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The Secret Weapon for Weight
The most effective known way to lose body fat is to expend
more calories than you take in. If you don't, your body will
restore the fat loss from all types of food you eat. The fat
absorbed by your body from food will always be stored as body
fat. Carbs, on the other hand, might be stored as glycogen, but
when your body's fuel tank is full, the left over carbs will be
converted and stored on your stomach or thighs as body
In reality, you burn relatively few calories during most
exercise sessions, usually between 200 and 500 in an average
hour-long aerobic or weight lifting session.
Strength training by lifting weights is becoming more
recognized as an effective way to achieve weight loss, by
causing your body to burn more calories. By building muscle
your body will burn more calories to maintain that muscle. For
every pound of new muscle you add to your body, you will burn
20 to 30 calories just to maintain that pound of muscle. On the
other hand, a pound of fat needs only 2 calories to maintain
itself on your body. So by having more muscle, you'll burn more
calories every day even while you watch T.V. or sleep.
To build muscle effectively, use exercises with weights that
work many large muscles at the same time (called compound
exercises). Bench presses work the chest, shoulders, arms and
lats at the same time. Squats work the calves, thighs, buttocks
and lower back muscles simultaneously. Pull-ups or pull-downs
on a machine work the large muscles called lats and your arms
and shoulders. These are good exercises to start with. Choose a
weight you can lift 10 to 12 times and do 3 sets of 10 to 12
repetitions with a minute or 2 of rest between each
Every workout you should try to either add more repetitions
or add more weight to force your muscles to become stronger and
larger. Exercise 3 days a week, with a day of rest between
days, doing a full body workout. Consult your doctor before
beginning any exercise program.
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The Secret Weapon for Weight Loss
The 8 Lies Told by “the Secret” ExposedAuthor:
Cameron C. Taylor
The Secret by Rhonda Byrne is a 90-minute DVD and a 200-page
book which is a transcription of the DVD with additional
content. The Secret claims to reveals for the first time all
the pieces to achieve success. The Secret was released in 2006
and has become a worldwide craze. By March 2007, the DVD had
sold 1.5 million copies and 3.75 million copies of the book
were in print. This article has been written to correct the
misguided advice of The Secret. The developers of book and
video The Secret are much like the dishonest trader in the
following story who took advantage of the Blackfeet tribe of
American Indians. The story goes as follows:About the
A trader went to a certain Indian nation to dispose of a stock
of goods. Among other things he had a quantity of gunpowder.
The Indians traded for his clothes, hats, axes, beads and other
things, but would not take the powder saying: “We do not wish
for the powder; we have plenty.” The trader did not like to
carry all the powder back to this camp, so he thought he would
play a trick on the Indians, and induce them to buy it. Going
to an open piece of ground near the Indian camp he dug up the
soft, rich soil; then mixing a quantity of onion seed with his
powder he began to plant it.
The Indians were curious to know what he was doing, and stood
by greatly interested. “What are you doing?” said one.
“Planting gunpowder,” replied the trader. “Why do you plant
it?” inquired another. “To raise a crop of powder. How could I
raise it without planting?” said the trader. “Do you not plant
corn in the ground?” “And will gunpowder grow like corn?”
exclaimed half a dozen at once. “Certainly it will,” said the
trader. “Did you not know it? As you do not want my powder, I
thought I would plant it and raise a crop which I could gather
and sell to the Crows.” Now the Crows were another tribe of
Indians which was always at war with this tribe (the
Blackfeet). The idea of their enemies having a large supply of
powder increased the excitement, and one of the Indians said;
“Well, well, if we can raise powder like corn, we will buy your
stock and plant it.” But some of the Indians thought best to
wait, and see if the seed would grow. So the trader agreed to
wait a few days.
In about a week the tiny sprouts of the onion seed began to
appear above the ground. The trader, calling the Indians to the
spot, said; “You see now for yourselves. The powder already
begins to grow, just as I told you it would.” The fact that
some small plants appeared where the trader had put the
gunpowder was enough to convince the Indians. Every one of them
became anxious to raise a crop of gunpowder. The trader sold
them his stock, in which there was a large mixture of onion
seeds (which it closely resembles) at a very high price and
then left. From this time the Indians gave no attention to
their corn crop. If they could raise gunpowder they would be
Just as the trader lied to the Indians and promised a gunpowder
harvest to get the Indians’ money so do the creators of The
Secret profit from the selling of lies which produce false hope
and the illusion of happiness. The trader mixed in onion seed
to give the illusion of growth and to mask his lies. Likewise,
the most convincing lies taught in The Secret are masked by the
slight addition of truth. By following the advice of the
trader, the Indians were much worse off. They had less money
because they had spent it on gunpowder seed and no corn because
they neglected their corn crops. Equally, those who follow the
advice of The Secret will ultimately be worse off.
