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  • How sleep apnea makes you gain weight
  • The effects of cortisol levels on your body
  • The importance of getting your sleep apnea taken care of

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Jon:  

Johnny’s calling about visualization. Johnny? Is this Johnny?

Johnny:  

Yeah, John. Can you hear me?

Jon:  

Hi. Welcome back. We lost you. I can hear you fine. We lost you there for a minute.

Johnny:  

All right, man. Nice hearing you. You know you started talking about sleep apnea, and my own doctor suggested — when you had sleep apnea before you were tested, did you think or know you had it?

Jon:  

Yeah. I did because I snored like you could not possibly imagine and then I just stopped and then I’d start again and that’s really what happened.

Johnny:  

Because I’ve always been — I know you grew up in Metropolitan New York and I always listened to Barry Grey and Long John Neville. I always was up at night and I don’t think I have — I mean I’m overweight and I may have sleep apnea, but I don’t feel it. I may very well have it and if you know, for people who don’t have insurance, what does something like that cost to have a sleep study done?

Jon:  

I don’t know what the sleep study costs without insurance but I know the machine costs about $2,000 and I think you can rent it.

Johnny:  

Really?

Jon:  

Yeah.

Johnny:  

Wow.

Jon:  

Let me just put it in perspective.

Johnny:  

Go ahead.

Jon:  

If you do have sleep apnea, you’re tired and so if you’re tired you can’t exercise, you can’t move around, but you’re also — when you’re tired you crave junk food, so you’re craving sweets but something else happens. Your cortisol levels get elevated, and elevated cortisol levels are the same thing that happen when you’re in a famine. So you’re shifting your set point toward fatter and fatter and fatter all the time, you’re activating your FAT programs, you’re not sleeping, and you’re craving junk food. It’s like a recipe for disaster.

So when you put it in perspective there’s really — if you do have sleep apnea, there’s really nothing more important, nothing more crucial, than getting that sleep apnea taken care of if you want to lose weight. Otherwise, you’re just — it’s like you’re driving with the emergency break on because you’re fighting cravings, your body wants to be fatter, it’s shifting its set point toward fatter because of the cortisol and you can get anybody — you know they’ve had studies with mice where they give them cortisol, and the more cortisol they give them the fatter they get. People that, unfortunately, have to take cortisol medication for some sort of condition, they gain weight. There’s nothing you can do about it. It activates your FAT programs because it makes your body think you’re in a famine because that’s what happens when you’re in a famine, your cortisol levels get elevated.
Johnny:  

I’ve got two quick questions. You say that when you were a kid you were thin and in shape and stuff like that.

Jon:  

In my 20s I was.

Johnny:  

For those of us who that’s not true, I mean I’ve always — it’s always been a challenge for me and is that significant in terms of, I don’t know in terms of what, but I never really was a skinny kid.

Jon:  

It’s significant in terms of understanding what your specific situation is. Now just to give you a little bit of background, I was a skinny kid but I grew up in a dieting family. In a kind of a family that was overweight and focused on dieting. When I was about 10 — from 10 to 13 I had a weight problem. My brother had a serious weight problem. When he was 12 he was 220 pounds or 100 kilos and they sent us to fat camp, which was well intentioned type of thing, but it set up this whole kind of dieting mentality.

By the time I was in my 20s, I was really done with the issue and was sort of effortlessly thin. So I did have a little bit of that experience growing up. But with you, what you really have to do is you have to go back to like — let me ask you a couple of questions. First of all, how much weight are you looking to lose?
Johnny:  

One hundred pounds or more.

Jon:  

Okay. How long have you had that weight on you?

Johnny:  

Oh, man, I guess a very long time, but I’ve always been very successful at losing it. It comes back on. It’s all a blur, man, but I’m very heavy now. I mean I’ve been carrying — I may be heavier than I’ve ever, ever — I’m 54 years old and ever been. I mean everything seems to have just backed up on me.

Jon:  

Okay. Now when you say as a kid, like how early as a kid were you — what was the first time you remember being overweight as a kid?

Johnny:  

I guess 12, 13.

Jon:  

Okay. 12, 13. So what was your life like when you were 12, 13? Was it stressful; is anything that happened that you can remember back then?

