TLC's I Can Make You Thin
Paul McKenna helps viewers get to the bottom of emotional eating.
Half the battle of weight loss is mental. Some may argue that it's even more than that. One such person may be self-help guru Paul McKenna. His show on TLC, I Can Make You Thin, is all about conquering your mental hurdles that keep making you stumble and lose sight of your goals.
Following the immense success of The Biggest Loser series, you could expect that there would be more health-related shows on the horizon. Where that show is more about hardcore fitness, and strict adherence to healthier eating, TLC's I Can Make You Thin is about transforming your mind, and the weight loss will follow.
Host Paul McKenna is very charismatic, which is a prerequisite for any successful self-help guru. He brings a zeal to his presentations that definitely lights a spark in the audience. He's uplifting, and even funny at times.
Here are the four golden rules for eating that McKenna brings to I Can Make You Thin:
- When You're Hungry, Eat!
- Eat What You Want (Not What You Think You Should).
- Eat Consciously.
- When You Think You're Full, Stop.
It sounds painfully simple, and number two even seems a little ridiculous. But in reality what he means is, eating shouldn't be about punishment.
If you were to sum up the general philosophy of I Can Make You Thin, it is that you need to face your inner demons head on, and take simple steps to destroy them. McKenna uses eccentric techniques like replacing that inner negative voice with a silly one, which will in turn make you not take it seriously. He also has viewers think of disgusting images when they think of their trigger foods. The techniques are certainly different and they seem to work on the people who volunteer in the show.
- I Can Make You Thin addresses the dangers of emotional eating
- The goals are not superficial
- While it's important to address the emotional side of eating, it may be beneficial to have some emphasis on actual healthy foods
- No guidance provided
There is very little mentioned about food specifically.EXERCISE
There is no exercise regimen given.CONCLUSION
The results on the show best illustrate what Paul McKenna's approach is all about: Losing weight is more of a byproduct of transforming your self-worth than being the direct drive of what you are doing. I Can Make You Thin participants lose weight, but it almost seems to be an afterthought compared to the renewed confidence and self-esteem they get. If for no other reason, you need to give kudos to Paul McKenna for doing something nearly no diet can boast.Common Misspellings
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