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Paul McKenna's I can make you thin

Did anyone tune into it today?
Anyone tried it?
Im thinking to try it for the next 5 weeks while it's on TLC, but I don't know how I would log If I eat what I want when I want.

Sun. Mar 16, 10:11pm

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I tried Paul Mckenna, I bought the book which came with the mind programming cd. I think it's a great program in theory, you just have to be a very analytical person for it to work. You have to do a lot of mind retraining before you get to the stage when you can actually eat what you want when you want. Also, whenever I used the CD I found I got REALLY hungry afterwards because he makes you create an image of your favorite foods! Good luck with it, I know someone who lost heaps with it and has kept it off. It just wasn't for me, I'm more of a doer than a thinker.

Monday, March 17, 2008, 7:50 AM

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I watched the show last night and it seems he has some really good points. Like how distracted I am when I eat.
I am looking forward to knowing the key behind not emoionally eating.
I can be full and still WANT to eat. How do you stop those behaviors?
I will be curious to see what he has to say in the coming weeks.
Thanks OP I was hoping someone would start a thread about it.

Monday, March 17, 2008, 1:45 PM

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Some of it is common sense stuff, and it is worth trying because it won't hurt your efforts or your body. I thought the experiment in the diner was interesting. I'll try adding his "rules" in this week.

Monday, March 17, 2008, 1:54 PM

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I am so disappointed I looked for it on the disc, health channel last nght I did not see it, are they replaying it if so what channel?

Monday, March 17, 2008, 3:39 PM

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pp here sorry just re-read op I now see it was on TLC..darn I was so looking forward to seeing it thought it was on another channel. Thanks for posting!

Monday, March 17, 2008, 3:50 PM

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I've got no TV. What is the main idea of the program?

Monday, March 17, 2008, 4:08 PM

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hey, OP here,
well first off you can check it out on
the main idea is 4 "golden rules" which are
1. Eat when ur hungry
2. Eat what u want
3. Eat consiously (put down fork and knife in between bites, chew at least 20 times, don't do anything while you're eating that might distract u like tv, reading ect.)
4. stop eating when ur moderatly full

Monday, March 17, 2008, 6:14 PM

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op - sounds like the winning combination to me! It sounds like a lot of what the Beck Solution is about and I loved that book - once you change your mindset it all gets so much easier.

Mind retraining is what a lot of people need - myself included! It's all this mindless (and emotional) eating we do that can get us into trouble.

Monday, March 17, 2008, 6:44 PM

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There are still 4 more weeks to come and he said he was going to talk about emotional eating next week and the following week dealing with cravings. I would assume that he will also recap what the previous week was about.
I loved the ideas and though they are common sense I don't do it.
I agree with the poster who thought the diner experience was interesting.
They had 6 people eat the same breakfast one day and everyone finished what was on their plate.
The next day they did the same but blindfolded them and no one finished their plates and they were full. Some leaving half behind.
I can see how it could work if you slow down enough to think. And feel what you are doing.
I thought it was funny when the one lady says well what if I am hungry 5 min later? Then go eat something. he said.
I tend to always think well I can't have this so I am going to eat as much as I can and get sick on it.
Crazy how we can train ourselves.

Monday, March 17, 2008, 10:25 PM

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I tried to slow down my eating today based on this premise where you won't eat as much, for me common sense but never really tried before. So anyway I slowed down and only ate half my cereal for breakfast, got hungry around 10 minutes later and pretty much finished it off. Ate as much before dinner as usual but at dinner I was full after just my salad and chicken. Totaled 1205 calories, was full but then the issue of emotional eating came about and I ate some cheddar rice cakes and skinny cow ice cream around 285 calories that just looked and sounded good. So will definitely watch next week to stop this bad behaviour.

Monday, March 17, 2008, 10:35 PM

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I started doing this diet, and im totally stressed out constantly, Im just so out of tune with my body, that I have no idea what hunger is.
did someone have the same issues?

Tuesday, March 18, 2008, 5:27 PM

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I have been trying to think about it when I eat but am running into the same problem with the emotional eating.
I am eating healthy foods at least but not needed.
Mindless eating. Man to conquer that.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008, 3:46 PM

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Mindless and emotional eating are bears, for sure! I actually have anxiety when I choose to not eat when I don't need to. It passes after a few days, but it is hard.

