Always looking for new ways to curb your appetite and shed those stubborn pounds? Now that bikini season’s among us (or at least among those of us that don’t live on the East Coast, where it’s been raining for about 10 days now), finding a way to cut calories and look good on the beach is on everyone’s mind. Enter Sensa: tiny edible granules that, when sprinkled on food, are supposed to enhance the smell and taste of your meal and send olfactory messages your brain that make you fuller faster. What’s more, they release hormones that are supposed to suppress your appetite so that you’re not a member of the “clean plate club” at every meal.
A recent article in the New York Times quotes Dr. Alan Hirsch, the maker of Sensa, who says that you become full when your brain senses that you’ve smelled and tasted something. Basically, you’re tricking your body into thinking it’s satisfied before you get the chance to overeat. So I can sniff that glazed donut, maybe take a few bites, and feel no need to eat the rest? No more burrito binges? No more digging into my pasta face first?
Where do I buy these magical crystals?!
According to the same New York Times article, there are tons of products out there that offer similarly amazing services. SlimScents are aromatherapy diet pens filled with various odors that you sniff before you scarf, the Aroma Patch releases a vanilla odor and can be worn on your hand or chest (it’s adhesive), and Peppermint Happy Scent spray can be tossed in your purse for an on-the-go hunger decreaser.
There are critics of Sensa and other smelly diet products that argue that there isn’t enough proof that messing with your senses will make you eat less. In addition, there are doctors and nutritionists who fear that people will stop their exercise routines or quit eating healthfully if they think that these special granules can solve all of their weight problems. I, however, am quite curious. And although I might get some weird stares as I sit at a restaurant sprinkling fairy dust all over my penne a la vodka, I think it’s worth a try.