Lie 1: “Whatever the mind . . . can conceive it can
The story of the Blackfeet continues that the Indians finally
realized they had been cheated when they harvested onions
rather than gunpowder. If we looked at this outcome through the
lens of The Secret’s teachings, we could assume that the
Indians should have had a great gunpowder harvest because they
really thought and believed that gunpowder would grow. Why then
did the gunpowder not grow even when the Indians strongly
believed? It was because the growth of gunpowder was not based
on truth. The Secret preaches that positive mental attitude can
achieve anything. The teachers of “the secret” would invite the
Indians to a seminar and tell them to think more positively.
They would convincingly lead the Indians to feel that with more
belief and hope onion seeds would surely grow gunpowder. The
Indians would also be taught that if they don’t succeed at
growing gunpowder, it would be their own fault for not having
enough belief and hope.
A powerful illustration of the long-term effect of the belief
that “whatever the mind…can conceive it can achieve” can be
found in the study of various prison camps “. . . where
everyday human nature, stripped bare, can be studied under a
magnifying glass of accelerated time. Lessons spotlighted and
absorbed in that laboratory sharpen one’s eye for their
abstruse but highly relevant applications in the ‘real time’
world of now.”3
The following account of a prisoner in a Nazi prison camp
during World War II illustrates the devastating effects of
false hope and false expectation which will be created if one
practices “the secret.” In February 1945, a fairly well-known
composer in the camp believed that on March 30th he would be
liberated and his sufferings ended. He was “full of hope and
convinced his dream would be right. But as the day drew nearer,
the war news which reached our camp made it appear very
unlikely that we would be free on the promised date. On March
29th, [the composer] became ill and ran a high temperature. On
March 30th . . . he became delirious and lost consciousness. On
March 31st, he was dead.”4
The Secret is dangerous because it will eventually break
people. It promotes believing and doing things based on false
teaching, just like planting gunpowder. Then when there is no
success, blame is placed on the person instead of the false
teaching. Just as a false belief in the prison camps of a
rescue by a certain date will eventually break and kill the
prisoner when it doesn’t come to pass, so also the setting of
goals and positive thinking not based on truth will eventually
break the goal setter when the goals are not achieved.
The authors of “the secret” teach that we should ignore the
facts and place our hopes and expectations on anything our
minds can think of. This process creates a false world of
fantasy. The student is also to pretend bad things do not
happen or to dissociate from them so they don’t have to deal
with the bad or negative. The end result in the prison camp was
repeated disappointment and eventual death. The results of
applying “the secret” in other aspects of life will be much the
same: repeated disappointment, self blame, and eventual death
of our ambitions.
Lie 2: You can defy the laws of nature with your thoughts.
The Secret claims, “The law responds to your thoughts, no
matter what they may be.”5 The law of attraction as taught by
The Secret is false because it teaches that you can defy the
laws of nature with your thoughts. For example, The Secret
teaches, “Food is not responsible for putting on weight. It is
your thought that food is responsible for putting on weight
that actually has food put on weight. . . Food cannot cause you
to put on weight unless you think it can.”6 This is as absurd
as saying, “You will only die of dehydration if you think you
will. If you think you can live months without water you
The false claim of weight loss from thinking that is found in
The Secret greatly appeals to many because it requires no work,
no exercise, and allows you to eat what ever you want and as
much as you want. This misguided hope is illustrated in a comic
where a woman seeing an ad reading, “Eat chocolate cake for
breakfast, lunch and dinner and lose weight,” replies,
“Finally, a diet that makes sense.” The problem is that just
like the chocolate cake diet, “the secret” doesn’t work.
The Secret teaches, “Beliefs about aging are all in our minds.
. . You can think your way to the perfect state of health . . .
and eternal youth.”7 I guess now that millions have learned
this secret, that morticians had better start looking for a
different line of work because people are going to stop aging
The Secret also teaches, “It takes no time for the Universe to
manifest what you want. . . Any time delay you experience is
due to your delay in getting to the place of believing,
knowing, and feeling that you already have it.”8 According to
The Secret, a seed only takes four months to grow to harvest or
a tree only takes years to grow tall because you think it does.
