I Can Make You Thin: The Revolutionary System Used by More Than 3 Million People
  • I Can Make You Thin: The Revolutionary System Used by More Than 3 Million People
  • I Can Make You Thin: The Revolutionary System Used by More Than 3 Million People

I Can Make You Thin: The Revolutionary System Used by More Than 3 Million People

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by Paul McKenna

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Diets Don’t Work. This Does.

Thanks to Paul McKenna’s revolutionary book and CD set, millions of people have watched the pounds melt away. And they did it effortlessly, without counting calories, coping with food restrictions, or fighting cravings. That’s why it’s already an international blockbuster that sold over one million

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Diets Don’t Work. This Does.

Thanks to Paul McKenna’s revolutionary book and CD set, millions of people have watched the pounds melt away. And they did it effortlessly, without counting calories, coping with food restrictions, or fighting cravings. That’s why it’s already an international blockbuster that sold over one million copies in the UK, where it topped the bestseller list for three years running.

McKenna’s system is so successful because it’s not a diet; instead, he uses the latest psychological techniques to transform the way you think about food. No wonder this popular TLC host has a roster of celebrity clients!

This innovative book and CD set shows you how to:
- Speed up your metabolism
- Stop self-sabotage
- Defeat cravings and eat less—without feeling like you’re missing out
- Feel totally confident

The combination of reading and listening will change your attitude—and allow you
to take control of your diet—and reach your goal.

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I Can Make You Thin: The Revolutionary System Used by More Than 3 Million People 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 502 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was skeptical when I first picked this up since I've tried so many diets before. But after reading I Can Make You Thin, I'm a believer. I eat what I want, when I want, and I still lose weight. The book and CD help me to recognize when I'm really hungry and when I'm just using food to feel better.

Mr. McKenna does something that no diet could ever do. He makes you feel better about the body you have now, rather than beat yourself up about the body you don't have yet. Once I learned to like who I am, I started to lose weight and think more positively. It's easy to stay on this system and not worry about willpower all the time. A++!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After reading Paul's book, I've noticed a great change in the way I approach food. I try to actually 'taste' what I'm eating, take my time, eat only when I'm hungry, and it really works.

Now, I eat what I want, but only in moderation - AND I don't feel hungry all the time. What Paul reveals in the book is pure common sense, but a necessary read for those who feel trapped in the diet cycle.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Basically this is a very simple program to follow. Listen to the CD every day for about ten days or two weeks. Read the book. Slow down when you eat, stop when you are no longer hungy, stop and ask yourself if you are really hungry before you raid the fridge, move your butt more often, use the simple techniques to stop cravings. It's really not a diet, but learning how to eat the way normal-weight people eat. This works, but you have to make an effort.
Sconner69 More than 1 year ago
If you want this to work and you are willing to put forth the effort it will work! Lets face it nothing is free and you get out of something exactly what you put in to it. I can not tell you how many ways I have tried to loose weight, and generally the loosing is not the problem at first. But what comes flying back when your "willpower" fails. I could never understand why I could do so good for 4 to 6 weeks and then just flat fail. 24 weeks into this program and still going strong I now know it was my own subconscious, that was causing me to fail. Yes some of the information here is the same but some of it is wonderfully eye opening.

I found out about Paul and his approach late last summer, I have been practicing it ever since with help of his self hypnosis cd. My life has changed for the better and permanantly!

By the way I am not affraid to leave my username and with a little practice of the principles laid out in the book or Pauls DVD series I believe that you could learn to love yourself and that this could actually work for you. But if you are so quick to dismiss everything taught in the book and threw away the CD because it was usless then chances are this will not have any impact on your life. Obviously you are not ready to let go of the missconceptions that have gotten you to where you are today

All of us that are or have been overweight know the basic principles of weight loss. But this books gives you away of getting there with out all of the self sacrifice that causes us to fail! USE the CD everyday for two weeks, really use it relax and allow your self to be hypnotised by it. I bet you that your outlook on food and the way you eat will change for the better and you will see results that can last a lifetime.

Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This makes so much sense. I have lost 25 pounds and still counting. I have tried everything and this is the only system that works for me.
TracieKnits More than 1 year ago
In January, I weighed 266.6 lbs and was miserable. I have tried and failed many diets, including several attempts at weight watchers. The diets were so hard, required so much willpower, and showed so little results. It was just too hard for me to stick with those programs. Plus, six months after each one I always ended up heavier than before I started. Paul McKenna's program is the answer I have been waiting for. His four rules, outlined in the book, are sensible and so much easier to follow that restricting food and counting calories. I read the book, and then listened to the CD every day for three weeks. It is now August, and I have lost 34.5 pounds. This program has been so liberating, and so easy. I am so thrilled with the results, and so is my doctor. She is now suggesting this program to patients who cannot stick to old-fashioned diets. I have NEVER had anything positive to say about a diet six months after starting it. But Paul McKenna's program is different. I am not limited any longer. If I want something, I eat it. I eat slowly and stop when I am satisfied. Now, instead of 4 pieces of pizza, I am generally happy with one. Paul McKenna has probably saved my life with his program. I highly recommend it to anyone.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've tried lots of diets, and none of them worked. McKenna's plan did. I've already lost 35 lbs. It's simple & easy to follow. Best of all, I don't spend my whole day worrying about what I'm eating. What a relief!

Thanks, Paul!!
iknowbetterthanpsycguy More than 1 year ago
Psychology guy is talking rubbish!!!
I am living proof of it!! I find our so called expert review ridiculous, therefore you are too! Get some proper experience and then try again!
I would hate to be your patient-seeing as you have no idea!
This book is fantastic, i picked up my copy on a trip to the UK before it came out in the US and it changed my life.....I can assure you i am no placebo affected person, after many years of trying to lose weight- this worked!!!

i would recommend to anyone-

And another thing-i am a medical professional too-i would like to refer psychology guy and anyone else to the studies below.

Ref: Bolocofsky, David N.: Spinler, Dwayne; Coulthard-Morris. Linda
(1985). ¿Effectiveness of hypnosis as an adjunct to behavioral weight
management.¿ Journal of Clinical Psychology, 41 (1), 35-41.

Cochrane, Gordon: Friesen, J. (1986). ¿Hypnotherapy in weight loss
treatment.¿ Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 54, 489-492.

Kirsch, Irving (1996). ¿Hypnotic enhancement of
cognitive-behavioral weight loss treatments¿¿another meta-reanalysis. Journal of
Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 64 (3), 517-519.
Sherri_Dawson More than 1 year ago
Paul is right on. Diet's are our enemy. They are a permanent solution for only a small percentage of the population. Why? Because weight is far more than what you are eating, it's more about what is prompting you to eat. It has to do with your stress level, your suppressed emotions, your self-esteem, and how you feel about your body.

The guidelines and information Paul gives you in his book are not new, but they are presented in a logical easy to follow format. They are designed to help you begin to focus on your eating habits. He gives you guidelines to help you recognize when you are eating because you need nutrition and when your hunger feeling is prompted by your emotions. He has also included a hypnosis CD. And YES, hypnosis does work. Why? Because it's the quickest and most effective way to access your subconscious mind where you can find and resolve the reasons behind your overeating. As a hypnotherapist, I have seen clients literally change overnight after discovering and releasing their emotional triggers.

The "tapping technique" in his book is based on tapping on specific points on the body that correspond to meridians used in Chinese medicine and was developed by American Psychologist, Roger Callahan who named the treatment "Thought Field Therapy." There is no scientific evidence that TFT is effective, and the American Psychological Association has stated that TFT "lacks a scientific basis". The evidence adduced in support of TFT by Callahan and other proponents comes from uncontrolled case reports that were not peer reviewed. Because of the lack of controlled studies psychologists discredit any claims of success by Callahan.

However, Gary Craig, who trained with Callahan in the 1990's, created EFT, a simplification and improvement of Callahan's TFT techniques. The theory behind EFT, based on an ancient theory of acupuncture, is that negative emotions are caused by disturbances in the body's energy field and that tapping on the meridians while thinking of a negative emotion or event alters the body's energy field, restoring it to "balance". EFT has been the subject of three peer-reviewed publications as of 2007, one of which concluded that the findings were largely consistent with the hypothesis of the study. The difference between EFT and TFT is found in the application. In TFT, a specific sequence of tapping points (known as an algorithm) is used for a particular problem. The sequence is determined using muscle testing. In EFT, the sequence of tapping points is deemed to be unimportant, and therefore individual algorithms are not required for different problems. Instead, a comprehensive algorithm is used for all problems. Critics of the procedures label them as pseudoscience and reference a study in 2003 that shows that EFT, a modeling treatment, and a placebo all produced a significant decrease in anxiety and fear over a control group. An article in the Guardian suggested that "the act of tapping parts of the body in a complicated sequence acts as a distraction, and therefore can appear to alleviate the root distress. The therapist repeats a reminder phrase every few seconds throughout the treatment, to draw the client's attention back to the problem."

