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I Can Make you Thin by Paul McKenna,
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This review is from: I Can Make You Thin - Love Food, Lose Weight: New Full Colour Edition (includes free DVD and CD) (Paperback)I know that its usual to get your review in on a book as quickly as possible, but with this book I thought what would be the point? Yes, I could tell everyone know how well it was written, what it said made sound sense, good layout, etc etc. But what I wouldn't have been able to tell you is whether or not it worked. I couldn't have done that without testing PKs theories first. So that's what I've been doing for the past four weeks. I gave it a fair go so that I could pass on exactly whether or not the book will do what it says it will do.
Background - Female, 54 years old, menopausal and of course overweight! And as we all know ladies, when Mrs Menopause comes aknocking on your door she brings with her several girlfriends, one of which is Mistress Weight Gain - bitch! And you know that weight gain at our time of life is nigh on impossible to get rid of. Yes, like you all I've tried every conceivable diet, fad going but the golden rule of thumb during the menopause is not to diet isn't it - Menopause without Weight Gain: The 5 Step Solution to Challenge Your Changing Hormones. What's a girl to do? I'll tell you what she does - she follows PKs instructions to the letter and DOES NOT DIET!!!!! THIS IS NOT A DIET.
Four weeks ago I weighed - 11st 12lbs (with clothes on) so say 11st 8lbs naked and I started on the 90 day programme that I hoped would be the beginning of a new way of viewing food. Today (18 April) was my second weigh in and lo and behold I was exactly 11st (naked). I have lost 8lbs in four weeks and never, ever in my entire life has that ever happened before. But here's the best bit: I've not once ever felt that hungry I was near to feinting (as you usually do on diets), I've not counted calories, I've not had to suffer the gagging reflex trying to swallow dry pieces of cardboard! I've not had to practically kill myself in the gym in the hope of losing a few ounces. I've lost 8lbs in four weeks just by being committed to giving this system a fair trial. And in short - IT WORKED FOR ME! What ran through my mind reading the book was - If you always do what you've always done, you'll always get what you've always got! - Try something different - it just might work. It worked for me and the reason being was I was prepared to give this 100% commitment. I read the instructions, practiced the lessons and stayed with the programme and will continue to do so for the next 60 days. After which, this will be the way I will live with food for the rest of my life hopefully.
But all this doesn't mean that you don't have to put in a little bit of effort. You do. Effort into the programme, effort into staying with the four golden rules, effort into listening to the CD and effort into getting off your backside and doing something! For me its walking, sometimes, 30mins a day, sometimes a whole hour at as brisk a pace as I can manage. That's all you need to do honestly. But if you're feint of heart, don't have 100% commitment and still want to give the `Cabbage Soup' another go - then this book isn't for you.
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Initial post: 27 Jul 2010 16:04:13 BDT
Krystle Siaw says:
This review was very helpful, thank you. I just wanted to ask if the CD is a hypnotherapy CD. Please advise.
Posted on 2 Aug 2010 17:20:20 BDT
R. Kish says:
Hello, I was just wondering a couple of month later is it still working? Seriously considering buying this for a better healthier life. Thank you
In reply to an earlier post on 17 Aug 2010 12:30:11 BDT
Julie Morgan says:
Apologies for the latest of the reply. Not getting the links through to my email account. Still eating healthy and still losing weight although I did plateau for about two months! Not listening to the CD now - after a while it gets a bit monotonous.
Good luck anyway
In reply to an earlier post on 17 Aug 2010 12:31:17 BDT
Julie Morgan says:
Apologies for not getting back sooner. Not geting the links through to my email account. the CD isn't hynotherapy - it doesn't put you into a trance or anything, so no worries.
In reply to an earlier post on 22 Aug 2010 14:51:21 BDT
I too have lost 8lb in four weeks of this routine and have put food to the back of my mind, learning to recognise true hunger. I think the cd being monotonous is actually ok. If you completely surrender it doesn't matter what he's saying because within moments you are doing what he trains you to do, relaxing completely and utterly. A very happy, restorative way to spend half an hour of the day. However there are a couple of slightly annoying sentences, i.e. telling you to close you eyes twice and the bit about Michelangelo...
In reply to an earlier post on 28 Jan 2011 12:45:02 GMT
Kelly A19 says:
I agree with you about the Michelangelo point! I could even recite it but I still don't understand its relevance! I am assuming from your comments that the CD is exactly the same CD as in the original book - does anyone know that for sure? In which case, I'm not sure if it's worth me getting this new version - unless the DVD is really good?
PS I also find the way he says 'shoulders' at the beginning of the CD very very creepy & off-putting!!
In reply to an earlier post on 28 Jan 2011 12:53:00 GMT
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The Paul McKenna experience continued to be wonderfully successful and now five months on from my last comment I weigh 9.3 stone which is perfect for me at 5foot 4 inches... I have him in my head still. I bought the set for a friend and looked through it, found that the journal was printed into the book instead of being separate and the dvd is only one of a set to whet your appetite (unfortunate metaphor) so no point to it really. I think the Michelangelo bit was pretentiously trying to say carve away the flab and release the perfect body within. Yes you have to block out any creepiness, just surrender!
In reply to an earlier post on 10 Sep 2011 21:28:31 BDT
Did you tandem this with Dukan?
In reply to an earlier post on 11 Sep 2011 12:46:32 BDT
No, just cut out bread and potatoes forever really. I did get back up a bit after the course ended but friends said my face looked better for a few pounds back on.
Posted on 24 Jan 2012 18:20:54 GMT
Interesting that the line about 'Mrs menopause' is exactly the same as that in the Dukan diet review. Or am I just cynical?