Johnny:  

I don’t think anything in particular. I mean I had a middle class, suburban, New York suburban life. Looking back it was — the stresses were silly stresses. I had everything I ever wanted really.

Jon:  

Okay. Was there any kind of divorce, separation, anyone died, anyone beat you up?

Johnny:  

No. I mean no, no.

Jon:  

Did you move schools, were there bullies?

Johnny:  

No. It seemed to go along pretty well. I’m an expressive guy, creative guy. I had good friends. To this day I have many friends, we still stay in touch and it just — I know I’m not being helpful here, Jon, but I’ve always been like an independent and creative, and so life was always kind of stressful, you know. I’ve always been like not a joiner. I’ve overwork myself for decades at this point. Always struggled; to this day I struggle. So it’s always been –

Jon:  

Okay. So let me as you a question. Was it stressful back then when you were 12? You were 10, 12, did life start to get a little bit stressful back then?

Johnny:  

In terms of the weight or just generally?

Jon:  

Just general. School or whatever pressures that kids have?

Johnny:  

I suppose, yeah. I had stresses, yeah.

Jon:  

All right. Well, let’s just do this then for now. Let’s keep in touch with my email, but I’d like you to listen to the CD twice a day, like around 4:00. Do you have time around 4:00?

Johnny:  

Sure, will do.

Jon:  

Do you get hungry around –

Johnny:  

Yeah, yeah, go ahead.

Jon:  

Okay. So before you get hungry what I want you to do is I want you to eat something real. Like when I say real, something that’s either got live food, omega-3s or protein. Eat something real, listen to the CD at 4:00, and I want you to listen to the CD at night, and I want you to get checked for sleep apnea. Make sure you have a really good breakfast because there’s an issue of blood sugar here that I can tell, and next week we’ll talk about blood sugar and how to regulate your blood sugar and how important it is to regulate your blood sugar. So we’ll talk about that next week. But listen to the CD, get checked for sleep apnea.

Johnny:  

On that and I promise I’ll be really quick. What if I told you that I’m a lifelong meditator and I do meditate every day? How in your thing does it fit?

Jon:  

I would say you have a tremendous advantage then, because if you’re in a deep meditative state and you create a visual image of how you would like to look, it’s going to be very powerful for you.

Johnny:  

And along those lines and not just to stay on, but it’s connected to that and I think it’s alien, and I totally buy what you’re doing and your book, but please address this and I know you can relate to it because you come from a major urban center and that is, I know that all this makes sense. How do I be not — how do I buy it, how do I own it, how do I not be negative? I mean how did you first find that if you visualize that you can accomplish things?

Jon:  

Okay, John, I’m going to answer that question for you.

Johnny:  

Go ahead.

Jon:  

The answer to that question is, you have nothing to lose. See what I did was I decided that I was going to look everywhere and I was going to try everything and I wasn’t going to wait for science to put its stamp of approval on it. I was going to try it because I was desperate and I figured what’s the worse I have to lose? I’m spending ten minutes creating a vision of my future. If I’m wrong, the worse case scenario is I get into a relaxed state. If I’m right, I’ve got something tremendously powerful that I’ve unlocked, that I can tap into to use for any aspect of my life.

So I’ve always taken the approach that anything is true until proven false, for me, and I went out and tried everything until I decided, no that doesn’t work, that doesn’t work, but that does work, and I don’t care why it works. No one’s going to know why visualization works because we can’t even track thoughts. We don’t even know where thoughts come from. Some people say thoughts don’t even come from our head, that our heads are just transistors. So we can’t track thoughts, we don’t know where they come from, we can’t prove that visualization works. I don’t need to prove it, because I know that I look exactly the way I visualized it. And so I’m out there saying, "Hey, I tried something, it works, try it," worst case scenario is you wasted ten minutes of your day doing something that’s kind of relaxing. That’s the worst case scenario. So that, to me, is a good risk reward scenario. Anyway John, I’m going to have to take one more call.
Johnny:  

All right, man. Thanks Jon.

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RESULTS & HEALTH DISCLAIMER: Please understand that the results of Jon Gabriel and his students are not typical, and your results, if any, will vary and there is always the possibility you will not get the results you are looking for. The Gabriel Method is not intended to treat, cure, or prevent any disease or illness. This information is intended for educational purposes only, not as medical advice. Always check with your doctor before changing your diet, eating, or health program.