I haven't used it myself, so I can't personally comment on its effectiveness; however, I know a number of Hypnotherapists who do use it and there does seem to be evidence tapping may assist your efforts.
BlondYank More than 1 year ago
I got this book not sure if it was another "diet" book. I got sick of being scammed and disappointed by diet books that just weren't working!! This is not like any other book you will ever read and experience again!! I won't call it a "diet" book because the author is teaching methods that make so much sense that I found myself saying "I could kick myself for not coming up with this myself years ago!" The CD that comes with the book helps tremendously.

I used to easily eat 5 slices of pizza at one sitting and now I'm lucky if I can finish one piece plus a small salad. I'm pleasantly full and stuffing myself is a thing of the past.
blainey21 More than 1 year ago
I'm loving the CD. I listen to it every night and just feel so much more relaxed about food. I no longer have to finish everything on my plate and can take it or leave it rather than spend all day thinking about my next meal. I'm losing weight slowly but steadily and it's just so refreshing to use something that works that isn't a typical diet book.
Dobrin More than 1 year ago
Well, this is an interesting approach to losing weight. I just got the book last week so I am not sure what the long-term outcome will be. However, as for now I like the book and the idea of working on my subconscious. I also believe that the included CD can be really helpful. I listen to it each evening after going to bed, just before falling asleep.

I am over 40 and controlling my weight has become more difficult in the last few years. I recognized long time ago that all the ¿wonder diets¿ that are based on willpower never work in a long run. The most helpful book so far in that respect was for me ¿Can We Live 150 Years? ¿ Your Body Maintenance Handbook¿. It helped me control my weight for the last few years. Now, I am trying Paul McKenna¿s approach and I am hopeful that it will improve my good grip on my weight. On a negative side I find ¿I Can Make You Thin¿ rather expensive considering the amount of information it contains. I think these books should not cost more than $10.
Stormtrooper More than 1 year ago
I got an email from Barnes & Noble a couple of weeks ago featuring the book by Paul McKenna called "I Can Make You Thin."

Over the last 15 years I've been everywhere from 190 lbs at my lowest to almost 300 lbs at my highest. Right now, with the "help" of Weight Watchers (which I actually no longer recommend) I'm at 220 lbs... but I want to be thinner still yet. I want to be what I KNOW I can be... 190 or even 180, 170 lbs! So I researched Paul online... read up on NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programing ¿ which is amazing stuff) and ran out yesterday and bought the book at my local B&N.

I read it straight through... one sitting... cover to cover.

I literally can not tell you how many ways my life is already changing because of it!

Everything from the way I've thought (or not thought) about food today, to how I'm seeing "diet" commercials... almost like I see commercials about quitting smoking... something I don't do and don't need to quit. In other words, its like my mind has been "reset"... "reprogrammed" and don't NEED to diet anymore!

The craving busters and other exercises and "tips" and "tricks" in the book really worked! I'm actually thinking differently... I can't say that strongly enough. People are right, he doesn't say anything "new"... but it's not just what he says, it's how he says it and doing what he says.

It's 1 day after getting the book... the first "full" day of following his suggestions and I can't wait to see what 2 weeks... 4 weeks... 6 months... the rest of my life will bring!

I'm so glad I gave this a chance!
GeeGee1224 More than 1 year ago
I am really finding the book and CD to be very helpful. I have been listening to the CD at night and in the morning for the reminder...I find myself putting down my fork between bites and savoring the food, not eating mindlessly.

This is not hypnosis, it is like reprogramming the way you think about food and eating! I keep hearing his voice in my head (in a good way)LOL! I am seeing results! I am responding so well that in the morning I hit the floor immediately after the CD ends without thinking...All prompted from the messages in the CD!

