Midwest Book Review
17 Seconds To Weight Loss/The Guide

MidWest Book Review: October 2002
17 Seconds To Weight Loss
Susan James/ Vast Five
ISBN: 1-929072-79-1, 191 pp., paperback, 2001,

17 Seconds To Weight Loss is no ordinary weight loss guide. But, maybe that is what we all need, something different than the same old weight loss plans. Something that tackles the deeper, more unconscious reasons for not “being able” to lose weight. And, that is exactly what this book provides.

Author Susan James, a formerly overweight woman, who now remains a trim size 9, says it is “more about energy and the application of Spirit than anything else.” James believes we all have a conscious choice to be exactly what we wish to be in life, whether it is to have a particular job, or to weigh a certain amount.

James says, “Weight loss and body image has nothing to do with the food that you eat or that you do not eat. It has to do with ‘energy,’ and how you move and form this energy.”

Divided into 72 chapters, some no more than a page, the perfect size for busy people, ’17 Seconds To Weight Loss brings James’ claims to light. Her energy is infectious, and I found myself, many times throughout the book nearly feeling that energy come off the page.

The principles of User Friendly Physics, which James introduces in other books she has written, state that weight loss is simply a matter of “thinking” yourself thin, that 17 seconds of pure thought about what you want and what you intend for your body to be like, is the equivalent, in terms of physics, of 2000 hours of action. The more you think pure thoughts of thinness, energy, health, etc., the more these thoughts compound upon themselves, bringing to reality exactly what you are thinking about. Other topics discussed include how we sabotage ourselves, how we get to be overweight in the first place, and how to be in harmony with what we want, not what we don’t want.

Very little of the book focuses on what to eat in order to achieve weight loss, but there are a couple of short chapters on the subject. In spite of having included these suggestions, James reiterates that weight loss doesn’t have anything to do with the weight loss plan chosen, but with the thoughts we think. 17 Seconds To Weight Loss is most definitely unlike any weight loss book I have ever read, but I came away feeling that this book holds a key…maybe the key…to weight loss for millions of people out there. It is definitely worth reading! It may change your life forever, in many ways besides just your weight.

Shannon McKelden Cave

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