The Gabriel Method: The Revolutionary DIET-FREE Way to Totally Transform Your Body
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The pile of recent dieting books is growing faster than the average American's waistline. From the well-known programs that deprive and restrict to ones that rely on juice alone, it seems that everybody has an answer to the growing problem of obesity.
When Jon Gabriel's life took an unexpected turn, he suddenly was awakened to the marvelous gift that he had been given -- the opportunity to live -- and was disgusted at how he had treated his body. At over four hundred pounds, walking, sleeping, and working was a struggle against gravity, and his life was a constant battle between emotional and physical satiation. He was slowly killing himself with food.
Like the estimated 58 percent of Americans, and rising numbers in other countries, Jon was trapped in what he came to call the FAT - Famine and Temperature - trap. By studying biochemistry, Gabriel learned that your body has an internal logic that determines how fat or thin you will be at any given time. The way to lose weight is not to struggle or to force yourself to lose weight but to understand this internal logic and work with it so that your body wants to be thinner. When your body wants to be thinner, weight loss is inevitable and becomes automatic and effortless. You simply crave less food, you crave healthier foods, your metabolism speeds up and you become very efficient at burning fat, just like a naturally thin person. And that's the real transformation -- to transform yourself into a naturally thin person, so that you can eat whatever you want whenever you want and still be thin, fit, and vibrantly healthy.
After reading The Gabriel Method, you will learn:
Your body has a reason why it's holding on to weight--and it's not your fault.
Fat is a cushion--a protective barrier that our mind believes is helping to protect us.
If you can change that belief, you can change your body; Stop the cycle of crash dieting and start eating what you want, when you want it.
How to choose healthy, nutritious foods that nourish the cells in your body, not starve them.
Delicious shakes and smoothies, and super-power supplements, that can jump start your success.
The simple way you can train your mind and body to work with your goal of health, not against it.
Eliminate the emotional and mental reasons your body holds on to weight in just 10 minutes a day.
It certainly worked for Jon; he lost 225 pounds in two-and-a-half years, going from 409 pounds to 184, without suffering, dieting, or anguishing over his body. Unlike most people who lose an extensive amount of weight, his skin tightened up and now is indistinguishable from that of a person who has been healthy his whole life.
No Show I have tried twice to obtain this book. Each time I think I have got it, it is suddenly no longer available. I still want it......more info
Book has much to offer but..... This is an excellent book, but it would seem the downloadable CD is an important part of the program, and being able to download it is a part of the purchase price of the book. I was unable to download the CD. Every time I tried, I received a message from Internet Explorer that it had to close, hence no CD. When I contacted Jon via his website and asked if there were any help he could give me, I had no response. I've been able to download CDs from other sites on occasion so am assuming there is a problem with the link I was provided via e-mail. I haven't had the book very long so although I've read it, I haven't had an opportunity to use the suggestions in the book itself. I am disappointed, though, not to be able to make use of the CD....more info
Going on 3 weeks and still going strong! I am not an overweight person but I'm not thin either. I am in the normal weight range for someone of my height. That said, I am only 5'1" tall so for me, gaining even 5 pounds makes a big difference. I got this book not because I wanted to get skinny overnight, but rather, learn why, after 18 years, I can't seem to lose these last 15 pounds. I eat right, exercise moderately and drink plenty of water. So why do I have these love handles and why do my thighs rub together when I walk?
For me, having an extra 15 pounds on my frame means the difference between having PCOS or not. It's enough to slow down my metabolism and cause me to gain even more weight. It's enough to make exercising painful. It's enough to make me feel tired all the time. I've tried diets and exercise but I always gain the weight back. It seems my body is set at staying this weight, no matter what I do.
Now, after reading The Gabriel Method I understand why my body is holding onto these extra 15 pounds of fat. All of the lifestyle changes I made in the past were physical, none were psychological. I realized that the change has to happen in my mind for it to happen in my body. I am seeing amazing results so far and I've only been using the method for a month. The first week my appetite reduced and my thirst increased. The second week I began feeling better about my body and gaining confidence. The third week I began exercising regularly. I've never been this consistent with my workout routines. (I now run 4-5 times and week and will begin swimming soon.)