If you think it will grow instantly, it will.
The Secret’s formula for getting out of debt is just as
ridiculous as it’s formula for weight loss. You simply have to
change your thinking by saying to yourself “‘I can afford that.
I can buy that.’ . . . Say it over and over.”9 The truth is
that the attitude that you can buy and afford everything you
see and want will in reality create more debt as people make
purchases on credit without the financial backing. Saying you
can afford it doesn’t make it so. Oh, I forget, “the secret” is
that purchasing things on credit will create debt only if I
think it will.
Lie 3: All of life’s struggles are a result of your
Why didn’t God create a world where pain and suffering wasn’t
necessary? Wouldn’t life be better if there were no adversity,
pain or opposition? The Secret teaches the following, “Up until
now you may have been thinking that life is hard and a
struggle, and so by the law of attraction you will have
experienced life as hard and a struggle. Begin right now to
shout to the universe, ‘Life is so easy!’”10
Given the two scenarios below, which of the two schools would
you prefer to attend?
You are required to study and work. Your grade is based on
performance, so some will get A’s and others will fail. Only
those who fulfill the requirements will earn a degree. It is
challenging and at times painful.
You must take tests, but all the tests are multiple choice. “C”
is always the correct answer. You are required to answer “C”
for each question, and everyone who takes the test receives a
perfect score. Everyone receives a degree and graduates with a
perfect 4.0 GPA. It is easy. It is free from work, pain and
When I have posed these two options at various Universities,
the majority of the students will choose School #2. I will then
ask, “How many would like to have a surgery performed by a
graduate of School #2?” Obviously, no hands are raised. If such
a medical school existed, everyone would graduate with a
perfect score and a medical degree. They could be called
doctor, but learning the necessary skills of surgery would not
have been achieved, thus the diploma from such an institution
would be worthless. Work, pain, struggle, and failure are part
of the necessary education process to produce an individual
with the specialized skills of a surgeon.
When work, pain, and suffering are taken out of school, the
purpose of school is defeated. Likewise, if God created a world
where no pain or suffering were necessary, it would defeat the
purpose of life. Life was not designed to be an existence of
endless bliss. Life was designed to create greatness in each of
us. C. S. Lewis stated, “The command Be ye perfect is not
idealistic gas. Nor is it a command to do the impossible. He is
going to make us into creatures that can obey that command . .
. [God] will make the feeblest and filthiest of us into . . . a
dazzling, radiant, immortal creature, pulsating all through
with such energy and joy and wisdom and love as we cannot now
imagine, a bright stainless mirror which reflects back to God
perfectly (though, of course, on a smaller scale) His own
boundless power and delight and goodness. The process will be
long and in parts very painful; but that is what we are in for.
Nothing less. He meant what He said.”11
The Secret falsely claims that you can eliminate all pain,
suffering, work and adversity by changing your thinking.
Lie 4: “Like Aladdin’s Genie, the law of attraction grants our
The Secret teaches, “It’s like having the Universe as your
catalog. You flip through it and say, ‘I’d like to have this
experience and I’d like to have that product and I’d like to
have a person like that.’ It is you placing your order with the
Universe. It’s really that easy. . . You get to choose what you
want . . . you can have, be or do anything, and there are no
limits.”13 According to The Secret, if you want to be a
mermaid, and live under water, simply ask the Universe and like
a Genie, it will turn you into a mermaid. In the scores of
biographies I have read, I have yet to find a person, who is
not a cartoon, whose success formula was a genie.
Lie 5: No work required—the Universe does all the work for
The Secret teaches, “How it will happen, how the Universe will
bring it to you, is not your concern or job. Allow the Universe
to do it for you. When you are trying to work out how it will
happen, you are emitting a frequency that contains a lack of
faith—that you don’t believe. . . The how is not your part in
the Creative Process. . . If you are in action to try and make
it happen, you have slipped backward.”14
The Secret not only teaches that action and work are not
required but that they are bad because it shows a lack of
belief and faith in the Universe to do it for you. The Secret
book and video claim that Thomas Edison’s and the Wright
Brother’s success came as a result of using “the secret.”15 A
simple look at the life of Thomas Edison and the Wright
Brothers clearly illustrates they did not practice “the
secret.” Thomas Edison taught, “I never did anything worth
doing by accident, nor did any of my inventions come by
accident; they came by work.” His biographies reveal an
incredible work ethic, often working 16 hours a day.16
The Wright Brothers’ biography also reveals an action plan and
a great deal of work to make their dreams a reality. In 1899,
they began their flight experiments. Over the next four years,
the Wright Brothers performed thousands of tests, experiments
and flights. In 1901, they created the world’s first wind
tunnel and tested over 200 different wing shapes 17 and just in
the months of September and October 1902 they made 700-1,000
glides.18 After 4 years of work, on December 17, 1903, Orville,
age 32, and Wilber, age 36, achieved their dream of a
controlled, powered flight.
