Weight Loss: Stress & Weight Gain
Coach Calls with Jon Gabriel

Stress & Weight Gain

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Listen to Jon Gabriel Chat to Ted About:

  • Why he is eating more now that he is on The Gabriel Method
  • What made him gain weight in the first place
  • How his body is being tricked into believing it’s in a famine

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Ted:  

Yeah, hello?

Jon:  

Hi.

Kelly:  

Hi, how are you? 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.

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