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Why your body wants to be fat according to the Gabriel Method


You’re not fat because you eat too much; you’re fat because your body wants you to be.

If you’re looking for a truly inspiring weight loss story, this is it.  Jon Gabriel, a successful biochemical researcher, found himself grossly overweight working a stressful job before he decided to commit to improving his health.  Gabriel was determined to discover why diets don’t work and how he could change his life so that he could become healthy and happy for good.

Related: 10 Common Fat Triggers From the Gabriel Method

On his journey, Gabriel lost 103kgs in just over 2.5 years without dieting and what’s more, he has managed to maintain his weight for over 10 years.  In the process, he discovered nearly everything we know or are told about weight loss is a myth. This is preciously why Gabriel has now dedicated his life to helping educate thousands world-wide who are in the same position he was – obese, unhealthy and unhappy.

The Gabriel Method rewrites the weight loss ‘code’

Gabriel’s weight loss success has nothing to do with restrictive diets, limiting his portions, popping supplements or exercising relentlessly.  ‘The Gabriel Method’ is about working on your mind, body connection in order reprogram the body naturally.  According to Gabriel, when you flip your ‘fat switch’, your body will want to be thin and the weight will begin to fall off.

The foundation of ‘The Gabriel Method’ is the reason behind why your body wants to be fat or thin.

According to Gabriel, your body has an ideal weight it wants to be at, whether that’s 60kg, 80kg or 100kg. When you set out to try and lose weight below that set point, chemical processes in the body take place ultimately forcing you back to that ideal weight.

Your body has decided that weight is the ideal number to keep you safe and protected from stress.

As you diet, you start to get hungry, your metabolism slows and your body goes into fat storage mode where it’s highly efficient at reserving fat, but not burning it.  You being to crave sweet and fatty foods as your tongue becomes desensitised, and no matter how much you eat you don’t feel satisfied or full.  In fact, you’re probably feeling deprived.

This is your body’s natural reaction when you force it to reduce the weight and go below that set point.

But what happens when you’re sitting below your set point on the scales? The exact opposite.

Your metabolism speeds up, you don’t feel as hungry or crave foods and your body becomes highly efficient at burning excess fat.

Understanding your body’s set point and how to shift it is the only way to lose weight and keep it off in the long run.

Why does your body want to be fat or thin?

The key to understanding why your body wants to be fat or thin is by looking back to our ancestors.  In the prehistoric world, our body was designed to keep fat; in fact, fat was crucial for our survival.  Our ancestors encountered three main threats on a daily basis – starvation, freezing and predators, and as a result our bodies have adapted to protect us from these threats.

When our ancestors endured a long winter with no food in sight, that little bit of extra weight they were carrying was drawn upon for survival.  In this example, a particular chemical reaction takes place in the body in response to the stress in order to protect the vital organs and extremities from the cold weather, as well as keep us alive during periods of famine.

This is what Gabriel refers to as the Fat Program.

In this situation, our body’s need to conserve as much food as possible and it does this by activating our fat stores. Our metabolism slows and so does our desire to be active.

  • Chemical reactions cause: hunger and cravings of high fat, high sugar foods = you eat more calories
  • Chemical reactions cause: metabolism to slow, you burn less calories, your energy levels drop and you become inactive = you burn less calories
  • Chemical reactions cause: body to go into fat storage mode and stops burning fat = excess calories you consume are stored as fat cells

As a result of this stress, our set point shifts.  Our body’s adapts, so that when the next famine comes around, we’re better equipped to survive.  Rather than our 70kg ideal weight, we are now 80kg.

The problem is today, most of us don’t endure famines and our environment is controlled.  If we’re cold, we put on a jumper, turn the heating on, snuggle up under a rug.  But we still experience stress, whether on a mental, physical or emotional level.

When you experience stress, the chemistry in our body can cause it to activate your Fat Programs and your body wants you to get fatter to survive.

Then why do some people remain thin, even under stress? Stress is not always interpreted as a negative.  Depending on the type of stress and the living environment, sometimes stress wants to make you thinner.

Going back to our ancestors, for those that live in a warm environment like on a tropical island don’t have the same stresses as those in the Arctic.  Their living in warm temperatures, water is accessible and there is ample healthy food to feast upon, so the body doesn’t have a need to activate the Fat Program.

It’s not all sunshine and tropical fruit though; wild predators threaten their survival. If they’re not fast enough to outrun these predators, they will soon become dinner.  This is their stress.

This form of stress causes a different chemical reaction in the body and activates the Eat Thin or Get Eaten Program. Their metabolism fires up, they are no longer hunger and their energy levels are at their peak.  If they are carrying additional fat that will slow them down and no doubt the predator will out run them.

Their set point reduces, so instead of being 70kg, their body wants their ideal weight to be 60kg.

Your body doesn’t understand modern day stress

Today we don’t experience famine, we don’t worry about being frozen to death or eaten for dinner.  These are not modern day threats, but our body doesn’t recognise this as we still have the same genetic programming of our ancestors.

When we diet, we’re essentially creating a famine.  Our bodies will lose weight initially, but at the same time it will be activating the Fat Program and in turn shifting the set point.  That’s why when you continually yo-yo diet, you’ll probably find yourself getting heavier each time.

Gabriel’s key to losing weight is to not fight against your body’s natural programing.  It’s to figure out what stresses you’re encountering and understanding how your body is interpreting these stresses.  Are you internalising it or releasing it before you let it in? What is that’s during on your Fat Programs?

Rewiring your brain chemistry through meditation

What Gabriel has discovered is that the stress hormones are causing our weight gain, which dieting and exercise doesn’t address.  80 percent of his clients who are overweight are suffering from severe emotional and mental stress.  This stresses range from those due to a high pressure job, a death of a relative or an abusive relationship.  Whatever the source or severity of the stress, it is causing stress hormone imbalances which contribute to overeating and weight gain.

Meditation practices acts on the hormonal level to reduce stress and bring those stress hormone levels down.  It lowers your heart and breathing rate and in turn calms your central nervous system.

When you meditate the signals to the areas of the brain responsible for controlling stress, fear and aggressive emotions are blocked.  This restricts the stress hormones from being released and your adrenals from bumping out cortisol which will cause you to want to eat and cause leptin and insulin resistance, which will result in your body storing more fat and weight gain.

Meditating on a daily basis can help you handle and cope with stress so that the negative effects of the stress hormones, like weight gain is not happening.  Essentially you’re rewiring your brain chemistry away from stress throughout the day and your body won’t activate the Fat Programs as a survival mechanism.

According to Gabriel, when your body eventually feels it is safe to lose the excess weight, your body will naturally force you to drop the kilos in an effortless manner that won’t require you to start a diet.

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