According to The Secret, farmers are doing it all wrong. The
physically demanding labor and long hours are simply
unnecessary. Farmers only need to think about and ask for a
harvest and the Universe will plant it, water it, weed it,
harvest it, and put the product into a barn that the Universe
built for him. Ask a farmer what would really happen with this
Lie 6: “Your job is You . . . It is imperative that you tend to
You first. Attend to your joy first.”19
The Secret teaches, “What’s really important to the whole
Secret is feeling good . . . Sacrifice does not feel good . . .
Sacrifice will eventually lead to resentment . . . Many people
have sacrificed themselves for others, thinking when they
sacrifice themselves they are being a good person. Wrong! . . .
If it ain’t fun, don’t do it! . . . If it doesn’t feel good,
then let it go . . . The only thing you need to do is feel good
now.”20 If Satan wrote a book, I am sure he would cite these
passages from The Secret. Abiding by such a selfish rule as
“tend to You first” will result in neglected children and
spouses and in the rapid degradation of families, communities
“Tend to You first” is the opposite of the words of Jesus
Christ who taught, “seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his
righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”21
The more you make the fulfillment of your needs your target,
the further from the bull’s eye you will get. True fulfillment
of your needs cannot be obtained by direct pursuit. True
fulfillment of your needs will come as a result of your
personal dedication to God and the service of others.
Lie 7: Truth is relative.
The Secret teaches, “You have nothing to do but convince
yourself of the truth which you desire to see manifested . . .
When you conceive something in your mind, know it is a fact . .
. Whatever you choose is right.”22 According to The Secret,
truth is whatever you think it is. The irrational nature of
this idea is illustrated by the following paraphrased dialog of
the ancient Greek philosophers Protagoras and Socrates.
PROTAGORAS: Truth is relative, it is only a mater of
SOCRATES: You mean that truth is mere subjective opinion?
PROTAGORAS: Exactly. What is true for you is true, and what is
true for me, is true for me. Truth is subjective.
SOCRATES: Do you really mean that? That my opinion is true by
virtue of it being my opinion?
PROTAGORAS: Indeed I do.
SOCRATES: My opinion is: Truth is absolute, not opinion, and
that you, Mr. Protagoras, are absolutely in error. Since this
is my opinion, then you must grant that it is true according to
PROTAGORAS: You are quite correct, Socrates.23
Just as there are truths which govern nature, such as gravity,
there are also truths which govern our happiness, peace and
prosperity. It is by learning and living these truths that we
experience true joy and peace. The Savior said in relation to
truth, “If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them.”24
If we are committed to anything other than the principles of
truth, we will ultimately be unsuccessful. No matter how
genuine one’s belief may be in a falsity, it will not change
that falsity into truth.
Lie 8: Your mind is the Creator.
The Secret teaches, “Your mind is the creative power of all
things. . . Your ability to think is unlimited, and so the
things you can think into existence are unlimited. . . We are
the creators not only of our own destiny but also of the
Universe . . . Every beautiful thing [earth, ocean, birds, sun,
stars] . . . None of it can exist, without You . . . You are
the master of the Universe.”25 According to The Secret, a
person’s achievements are a result of their mind with no honor
or credit given to God or others who helped in their
achievements. Again, if Satan wrote a book, I am sure he would
cite these passages from The Secret.
The truth is God is the Creator and Master of all. The first
verse of the Bible reads, “In the beginning God created the
heaven and the earth.”26 The New Testament says of Jesus
Christ, “All things were made by him; and without him was not
any thing made that was made.”27 The teachings of The Secret
would lead you to believe that you are the master of the
Universe. Believing that “success is a result of your mind”
will create the vices of pride, selfishness, and
ungratefulness. The reality is that once we realize our total
dependence on God and believe that all we have and are is a
gift from Him, the virtues of humility, generosity, and
gratitude will fill our hearts, minds, and souls. Only then
will success and happiness be manifest in our lives.