I've learned why depriving myself of the foods I love can backfire in the end. I learned why diets don't work. I learned why counting calories doesn't work. I've learned to love my body. And best of all, I've learned patience. I was so desperate to lose weight before, I would give myself a deadline and I'd torture myself with dieting and exercising and when I didn't see the results I wanted quickly, I'd give up. Now I understand this process is going to take time. I'm not going to expect immediate results. I tell myself that I will see the body I want in a year's time. I have a clear picture in my mind of what that will look like. I could not see that image before, and that explains why I failed so many times.
The mind is a powerful thing. If your personal philosophy is: "If you can imagine it, you can achieve it; if you can dream it, you can become it", then you will love this book!...more info
Excellent advice for those wishing to make major dietary and body changes I've done my share in the past 30+ years of losing weight by dieting and gaining it back. The current advice to cut calories and exercise just hasn't worked well for us. At some point you have to realize that what you're doing isn't working. I finally gave up on dieting, and in the past two years I've lost over 30 pounds.
This isn't just a book about "thinking yourself thin." It's a fantastic compilation of advice that covers the mental, spiritual and physical aspects of body identity and nutrition. And it's all very simply presented and easy to execute.
Gabriel offers so many wonderful suggestions that include eating grass-fed meat and living fruits and vegetables; drinking water; consuming omega 3s; exercising like our ancestors; eating earlier in the day rather than later; chewing food; conscious eating; the role of enzymes and bacteria; and spending time in nature and in the sun. He discusses how the body uses fat cells to safely store toxins and how drugs and other items ingested affect our bodies.
Equally important to diet is understanding how our thoughts affect our body image and possible psychological reasons as to why we are fat, such as using fat as a barrier to intimacy or control by others, or consuming foods as replacements for love or security. No weight loss can be sustained without addressing these emotional factors.
Gabriel also discusses the role of physiology and the reptilian brain inherited from our ancestors that controls the level of fat we retain based on inherent survival needs--the classic fight, flight or freeze.
And the icing on the cake is the New Thought use of the mind to change physical reality, popularly known as manifesting. Visualization of the desired body and faith in its eventual manifestation not only affects reality but prompts different choices. If you're sitting in front of the TV getting depressed thinking you'll always be a fat slug, you'll be much more inclined to eat a bag of potato chips in resignation than if you're looking at a picture imagining you're thin and active. Using our mind to imagine our future is a powerful tool for change.
Forget low-calorie diets, shakes, pills and procedures, and get to the root of your weight problem by following the advice in this book. Highly recommended....more info
Good book I have only had this a short time but it has already helped me focus less on weight loss and more on myself. Given that, it has helped me lose 2 pounds which really doesn't sound like much but when you have been trying unsuccessfully for years then 2 pounds is an amazing amount. I find his methods to be thoughtful and to the point. Although this isn't really a diet it is a change of life style and good habit forming book working on the reasons that you put on weight and not focusing on the weight itself. For those of us who know we don't eat too much, who do exercise, and who still seem destined to be overweight this is a God send. It returns self-respect and the knowledge that there are others with the same struggle....more info
Fine until he mentioned supplements The visualization parts of the book were great, as were the suggestions on adding healthier foods gradually, and adding in exercise, but then he had to go and mention supplements. Sorry, no.
As for the download, haven't listened to it because you have to provide an email (don't need to be on any mailing lists, thank you). Would rather pay extra and have the CD included with the book. And please print on better paper than newsprint next time.
If you can't get the original version of Thin Within by Judy Wardell, this is similar in some ways, but has some good additional information/visualization. ...more info
He did all the leg work for you. Great book! This is a fantastic book. It was well writing with the non-technical person in mind. Meaning Jon did all the difficult work for all of us folk that were not willing to do it.
He's resume is impressive. I've been focused on my health (mind and body) for tens years now and I stumbled along the way to discover all the same basic techniques Jon talks about in his book.
The true way to donate your weight back to the universe is several fold. Know yourself. Listen to your body. And that takes time.
He incorporates his years of knowledge in this one book. Some people may get and it some may not. If your looking for specifics and statistics he sites them for you which I know most people aren't willing to go read but the citations makes this book all the more valuable.
This book is a blend of common sense and science put together.
I have studied everything from NLP, hypnosis, psychology, eastern, western medicine etc.
He knows his stuff. The reason the fitness and diet industry is a billion dollar industry is because every day someone is coming out with something "revolutionary"...THAT WORKED FOR THEM. And these new techniques do work for some and not for others. The reason is everyone is different. It's up to you to find the right combination.
