“Sensa and Sensabilities!” (with apologies to Jane Austin)

Sensa has recently been in the news.  Although this is a re-post, hopefully it will save someone money and clarify why this product isn’t for you.

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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?

  1. Eat for Nutrients!  How many nutrients are in hot dogs? Not many! And . . .
  2. 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.

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18 thoughts on ““Sensa and Sensabilities!” (with apologies to Jane Austin)

    • Well Bonnie thank you! You have a very level-headed attitude toward real health versus weight loss fads. That is what drew me to your posts in the first place. 🙂 This is the silly season for weight loss, so I did want to re-post this to prevent others from hurting their bodies through fad diets. Thanks for your comment, appreciate you. Blessings,

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    • Jason! I tried to comment on your most recent blog “Spiritual Pornography” (which targets tapping into one’s spiritual emotions with controlling power.) But for some reason I couldn’t post it. I’m so glad you commented here. The gist of I wanted to say was that you are so right in that blog: “addiction is addiction is addiction . . .” Addiction searches for something to numb the pain within, alcohol, drugs, pornography, shopping, food. It’s primarily based on self-loathing. The only way out is for someone to surrender to God who loves us faults and all and allow Him to take over. Your post was very thought-provoking and I hope others will search it out.

      Thank you for commenting and yes, I sure dislike those who prey and take advantage of others weaknesses. Of course being a Fighter Pilot, you are always fighting for Truth, Justice, Honor and the American Way! 🙂 We salute you! 🙂

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      • Ellie, I’m sorry you had trouble leaving a comment. I will look into that immediately. In the meantime, I should be able to post your comment on your behalf. I’m thrilled you connected with the post. Thanks as always for reading!

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  1. Amen! I began eating healthier and exercising, which has helped me lose 50 pounds. This week a friend of mines told me of these weight loss pills that help you lose 10 pounds a week. That did not sound safe at all, but she kept trying to convince me. I caved in and took them. The first day I had a pill it was horrible, my heart started beating so fast and I had bad stomach pain. I stopped and knew these were not good for me. So, I’ll just continue losing the weight slowly and not become so desperate.Thank you for the truth and for some good reminders! 🙂

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  2. Very True Ellie, fleshy dieting is all about making money for those who promise quick results, a Magic wand sells very well but Trusting God for our portions doesn’t for those wanting a quick fix because as you shared it is having His Balance not man’s and that means choosing wisely.

    Yes as you also said Ellie in another Post , God provided both vegetables and meat for us and it is True that our bodies need both to have a healthy Immune system, because unlike the time Adam and Eve were in the Garden of Eden before the fall, we need the strong protein that meat etc provides because there is much harmful bacteria today and God knew there would be.

    Although I don’t believe that Organic food is harmful as some claim, it is no better than what we eat from our Supermarkets, our Health Departments have very strict control on what we buy and on how they are grown, the standard is very high but yes like dieting, Organic food also makes a lot of money for those who manufacture it.

    Being the Temple of God is not just about our physical bodies but also our minds, soul and heart, these we are not to destroy meaning pollute by a fleshy focus which leads to sinful actions.God tells us food does not bring us close to Him or separate us from Him but sin does, it stop His fellowship with us and we reap what we sow.

    I make it a habit not to judge anyone critically with my own agenda, including those who are overweight, we don’t know why they are and weight gain is not always from overeating or lack of exercise.

    We also all have different personalities, we are unique, what is temperate to one is over the top to others, another reason why we are not to don’t judge others weaknesses, faults and shortcomings.

    Thanks Ellie for the helpful information about Sensa, it’s a good point to remember.

    Christian Love from both of us – Anne

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    • Thank you for your comments Anne. I always appreciate your insight, it’s nice to have you back and I do hope you recover soon.

      As a farm girl I sure grew up with organic food when it didn’t have that name. Who knew? 🙂 I know you as I do, stay away from preservatives, chemicals, hormones and dyes as much as we can, although it’s impossible to do so totally in this day and age. As long as my immune system is healthy I don’t dwell on it too much and trust in the Lord for whatever is will is for my life. If I honor Him in all things, I trust in my future. Blessings,

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    • Oh thank you Sebastian. I so appreciate your encouragement because I’m sometimes fearful that I’ll be taking verses out of context or making them fit my own agenda which would displease my Lord. Feel free to let me know if I ever do that, okay? I saw so many correlations between nutrition and spirituality and want to stay on base. It’s an honor to have so many wonderful pastors such as you, following my blog. Blessings,

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