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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  1. I love weight loss success stories too and I also love Jon’s program! I actually lost weight before I found out about his program, but I fully endorse his program too. I also agree that you really have to change your mind set or the weight will come back on. It didn’t matter how healthy I ate, until I changed the way I thought about food and started to follow my passion, I was never able to permanently keep the weight off. Now that I’m doing what I love to do (help people lose weight naturally and without diets!) nourishing my body and keeping the weight off is effortless. 🙂

  2. Frances says:

    Green smoothies! I took the 30 day green smoothie challenge last summer and lost 25 pounds. I have kept it off, and am planning to do it again to lose the other 25 pounds my cardiologist told me to dump. (50 altogether!)

  3. Where did all the extra skin go? Are those pictures real? Why is this an audio and not a video? I want to see it on video – I want solid evidence. This is just too unbelievable. I’m listening right now. If this is real… I have to know more about it.

  4. Oleander says:

    I put on weight whilst at college, due to stogy food and not enough exercise. It took a year of really sensible eating afterwards to get back to my old weight -and I’ve never put it back on. Even changing from an omnivore to vegetarian- and now vegan for the last 15 years- Even after having two children.

    I just don’t feel comfortable carrying any excess weight, even a few pounds (am a UK size 6) 40lbs,- 5ft.2ins. and feel really healthy and free.

    Like our Kate Moss says, ” Nothing tastes as good as ‘skinny’ feels!”

  5. Oleander says:

    Sorry, I mean 40 kilos!!!!!!- What a typo, lol!!!!

  6. C says:

    I do know that stress causes weight gain and all that Jon was talking about. I am in that state now. I never really had much of a weight issue but I am now about 50lbs overweight and I know I need to get my head right. I’ve worked out for years until just recently with all the work that I have to do. I don’t like what I do but not sure how to get out. I’ve been with a company for 24 years and I honestly hate it.

  7. Suzanne says:

    I agree #3 where did all the skin go?

  8. Patti says:

    Yes, please ask him where the skin went. He lost the weight in about 3 years, which is still very fast for skin to shrink. I love what he says, I would like to hear more. Can’t wait for part 2.

  9. kt mm says:

    I have a friend who lost over 150 pounds and he has extra skin, he has done this amazing feat by exercise and watching what he ate. A shear determination that he was not going to be 400 pounds. And, his loss has been over about the same time period. He is still on his journey and would like to lose some more weight, but he talks of plastic surgery to take care of the excess skin. I would definitely be interested in hearing how Mr. Gabriel managed the excess skin.

  10. Mary says:

    Usually you do videos with interviews. In this case, a live pictures would have been worth all of the words we heard. All of us who are inundated with this kind of story on TV, the internet, etc., tend to be skeptical, as well we should be, especially when it comes to a non-professioinal telling miracle stories of gigantic weight losses. I wish this man well.

  11. Eugeniya says:

    My girlfriend lost 100 lbs in about a year. She regularly walked and juiced a lot, so there was no need to eat as much. Plus juicing is a great way to nourish your cells. My husband’s friend also lost a ton of weight by just walking. People minimize the value of walking (I personally prefer swimming. However, I don’t live by the beach, so I walk & bike everywhere). When you walk, you massage the reflex points of all your organs, hopefully, breath fresh air (get oxygen) , and move (eliminate toxins, etc.) There is a Russian saying: “Movement is life, no-movement is death”.
    Emotions trigger all the dis-balances in the body. For that reason, I personally love using Harmony Young Living blend for many issues, including overeating. They also carry Slique Essence blend, which has a great oil in it, Ocotea. Ocotea brings sugar down in your blood (and many other great benefits). They have many other great products for healthy mind and body.

  12. Donaji says:

    Awesome! By the way people, if you want to see a vide of him, CLICK ON THE LINK!!!

  13. Selina says:

    Wow, what a lovely story! He looks amazing!

  14. Jackie says:

    I fully endorse the Gabriel Method and have been doing it for 2 years. After having two children I couldn’t shift the extra 30+kg that I put on from eating the wrong foods and also the emotional triggers of my life would kick in and I would start comfort eating. Once I read Jon’s book it just all made complete sense and I put his method into practice. I am now 30kg lighter and only have 5kg to go to what I think would be my ideal weight. I am letting my body do its thing and if I have to stay at 70kg so be it. I feel happier, healthier, I can run again and I assist my sons soccer coach at trainings and match days.

    I have NO stretch marks and I have NO excess skin. Once I fed my body on a cellular level my body naturally “melted” the fat and extra skin away.

    I have been going to the gym to do cardio and light weights for toning since April this year and I feel even better than before I had the children. I green juice everyday and eat organic where I can.