Jon's method is not about one specific way. What the method is about is guiding you with tools to find your specific way.
Jon is saying in order for you to get healthy you have to figure out what works for you. It's about developing a relationship with yourself and your body. What a strange concept? :-)
I think this is the major theme in the book and I hope people get that.
I've been doing these techniques for years. Long before I read this book. Once you get the concepts of positive thinking better eating etc results will happen fast.
Get this book. Share it with your friends and see the results of what people like him, Chopra, Wayne Dyer have been saying all along.
Your mind is connected to your body. Start making that healthy and the body will follow....more info
The proof is in the pudding... The Jon Gabriel Method has been a God send! I have been using his method for 4 weeks now and have gone down a dress size . I am eating more and exercising less and I feel fantastic. I had been trying for quite a while to lose the "mid life" weight gain that seemed to be sticking to my body like superglue. I had been starving myself and over exercising, but nothing worked until I tried Jon Gabriels' method. I am eating more and not depriving myself in any way. My energy levels and stamina have been greatly increased and I feel half my age. My arthritis has disappeared and I bounce out of bed in the mornings, instead of lumbering out in my usual stiff manner. If you have any weight issues, small or large - this method will give you results with very little effort. (And there is none of the usual "half a cup of steamed spinach and a piece of poached fish" starvation menu involved. I eat fabulously well)Ensure you listen to the CD every night before you go to sleep along with taking the recommended vitamins. Finally, something that works!...more info
The Gabriel Method The Gabriel Method is a very well written book. In it you will find out what causes you to gain and retain wieght, how to turn this around, and ways to greatly improve your self esteem. John Gabriel also gives personal advice on the Gabriel Method forum. The forum is also a very good place to connect with others to compare how the GM is working. It also works in very well with my practice as an advanced EFT practitioner---Rev John PS This is not your standard diet book, this is not a diet....more info
Some good information, but... At the risk of sounding harsh, the major part of this book is as light-weight as Mr. Gabriel is.
The only part that I found useful were the scientific tables relative to weight and calories in/calories out. While I do agree entirely that there is a connection between one's body weight and how much fat the subconscious tells the body it requires, I would have to DISagree that the body weight is set at the pre-historic level and cannot be changed. Just a bit to 'woo-woo' for me.
Every single cell in the human body is changed over a span of about 7 years. We can go from being obese to lean simply thru our moment to moment choices of clean eating and exercise--with the Caveat that one's emotions must also be healthy. In the vast majority of obese patients, there is the condition of DEPRESSION. This is the first condition that must be treated. GOOD LUCK TO ALL!...more info
Life altering This book can change the way you look at life. It's not just about weight loss and the way you look at food. It is about a lifestyle change. I like it....more info
I am free!!!!!! I had to write a review of this book. I have yo-yo dieted for years, causing myself great emotional pain, and each time gaining more weight. I feel like I am finally able to break free of the diet mentality because of this book. Thank you so much Jon Gabriel! Twice I have asked Jon a queation through his site, and twice I have gotten a caring and helpful response. The advice is practical, and we can see that it works by simply looking at the author's photo. I don't know how much I have lost in hte last 3 weeks becuse I have put my scale a way (another vicory) but I feel much more free, and less critical of myself. Thank You Thank You Thank You!!!!...more info
This method works. I'm melting! ... LOL Wow, in only a couple of months I have learned a whole new way at looking at the relationship of the body and mind. The most effective things for me has been to eat whatever I want in portion sizes and to not exercise too much (4 days max). Makes a BIG difference in weight reduction/ control. Bravo Jon!...more info
Amazing! Must Read! This book has changed my life and is amazing! It is worth the time and the read. I read the secret and thought it was amazing but didnt really have the direction outlined I needed to make a change. Jon actually gives you tools to use in order to bring about change and make a difference in your life. If you want to quit being the victim and live a happy life pick it up! Plus when you purchase the book you get the cd free at his website [...], so there is an extra bonus!...more info
Surprised Mr Gabriel was interviewed on Coast to Coast radio towards the end of February 2009. I bought his book on February 25 and read it. There were some thoughts in the book that really stayed with me and I incorporated them into my daily routine. I decided to give my body the nutrients it needed before eating anything questionable and to do some visualization. I did not use Mr Gabriel's CD but just did it on my own. I did not think I was doing much different than I had been doing before reading the book, however when I weighed myself on March 23 I was very surprised to find I had lost 10 pounds. Thats better than I did when I spent over $300 on a well known food program that provided some really nasty tasting packaged meals and left me constantly hungry. I am rereading the book and plan to download Mr Gabriel's visualization too....more info
Book is great but we still don't have the disk The book is very interesting and my daughter and I are trying to follow it. However, the book offers a CD included. We followed the instructions to down load the CD and that is very interesting as well, except that you have it in your computer, but not on a disc that you could use elsewhere. We tried to contact the author, but he did not answer us. NOT GOOD....more info
Best information I have found Suffering many health issues, I keep looking for a way to lose 80 pounds and keep it off. This book has given me the most reasonable and practical guide for what my body needs to promote health that I have ever seen. No blaming, no finger pointing only information that makes so much sense I wonder why I didn't figure it out for myself. It is worth the small cost of the book to learn how to get the nutrition you need to be healthy and as a bonus lose weight.
