The Gabriel Method Diet

the-gabgriel-methodJon Gabriel struggled with obesity for many years and although he tried numerous different weight loss methods he was still unable to lose weight.

Gabriel followed a wide variety of dietary approaches including Atkins and low fat diets. He consulted with naturopaths, acupuncturists and personal trainers but none of these systems worked for him.

Finally he was able to succeed when he learned about the deep underlying reasons why he was having difficulty losing weight. Gabriel lost 225 pounds when he gave up dieting for good and addressed the areas of his life that were a source of mental and emotional stress.

Through his studies of biochemistry Jon Gabriel learned that the body has an internal logic that determines how much you will weigh at any given time. He says that the secret is not to fight against this logic but to work with it.

When your body wants to be thinner weight loss becomes easy. You will crave healthier foods, eat less and your metabolism will speed up. Gabriel says that by using his method you can learn to transform yourself into a naturally thin person who can eat whatever they want and still be fit and healthy.

The Gabriel Diet Basics

One of the major principles of Gabriel’s plan is that you should stop crash dieting and start eating what you want when you want it. Gabriel explains that the body interprets dieting as a famine so in order to protect itself it slows down the metabolism.

He also tells dieters that the body perceives chronic stress of any kind in the same way as dieting or starvation as something that is threatening its survival.

Gabriel introduces dieters to the concept that mental or emotional starvation may potentially hinder weight loss by sending a similar message to the body. As such he encourages dieters to find their true purpose in life by listening to their heart and pursuing the activities that provide a sense of fulfillment.

An important part of the program is the use of visualization techniques and learning to effectively manage stress. Dieters are provided with practical tools that will help to eliminate emotional blockages and nurture a positive outlook so as to properly deal with the obstacles to successful weight loss.

Although there is no strict eating plan Gabriel emphasizes that it is important to provide your body with the nutrients it needs. He says that most overweight people are actually undernourished because the foods they are eating are not high in vitamins and minerals.

Gabriel is a strong advocate of raw foods and he states that they contain a life force energy that is an important aspect of nourishing the body. He advises dieters to include raw food, protein, and omega 3 in every meal because these factors help to stabilize blood sugar levels and optimize nutritional balance.

Recommended Foods

Ground flaxseeds and flaxseed oil, salmon, sardines, mackerel, organic grass fed beef and dairy products, omega 3 enriched eggs, organic free range chicken, whey protein, raw nuts and seeds, salads, fruit.

Sample Diet Plan



Omega 3 eggs
Fresh tomato and spinach

Morning Snack

Fresh peach


Lasagna with green salad

Afternoon Snack

Apple and raw almonds


Grilled salmon
Large mixed salad

Evening Snack

Fresh papaya

Look for other healthy recipes here.

Exercise Recommendations

Exercise is recommended not only because it burns calories but also because if done correctly it makes your body want to be thin.

Gabriel encourages dieters to perform interval training where periods of sprinting are alternated with walking. He says that this mimics what would happen in nature if a wild animal were chasing us and it makes our body want to be thin because it would increase our chance of survival in these circumstances.

Costs and Expenses

The Gabriel Method retails at $15.

Alternatively if you purchase the book from Gabriel’s website you receive a hard copy of the book in the mail plus 11 hours of digital downloads including a visualization CD for $39.95.


  • May help to break the cycle of yo-yo dieting.
  • Concentrated on long-term results rather than a quick fix.
  • Encourages the intake of fresh fruit and vegetables.
  • Strongly addresses psychological issues that may affect weight management.
  • Encourages exercise.
  • Free recipes are provided on the author’s website.


  • Will not appeal to dieters who prefer a more structured diet plan.
  • Results may be very slow.


The Gabriel Method is a well-rounded approach to weight loss that gets to the core issues of why many dieters have difficulty losing weight.

It will appeal to dieters who have tried many different weight loss approaches without achieving long-term results especially where psychological factors are suspected to be an important factor.

 By Mizpah Matus B.Hlth.Sc(Hons)
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13 Comments or Reviews

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  1. yvonne ziesing

    Hello all
    I am 62 yo have ostio arthritis knees & shoulders, am inside the BMI recommended weight (although some fat on my body is collected in an area where I do not want !)

    My husband is 54yo and has a low heart rate & injuries from playing hockey & uses food as tired/bordom prop, he is usually about 10kg over weight

    My 23yo daughter DOES NOT have a weight problem, has an issue with weight but works out at the gym

    Myself; physcial restrictions to being active, eating more fuel than my body needs
    My husband; physical restrictions to being active, underdeveloped taste buds, using food to cope with physcial needs other than hunger

    My daughter; eating more fuel than her body needs, using food to cope with physical/emotional needs & social ritual

    A FACT; some/most people crave sweet, salty & fatty foods
    (usually because those type of foods represented rewards/were attached to love/aceptance, in childhood)


    When you eat more than your body can burn, it is those foods that cause the weight gain
    You crave those any/foods;
    your body is now lacking nutrients
    to self gratify, the physical & emotional needs are more powerful than your concerns about the way your body looks
    The vicious cycle continues -the weight gain continues

    Food is being used as just another quick method of reaching out to gain help for body
    Look at yourself & the real reasons why this cycle is happening and get help -not from diets or weight loss plans
    but to address the underlying problems
    I have the confidence you can do this for yourself
    Love Yvonne Ziesing
    Adelaide South Australia

  2. mike

    I like the anology about the interval training but how does someone who is 400lbs sprint without having a heart attack?
    Another thing is what qualifies someone who let themself get way out for shape all of a sudden become a guru because they lost what they should have never gained in the first instance!

