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dusty_rosegirl
03-26-2008, 10:55 PM
Hello everyone,

Have any of you watched the program by Paul McKenna on TLC "I Can Make You Thin?" I watched part of it on Monday(it's only a 5 weeks series on Sunday nights w/reruns during the week) anyways, I'm super excited about it!

He basically has 4 basic rules to follow and they seem SO easy and it all makes sense to me. I've been doing it for a few days and it seems to be working. Well, anyway, I just wanted to see if anyone else has seen this or tried it. http://www.wahm.com/forum/smileys/smiley1.gifHave a great evening!


maryc
03-27-2008, 04:13 AM
HI I have been watching it also... as well as taping it so if I miss one i can go back and watch it later. I think some of his 4 rules are great... but one is going to be hard for me to follow... that is wating with out distraction. I like to eat with the TV on... and that is going to be hard...

Let me know how you do... I am going to try this...

lolah
03-27-2008, 05:45 AM
What are the rules?


IBringTheSpa2U
03-27-2008, 11:16 AM
Does anyone know if week 2 is going to air again? I forgot to watch it. Totally meant to but it slipped my mind. I will have to set the DVR in case I do that again.

dusty_rosegirl
03-27-2008, 11:24 AM
Hi Lolah:
I have copied and pasted the rules from his website (www.mckenna.com (http://www.mckenna.com)) - so everything below is Paul McKenna talking:

Rule 1) When you are hungry, EAT.


Why would anyone eat if they weren’t hungry?


Because it is simply a habit. Many people are so desensitized to their body’s messages that they’ve forgotten how to pay attention. Real physical hunger is different to emotional hunger (which we will deal with later). Physical hunger comes on gradually. Emotional hunger comes on suddenly, when you feel bored or upset. If you starve youself you will end up bingeing. That’s how your body gets thrown off balance. In future when you feel physical hunger, eat! When you starve yourself your body goes into ‘survival mode’, it slows your metabolism and your body starts to store fat. When you eat when you are truly hungry you tell your body there will always be enough food and your metabolism is likely to speed up.


The Hunger Scale


Take a few moments right now to look at the hunger scale and tune in to your body. How hungry are you right now? Each person is different, but as a general rule, you want to eat whenever you notice yourself between 3 and 4 on the scale – that is when you are fairly hungry, but before you become ravenous. If you wait until you get down to one or two your body will go into starvation mode and you’ll end up probably eating more than your body needs and storing the excess as fat. Ideally, you’ll want to stop eating at right around 6 or 7 on the hunger scale – when you are feeling pleasantly satisfied or full but not yet stuffed or bloated.http://www.mckenna.com/gfx/ul/TheHungerScale_1.JPG From now on never go into the RED areas!

Of course, if you have been a serial dieter you may be so used to overriding your body’s signals that you may at times ‘forget to eat’ until you’re ravenous or keep eating until you’re full or even stuffed before noticing it’s time to stop.

If you think this might be you, practise tuning in to your body once an hour until you begin to notice differences between different points on the scale. The more you practise tuning in to your own hunger, the sooner you’ll be able to recognize your body’s subtle signals long before your stomach growls and your brain starts to get fuzzy.



Rule 2) Eat what you want, not what you think you should.


As soon as you tell yourself to not eat certain foods, (usually because you’ve been told they’re bad for you), you upset the natural balance of your relationship to them. Rather than wanting it less, that ‘forbidden food’ instantly becomes more attractive to you. The inner battle between your positive intention and your resistance to being controlled (even by yourself) can be exhausting. As you begin to make peace with food and learn to listen to the wisdom of your body, you experience freedom from the tension and guilt that comes from NOT following your intuition.


Also, as you stop resisting and start to follow your natural intuitions about what to eat when, you may notice your tastes changing. You may even find yourself naturally attracted to the very foods you’re ‘supposed’ to be eating now.


So in future eat what types of foods you want and not what you think you should.


(If you need to avoid certain foods for medical reasons, such as diabetes please consult your Doctor)
Rule 3) Eat CONSCIOUSLY and enjoy every mouthful


People that are overweight often shovel food in to their mouths as quickly as possible in order to get high from the happy chemicals we release in our brains when we eat. Unfortunately, because they are eating unconsciously, they never notice the signal from their stomach that lets them know that they are full. So they keep on stuffing their faces, expanding their stomachs and putting on weight.


The problem is that even though they feel temporarily high from cramming in lots of food, they feel fat and guilty afterwards. In fact, they feel so bad that they repeat the whole ritual of unconsciously stuffing themselves again in order to anaesthetize the bad feelings they just created!


Here is perhaps the single most important key to success with my system:


You can eat whatever you want, whenever you want. So long as you fully enjoy every single mouthful.