This may not be for everyone...but its worth a try! I will keep it up while the getting is good.
MrsMann More than 1 year ago
My friend started Paul's program in March 2008 after seeing the TLC Show, and as of this week, achieved her goal of losing 100 lbs! She convinced me to try the program as well since I complain about my size, and since reading the UK edition of this book in November and using the CD before bed at night, I have dropped 13 lbs almost effortlessly. Truly amazing - I'll never diet again! Thank you Paul!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have been battling with my weight forever, but those days are over. I bought this book in December and got straight on the system. Firstly I was shocked at how easy it was but then amazed at how quickly the weight started falling of. I have now lost an incredible 20lbs in three and a half weeks. All you negative reviewers are either naturally thin or jealous of this amazing creation - GET A LIFE!!
katz More than 1 year ago
The book is beneficial but, in addition, I would like the DVD set representing the TV series for the visual support that was very effective.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'll admit I was a bit skeptical about Paul's techniques, but I wanted to see how it would work, so I and some friends who are losing weight together purchased the book. Our group has been supporting each other through our weight loss and here's what we found after a month of comparing notes... Some women liked Paul's technique and other didn't feel it worked and felt embarrassed in public with the tapping and repetitive techniques (one gal stopped because she heard someone comment at a restaurant that she had Obsessive/Compulsive Behavior). Well, there are some different theories in the group about why it works for some people. The bottom line seems to be that it doesn't matter if you tap yourself or do a dance (although that might burn a few extra calories), attaching a series of physical prompts to your thought patterns makes you more aware and allows you to get some perspective for changing those patterns. When you gain awareness, you can start to change your habitual eating to more healthy behaviors. With this said, one women in our group says the tapping techniques have calmed her down when she was feeling stressed and anxious. While this may work for some people, most women in our group, including myself, have found that our weight is more than simply about habits, it's about our emotions and self esteem. Paul is rather superficial in this regard, but there are several wonderful experts that our group recommends that can help in this department, including Lousie Hay, Steven Gurgevich and Sherri Dawson. In conclusion, Paul's technique could work for you if your willing to "go though the motions", but if you feel you've got something deeper going on behind your weight, you'll need a bit more than Paul's magic bullet.
katnbet More than 1 year ago
I was lucky enough to get an advanced copy and started using Paul's method in November. I've lost 16 pounds and really do find that I have a different attitude about the way I am eating. A few taps and I can walk away from a craving.
anna_amato More than 1 year ago
If you read this with an open mind you can change the way you think of food and ultimately how it impacts your life. I can't wait for I Can Help You Sleep since I don't know one woman over 50 who sleeps through the night. Don't read this thinking you'll bring out your Weight Watcher recipes; read it thinking you can change your life.
Marla33 More than 1 year ago
A Cd that teaches you to visualize yourself thin! Tap or no tap this book will help you by motivating you to take action! While the whole hypnosis may be hard to get by I found the information over all useful and informative. But we all need to exercise to tone our muscles, overall give it a try you may end up more positive about what you are trying to do with your life.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have heard of Paul McKenna for years and even saw his show on TLC. However, I did not understand the extent of his powers until I came across this book. Bacially, by using self hypnosis, you can find a way to lose weight. It's all in the mind, per se. A lofty ambition, but the dividends pay off in the end! A must read for anyone looking to lose those pounds.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
OMG this is incredible! I am a 42 year old guy who has tried every diet out there. I've lost weight then always put it back on. Who would have thought the answers was to STOP dieting!!! This system is really easy to follow, especially for men (you girls already no how great it is...) Guys - you have got to give it a go. Be well and I hope you all enjoy your new life as much as I am!
FitnessAuthor More than 1 year ago
I just read the other 2 reviews, and I have to differ from them. This book (like most books) has some good, strong "pearls" to help someone lose weight. As a professional fitness trainer, I would say that this book CAN help you, if you are mentally and emotionally prepared to alter your eating habits ---however, I can say that many people who are looking to lose weight fast aren't really preparing themselves for fitness/diet success. So, in some ways, I guess I align with the other reviews. But, I still feel that there are good things to be learned (and utilized from this book). However, as I have said in other reviews, and as I tell ALL of my personal training clients, the book "Build Your Mind, Your Body Will Follow" is the key to their fitness/diet happiness. It is the foundation of successfully attaining fitness/life goals AND is a quick read. Make sure you pick that up and read it first!
Dyerfan More than 1 year ago
The accompanying Hypnosis CD is working for me in two ways. First, after more than a decade of being sedentary, I have suddenly started exercising regularly since listening to this every night for a month. Getting me to exercise is an amazing thing. I am happy and grateful. Also, I have taken an interest in learning how to eat healthier. In spite of this, the suggestions on mindful eating (to eat slower and savor the food) have not taken hold with me. I must have some deep seated need to devour my meals. I am continuing to listen to this Hypnosis CD and hope that my slow weight loss (10 pounds in 4 months) will continue or accelerate.