    If you truly want to help people just offer the program for free don’t try and cash in on the fact that you blew out and then lost the weight you should have never had in the first place.

    The fact remains there is no possible way of eating whatever you like and still losing weight, its goes against human physiology. Praying on people’s laziness is not a good approach and will only lead to even more frustration.

    Stick with the basics that have always worked.

    High protein ( its very hard for your body to convert to fat)

    Moderate carbs: Slow burning carbs for the first 3 meals of the day combined with protein.

    After mid afternoon: stick with protein and fibrous vegetables.

    Avoid fruit: fructose is the worst sugar you can possible ingest. It enters the blood stream as triglycerides not glucose. Hence why it appears low on the glycemic index.
    Just do a google search for “fructose and glycation” this will show you the truth about how fructose ages and body and causes a host of other problems.

    Exercise: yes short intense bursts of exercise are best.
    Preferably weight training with a circuit style of workout.
    If you are going to sprint make sure you are fit, otherwise you will only suffer major injuries.

    3x 30 minute weight training circuits per week.
    Powerwalk for 30 minutes per day.

    Stop searching for some miracle plan that allows you to eat whatever you feel like and still lose weight, its does not exist. Eating whatever we want is the reason why we have such a massive obesity epidemic.

  3. Sam J.

    Just wanted to add my own experience with the Gabriel Method. This has worked for me really well, but you need to stick with the plan folks. This is not a diet, but a method that can and will bring results if you do it as suggested by Jon Gabriel. There’s no quick fix in losing weight, you need to change your eating AND thinking methods, that’s all. It can be hard for a few days, but your body will quickly adapt and when it happens, fat will just melt off your body and when that starts to happen, you will be proud of yourself.

  4. Sal

    Makes perfect sense,but I’m not so sure how practical it is.What is the likelyhood of finding freerange chicken,and grassfed beef.In the 1930’s congress was told that America’s soil was depleted of minerals.Congress declined to do anything about it,because,quote “It’s too expensive to correct the problem”.Now,that healthcare has become a big problem,we still haven’t corrected the problem of demineralization of America’s soil.Maybe some orgabic farmers have addressed the prolem locally,but nationally?

    Now I hear, that a bill is circulating in congress to make organic farnming more difficult,not ,less.Can anyone reading this spell conspiracy? Because that is exactly what it appears to be.A conspiracy to keep America unhealthy as possible.Why? Is,it too expensive to eat healthy?It,will be if,they get their way!

  5. debbie hissett

    I weigh 385 and have tried every diet with some or no success and read this and want to try it but i have no charge card so how can i order the book? I need all the help i can ge tin loosing this weight befor i die.

  6. mel

    I have started this last month and its great. I havnt lost any weight yet but i can feel the change inside of me so I know its coming. I have tried them all, WW, jenny, atkins and everything in between, all of them tell me to weigh, measure or count. This is something I know i will stick with because… well its just not hard and NOTHING is forbidden, I eat what, when and how much I want, because for once its not about what I can and cant eat

  7. sonam

    I am very impressed with your method. It is really helping me go thin.

  8. steph

    something i have noticed on just about every diet is the lack of grains/dairy…not really low carb but most menus look like this with meat and veggies and some fruit maybe eggs/nut/seeds and healthy oils water, basically paleo!!

  9. Patricia

    I’ve just started. How liberating to be free of diets forevermore. The evening visualization CD seems to be working: Unlike most of the time when I’m “dieting,” I find myself enthused about finding healthful, delicious things to eat (and drawn to raw food diet in the process), enthused about fixing them for myself, and not craving anything I really shouldn’t have. The CD keeps putting me to sleep, so I don’t really know what’s on it, but I find myself reminding myself to choose the most healthful options to eat, while still eating what I want (that is, not forcing myself to have a carrot juice smoothie if what I really want is leftovers from last night’s reasonably healthy dinner).

    I have exactly half of me to lose — all precisely due to dieting. I’d go off a diet (fail) and then bounce back adding all I lost and more. The last time I lost 30, gained back 60. ENOUGH! Gabriel is right about that part, if he’s also right about how to get thin (and plenty of people have provided testimonials, so it’s working for some of them), then this is the ONLY way to do it.

  10. charles williams

    will try

  11. Lars

    I just started listening to the audio book while I’m waiting for the actual book to arrive. There seems to be allot of common sense here, and already there have been a few thought provoking concepts that gave me one of those Eureka! moments of “that’s me”.

    The mind can do amazing things. If it can make me thin then I’m going to help it all that I can.

  12. Lisa

    Makes sense… Our brains are the thing that need to be programmed not our bodies. I feel the strength is in your mind.

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