Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Just a Sprinkle a Day, Makes the Fat Go Away!

All you have to do is shake some Sensa sprinkles on your food and you will lose weight!

That’s the claim anyway.

Although I personally find this a little hard to believe, QVC is betting on it working (or at least selling!).

According to the Sensa website, when they tested the product on 1,436 people, they lost an average of 30.5 pounds in 6 months without changing their diet or exercise plan. Now as impressive as that sounds, they could have stacked the deck by using more men (who lose weight faster) and using chubbier people (who have more to lose). I don’t know. Seems too good to be true.

The sprinkles, developed by Dr. Alan Hirsch of the Smell and Taste Treatment and Research Foundation, are supposed to work by intensifying the smell and taste of food, which helps suppress hunger and tricks the brain into feeling full. So, ultimately, even though you can eat whatever you want, you end up eating less of it.

The long term effects haven’t been studied yet. And anyone who’s been on the weight-loss roller coaster knows that it’s harder to maintain the weight loss than lose weight. What happens when you stop sprinkling? Do you become a sprinkle addict???

So what’s in these magic sprinkles anyway? They certainly aren’t going to give that information away since they are sitting on a goldmine, but they do say that they are made out of artificial and natural ingredients approved for use in food by the FDA.

There are two types of the non-caloric sprinkles: the salty ones for savory foods and the sweet ones for the sweet stuff. And although flavors like cheddar cheese, mocha, horseradish, strawberry are in the mix, you aren’t supposed to taste the sprinkles once they are on your food.

I must admit that even though this looks highly suspect, I’m intrigued and tempted to try it. If you’re interested, you can go ahead an order it here or wait until it’s on the Q in a few months.

Is this a Shake-n-Fake or the real deal? Should I give them a try???

ETA: Queen Bea is taking the sprinkle plunge ... read about it here.


  1. I think you should go for it Queen Bea and let us know how it goes!

  2. this sounds like mrs. dash on crack or something. SCAM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. Looked at the website and I'm thinking of trying it ... unless I can talk myself out of it!

  4. People just need to eat less on their own... I did it, and even though it wasn't easy it worked & I've kept the weight off for over a year now.

    Besides, what happens when they take the stuff off the market (which they're sure to do--sounds pretty shady to me)? People will just gain back the 30+ pounds. Yo-yo dieting is horrible for the body, and your metabolism will suffer for it!

  5. OMG, this sounds exactly like something that my friend tried. It worked, but eventualy she quit using it b/c she hated sneaking it into restaurants and bars and making up explanations why she was spiking her food.

  6. Dr. Hirsch has been around awhile and written lots of books. He was even on Oprah! I'm inclined to believe him.

  7. I've already ordered some. I'll let ya'll know how it goes--30+ lbs lighter would probably help my cholesterol, so it's worth a try!


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