Have you seen the commercials?
Those gorgeous size 2 models dancing all over the beach shaking the weight reduction product called Sensa? According to those happy smiling faces, if you simply use Sensa, you too can indulge in all the decadent, culinary pleasures of deliciously fattening hot dogs, french fries, pizza, cold cuts and huge ice cream servings and still manage to lose weight. Wow!!! I never knew it was so easy, did you?!
Sorry, I know I sound snarky, but I now understand how Jesus felt when he angrily threw the money changers out of the Temple. “What are you doing to my Father’s house?” I realize we live under grace and can eat pretty much as we want, but I don’t believe this is how God wants us to treat our bodily temple, do you? 1 Corinthians 3:17, “If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him. For God’s temple is holy, and you are that temple.” That’s quite a strongly worded command.
According to Sensa:
- A participant will lose up to 30 lbs within a 6 month period, or approximately 1 1/4 pounds a week.
- Sensa consists of chemical flakes: silica, maltodextrin, tricalcium phosphate, dyes, etc. which are sprinkled over food.
- Sensa offers many flavors, mimicking mildly salty or sweet tastes.
- It claims to work by tricking your sense of smell.
So it tricks your body into thinking you’re not hungry? Now who was it that tricked Eve in the Garden of Eden, again? Oh right, Satan. He’s still on the prowl today. 1 Peter 5:8 “Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour” I’d rather let God control my life, not the devil, wouldn’t you?
Those who try Sensa are searching for an easy way out, wanting to literally have their cake and eat it too. Okay, once again, what are my mantras?
- Eat for Nutrients! How many nutrients are in hot dogs? Not many! And . . .
- Anything’s Fine in Moderation. One doesn’t have to give up all their favorite foods; simply make better choices.
Practice self-control. Titus 1:8 “But hospitable, a lover of good, self-controlled, upright, holy, and disciplined.”
The majority of overweight people know what to do; eat less, drink water and exercise. Overeating is often due to unconscious, emotional, self-destructive reasons. Until we get to the root of the problem, we’ll only mask it.
Although a few did sing Sensa’s praises, the majority of those who tried it stated that it didn’t work for them. Hmm, wonder why . . .
According to the website, Sensa is recommended to be taken along with a diet and exercise program. Of those who LOST weight on this program, most included routine exercise as well. Exercise and eating less always produce weight loss, but does it produce health? Losing only about 2 lbs a week is what I normally recommend anyway. Of course, when one loses weight without exercise, one loses muscle along with fat. When they gain, they primarily gain fat back. Then it’s harder to lose when they try again.
Oh wait . . . I’ve found was some good news! You’ll definitely lose some weight because your wallet’s going to be lighter. A one month starter kit is $59.95 while a six month kit cost $354. For that, someone could purchase plenty of fruits and vegetables, which creates a more alkaline body, decreasing appetite and improving one’s mood and immune system.
Amazingly, a person can lose 2 lbs a week just by eating right and exercising! Hmmm, I think I’ll purchase a new dance DVD with the savings.
Please don’t be taken in by false diet gurus who promise easy fixes! Honor God by disciplining your body and trusting Him in your Christian walk.