    On the Gabriel Method there are no planned meals, no pre-prepared meals, no counting calories like numerous diets out there. This is about choice and being informed and dealing with the emotional issues of your life. Once you are informed and you get it, then it is up to choice as to wether you eat that no nutrician donut or go for the piece of fruit, healthy smoothie, etc next to it for a snack and before long your body craves the good food.

    Jon Gabriel is a truely inspirational person.

  15. M says:

    Hi, I lost 120 pounds on the HCG diet … did it in 4 rounds over 3 years but it was as much a mindset shift in my life as it was the diet in making it a successful approach to weight loss and regaining a healthy lifestyle. I have kept it off through a great diet now (I’m vegan, approaching raw, with lots of superfoods daily).

    I share the same comments as other readers about the excess skin. I would love to know more about how he managed all of that skin, as I still have excess skin that just isn’t going away.

  16. LynnCS says:

    I am still overweight after being raw for a year and having some great success early on. Now all the old emotional eating issues come back and distract me. At some point, it is necessary (now) to override the emotional stuff and get practical. The key is to find ways to stay with the issues and still stay on the good food plan. Otherwise there is always an excuse. I speak from experience. Today is not a good day. I still met with a group of supportive women, went for my 20 minute walk, bought the (wrong) food, and am drinking a lot of water. Now I will go for another walk, eat the (right) food, and drink some heal-all-tea, and go to bed a little earlier than usual.

    I will probably never be perfect, but I can include as many positive actions each day as possible, and let it go that I didn’t have a perfect food day. Each day my pants are a little looser. I am sure that about 15 lbs. of my weight is loose skin. I can’t afford to have the surgery, so I don’t weigh myself and wear as flattering clothes as I can. “Be good to yourself.” I tell myself. Eating badly is not being good to myself, so I can let that go. Give it away to a better next meal.

  17. Nicole _ Australia says:

    I love Jon, I have met Jon & been following him for about 5 years. He is real! He has no loose skin & such a great complexion. Its amazing! He eats the right foods & fats. Maybe visualisation is stronger than we think!

  18. Leslie says:

    I’ve lost over 170 lbs. since finding TGM. I still have a ways to go. Jon referred me to a hypnotherapist in my area (clear across the world from his home in Australia) to work on cellular memory and subconscious programming. Diets and years of talk therapy had no effect on excess weight, but trance work, parts work, and energy clearing have been successful. My complex endocrine issues have improved dramatically.

    By the way, Jon’s skin shows almost no signs of his former obesity. He attributes it to fresh foods. He is also quite tall and had been overweight for only a few years. Clent Manich from southern Oregon also lost about the same amount on green smoothies and his skin is great too. I’m short and have carried a huge amount of excess weight since age 4 – so I’ve now earned a great deal of excess skin!

    I highly recommend TGM even though I’m vegan and need a gluten-free diet. Jon’s methods and advice still work.

  19. Ron says:


    While Jon’s story is true, I think the pictures are dated. He looks much different now on TV interviews. Please ask and answer the question about “what happened to the excess skin”.

  20. Dede says:

    …the man lost 200 lbs and has kept it off for 8 YEARS!! Where his excess skin might be is the last question I have. Thanks for sharing the story, Kevin!!

  21. Amy says:

    I have kept off the extra 25-30 pounds I carried around for 5-6 years after my youngest, child by constantly educating myself. I never assume I have it all figured out. There is no one solution that works for everybody. Our needs change as our lives change. I had to change my mind like, Jon did. I had to admit that there are foods that are not good for me in any amount. Such as white flour, processed sugar, artificial additives etc… I let go of the idea I had to punish my body with harsh exercise. I stick to walking, yoga, and slow and deliberate body weight exercises.(Sometimes while watching a stand-up routine on TV:) Good luck to all in their health endeavours.

  22. erin b says:

    Actually he was one of my first “helpers” through his book and videos, when I started my weigh loss and health journey 5 years ago.

    He has great value to share and offers people that are in need of health help through weight loss.

    Yes, his is another way, as there are many ways out there, but he tackles a lot of what hangs so many of us up.

    He also shares a lot in many health communities, from Paleo, low carb and even high raw folks. He is not selling a diet, but great ideas on some of the mental issues we have with being obese. Wonderful ideas, recipes and food choices that are a start for people leaving the S.A.D. or anyone needing help cleaning up their act. I think he is a winner!
    Thanks Kevin for bringing him here too!

  23. Barb says:

    What Happened to the Loose Skind? He did visualizations everyday. Visualizing is the main foundation of his program. Your imagination is your greatest resource. Best weight loss program I have ever seen!

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