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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  1. michelle says:

    yes quite often!always going to start properly tomorrow!!

  2. Research we’ve done demonstrates clearly that this is a classic ‘chicken and egg’ theory. Which really comes first? Given that wheat creates an opioid effect in the body that ‘hooks’ us into a never-ending need to snack, can we correctly say that the emotions cause the obesity, or could it be the effect of wheat? More on this subject at plus the book every vegetarian should read, WHEAT BELLY.

  3. Tara Burner says:

    sometimes I do…
    for most part I go for a run or bike ride though, healthier option!
    I’ve seen Jon online before…awesome guy

  4. Michael says:

    I would really love to come across a method that treats just the opposite issue – focuses on people that are getting thinner and thinner because of the same reason (which is stress and feelings of insecurity and so on..) how about that?

  5. Brianna says:

    i do the opposite when i feel bad… i just stop eating (not good for me, since I am quite thin to begin with). But, this echos what Michael (#4) has brought up… loosing weight due to stress. How do you treat that issue?

  6. Barb says:

    Hi #4 and #5!
    To treat being too thin, do the same thing, VISUALIZE! Visualize yourself at a healthy weight. How would you look? What you be doing? How would that feel? What would people be sayin to you? What would you say to yourself? So just by using your imagination to think about what you want and asking yourself questions like the ones above, you can get what you want.
    Hope that helps

  7. Denise says:

    I wonder if this works for individuals that don’t eat and still gain weight. I had an autoimmune disease years ago. I was working out 3 hours a day and living off of simple salad and my weight was ballooning. I went to so many doctors for help and was constantly shamed because every one bought into the callorie in/out mode. I didn’t eat in my sleep or eat much of anything. I was in starvation mode. I finally was shamed into just not saying anything anymore. I was so embarrassed that everyone automatically thought that I was overeating when I truly was not. I was seriously under eating to a very dangerous degree, but at that time I didn’t know what to do. Anyway, just my thoughts or questions rather.

  8. Jo Smith says:

    If you have someone telling you every day of your life how fat you are, no amount of anything is going to help you except a personal chef and raw food. I was in my allergists office when a story on a daytime show came up talking about how damaging telling obese people that they are fat is. From a psychologist’s view (the one on the show), she said most obese people are well aware they are fat. Constantly telling them they are fat or trying to force a change in food or constantly suggesting foods are not right for the person don’t provide a platform for the type of change that has to take place inside. Like most parenting, you teach with your actions. It’s how healthy children learn how to eat and exercise and abused children learn how to hit and bully. When financial freedom and organic availability are scarce, it becomes an even bigger question. Like any other endeavor in life, you support people by helping them achieve their goals in a way they can understand, utilize and integrate in their lives. Just because you can do it your way doesn’t mean it will work for them in a way they can understand or administer it themselves. Weight loss from obesity or morbid obesity has to be an individual, supportive interactive thing based on how dysfunctional a person’s relation to food and other people is. Hollywood has created such unrealistic standards for body identity it’s amazing anyone can relate to what their body should look like. (My opinion as a morbidly obese person who has been told they were going to weigh 400 lbs. every day of their life by their mother, who is still doing it. The only time I’ve had height pro-portioned weight was when I had absolutely NO family other than my son in my daily life – no calls, no visits, no interaction.

  9. Lauren says:

    How about the reverse: DO YOU FEEL BAD WHEN YOU EAT? (ex: guilt, indigestion, acid reflux,IBS, sluggishness, body muscle and joint pain, foggy brain, urinary urgency, acid/amonia smell urine, constipated, etc.)

  10. Arthur says:

    Great post; going to share it with my friends

  11. LynnCS says:

    The answer is Yes! I have always had this problem and will always have it. If there is a diet or program, I have tried it. Finally I use the 12 step program, “Overeaters Anonymous” and eat mostly raw vegan. I am losing weight by practicing the principals of the 12 steps and eating a lot. It is the first time I have been able to eat a lot and stay healthy while losing weight. The key for me is that these options give me a lifetime way to live, not just a “diet.”

  12. Dede says:

    GREAT interview, Kevin!! Communicate to your body that you are safer if you are thinner…well – I’ll replace the word “thinner” with “stronger/healthier/more fit”…but great thought process(thinner smacks – – it probably always will ;-)). Oh – and the part about stress is an alarm to your body that you are not safe – thats a good one to consider too. Loved the interview!!

  13. Denise says:

    Has anyone used this program successfully? I purchased it yesterday and have gone through the first 4 modules already. Unfortunately this is not new information to me and I already eat a very clean diet and take the supplements mentioned. This is great info for someone who does not know and I would recommend that portion. But so far nothing new to me. I’ve also done hypnoisis, meditations, etc, etc. with no results. (Also a lot of this deals with hunger issues and craving – both of which I never have. I’m never hungry. I make myself eat. ) I would love for this to be something that works, but so far it’s already what I am doing. I was hoping for something new, but I just may not be the target audience. I really want to be. I want to find the answers so badly.

  14. In my case, childhood rejection from my father was the starting point of my weight gain. Later on overeating and food addiction became a way to deal with stress and intense emotion. And lastly, overeating became a habit.

    The habit was finally cut only when I starting getting fulfillment from a better source, and the only One who could fulfill me – my Creator Jesus Christ.

    Once I started spending time in His presence, He would satisfy my spirit which craved Him for years but I never knew it. Food was a temporary solution.

    I now have a program for others who struggled for years searching for truth about real weight loss.

    Well done on your achievement!

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