Wondering about the Sensa weight loss scam? Since the Sensa weight loss system arrived on the market in 2008, health professionals and consumers have called it everything from a miracle product to a scam. Many people have achieved their weight loss goals using Sensa, but many others have found it to fail on delivering its promise of quick and easy weight loss. Consumers complain that their lack of results is only exacerbated by the company’s questionable business practices.
What is Sensa? Sensa Tastants are a powder-like substance that contain zero salt, sugar, gluten, or calories. You sprinkle Sensa on your food before eating, which, according to the Sensa website, does not alter the taste of your food.
How Sensa Works. As you eat the food sprinkled with Sensa, the Tastants react with your taste and smell receptors to send messages to your brain. These messages trigger your brain to release specific hormones that mimic a sense of fullness that helps you eat less. It also claims to reduce cravings and impulse eating.
Results. The Sensa website claims that you can lose up to 30 pounds over six months if you correctly follow the program. If you are unsatisfied with the product or your lack of weight loss over the first 30 days, you can request a full refund.
Long-term Maintenance. The main criticism Sensa receives concerns the lack of research pertaining to long-term weight loss maintenance, which requires healthy eating choices and exercise. The Sensa programs allows you to eat essentially whatever you want, making weight loss appear incredibly easy. Without learning healthy eating and weight maintenance habits, some Sensa consumers have trouble transitioning off the diet and subsequently return to their previous unhealthy lifestyle, which results in weight gain.
Lack of Valid Scientific Evidence. Only one research study has been conducted regarding the efficacy of Sensa. The study results show that Sensa helped participants lose an average of 30 pounds over the six-month research period, compared to the average of only two pounds lost by the control group. However, the creator of the Sensa program, Dr. Alan Hirsch, performed this study, and it is, therefore, considered invalid. No leading medical or health organization has validated these claims.
The Not So “Free” Trial. Sensa claims that it will refund your money if you are not happy with your results after the 30-day free trial. However, many Sensa customers have complained on numerous diet and consumer review websites about Sensa’s hidden fees, unauthorized credit card charges, and reluctance or refusal to honor its refund policy.
Other Questionable Aspects. Like many diet products, Sensa is not approved by the Food and Drug Administration. Also, the website does not disclose the total price of your purchase until after you enter your personal information, which enrolls you in an automatic shipment program that you can cancel only over the phone. Lastly, the website does not disclose potential side effects that many consumers have complained about on other websites. These include nausea, headaches, dizziness, and difficulty breathing.