I cannot emphasize this enough. Put the knife and fork down whilst you are chewing your food and really enjoy it - savour the taste, and enjoy the wonderful textures and sensations as you thoroughly chew each mouthful of food at least 20 times!


If all you did for the next two weeks was to slow your eating speed down to about a quarter of what it used to be and chew each mouthful thoroughly, you will find it easy to leave food on your plate.



Rule 4) When you think you are full, STOP eating.


The natural design of the human body is to eat when we’re hungry and stop when we’re satisfied, but many of us are conditioned to eat until we think we’re full - or even worse, until whatever food we put on our plate is gone. When you’ve eaten enough, your stomach sends a signal – a sensation that says “I’m satisfied – that’s enough.” Most people experience this gentle, clear, satisfied sensation in their solar plexus (the area below your rib cage but above your stomach).


Of course, if you miss this warm feeling of satisfaction when it first occurs, you’ll notice that each subsequent bite of food becomes a little less enjoyable than the one before. The more you pay attention to it, the more obvious it becomes. If you are not sure whether you are full or not, just guess. You will soon find it becomes easier to tell.


Can it really be this simple?


Yes! Let’s review the four elements of the system:

<LI>Eat whenever you are hungry
<LI>Eat only what you want, never what you think you ‘should’
<LI>Eat consciously and enjoy every mouthful
<LI>Stop when you even think your body is full</LI>


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It really is a great system! I've been trying it for the past couple days, and it seems to work so far. I'm starting to pay attention to my body more and when I think I'm full I stop...and if I start to get hungry I go and get something to eat - but, I've noticed this morning that I've ate a lot LESS then normal. For instance I woke up hungry so I went and got a thing of yogurt and only ate half of it when my body felt full. So I put the rest back in the frige and came back to it at about 10:45 and finished it, then met a friend for lunch at 11:30 and only ate half of my meal - which is pretty abnormal for me. So, it seems to be working so far...and the best part is that I don't worry about what I'm eating! For more information you should check out his website at www.mckenna.com (http://www.mckenna.com) or go to www.tlc.com/thin (http://www.tlc.com/thin) to get the tv schedule.

dusty_rosegirl
03-27-2008, 11:30 AM
HI I have been watching it also... as well as taping it so if I miss one i can go back and watch it later. I think some of his 4 rules are great... but one is going to be hard for me to follow... that is wating with out distraction. I like to eat with the TV on... and that is going to be hard...

Let me know how you do... I am going to try this...

I kind of put a little update in my post to Lolah, but I will keep you updated. It would be great if you would let me know how you're doing to! It's always good to have a "support" group for this stuff. :)

I'm like you with the t.v. thing too. Although, I REALLY try not to be...lol. I'm a stay at home mom with a 6 month old, so normally the only time to eat lunch is when he's down for a nap and I like to watch t.v. at the same time. lol. But, what I've started doing is what he says - put my fork down after each bite and then I wait little while before taking another one...this is giving me time to mentally ask myself "Are you still hungry?" When I get to the point where I'm thinking "I don't know" or "No" then I stop. :) But, I wanted to let you know you're definately not alone with the t.v. thing. :)

tallulah210
03-27-2008, 01:08 PM
ive been watching it too. i like it

dusty_rosegirl
03-27-2008, 01:28 PM
I'm not sure where you are located Lisa, but I'm in Oklahoma and this coming Sunday on TLC is the second week for us. I know you can go to www.tlc.com/thin (http://www.tlc.com/thin) and be able to find the t.v. airing schedule there. :) They normally run reruns during the week, so hopefully you'll be able to catch it again. :)

ksbell
03-27-2008, 01:48 PM
Love this program! I am watching this show every week and already following the 4 rules. I can't say in the past week I've lost any actual pounds, but I feel like I'm getting in better shape. I'm also working out at Curves, now. I just couldn't do much at the Ymca. Too much competition for the machines, too much time lapses between one machine and the next. So, I joined curves and I've been faithfully attending!
Kim

IBringTheSpa2U
03-27-2008, 04:13 PM
I'm not sure where you are located Lisa, but I'm in Oklahoma and this coming Sunday on TLC is the second week for us. I know you can go to www.tlc.com/thin (http://www.tlc.com/thin) and be able to find the t.v. airing schedule there. :) They normally run reruns during the week, so hopefully you'll be able to catch it again. :)

Thanks so muchfor the info! The 2nd week aired here in Florida this past Sunday. I checked and it looks like it will be on again tomorrow night. I'm going to set the DVR now!! I wish I had recorded the 1st episode because I didn't see that one scheduled to be on again - oh well!!



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