Probably the most appealing thing about SENSA was that it allowed you to eat the foods that you typically eat. The company claimed that weight loss happened because you eat less food overall as a result of feeling fuller faster.
  • Celebrity endorsement. Actress Octavia Spencer became the spokesperson for SENSA and endorsed the diet as the reason she was able to slim down for the red carpet. Ms. Spencer is no longer affiliated with the diet.

Why SENSA Didn't Work for Dieters

Many dieters did not lose weight with SENSA and complained online. Many experts criticized the diet for reasons including:

  • No dietary change. The SENSA weight loss system did not require you to change your diet so even if it did help you to slim down, you may not see improvement in your risk for certain diseases like high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease.
  • Hazy science. From the beginning, weight loss researchers said that there was little scientific evidence to back up the claims. While a scientific research study was cited on the company's website, the study details were unclear. The research was conducted by the company's founder and was not published in any well-respected medical journals.  
  • Too expensive. Ultimately dieters who did lose weight with SENSA probably did so because they controlled their portion sizes, not because they sprinkled crystals on their food. The cost of the product didn't seem worth it.

Unfortunately, when weight loss products sound too good to be true, they usually are. The SENSA Weight Loss System is a perfect example of why dieters need to be smart when choosing the best diet for them.