The Gabriel Method – The Basics
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In this interview, Jon Gabriel discusses:

  • Different aspects of The Gabriel Method
  • How to lose weight without dieting
  • How to get your body to want to be thin

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Kelly:  

Hello there, and welcome to the first Jon Gabriel show. I’m Kelly Pappus. You probably know me from the Bill and Kelly Show, and we had a most interesting on a while back, a very interesting gentleman named Jon Gabriel who worked the bestselling book in its category at Amazon I hear called The Gabriel Method. If you haven’t heard of it, you’re living in a cave somewhere. He’s astounding, he’s an amazing gentleman, and has quite a story.

And so we became friends on the show and I said, “Jon, you’ve got to get your own — you have to be on Blog Talk yourself. You’ve got to get your own show.” So here he is, Jon Gabriel in the flesh. Hi, Jon.

Jon:  

Hey, Kelly, how’s it going?

Kelly:  

How are you?

Jon:  

Good, thanks for helping me set up this show. What we’re going to be doing on this show is, it’s going to be a weekly show where we’re going to talk about different aspects of The Gabriel Method and how to lose weight without dieting, and how to get your body to want to be thin.

Kelly:  

Tell people about the book a little bit that don’t know about the book.

Jon:  

Well sure, I’ll tell you about my own experiences a little bit. I used to live in New York. I live in Australia right now, and I used to live in New York, and this was back in the late ’90s. The whole time I was in New York I started gaining weight and I eventually gained over 200 pounds or 100 kilos.

Kelly:  

Okay wait, 200 pounds. That’s like a whole other person. Another human being.

Jon:  

Well it’s more, yeah, it’s a big person.

Kelly:  

Wow.

Jon:  

I tried to lose weight by dieting, and I tried pretty much every diet out there. I met face-to-face with the late Dr. Atkins, because he was in New York and we used to meet every Monday, and in the end, I was sitting on the other side of his desk and he was looking at my test scores and I’m borderline Type 2 Diabetic and Metabolic Syndrome and my triglycerides are through the roof and all this stuff, and he just looks at me and he goes, “What are you doing? You’re killing yourself.” And I thought, “Is that the best you can do? You’re Dr. Atkins, you’ve got this incredible weight loss book.”

And I went to the Pritikin’s Institute, I had fitness trainers, I did everything. And every diet I went on, or program, always followed the same approach. I’d lose weight in the beginning, it would be a whole list of things you can’t have. With every diet there’s a list of things you can’t have, either no salt, no wheat, no sugar, whatever it was, I’d follow the diet to the letter. I’d lose weight in the beginning, and then maybe I’d lose 5 or 10 pounds or 5 kilos or something like that, and then all of a sudden something would happen where I’m still dieting but I’m not losing weight anymore.

I just want to mention that we are going to be taking calls and also you can Twitter questions at @GabrielMethod if you do Twitter, which I don’t really know anything about, but we’ve got people monitoring that.

But anyway, I followed the diet to the letter, I’d lose weight in the beginning, and then all of a sudden I wouldn’t be losing weight anymore but I’d still be dieting. And it’s a little bit like you paint yourself into a corner, because here I am dieting, not to lose weight, but just to stop myself from gaining weight.

Kelly:  

And we have a call I think, by the way.

Jon:  

Yes, hello?

Kelly:  

Hi, welcome.

Ted:  

Thank you. My name is Ted. I’m calling from California.

Kelly:  

Hi, Ted.

Jon:  

Hi, Ted.

Ted:  

I read your book a couple times. It’s great. I totally believe in what I’m reading here. I’ve been listening to your meditation every night now for about a month religiously, and for whatever reason, I’m eating more than I did before.

Jon:  

You’re eating more than you did before.

Ted:  

Right.

Jon:  

Are you gaining weight?

Ted:  

A little bit. I’ve gained about three pounds.

Jon:  

Okay, let me ask you a couple questions, Ted. How much weight are you looking to lose?

Ted:  

About 120 pounds.

Jon:  

And how long have you had this weight on you?

Ted:  

Oh God, forever. At least for the last 10 years.

Jon:  

And how old are you?

Ted:  

50.

Jon:  

Okay, now prior to that, did you have a weight problem at all?

Ted:  

Yeah, it was up down, but it wasn’t anywhere where I’m at now.

Jon:  

Okay, so about 10 years ago, your weight started to accelerate?

Ted:  

Right.

Jon:  

Okay, was there something that happened in your life 10 years ago that you can remember that would —

Ted:  

Nothing that stands out at all.

Jon:  

Okay, then did you change jobs at all? Did you move? Did someone die?

Ted:  

I’ve changed jobs a few times. I’ve moved across country. I moved to California 10 years ago.

Jon:  

Okay, so you moved. Okay. Where did you move from?

Ted:  

The East Coast, I was living in New York City.

Jon:  

Okay, and you changed jobs?

Ted:  

Yes.

Jon:  

And are you still in California now?

Ted:  

Yes.

Jon:  

And are you doing the same job?

Ted:  

No, it’s my second job since I’ve been here.

Jon:  

Okay, well, what are you doing?

Ted:  

I work in the entertainment business. I work for an arena here in Northern California.

