Can your thoughts make you thin?
According to TV hypnotist Paul McKenna the answer is yes. I have watched his TV program “I can change your life” and I have to admit I was impressed. He took a man with hysterical blindness and helped him improve his sight. Later in the show his diagnosis was revised – it turned out the problem was physiological not psychological! The experts were at a loss to explain how the hypnotist had been able to improve a physiological condition.
McKenna also helped a lifelong sugar-holic with diabetes overcome sugar cravings. In the face of temptation that would make even a saint reach for a Toblerone she remained strong. Naturally I rushed out and purchased Paul McKenna’s books and tapes.
He makes a bold claim in his #1 Bestseller ‘I can make you thin’ which includes a free weight loss CD. According to his book you should:
“Forget about dieting. For ever. Diets are no more than training courses in how to get fat and feel like a failure.”McKenna blames obsessive dieting, emotional eating and faulty programming (or your thoughts) for excess weight and claims a greater than 70% success rate with his program. I decided to put his claims to the test.
He is convinced that if you follow his four golden dietary rules and listen to his CD that you will lose weight. His book includes a large number of testimonials from successful weight loss participants. Some had used the book and CD but it appeared that the majority had the advantage of one-on-one consultations with the magical hypnotist Paul McKenna.
McKenna’s rules for weight loss
- Eat when you are hungry
- Eat what you want, not what you think you should
- Eat consciously and enjoy every mouthful
- When you think you are full, stop eating
If only life were so easy. The rules are great but not everyone will be able to implement them. This is where the CD comes in. It includes visualisation and hypnosis geared towards changing your programming.
I’ve listened to the CD a few times but unfortunately I am not susceptible to hypnosis so I can’t tell you whether I noticed any change in my thinking patterns. Nor am I skilled in visualisation. However I did think that the affirmations and statements of positive intent on the CD were likely to be helpful.
The book ends with craving buster techniques including tapping (Thought Field Therapy). There are a lot of positive testimonials from people who have used TFT or EFT techniques - unfortunately I'm not one of them - but it's worth a try.
I asked a friend to trial the CD. She has been overweight for a long time and was very keen to try McKenna’s CD and book. She has been listening to the CD for nearly three weeks and feels that there has been no significant change in her thinking patterns. However, she still believes the book is a good investment. She liked the CD and the book which she found to be very encouraging. She is optimistic that the improvements in her self-confidence and dietary habits will take place if she perseveres.