5:27 I have the same issues with hunger. I found the Beck Diet Solution very helpful. She describes the difference between hunger and cravings, and I learned that most of what I feel are cravings. I also learned that just being near food can set off these strong cravings to eat and hunger pangs, but if I remove myself from that environment the pangs go away. It was eye-opening.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008, 4:29 PM

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pp - that is so true! I can be totally full, but put me in front of a just out of the oven pizza and suddenly I'm startving.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008, 5:55 PM

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I tried it for two days and found that the only way this works for me is if I have an energy bar that I can carry in a sandwich bag until it's done. Otherwise, I find myself making a half-or third portion so I don't waste food, it won't take forever to eat and even then I don't finish that because psychologically I don't want to clean my plate. It makes me a grazer whereas I have always been a 3 meal a day person and successfully lost a lot of weight that way. Like what another poster said it messes with what I understand as hunger. Also, if you take a bite of an energy bar and let it slowly dissolve in your mouth before you swallow, it really isn't all that appetizing.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008, 6:54 PM

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If snyone is interested they are reshowing episode #1 check out TLC.COM for local tv listing for your area..I'll be tuning in this Friday night @11PM ,

Wednesday, March 19, 2008, 8:58 PM

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Its working for me

One thing for certain is I’ve grown to despise dieting and everything it stands for especially the mental gymnastics of it.

In my situation there are various reasons I’ve stayed over weight but the bottom line is I put the weight on no one did it for me. I’ve allowed what I think others think of me to influence my actions and resented it and am not doing it any more. McKenna has shed new light on a very dark place and it is working for me.

The only side effects I’ve notice are:

I’m eating smaller portions without feeling deprived
I’m losing weight
I have more energy so I’m exercising more
I’m happier
And just knowing I've given myself permission to eat what ever I want I find I’m actually making healthier choices because I don’t feel deprived.

So for me this has been a revelation and nothing but positive. The first thing I ask myself when I think its time to eat is who wants to eat? My body or my mind? And unless my body is truly hungry I’m waiting and if I don’t know I have a glass of water wait a few minutes and ask again then if I’m truly hungry I close my eyes and ask what type of food my body wants right now to actually satisfy it. But to do that I adapted some rules.

I use a smaller bowl or plate then I would normally and if I’m eating out I ask for a spar plate or box and put ½ of it away before I start to eat.

I try not to multi-task while I’m eating NO reading, watching TV or driving till I’m finished or my focus is elsewhere and I’m bound to overeat.

I’m really trying to FOCUS on taking smaller bits and setting my utensils down between each, it was a pain at first but I’m getting used to it.

I’m trying to taste every bit, chewing slowly and savoring the flavor. It’s amazing how much better things taste when you do and on the flip side I’m finding some things I craved really don’t taste that good when you finally taste it vs. inhale.

About half way through I ask if I’m still truly hungry and if I’m not sure I’ve made the conscious choice to stop eating because I’ve already given myself permission to eat again if I’m truly hungry even 5 minutes later. And if I finish the half portion I’m eating and am still hungry then I’ll take a few more spoonfuls and go through the process again.

Just out of sheer curiosity I’ve also been logging what I’ve been eating and interestingly enough it’s been falling between the 1200 to 1400 calories range go figure.

Friday, March 21, 2008, 2:37 PM

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That's awesome - 2:38!

Too often those of us who eat too much aren't paying attention to any of those things. We're feeding emotions, cravings, etc. We eat too quickly to notice when we're satisfied - think of all the things people eat and drink in their cars, at their desks, in front of the tv, etc. It's all so mindless!

Good for you and keep us posted.

Saturday, March 22, 2008, 2:09 PM

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What's with the tapping? tonight's episod

Has anyone heard of this method before?
Did it work for anyone?
It just seems so stupid, I mean, how could it possibly "reprogram your brain"???

Sunday, March 23, 2008, 11:19 PM

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Its working for me

I’ve been following this now for 5 days and lost 4 lbs
I’m also seeing that this process will carry into other aspects of my life as well
I’m buying smaller quantities at the store because I know it will take a smaller portion to fill me up and it is.
I don’t want or feel I need to go shopping to find a new outfit that might make me look better because I’ll be in a smaller size soon.
This is not a diet but a way of life and face it all of us habitual dieters all ready know what’s healthy and surprisingly now that I’m making the choice of what I want to eat instead of feeling like I have to eat it because it’s the thing to do or something someone else expects me to do I seem to be choosing the healthier foods. (Free of choice)

If you haven’t seen the show, check out TLC on the internet – the show is called I can make you thin – try to see the 1st one (The secrets of naturally thin people) first if you can.

I haven’t done much with the tapping part of it yet but from what I have it diverts your thoughts away from be it a craving, stress or other emotion long enough to change your pattern.

