How This Man Lost Over 200 Pounds and Kept it Off for 8 Years : Renegade Health Interview

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I love these apple, tape-measure weight loss pictures!

I love weight loss stories…

They’re so inspiring, particularly since I used to be a personal trainer who helped people lose weight.

This particular weight loss story is from a guy who was at one point over 400 pounds. His name is Jon Gabriel.

Now, after 8 years, Jon is about 183 pounds and hasn’t gained more than one or two back in that time.

So, if you want to shed a few pounds or even more, this is a must listen.

Here’s where you can listen to Part 1 of my interview with Jon Gabriel (my written comments follow)…

Listen to Part 1 here:

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Click the play button to start the call:


Here are my thoughts:

1. Jon has lost over 200 pounds and has kept it off for 8 years.

This is quite a feat. I’ve seen numbers that say 90% of people who lose weight gain it back.

One of our favorite personal training clients (and person!) lost about 80 pounds and has kept it off for at least 5-6 years now.

For her, and for Jon too, she needed to change the way she thought — about a lot of things — before she even lost a pound.

If you continue to try dieting — this includes juice fasting and raw foods — to lose weight without changing the issues that are actually causing you to hold on weight, you will gain it back.

2. Jon’s a smart guy, but still got fat.

Jon graduated from the University of Pennsylvania. This is an Ivy League school. But no matter how smart he is, he still ended up at 400 pounds.

To me this is a lesson in being gentle to yourself no matter who you are. Knowing this means that you can be assured your extra weight is not an issue of your education or what you know. Anyone can be affected by an growing waistline.

3. Diets are forced famine.

I like the way Jon puts this…

He says diets are simply forcing your body to think that it is in a famine state. So yes, you may lose weight, but after you do, it will search out foods that will help you store more fat for the next “famine” — even though it never comes.

4. The battle between “I can do this” and “I need satisfaction now.”

Jon said when he was 400 pounds he always fought a constant battle in his head. He would pump himself up on any given day — thinking he’d finally be able to lose the weight, but on that same day, he’d cave to the need for satisfaction through food.

5. Self acceptance and letting go of the reigns.

When Jon finally started to lose weight, he felt it was because he finally accepted who he was — an unhappy and very fat man.

He surrendered to this truth and from that acceptance, he was able to reverse his path and actually make real weight loss progress.

6. His truth was that he hated his life and had a bad relationship with a business partner.

Jon’s weight gain was emotional. He admits he wasn’t following his passion. Even though he was likely making decent money in the financial industry, nothing was able to satisfy him.

He turned to food as a temporary fix.

It wasn’t until he started to be honest about his life situation that he began to lose weight — over 200 pounds!

7. 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: Have you lost weight and kept it off? If so, tell us how you did it!

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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