Can Your Feelings Make You Fat? : Renegade Health Interview

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Successful weight loss starts with happy fingers… er… I mean, a happy YOU!

This may be a sticky subject, but I urge you to listen to the second part of my interview with Jon Gabriel…

In this segment, Jon — who’s lost over 200 pounds — discusses “emotional obesity” which he finds can be an issue with many people who have extra weight.

In the talk, he’ll explain what it is, how your feelings may actually make you fat, and how you can shed the weight and the emotions that are holding you back.

If you’ve ever found yourself eating to feel safe or to have comfort, you are really going to want to listen to this.

It may free you of your emotional eating, forever.

Here’s where you can listen to Part 2 of this interview (my written thoughts follow)…

Listen to Part 2 here:

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Click the play button to start the call:


Here are my thoughts:

1. A tool that creates serious change?

Jon says using visualization was key for him. He wanted to train his mind to be at peace with the world and with himself.

Doing a visualization at night allowed him to relax and eventually opened his mind up to the possibility that he could lose weight.

I’m a strong believer in using visualization to get what you want. For years, I would lie in bed at night visualizing what my life partner would look like — great smile, dark hair, athletic, kind and sweet, dark eyes and skin, sexy, etc.

I really wanted to have a great relationship and I was told that this was the way to manifest one. I kind of believed in the process and I kind of didn’t. My thought was doing it couldn’t hurt, so I kept at it.

Eventually, I hurt my leg running a marathon and ended up at physical therapy where I met Annmarie. It may have been a coincidence — but I don’t like to think — that she fit all my criteria.

Take some time at night to visualize what you want. You might find that you start getting some things.

2. The stress response causes weight gain.

When you’re stressed your body — physiologically — causes you to gain weight.

Your endocrine system is delicate and precise. So when you add extra stress hormones into the mix, your body starts to change the way it functions.

The details are quite irrelevant, but the result, weight gain, is significant.

But here’s the interesting thing…

You don’t have to move to Australia like Jon did to get away from the stresses of your life. This may not be possible for everyone.

What is possible, is that you can change your reaction to stresses in your life.

Two people can be in the same hectic job but handle it differently. One is calm, cool and does her job efficiently, the other is crazed, stressed and always at the end of their rope. The job can be completely the same — even the same tasks — but why do they act like they do?

The first worker has (conscious or subconscious) stress coping tools that work for her. The other worker does not.

It’s totally possible for the second worker to change the way they handle their work and stress — it just requires the right stress relief tools.

One of the best around that I know of and use is EFT or tapping. You can find out more here.

3. Your emotional obesity — staying fat to be safe.

What if your personal life is making you fat?

Your job could be causing you to gain weight… your spouse… your neighborhood… your family.

Jon explains that his weight gain was actually a physical way to pad himself from the world around him. It made him feel safe.

This is an incredible visual and also a fantastic concept.

As a personal trainer, I worked with a lot of people who didn’t like who they were, what they did, or who they were married to. These people — almost all of them — never got the results they wanted.

The reason why is because their emotional state was causing them to put on weight. Any time they made some gains, they’d slip back to where they were before.

Rarely, one would actually make real emotional change and start to realize their relationship/job/environment was keeping them from losing the extra pounds.

Serious stuff, but something to give a long and hard think.

4. Try Jon’s program if you like…

I’ve been a huge fan of Jon’s “The Gabriel Method” Total Transformation Program. Remember, this is a great program from a guy who’s lost 225 pounds and kept it off for years (success leaves clues.)

As you probably realized from listening to this interview, Jon’s program is not so much a diet program, it’s a way to program your body to lose fat using the same techniques he used for his own weight loss.

I like real world solutions to real world problems. This program has them.

Here’s where you can check out the program and decide for yourself if it’s something you’d like to try…

NOTE: There is a portion of diet advice in the program that is not vegan – if you are a vegan obviously you wouldn’t follow this part. I personally think the program is much deeper that a what to eat program, so you’d get a ton of value regardless of this philosophical difference.

Your question of the day: Do you eat when you feel bad?

Live Awesome!

Kevin Gianni

Kevin Gianni is a health author, activist and blogger. He started seriously researching personal and preventative natural health therapies in 2002 when he was struck with the reality that cancer ran deep in his family and if he didn’t change the way he was living — he might go down that same path. Since then, he’s written and edited 6 books on the subject of natural health, diet and fitness. During this time, he’s constantly been humbled by what experts claim they know and what actually is true. This has led him to experiment with many diets and protocols — including vegan, raw food, fasting, medical treatments and more — to find out what is myth and what really works in the real world.

Kevin has also traveled around the world searching for the best protocols, foods, medicines and clinics around and bringing them to the readers of his blog — which is one of the most widely read natural health blogs in the world with hundreds of thousands of visitors a month from over 150 countries around the world.

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