Good luck

Tuesday, March 25, 2008, 4:39 AM

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4:39 - Congrats!!! I too am seeing a difference in how I perceive food and realizing how much in control I really am of what goes in my body. I've lost 3 lbs in about 5 days. I'm hoping this will be once and for all with my efforts to stay healthy! I've tried the tapping somewhat and it actually seems to take my mind off of what ever I'm thinking. I've been using it for stress too and it seems to work. Keep up the good work.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008, 12:42 PM

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Its working for me

12:42 Congrats to you too… now that I’m not focusing on what I can and cannot eat all the time I’m finding that I’m focusing more on how to incorporate more exercise and movement in my life and liking it. Keep up the good work were heading in a positive direction.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008, 4:37 AM

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This has really changed how I see food too, it is great. It can really be life-changing. Though last night, my mother in law pissed me off, and the tapping got a little too vigorous!

Wednesday, March 26, 2008, 8:39 AM

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he kept repeating himself over and over and over... I thought, God he just spent 10 minutes of the show just repeating the same damned thing. I got so annoyed and turned off the TV.
He wasn't saying anything Dr. Oz, Dr. Peeke or any other Discovery Channel Episode hasn't already said.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008, 10:36 AM

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i have been trying it tvoing it so i can review-i want to know how to beat the cravings...especially aroung pms time.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008, 10:39 AM

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Hang in there!

Unfortunately not everyone gets it the first time or turned in the first time and it’s that daily repetition in applying the principles he’s reminding us of that will eventually create positive changes towards making the changes lasting.

Regardless of what your goals are don’t give up

Wednesday, March 26, 2008, 3:55 PM

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I just watched the last two episodes on Monday. These are the only two I've seen. It feels great. Eating when I'm hungry, stopping when I'm full. Turning off the TV. Eating the foods I want to eat (although I already eat very healthfully). I didn't even have dinner last night because my body wasn't hungry for it. In the past I would have forced it just because it was "dinner time". I had a small snack instead.

I'm going to the website now to check out more. How is everyone doing?

Tuesday, April 08, 2008, 11:06 AM

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I love his stuff and the simplicity of it - fabulous! Mindset is truly a powerful tool. I find I eat a lot less, I don't like a lot of the junk I used to scarf down - turns out when I take the time to chew it ain't all that great!

Tuesday, April 08, 2008, 11:31 AM

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I think the premise behind his ideas are really great, but honestly I can't stand HIM. It seems like a cheesy informercial and I keep waiting for him to bring out a juicer or foreman grill. I think I would do better reading the book because then I wouldn't have his voice in my head.

Tuesday, April 08, 2008, 12:31 PM

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sounds interesting. i dont have cable tv so ive never seen it. but from what everyone has been saying about it. i guess ive already incorporated some of those ideas into my life. i dont follow a diet. i am doing it on my own with good old fashioned exercise, eating the approriate numbers of calories for my body and prtion control.
i agree that is all a mind thing though. whenever i see something in the house that i really like. i feel like i really need it now even if ive just even a full meal
ive partially cured this by only cooking exactly the approriate numbers of serving for my family without leftovers and if there are leftovers i put it away immediately and try to keep it out of my eyesightin the fridge/cupboard. i also use smaller plates or a small bowl. i also work at night driving and i often found my self stopping at the all night convenience store to grab a snack. so i started having a piece of fruit when i get up then two hours later i have 20 oz water then 2 hrs later i might have another piece of fruit, and two hours later 20 oz water again. its seems to keep my mind thinking its full and satisfied all the time and i count them towards my fruit servings for the day . its working for me and it keeps me from over eating the rest of the day if i follow the same pattern. so im actually only eating every 4-5 hrs but my mind thinks im eating every 2 because i fill in the gaps with water

Tuesday, April 08, 2008, 1:10 PM

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Have not seen the show but did read the "I Can Make You Thin" book. I do love the concept. I have been doing it 1.5 weeks. I have lost 4 pounds so far. I have eaten a few times when I wasn't hungry. But now focusing more on hunger. The point is you eat when you are hungry and eat what you want. NOT "I EAT WHAT I WNT WHEN I WANT". You have to feel physically hungry. The hardest problem I had was learning when I was actually hungry. The first 2 days I was going too long not realizing I was already past the hungry part. I started listening closer to my body and now eat when I start feeling the first hunger pains. Stop as soon as I even think I am full. I think it is wonderful. And in a week and a half, I have started craving veggies and fruits because I don't HAVE to eat them. However, I have been eatting ice cream, pasta, biscuits and gravy, etc. But I might only have a small saucer. But it is enough to get rid of physical hunger! I also started taking a multivitamin.

Saturday, February 13, 2010, 11:13 AM

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