Weight Today, and Keep it Off Permanently, with Cliff
Kuhn, M.D.'s Fun Factor Diet
|by Cliff Kuhn, M.D.
P.T. Barnum, who dedicated his life to entertaining the
masses, often relied on size-related adjectives to sell
his attractions. His posters and announcements were peppered
with words like mammoth, extraordinary, colossal, and
Unfortunately, if you're like most of us those words might
be used to describe you as well. Americans have an obsession
with losing weight and with good reason; the percentage
of overweight people in the United States is doubling
every ten years - from 1 in 200 in 1986, to 1 in 50 in
2000. Pretty soon there won't be enough room for us all
on this continent!
We've identified a curious paradox: Americans are obsessed
with weight loss and spend billions on it each year, yet
140 million of us are overweight or obese - and that number
grows (pun intended) each year. With all that energy and
money thrown at it, why can't we lose that excess weight
and why do we pack it on in the first place?
Let's quickly move beyond simple, though true, solutions.
We intellectually "know" that there are only
three things necessary for maintaining our proper weight
(outside of a medical condition): eating the correct foods,
eating less, and getting more exercise. We "know"
these things are true, yet why don't we do them?
The answer is simple and, luckily for you, so is the solution.
As you learn the following diet you will realize that
with a little willingness and discipline you need never
worry about your weight again. You will come to believe,
in short order, that you will lose your extra weight and
you will never gain it back because you will see how logical
and powerful my diet is!
Let's just be honest about it - we love food! Eating is
an enjoyable ritual and we commonly use food to reward
ourselves because it feels good to eat. Whenever we feel
unfulfilled or frustrated (when we need affirmation or
esteem) we are naturally drawn to fill that void with
food. When we're lacking pleasure in our lives we rely
on the eating ritual to make up the difference.
And this formula works; overfilling ourselves with food
does fill our emptiness. It works so well that, just like
any addict, we become gluttons - regularly overstuffing
ourselves and/or eating too much "comfort" food
to fill our emotional void. The end result, despite our
best intentions, is a constant, steady weight gain because
we're using food for a purpose it is not intended - support.
The healthful solution I've created to fill your emptiness
exists already inside you because you were born with it.
Unlike food, this solution fills your void while also
fostering lasting and sustainable health, vitality, energy,
and fitness. Instead of food, what you need is more fun
because fun is the most accessible and constant source
of energy and support known.
Because it is an energy, fun is readily and abundantly
in you and around you. Once you learn to find more fun
in your relationships, your work, and your home life I
guarantee you will quickly do away with those excess pounds
- and they'll never return. And the best news is...I will
teach you exactly how to do this using my Fun Factor Diet.
My Fun Factor Diet is based upon my unique prescription,
The Fun Factor, because The Fun Factor delivers you to
new heights of health, wellness, and success. Years ago
a terminally ill patient, Lisa, taught me about the incredibly
powerful natural medicine of humor. I used Lisa's lessons
to create my Fun Commandments, eventually molding them
into my unique prescription, The Fun Factor, capable of
producing health, energy, and vitality that others will
My Fun Factor Diet works because it is based on my Fun
Commandments and, thus, enables you to unleash your powerful
humor nature on every aspect of your life. As you learn
to have more fun in your relationships, your work, and
your home life, you will rely less and less on food to
meet your emotional needs. With the Fun Factor Diet the
urge to overeat melts away, along with the excess pounds
because you will be using food for its natural purpose
And, as a bonus, since my Fun Factor Diet is based on
fun, you will laugh more frequently. Laughter is an excellent
form of aerobic exercise; a hearty, belly laugh produces
the same physical response as thirty minutes on the Stairmaster.
When you laugh it gives your heart and lungs a good work
out so...you are burning additional calories just by practicing
my unique diet!
The first strategy of my Fun Factor Diet is to Always
Go the Extra Smile. Smiling is a deliberate and controllable
behavior that almost always calms inner stress and attracts
outward fun. Smiling unleashes the natural medicine of
humor anytime and anywhere because it has a profound physical
and emotional impact.
The key is to increase your conscious effort to smile
constantly, especially when there is nothing in particular
to smile about. Before you begin an activity, you remind
yourself to smile first; before each conversation, you
remind yourself to smile. You'll soon be wearing a genuine
smile on your face everywhere you go because the good
results you experience will create a self-fulfilling prophecy.
And here is the beautifully powerful secret behind the
first Fun Factor Diet strategy: your internal physiology
is fooled by your smile. Whether spontaneous or forced,
your body thinks you're having fun when you smile, whether
you are or not, because smiling activates the pleasure
centers of your brain. By smiling you literally become
more physically relaxed and enjoy a greater sense of fulfillment
The amazing benefit of this Fun Factor Diet tactic is
that the lessening of your internal agitation decreases
your cravings to eat when you're not really hungry. And,
as a bonus, your smile attracts more social attention
- leaving you less time to stuff yourself because people
are mysteriously attracted to you without quite knowing
why. By Going the Extra Smile you're well on your way
to filling your emotional void with fun rather than food!
