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Think Yourself Thin: The Visualization Technique That Will Make You Lose Weight Without Diet or Exercise Paperback – July 1, 1997

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Debbie Johnson's troubles with weight control began when a favorite pair of pants shrunk in the dryer. She assumed she was getting fat and started a diet. Over the next 10 years she added 40 pounds, mostly because, she says, she obsessed over the idea of being overweight. When she started using visualization exercises, the same ones that had brought her success in business, the extra weight melted away. Johnson's method won't work for everyone, but the worst that can happen if you try it is that you'll be out the price of the book, which still makes the experience cheaper than a lot of weight-loss programs.

From the Author

My failures and successes with weight control that led me to write this book.

Think Yourself Thin was written because of my love for my fellow human being with the same challenges I've had - Feeling like a failure with weight control because I kept gaining weight after each successive diet. I'd lose a few pounds, then quickly gain it back, eating normally! What was I to do? Diets obviously didn't work for me, so I gave up. However, I knew from my spiritual studies and positive thinking coaching I received in business training that I needed a serious attitude adjustment.

Learning to love myself was the first step in this change in attitude. I thought to myself, "Why not love my body instead of insulting it all the time?" OK, I thought, I'm going to make myself see whatever beauty I can find in my body, even if I have to go study ancient art to do so! I found a way to see myself from an artistic, creative viewpoint and accept the beauty an artist might see. Now I was getting somewhere.

I was so relaxed with my body that my subconscious was able to communicate with my conscious mind more easily. In a few days, the idea hit me - I could think myself thin! I looked in the mirror, told myself I looked great and said to myself, "You look great Debbie! You even look a little bit thinner today." That started the process and I instantly felt really good about myself.

Because I reprogrammed my subconscious this way, working with all my senses and my imagination, I was drawn to the right foods and the right exercise for me. Imagination beat will power and I won.

After some time and daily focus, I lost the 40 pounds I had gained dieting, without any diets or will-power whatsoever! I have kept all of that weight off for over 15 years and am still getting stronger and healthier all the time, setting new goals every year.

My book was written to help you benefit from the principles that worked for me, some psychological, but mostly spiritual. You can incorporate anything in my book into your own spiritual beliefs. Many people form support groups in their churches or businesses. Chapter 8 tells you how.

Life is much more fun when you allow yourself to imagine something better. Remember to be like a child or a butterfly, random and free. Allow the warm breeze of God's love to gently move you toward a newer and higher level of life. It's there for you!

A comment about the subtitle: "Will make you lose weight without dieting or exercising" should really be "Will make you lose weight without dieting or forced exercising" (I did not get to decide on subtitle, as the author!) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Hyperion (July 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786882476
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786882472
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,195,058 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is the best book on weight loss that I have ever read, and believe me I've read literally dozens. I'm the master of the quick fix, and have tried most diets out there.
This book isn't just for weight loss, it's about an all over attitude change relating to WHY the weight is there and HOW to change your mental focus towards positive thinking to get rid of the weight and keep it off. For all of you out there who, like me, have berated yourselves about your weight or have ever labeled yourself negatively because of it, this book is for you. It's helped me raise my self-esteem in a way I haven't been able to do in 20 years.
Debbie Johnson takes you through a step by step process including affirmations, journalling with specific questions and instructions, visualization and more. She doesn't just talk around the issue, she gives concrete steps to take. No matter how much weight you'll lose, this book will also help you to accept yourself and change negative thinking into positive thinking. And you ARE what you THINK! So think THIN!
At the end of this book, she states that this process can be used for anything - love, money, career, relationships, even other types of addictions. I believe it wholeheartedly. This is the best money you'll ever spend on a self-help book.
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As a person who's been struggling with weight issues all my life, I'd like to recommend this book by Debbie Johnson. A year ago I reached my goal weight of 135 lbs, and I was actually told I looked 120 lbs. You would think I'd be pleased with myself and celebrate my new-found body, right? Well, no. I stared at myself in the mirror, still considered myself fat, and began to pick at "flaws" on my body. A year later, I re-gained 40 lbs.
If any of you have experienced this scenario, then you should read Debbie's book. She emphasizes the psychological issues that overweight people suffer. Johnson's insights can explain why I gained my weight back: I had a poor self-image despite having reached my goal weight. Because of a lack of love and even self-loathing towards myself and my body, I was susceptible to gaining my former weight back, which happened like clockwork. My poor self-image produced an enormous amount of anxiety and stress which provides the psychological framework for gaining weight. Johnson's visualization techniques are simple: If you imagine yourself fat, your subconscious will create hunger to feed this image. If you imagine yourself thin, your subconscious will reorganize itself to maintain your thinness and help you find ways to maintain that image. At that point Johnson postulates that your body will reorganize your bodily functions and metabolism to let go of excess weight. I was a strict disciplinarian who used an enormous will-power to lose weight, but discipline and self-denial aren't the qualities that help long-term weight loss and maintainance, and if you deep down believe you're fat, will-power and discipline cannot erase that fear.
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Anybody who understands how the mind works will find the principles outlined in this book to be sound. Johnson doesn't just explain how to lose the weight, but WHY it is there in the first place. Her technique is one of healing the mind-body relationship and making life changes from the source: which is YOU. I've already changed my body considerably through the use of hypnosis, so I already knew it would work. However, hypnosis doesn't address the entire situation and I stopped making progress until I discovered this book. I didn't believe it until I tried and proved to myself how much control I have over my appearance. This is a very liberating experience and I honestly can't recommend this book enough.
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This is a wonderful, wonderful book!! I can't recommend it highly enough! Several years ago I lost thirty pounds using a method I devised myself which included counting calories and also making a treasure map of my goal weight and self-image (a treasure map is a kind of a scrap book you create yourself with positive pictures, phrases, etc. that support the goal you are trying to achieve). At the time I gave all the credit for my weight loss to counting calories, and NOT to the treasure map (which I discontinued) and over the years I have gained back all 30 pounds, even though I have tried every diet imaginable! I recently discovered "Think Yourself Thin" and upon reading it I realized that my prior weight loss was NOT due to counting calories, it had everything to do with the treasure map I made -- so I immediately started following Debbie's suggestions (along with restarting a NEW treasure map!) and the very next morning when I looked in the mirror, I looked thinner! I've been following her book & working on my journal/treasure map and already my clothes are much looser and I'm fitting into smaller sizes! I'm looking forward to being thin again, now that I know the TRUE secret to becoming and staying thin!! Not only is it easy, it's fun (well, it's not always easy to counter-act the negative thoughts -- but Debbie guides you through handling that, too!) Anyone wanting to lose weight once and for all should give this book a try!!
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