The weight loss journey can be extremely frustrating, exhausting, confusing… and at best a rollercoaster.

I know this journey very well. Back in 2001, I weighed more than 400 pounds.

After years of yo-yo dieting and trying every different diet on the market, my weight had reached an all time high of 409 lbs, and I had nearly given up.

And then I had turning point…

On September 11, I narrowly missed being on UAL flight 93. That experience left me feeling like I was living on borrowed time. Here I was killing myself working in a high-stress Wall Street job that I hated, and the universe had just given me a second chance.

So I decided to get off the dieting roller coaster once and for all, and I promised never to diet again. Instead I was going to try to figure out why my body seemed to be forcing me to gain so much weight. I spent hours a day learning everything I could about the biochemistry of weight gain and weight loss.

I learned that losing weight sustainably and permanently isn't about counting calories. It’s about creating the proper hormonal environment in your body that’s conducive to weight loss.

And I discovered that each of us has a set of F.A.T. programs that causes us to hold onto fat. These programs are built into our DNA.

F.A.T. stands for “Famine And Temperature.” Thousands of years ago, chronic exposure to famines and cold temperatures while living outdoors triggered a hormonal change in our bodies that made them very efficient at gaining weight. Today, we no longer have to worry about these threats but we still have these survival programs and sometimes our bodies get tricked into activating them.

I refer to these F.A.T. programs often, as they are part of the foundational principles taught in the Gabriel Method and understanding and addressing these F.A.T programs is the answer to sustainable and permanent weight loss.

The important aspect to understand about your F.A.T. programs, is that they can be switched ON, causing you to hold onto excess weight, or they can be switched OFF, which allows you to shed weight easily and effortlessly.

The easiest way to find out why your F.A.T. programs may be ON is to know which of the 10 triggers is setting it to ON. You can take a short quiz here to find out what trigger is causing you to hold onto excess weight.

Many years of research into hormones, enzymes, neurotransmitters, and chemical messengers that cause weight gain lead me to my discovery of the F.A.T. programs.

This is what happens when your F.A.T. programs are switched ON…

When your F.A.T programs are ON, certain subtle hormonal and chemical changes take place in your body that will virtually ensure that you get fat and stay fat. For those of you that have a biology background, what I’m specifically referring to is chronic low grade stresses that cause insulin and leptin resistance. If you don’t have a background in biology, don’t worry…

Diet and exercise are a like a bandage that covers the problem short term, but long term, to lose weight and keep it off, you must treat the underlying causes of your weight problem.

Since stress and emotional issues can cause an unfavorable hormonal environment, the issue needs to be addressed from a mind-body perspective.

We need to take a holistic approach that looks at our psychological and emotional life, as much as what and when we eat.

This is what happens when your F.A.T. programs are switched OFF…

I finally discovered which of my F.A.T. programs were switched on, and over a two-and-half-year period I lost 220 pounds without restrictive dieting.

I’ve been the same weight now since 2004, and I still don’t diet. I eat whatever I want, whenever I want. I do eat very healthy, but it’s not an effort because my body no longer wants to carry excess weight. That’s because my F.A.T programs have been switched off.

When you identify which of your F.A.T. programs are switched on, then you can begin to target your lifestyle changes, and switch them OFF. Once switched OFF, many of my clients and community members report that the weight just literally fell OFF of them.

Watch this short video of Sharon Henry, who lost 110lbs once she identified the F.A.T. program triggers that were causing her to hold onto excess weight…

What do you think of the concept that a survival program (The F.A.T. programs) can cause you to hold onto weight?

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