Step two in my Fun Factor Diet is to Be Willing to Laugh
at Yourself. This is not a step of humiliation or self-denigration
because those things are definitely not fun; it is a strategy
of being willing to take yourself lightly. Easing your
harsh expectations you impose on yourself, relaxing some
of your self-administered pressure, sets the stage for
astounding personal gains (or in your case personal "losses")
At this stage of my Fun Factor Diet, you will make a deliberate
effort to take yourself and your expectations less seriously.
You will adopt a kindlier stance toward your fears and
inconsistencies because you have been much too hard on
yourself. The results will be a dramatic lightness (both
figuratively and literally) of mind, body, and spirit.
Freed from the tyranny of your unrealistic expectations,
you will be able to relax and have more fun. Things you
have dreaded doing in the past will become enjoyable activities
because you won't have expectations of perfection. Combined
with your commitment to Go the Extra Smile, you will find
your use of food to calm and comfort yourself almost extinguished
because taking yourself lightly helps you see yourself
as, literally, less "heavy."
The third step in my Fun Factor Diet makes the most dramatic
difference in your actual eating habits. The employment
of my Fun Commandment, Stay Focused, yet Flexible, keeps
you grounded in the moment, the here and now, because
it challenges you to give 100% attention to what you are
doing right now. Staying Focused, yet Flexible provides
the dramatic weight loss breakthrough you've been waiting
for because you entire paradigm of eating is about to
On the Fun Factor Diet you Stay Focused, yet Flexible
by not engaging in any other activity while you are eating.
Activities that have commonly accompanied your eating
are to be shunned while putting food in your mouth - including
reading, watching television, or socializing at get-togethers.
With the exception of reasonable table conversation, eating
becomes a focused activity for you, not connected with
any other behavior because you are about to halt the underlying
cause of your weight gain.
Once you begin disciplining yourself to separate eating
from all the pleasurable and stressful activities with
which you have associated it, you will discover a disturbing
fact: you will be shocked by how much you've been using
food as both a stress reliever and a pleasure enhancer.
Your weight loss can be dramatic when you change your
use of food from pleasure enhancement and stress relief
to simple nourishment. You're ready for this change because,
with the first two steps, you've already begun to fill
your emotional and spiritual void with fun rather than
This step of my Fun Factor Diet has two primary benefits:
you become more acutely aware of your opportunities for
fun away from food, which allows you to become even more
effective at satisfying your emotional needs with fun,
and by eating with full focus you increase the enjoyment
and appreciation for your food, which allows you to use
food as nourishment rather than pleasure. When you combine
having fun apart from food with getting greater enjoyment
from the food you are eating, you eat less food because
you are no longer using it in a contrived and artificial
The final step in my Fun Factor Diet will make your weight
loss permanent because it centers you in the unique paradigm
of lasting success. My Fun Commandment, Practice Wanting
What You Have, Rather Then Getting What You Want, increases
your awareness of gratitude because it stops the merry-go-round
of always needing "more" to feel satisfied.
Ongoing gratitude for what you have has the amazing benefit
of making it possible to get and keep more of what you
We all make the mistake of taking for granted the things
we truly value and focus, instead, on all the things we
want that we do not yet possess. This focus makes us desperate
and puts conditions on our happiness, because our success
never satisfies us and we only wind up needing more. If
you ever want to have more fun in your life (as you're
going to be doing on my Fun Factor Diet), you begin by
counting the blessings you already have because that will
make your gains and achievements lasting and real.
Becoming adept at this portion of my Fun Factor Diet does
two things: it continually reminds you of the many gifts
you've already been given and it decreases your appetite
for those things you think you want will. Realizing that
you have everything you need to be happy today eases the
stress of not having everything you want because all the
pressure is gone - you're already a success! The end result
of this strategy is that you will not feel as empty, resulting
in even less desire to fill your void with food.
Filling yourself up with gratitude is not a platitude,
so to speak because it works in real practice. You eat
in excess to fill an emotional and/or spiritual void,
not because you are hungry; you eat too much to provide
yourself with emotional comfort, fulfillment, and reassurance.
The strategy of Practicing Wanting What you Have, Rather
than Getting What you Want, actually fills this emptiness
in a meaningful, lasting manner because your emotional
appetite is satisfied by the things that really sustain
Smiling fools your body and attracts socially fun attention,
Taking Yourself Lightly releases you from the tyranny
of your unrealistic expectations, Staying Focused, yet
Flexible teaches you to use food for nourishment rather
than fun, and Wanting What you Have allows you to fill
your emotional void with fun and gratitude rather than
food. There you have it...my Fun Factor Diet. Welcome
to a life free from weight worries!
By the way, in one of his museums, P.T. Barnum found that
he was having trouble getting the crowds to leave once
they had seen all the attractions. So he devised a clever
sign, elaborately lettered to draw as much attention as
possible, which read "This Way to the Egress"
Most of the patrons expected to see some bizarre animal
that Barnum had collected from one of the far corners
of the earth when they followed the sign through the door.
What they didn't realize, however, was that "Egress"
is simply another word for "Exit." Funny...and
Today you begin your "egress" from excess weight
and from all your worries surrounding it. Start using
my Fun Factor Diet right now!
About the Author
Clifford Kuhn, M.D., America's Laugh Doctor, dispenses
his prescription for turbo-charging your health, success,
and vitality from http://www.natural-humor-medicine.com/GA1.
On his website you will find tons of fun, free ways for
you to maximize your sense of humor, and enjoy a life
others will envy.