The ideas taught by The Secret can be summarized by this false
statement found at the beginning of the final chapter of the
book. It reads, “There is no blackboard in the sky on which God
has written your purpose, your mission in life . . . So your
purpose is what you say it is. Your mission is the mission you
give yourself. Your life will be what you create it as, and no
one will stand in judgment of it now or ever.”28 The teachings
of The Secret are false and the author is the devil, who is
“the father of all lies.”29 The Secret is Satan’s counterfeit
of true success principles. Teaching via secrets is the methods
of Satan. In contrast, when asked about His doctrines, “Jesus
answered . . . in secret have I said nothing.”30
Unfortunately, many will believe the lies of The Secret because
of its illusion of ease. The Secret may include slivers of
truth, but they are coupled with grand lies. Following The
Secret will provide temporary and false hope and the illusion
of happiness, but the end result will be disappointment and
despair. The result of following the teachings of The Secret
will not be success, but misery. We must be careful to avoid
the allure of The Secret and its vicious cycle of false hope as
well as the eventually breaking of our body and spirit.
© 2007 Cameron C. Taylor. All Rights Reserved. www.DoesYourBagHaveHoles.org
1 Norman Wood, Lives of Famous Indian Chiefs, Aurora, IL:
American Indian Historical Publishing Company, 1906, p.
2 Rhonda Byrne, The Secret, (New York: Atria Books, 2006) p.
3 Vice Admiral James B. Stockdale, A Vietnam Experience,
(Stanford, CA, Hoover Press, 1984) p. 28
4Victor E. Frankl, Man’s Search for Meaning, (New York: Pocket
Books, 1984) p. 96
5 Rhonda Byrne, The Secret, (New York: Atria Books, 2006) p.
6 Rhonda Byrne, The Secret, (New York: Atria Books, 2006) p.
7 Rhonda Byrne, The Secret, (New York: Atria Books, 2006) p.
8 Rhonda Byrne, The Secret, (New York: Atria Books, 2006) p.
9 Rhonda Byrne, The Secret, (New York: Atria Books, 2006) p.
10 Rhonda Byrne, The Secret, (New York: Atria Books, 2006) p.
11 C.S Lewis, Mere Christianity, (New York: Simon &
Schuster, 1996) p. 176
12 Rhonda Byrne, The Secret, (New York: Atria Books, 2006) p.
13 Rhonda Byrne, The Secret, (New York: Atria Books, 2006) p.
14 Rhonda Byrne, The Secret, (New York: Atria Books, 2006) p.
15 Rhonda Byrne, The Secret, (New York: Atria Books, 2006) p.
16 Harold C. Livesay, American Made, (New York :
Pearson-Longman, 2007) p. 122
17 Academic American Encyclopedia, (Princeton, NJ: Arete
Publishing Co., 1980) p. 212
18 “Wright Brothers”, Wikipedia. Retrieved December 7, 2006,
19 Rhonda Byrne, The Secret, (New York: Atria Books, 2006) p.
20 Rhonda Byrne, The Secret, (New York: Atria Books, 2006) p.
85, 108, 118, 178, 179, 184
21 Matthew 6:33, King James Version
22 Rhonda Byrne, The Secret, (New York: Atria Books, 2006) p.
144, 169, 184
23 William S. Sahakian, Mabel Lewis Sahakian, Ideas of the
Great Philosophers, (New York: Barnes & Noble Books, 1993)
24 John 13:17, King James Version
25 Rhonda Byrne, The Secret, (New York: Atria Books, 2006) p.
148, 175, 183
26 Genesis 1:1, King James Version
27 John 1:3, King James Version
28 Rhonda Byrne, The Secret, (New York: Atria Books, 2006) p.
29 John 8:44, Contemporary English Version
30 John 18:20, King James Version
Cameron C. Taylor is the founder and president of the Does
Your Bag Have Holes? Foundation, a non-profit organization
focused on teaching principle-centered leadership, business,
government and success. He is the author of the book “Does Your
Bag Have Holes? 25 Truths Which Lead to Financial and Spiritual
Freedom.” To learn how to receive a free copy of the book,
visit www.DoesYourBagHaveHoles.org or
call 1-877-No-Holes (664-6537).
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