Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Part V – Is Paul McKenna’s “I Can Make You Thin” a Scam?

And last but not least…

Step 4 – “When You Are Full, Stop EATING!”

Paul McKenna states that many of us belong to the “clean plate club” in which our parents ‘guilted’ us into cleaning every morsel of food off our plate because there are starving children in china – a piece of logic that makes absolutely no sense whatsoever.

Additionally, we have been conditioned to experience fullness as a ‘stuffed’ feeling where we can’t possible eat another bite.

McKenna recommends that if we eat slowly and consciously, we will be more attuned to the actual full signal which is much more subtle than we think. And if you don’t know, just guess. Besides, if you are hungry, you can eat again later anyway.

Rylan’s Verdict:

Great! For some people, I tell them to eat to 80% of full, because they have become so conditioned to the idea of full being “I cannot stick one more square inch of food into my stomach” type feeling. Full is much, much less than that.

It takes about 20 minutes for the full signal to make it from your stomach to your brain, so if you are cramming food down your yap faster than Jughead at a burger king, then you won’t get the message until it’s too late.

And for goodness sakes, just because you have food left on your plate doesn’t mean you have to eat it. Once it’s cooked, it’s wasted and you having an extra pound on your rear end isn’t going to make life any more pleasurable for starving children overseas.


Monday, April 14, 2008

Part IV – Is Paul McKenna’s “I Can Make You Thin” a Scam?

If you haven’t read the last posts on this topic, make sure you go back and review them before checking this one out…

Step 3 – Eat Consciously and Enjoy Every Mouthful

Paul McKenna states that we eat like it’s going out of style. We shovel food into our mouths, hardly chew it, and don’t stop until our stomachs are completely stuffed full. He states that we don’t even stop to taste the food we’re eating, but rather are getting “high” off the chemicals our brain releases in response to the rapid consumption of the food itself. As well, because of these ‘happy chemicals’, we never hear the signal from our brain to tell us that we’re full because we’re in a state blissful oblivion (which is why so many people use food to boost their mood).

Mr. McKenna recommends that we put our fork and knife DOWN after each bite, savor the taste of the food, and chew each bite thoroughly (20 or more times).

Rylan’s Verdict – Great!

I wholeheartedly agree with Mr. McKenna on this one, and this is something I was always guilty of.

Many of us are simply too rushed to even be present in the moment when we are eating. I used to rush from appointment to appointment, and I never had any time to eat. I would pack my day’s worth of meals with me in my car, and when I was speeding from one session to the next I would be munching on something, as I drove, not the best for road safety or my personal sanity.

I have since changed my habits and I book my appointments further apart to allow myself an extra 15-20 minutes to pull over somewhere, sit in a park, and enjoy my meal.

I not only found my stress reducing, but I also would enjoy my food much more, and allow for much better digestion because I would actually chew my food and not simply gulp it down as fast as possible.

I would recommend that you start implementing this habit into your life immediately. It has been one of the most positive changes in my daily routine that I have experienced in some time, and I know it will be for you as well.


Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Jamie Lee Curtis, Oprah, and Sagging Arms

"I did it all but, you know what, it didn't work. The fraud is it doesn't work; it doesn't work because there are complications, and I got them all."

"It doesn't work because you still look in the mirror and you see the fraud of what you were trying to do."

That was Jamie Lee Curtis, yesterday on Oprah, talking about her nightmares with plastic surgery.

At one point Jamie told Oprah about how she was horrified when she watched footage of her last visit, and when she was waving goodbye to the crowd she felt her arm wiggling in the opposite way.

This was when she was 34. Now, turning 50, she spoke about about she went about it all the wrong way. Instead of eating sensibly and getting a proper personal training program, she opted for the knife, a mistake she deeply regrets.

You may have considered perusing the same option. Although this is often in a fleeting moment of sheer disgust when you realize how you have let yourself go. In that moment of desperation the scalpel seems like the last reasonable choice.

But I want you to take a deep breath think about this for a moment.

You, like so many women out there, might feel like you have no other choice if you are ever going to be happy with the way you look. But this simply does not have to be the case.

I am here to tell you that you CAN achieve the body you want, and you CAN do it without surgery, pills, starvation, and all other torturous methods of self flagellation.

If you want the body that you have always dreamed about, and you aren't willing to subject yourself to the dangerous "shortcut" methods that Jamie spoke about, then it's time to get your


Friday, April 4, 2008

Part III - Is Paul McKenna's 'I Can Make You Thin' a SCAM?

Moving on to the next step…

Step 2 – Eat What You Want, Not What You Think You Should

Paul McKenna states that you should throw out all the things you don’t like to eat (including the healthy foods like fruits and vegetables), and eat only the things that you like. He reasons that by blacklisting bad foods, you naturally increase your desire for them (we want most what we can’t have).

Rylan’s Verdict:

Flawed! While I wholeheartedly agree that by restricting certain foods you are more likely to want them, I follow exactly the opposite approach as Mr. McKenna. He goes into client’s homes and tosses all the foods they don’t like (which are usually quite healthy). When I go into my client’s homes, I toss the foods that are making them fat – the complete opposite approach.

While I never expect my client to eat something they hate, I also don’t want them to keep eating the things that are making them fat and unhealthy.

Let’s face it, willpower is not something many people have, and with my approach you simply eliminate the temptation. With McKenna’s approach, you eat the temptation.

The problem with only eating what you really want is that many of the foods that people are eating on a regular basis - they have become addicted to. People crave them because their body is going through ‘withdrawal’ like symptoms. It’s no different than an alcoholic craving booze, or a nicotine addict craving a cigarette.

Many of the foods that people love are also very hazardous to their health; things like trans fats and high fructose corn syrup. Ever try to have just one bite of chocolate? Once that sugar hits your lips it’s like a hungry lion on a wounded gazelle; you’ll keep eating until every bit is devoured. That, my friend, is not a healthy reaction.

In my line of work, I’ve met many people would simply live on hot dogs, cola, and potato chips if they could. Regardless of how much or how little you eat of these things, your still putting garbage into your system, and I’m sure you’ve heard the phrase, garbage it-garbage out.

This rings true here as well. You might lose a little weight because you are reducing the total number of calories you consume, but you aren’t going to be feeling or performing your best.

However, if you are able to eliminate the offending foods from your diet for long enough, you can regain your natural taste for good, healthy food. This is something you can’t hope to do while you are flooding your system with white flour, sugar, and alcohol.

So for Mr. McKenna’s second step “Eat What You Want, Not What You Think You Should” I think you are much better off eliminating the temptations, and making some healthier choices.