Jon Gabriel in 2001 weighed more than 180 kilograms. He tried to do all the possible diets and even worked directly with a weight-control doctor for two months. But everything ended the same way. He followed the diet to the letter, lost some weight but then reached an inevitable point when he could not anymore and the lost weight returned in a matter of days. Even, a week later I could weigh more than when I had started the diet. This pattern began in 1990.
His life change occurred after September 11, 2000, he lost flight 93 of United Airlines, one of the four hijacked planes. The experience made him feel like he was living a borrowed time, so he decided to write the book The Gabriel Method with the 7 best tips that changed his life and helped him with the loss of weight. This is how he achieved it:
1. I stopped dieting and began to nourish my body
I have learned through my research that my body was starved because it lacked certain essential nutrients, such as omega-3 fatty acids and high-quality proteins. I made sure to eat the greatest amount of nutrients. If I wanted junk food (sweets, potatoes, chips or pizza) I ate them whenever I wanted, without hesitation, but eventually I lost my taste for all that kind of food as my body learned to prefer nutrient-rich foods.
2. I cured my digestion
I discovered that one of the reasons why I was so hungry for nutrients was that my digestive system was sick and was not able to absorb the nutrients. Digestive problems can cause inflammation, and inflammatory hormones cause our body to store fat. So I began to eat many fermented and cultured foods, to take probiotics and digestive enzymes to normalize my digestion.
3. Buy a machine to treat my sleep apnea
Sleep apnea is a condition that affects many overweight people. Creates a hormonal environment in the body that stimulates weight gain by causing high levels of cortisol. This is the reason for nighttime cravings for junk food. Sleep apnea is treated with a machine that blows air into the nose and mouth to keep the windpipe open. So you can sleep through the night without problems.
4. I started having mind-body practices to reduce stress
Like sleep apnea, stress raises cortisol levels and inflammatory hormones. This produces constant cravings that cause the storage of fat. Many people do not realize how important it is to reduce stress. I started meditating every morning and found that it was extremely effective in reducing it.
5. I have created a much more sustainable life
I reduced my expenses, moved to a cheaper house and started growing my own food. My life began to be more sustainable and I felt calmer and more supportive. I loved the idea that if I was hungry I could go to the patio and eat something fresh. The stress hormones no longer attacked my system causing havoc, making me a fat storage machine.
6. I worked on some important emotional problems
Some people feel more secure with extra weight in their body as a form of protection. I call it emotional obesity, and I was in that situation. I knew I had to deal with the emotional problems that affected my safety. I began to solve the traumas of the past so that my body could feel safe leaving that weight to spare.
7. I detoxed my body
After having lost 81 kilos of weight, I investigated about the toxins and how the body processes them. It turns out that the body uses fat cells to store excess toxins, so I started living what I call a detoxifying lifestyle. Basically, I started to cleanse my body with large amounts of alkaline fluids, such as water with lemon juice and apple cider vinegar, green juices and lots of salads.
That was the trick with which I lost the last kilos much faster than the first ones.
Choosing a mind-body approach that nourishes your body and reduces the physical, mental and emotional stress that causes weight gain is the most sensible and sustainable way to lose weight.