A real eye opener ! It's been said common sense "Ain't So Common"........ Well this book is just that !
Very Common Sense....more info
Life Changer!!! Wow!
I was going to wait to write this review until I had been following Jon's advice for one month.... but the review titled "Disappointing" posted on March 27, 2009 changed my mind!
I read Jon's book and have been following the Gabriel Method for 3 weeks now. I am not sure if I have lost weight (although I feel like I have), because I am staying off the scale right now, but WOW(!) I feel so wonderful! I have never eaten so healthily in my entire life and I feel fantastic. I also have not been hungry since I started eating the way Jon recommends. With this method, nothing is forbidden, which takes a HUGE weight off my shoulders.
Just incorporate the things he suggests into your diet (and mind), and you can still have any other foods you want - IF you still want them.
I am always surprised when people say a book changed their lives, but this one has sure had a huge and positive impact on mine.
I will update this post in the next 3-4 weeks, once I do weigh myself.
And Jon, if you are reading this.... I can not THANK-YOU enough!
WELL.... I have been following the plan for 7 weeks now, and while I really do enjoy the way I am eating, (although it is expensive!), and will probably stick with it, I HAVE NOT LOST ONE POUND!
I have done everything that Jon recommends, except for the fact I do eat on the late side at night (around 7:30 PM) due to my schedule. I do not eat a huge, heavy meal, but I do eat dinner.
I did send Jon an email on his website about 5 days ago, but did not hear back from him. I feel bad about all this, as I really do feel good and enjoy following his recommendations, but not one pound (!)... Geez!!!
Disapointing Yet another diet book on "loving yourself thin". No hard diet research or knowledge shared. There are too many of these lame books now. This guy basically says to "do nothing", which is ridulous. Save your money! ...more info
The Gabriel Method This book was an easy read. Good explanations of how he came to his conclusions for weight loss. Also offers a free CD of meditation to listen to when going to sleep. Very helpful. The author has a web site to ask questions and get his real answers by email. I loved the material....more info
A totally simple, intelligent, and comprehensive road to fitness for life! This very well-researched and credible work is light-years beyond all other weight loss and weight management strategies that I have read to date....and I have read dozens of them. I have followed many of the weight management programs that I have studied and I have always felt that these other methods were elements missing, there was too much speculation or guesswork, or that they were generally gimmicks.
Mr. Gabriel's method finally puts all of the essential elements together: physiological - mental- emotional - spiritual. Everything is there. All these elements are necessary to harmonize our bodies' primal biochemistry, and embark on a path to life-long fitness, once and for all. I am deeply impressed with this work and have started practicing it this weekend (March 21/22, 2009). I will report back in a few weeks and update with my progress. I cannot imagine anything other than total success with this excellent methodology. More soon......more info
Insightfull and invaluable illumination of the mind I have read my fair share of diet books and have been on countless diets which have all inevitably failed. The Gabriel Method gives you the tools you need to take the weight off and keep it off. It is a mixture of Jon's
experience and facts on how he took off the weight and kept it off.
If you are serious about not only loosing the weight but keeping yourself healthy, then i recommend this book to anyone who is struggling with obesity. This is not a diet book , it a method the change you life forever.
