I Can Make You Thin by Paul McKenna

A system to help you lose weight permanently

Paul McKenna’s book and CD package, “I can make you thin”, is described as a revolutionary new way to stop overeating, control cravings, and feel totally motivated to take exercise.

The book outlines Paul McKenna’s breakthrough weight-loss system that re-patterns you thoughts, attitudes and beliefs about yourself, your health, and your food to help you easily take control of your diet and lose weight permanently.

Paul McKenna is a hypnotist

Paul McKenna became famous in the 1990s as a hypnotist on television. Like most stage hypnotists Paul made people do silly things, see things that weren’t there and so on. So how can a hypnotist make you thin, to quote from the book’s title?

As you probably know, hypnotists help people with various health-related issues such as curing phobias, stopping smoking, and of course, weight-loss.

One of the things that makes this programme so powerful is that the book comes with a mind-programming CD. This contains a hypnotic induction designed to help you change your behaviour, eat better, speed up your metabolism and escape from any fixation with food.

Diets usually don’t work

The program outlined in I Can Make You Thin is a bit different from most weight-loss programs you might have tried.

A lot of weight-loss books start with an explanation of the program, which is usually interesting, then the book descends into various recipes and poor lists of nutrients found in various foods.

Here Paul McKenna starts by saying that 90% of people who try to lose weight by dieting fail, and explains why that often happens.

Paul McKenna’s four golden rules for losing weight

He goes on to outline four golden rules to follow for successful weight loss.

Here are the four golden rules:

  1. When you are hungry, EAT
  2. EAT WHAT YOU WANT, not what you think you should
  3. Eat CONSCIOUSLY and enjoy every mouthful
  4. When you think you are full, STOP eating

These four golden rules might seem to contradict what you have been told elsewhere, but the book explains why they work.

If you starve yourself, which many diets recommend, you are encouraging your body to store more fat.

Eating what you want helps to avoid cravings for the “forbidden food”. People who have free choice over what they eat in this program will hopefully make good choices.

Thinking consciously about what you eat and enjoying every mouthful is the part of the program that I found most helpful. If you gobble your food down without chewing it properly it arrives in your stomach quickly and you may not be aware that it is filling up. Taking your time gives your body time to recognise that your stomach is filling and you end up eating less. This really helped me when I followed the program.

Stopping eating when you are full seems obvious, but often we don’t do this. We continue to eat everything on the plate just because it is there, or we go back for more just because there is more. Only eating until you feel full means you will usually eat less and feel quite satisfied. Eating consciously as in golden rule 3 really helps with this.

Should you give it a try?

So, would I recommend I Can Make You Thin? Yes, I would. It is a more thoughtful and less restrictive weight loss program than most, which makes it easy to do. I achieved good results with it, and continue to use it several years after I first tried it out.