The second episode of the TLC television show, I Can Make You Thin with Paul McKenna aired on Sunday night, March 23rd. On this episode of I Can Make You Thin, creator and host Paul McKenna tackled the issue of emotional eating. A diet saboteur for many, emotional eating could not be passed up by any television show or diet program promising to make viewers thin forever. The following is a recap of the second episode of TLC’s I Can Make You Thin: Emotional Eating.
The second episode of I Can Make You Thin began with a quick recap of the first episode in which Paul McKenna gave his four golden rules of weight loss: Eat When You’re Hungry, Eat What You Want, Eat Consciously, and Stop When You’re Full. Audience members, who are trying the I Can Make You Thin program for themselves were interviewed briefly about their first week on this non-diet, diet. Paul McKenna then introduced the topic of this episode of I Can Make You Thin: Emotional Eating. Many people eat when they have gone through a trauma, when they are bored, or when they are lonely. McKenna promised to tackle this weight issue and help viewers achieve emotional equilibrium.
After a brief explanation from medical doctors about how several people respond to any overwhelming emotion by eating, the second episode of I Can Make You Thin continued with brief interviews with audience members about their own struggles with emotional eating. Next, a young woman by the name of Grace was profiled. Grace had been through a difficult divorce and had gained weight as a result. Paul McKenna taught her the I Can Make You Thin technique of tapping acupuncture pressure points whenever she was facing difficult emotions which could lead to overeating. This odd-looking technique was acknowledged as a little bizarre by both Paul McKenna and Grace but they both assure the I Can Make You Thin at-home audience that the technique worked.
After a commercial break, I Can Make You Thin returned so that Paul McKenna could teach the acupuncture pressure point tapping technique to at home viewers. The technique involved tapping the pressure points under the eye, on the collar bone, on the side of the hand, and on the back of the hand. While tapping, you are to close your eyes then open them. While still tapping, you should look down to the left, down to the right, then in a clockwise and counterclockwise circle. Finally, you should hum a tune, count out loud from one to five, and then hum the tune again. Repeat the steps continually until the emotional feeling is calmed and the urge to eat is no longer there.
I Can Make You Thin host Paul McKenna proclaims that this somewhat bizarre technique is not a distraction but is actually a reprogram of the brain. Many medical professionals in other countries use this technique in trauma situations.
After a profile of a couple who was trying out the acupuncture tapping technique, the second episode of I Can Make You Thin with Paul McKenna wrapped up with a reminder about eating consciously. A study was conducted in which week old popcorn was offered to people on the street. Each person talked about how bad the popcorn tasted and refused to take it, even for free. The same popcorn was given to movie-goers at a theater who unconsciously ate the popcorn with no problem while watching the movie, proving the point about eating less when eating consciously.
The third episode of I Can Make You Thin with Paul McKenna airs on TLC on Sunday, March 30th, 2008.