Kindle version warning I really like a lot of the info in this book and find it very plausible without being preachy. My one concern is that in order to get the free CD download, you need to enter into his website the last word on page 50. Well on the kindle, there's no way to know what the physical page 50 is, so no way to get the CD! As someone else mentioned, the cd is apparently fairly important for his method so....Yeah, I guess I need to go to a bookstore and look up page 50....more info
Amazing Book! Having been a student of human behavior and peak performance for 17 years now, I found this book to be so insightful, perhaps even closing in on "amazing". The author is very articulate and demonstrates mastery in this area....more info
Effectively Presents a Diet-Free Way to Live *****
This book is essentially the theory and practice of a healthy, non-diet way of living that will actually lead to greater weight loss than even healthy diets. The main tenet of The Gabriel Method is that the body will not lose weight until it is ready; that is, until you (and it) feel safe. So it's really important to find ways to help your body feel safe, and then weight loss will naturally occur.
The author emphasizes visualization as a part of this; he strongly suggests (although it's not absolutely necessary) that you use his own CD for this, which is sold separately from his web site. He emphasizes lots of ways of eating healthfully, but stresses that these need to happen by following the body's needs and listening to your own body, as opposed to forcing anything. He also emphasizes things like forgiveness, and other types of self-care.
What I think is unique about this book is that it is a comprehensive approach to the anti-diet mentality. I am already following this, and have found it is the only way I can healthfully and sanely lose weight. However, this book was still of value to me as it added really good tips--like the importance of visualization, and reminders of noticing the life force of food, and much more. I liked the author's style of writing and found it encouraging and motivational.
For anyone who diets, please read this. Especially if you are a yo-yo dieter, I think you will appreciate this book. And if diets HAVE NOT worked for you in the past, and you don't know why, this book is an absolute MUST READ.
Science-based transformation This is not a fad-based quick diet, but rather a way to transform your body by understanding science and human history. It made sense to me, and helped me see weight-loss in a whole new way.
The everyday stress that people deal with is "alarming but not immediately life threatening." Early humans that felt stress were often responding to either famine or harsh weather, which triggered their bodies to add extra fat. This is a different kind of stress than, say, being chased by a wild animal, which would signal the body to be lean and fit and capable of running away. The trick is to convince your body that the stresses it feels are not due to FAT -- Famine and Temperature -- so it doesn't need to pile on extra poundage.
Author Jon Gabriel used this realization to lose 225 pounds. That's an inspiration. In The Gabriel Method, he lays out his reasoning and gives you a blueprint to follow his example.
Here's the chapter list:
Introduction: My Own Transformation
Part I: The Principles
1. The Fat Programs: The Real Reason You're Fat
2. Jessie's Law
Part II: Nonphysical Stresses that Activate the FAT Programs
3. Mental Causes of Obesity
4. Emotional Obesity
5. Eliminating the Nonphysical Causes of Obesity Using SMART mode
6. Using Positive Emotions to Turn Off the FAT Programs
7. Creating the Body of Your Dreams
8. Easy Applications of the Principles in Part II
Part III: Physical Stresses that Activate the FAT Programs
9. Why Diets Don't Work
10. The Essentials
11. Vitality: The Zero-Calorie Essential Nutrient
12. It Doesn't Count Unless It Enters Your Cells
13. Other Forms of Starvation
14. Fat and Toxins
15. Easy Applications of the Principles in Part III
Part IV: Positive Forces that Make Your Body Want to Be Thin
16. The Positive Stresses
17. Success Profiles: The Gabriel Method in Practice
Part V: Make it Happen for You
18. Creating Your New Body
19. How Quickly Will I Lose the Weight?
Appendix: The Chemistry of the FAT Programs...more info
Absolute life changer of a book! The eighty pounds I've lost are only a small part of The Gabriel Method's impact on me. Jon's insight that many of us are "starving" and compensate with food has led me and several of my friends to look inside ourselves and become better people. At first I thought it was too good to be true, but it's all based on sound logic and biochemistry, and the real proof has been in the results. I have re-discovered my passion, which has led me to stop fighting the logic of my body and I've never been happier. This book is an absolute life changer....more info
Won-der-ful This book is such a breath of fresh air. Straightforward, easy to follow concepts that change your body and your life....more info
Listened to Mr. Gabriel on Coast to Coast AM Radio I just spent the evening listening to Jon speak on Coast to Coast. I'm giving this book a 5 star based on what he shared about his own process, his research, the results. I have purchased three copies, one for me and for my adult daughters.
I recognized some of the fat issues and that these are physical responses to emotional pain. I've done visualizations in the past and willing to continue that method. In other words, I'm ready for a program that makes sense and sounds wise....more info