A new-to-me diet/weight loss gimmick
Thursday, October 18, 2012
I had forgotten about this for a while, but just recently I remembered it and wanted to share. A couple months back when I was prepping for my CT scan, I had to drink some barium sulfate while I was at work. It comes in a big cylindrical bottle. One of my coworkers saw me with it in the break room, and it's common knowledge at work that I've lost a lot of weight, so he asked me what it was - because he thought it was "that stuff you sprinkle on your food to lose weight." I had no idea what he was talking about, but he explained there's some powder that you sprinkle on your food and it's supposed to help you lose weight. I told him I thought it sounded like a gimmick, but he said his daughter had lost weight using it. I had my doubts about whether the powder was the REAL reason she lost weight, but I kept my mouth shut.
Then I googled it, and it seems that he was talking about the "Sensa" powder. http://www.dietspotlight.com/s
To probably no one's surprise, it looks ridiculous.
The smell is supposed to trigger leptin and make your brain think you're full?
You only lose an average of 30 pounds in 6 months? Shoot, anyone could do that by watching what they ate a little more carefully. I would expect a supplement to have a more pronounced affect than that.
Furthermore, the study indicating that level of weight loss was conducted by the snake oil salesman who's pitching this crazy powder? Suuuuure, buddy.
You pay $235 for a 6 month supply????
It just looks so absurd.
I hope people don't buy into this too much, at least not until there are reputable studies done by unbiased, unconnected researchers and until they have demonstrated that there are no serious side effects. Weight loss supplements make me really uncomfortable, because they always seem to discover years down the road that something in them causes some kind of serious medical problem. Thank goodness I found success on my own, through diet and exercise changes, before becoming desperate enough to buy some!