Jon:  

Okay, because I’m looking at that, and so what I’m hearing is your situation is very much stress-related because it’s related to your — what’s that?

Ted:  

Yes, I’d say yes.

Jon:  

You would say yes? And like how stressful would you say your life is?

Ted:  

On a scale of one to 10, it’s probably 9.

Jon:  

Okay.

Ted:  

And 9 being, you know, high.

Jon:  

I understand, yeah. And then do you get hungry in the afternoons?

Ted:  

Yes, actually.

Jon:  

And how about in late evenings?

Ted:  

Late evenings, yes, and –

Jon:  

And you crave junk food in late evenings, right?

Ted:  

Sometimes.

Jon:  

Yeah, your situation is totally stress related. So everything that you can do to control and minimize your stress is going to help. Now, the CD obviously is touching something inside you that’s kind of like triggering your body to sort of react, I guess. And it’s going to take a little bit of time for the messages to sink in.

But you also need to do some other type of stress reduction. Like, I would really strongly recommend you do like a 5 or 10 minute visualization in the morning before you get up. As soon as you get up, sit down, do some visualization, and just imagine your ideal body, imagine your day going really smoothly, imagine your life going really smoothly.

And then also I would recommend at around 3:30 or 4:00, right before you get hungry, that you have some sort of snack that’s got some sort of protein in it, or omega 3s and live food. Those are the three things I always talk about adding to your diet. I recommend that you have some sort of snack and you listen to the CD again, if at all possible.

Kelly:  

What are the items with omega 3s in them?

Jon:  

Well things that have omega 3s, like ground flax seeds have omega 3, fish have omega 3s. Certain nuts like walnuts have omega 3s, and then live food is just anything that’s, you know, salady that hasn’t been processed.

Kelly:  

And tell us about your visualization tape because it’s fantastic.

Jon:  

The visualization tape, you can either order online at GabrielMethod.com, or you can actually download — if you’ve bought the book, you can download the visualization CD for free by going to GabrielMethod.com also.

Kelly:  

Do you have that, Ted?

Ted:  

Yes, I have it; I have it on my IPod.

Jon:  

So what I’m suggesting, though, Ted is that — can you listen to it in the afternoons?

Ted:  

Okay.

Jon:  

Because when you have the type of stress that you have in your life, it’s elevating your cortisol levels, and that’s causing — elevated cortisol levels is the same thing that you get when you’re in a famine. So your body’s actually being tricked into thinking it’s in a famine, and it’s going to cause you to be hungry in the afternoons and late evenings. That’s what elevated cortisol levels does.

If you could listen to the CD in the afternoon at around 3:30 or 4:00, that’s going to lower your stress. And what you’ll find is, when you get home you’re not going to be as hungry after dinner. First of all, you’re not going to have that junk food craving in the afternoon, and then you’re not going to also crave junk food in the evening. That is a totally stress related — I had that. I remember that no matter where I was, if I was —

Kelly:  

It sounds just like your story.

Jon:  

What’s that?

Kelly:  

He sounds so much like your story.

Jon:  

Yeah, I lived it. And I remember, Ted, no matter where I was, when it was 10:00 at night I remember I could be traveling, and just check into a hotel, it’s 10:30 or 11:00, I had to go down to a 7-11 and get junk food. It’s like if I didn’t go to sleep without eating junk food, my body was just like screaming. And now it’s like I’m never hungry at night. So it’s a very different — I have a very different system now. But one of the reasons is because I learned how to deal with the stresses in my life. So —

Kelly:  

Ted, can you call us back next week and let us know how you’re doing? We have so many calls. Would that be okay?

Ted:  

Sure, absolutely.

Kelly:  

I’d really like to know how you’re doing.

Ted:  

That would be great.

Jon:  

Ted, one other thing. I just want to say one other thing. Kelly, I’m sorry. Because we’ll get to as many calls as we can, but I want to be thorough.

Kelly:  

Certainly, go right ahead.

Jon:  

It’s really important to — do you eat a breakfast like that I talk about on the Gabriel Method that’s got a lot of the three things that I talk about adding; Omega 3s, protein and live food? What type of breakfast do you eat?

Ted:  

Actually, I’ve been making blueberry smoothies with fresh blueberries. I do use flaxseed in there, about a tablespoon. I use a probiotic in there and I throw in a banana if I have it, and usually with soy milk or yogurt, if I have it around.

Jon:  

Okay, you need more protein. And the reason why you need more protein is it’ll keep your blood sugar stable so that you don’t crave sweets in the afternoon. Part of that is because you — and we’ll talk about this in another episode about regulating your blood sugar. When the FAT programs are on, you lose the ability to regulate your blood sugar, and that causes you to have junk food cravings in the afternoons and evenings. So you need to eat a lot of protein to keep your blood sugar stable. So add at least forty grams of weigh protein in your smoothie.

Ted:  

Okay.

Jon:  

Okay? And try that and make sure you have protein for lunch too, okay?

Ted:  

Okay, great.

Jon:  

Okay. All right, and then like I say, email me anytime or call and we can talk some more.

Kelly:  

Yeah, Ted, we want to keep track of you. Call back.

Ted:  

Okay, I will do that for sure.

Jon:  

Okay.

Ted:  

Thanks.

Jon:  

Take care.

Kelly:  

We have another call.

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