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The Gabriel Method Review

This method is a so-called holistic approach to weight loss. Although a correct mindset is important, is that all it takes?

Review overview

Summary

The Gabriel Method allegedly is a holistic approach to weight loss that targets obtaining control over emotional, physical, and environmental aspects of your life.

Pros

  • Hardly Any

Cons

  • Very expensive consultation fees
  • No nutritional plan, huge drawback! (How can you make a change to the way your body looks if you do not have a guide on which foods to eat or not?)
  • No specified Money-Back Guarantee, Risky!

Ratings in depth

  • Effectiveness
  • Scientific Backing
  • Customer Reviews
  • Customer Support
  • Money Back Guarantee
3 10 Bad

According to the Gabriel Method, it is an innovative approach to managing weight loss that was created by a man named Jon Gabriel. He suffered from obesity at one point in his life and underwent an overwhelmingly large change, leading him to lose over 220 pounds. He says that this change that he underwent was triggered emotionally and with a “holistic approach” such as the Gabriel Method, he overcame his obesity and lost weight. Jon proceeds to advertise this method of weight loss not as a “diet”, because he never participated in a “diet” when he lost his weight, rather a method that has to do with mentality. Getting a better grasp of what the Gabriel Method is all about, we see that he really emphasizes his own experience, but how successful is this method for others that want to lose weight as well? Does the Jon Gabriel method only work for Jon Gabriel?

The Gabriel Method is available through books on the market, a Visualization app., DVD sets and programs, one-on-one consultations over Skype or by phone, supplements, and more. Do not let all of these avenues of access fool you. Although I’m sure he has a story to share, a book about an experience or how to think about events in your life is not going to be the driving force for a sufficient change in weight loss. It just does not work that way. Next, his visualization app is a step by step voice over of a visualization based on the theme of your choice, to supposedly calm your mind and body and get into a deep sleep that might just help you to lose weight too? Jon Gabriel believes that if you can properly control your mind and emotions your body will want to get skinnier on it’s own. In turn, not want to eat poor foods, will want to be active, speed up its metabolism, etc. It just takes the correct mindset. The rough truth is that no matter what, it takes action. The action includes the two most basic properties of proper eating and exercise habits. With the mindset and no provided action, you will not succeed.

Much easier said than done, which I am sure if you are looking into weight loss programs, you can attest to it yourself. Sure, the proper mindset can do a lot for you in life, but at this point in your weight loss journey, you want the exact steps and guides to give you concrete results…

The Gabriel Method Claims

The Gabriel Method claims that through mind-body techniques and the release of stress, past traumatic experiences, and more one will be able to train the mind to visualize itself in the proper balanced and healthy manner and it will do all the work to get there on it’s own. This seems pretty simple and like a new approach, but working with thoughts and perspective can get extremely tricky. Sure, this may be one important aspect of weight loss is your mindset (as with anything) but it will not be the only thing necessary.

In following the Gabriel Method he claims that you will train your mind and body to be successful in helping you achieve a healthy weight, stop dieting, and instead nourish your cells with the proper nutrients when needed, be healed emotionally and not look to fat for comfort and security, etc. That being said, if there is no nutrition plan included in this program how will one know what the right nutrients are for a balanced diet, etc.

Making claims such as the ones listed above is very bold. Considering there are no hard facts other than the success story of Jon Gabriel himself, there is a lot of room for skepticism. In fact, after Jon lost all of this weight did he keep it off? Does he have to do these visualizations for the rest of his life to keep the weight off? Have clients been successful in losing weight? With these questions unanswered on the website, you would think to pick up the phone to ask questions, but they only give you a busy dial tone. Leaving you with going to their scientific backing and sources…oh wait there is no credibility.

Does The Gabriel Method Have Scientific Backing?

As far as scientific backing for this method, there is only one webpage allotted to “medical reviews”. Assigning this page as being “medical” rather than “scientific” was a smart move to save himself from false advertising. I mention this due to the fact that there are no peer-reviewed scientific journals or articles to prove as scientific backing for this program. These medical reviews are made by different types of doctors all with different backgrounds. You have a mixture of an eclectic group of M.D.s all the way to an herbalist. We all know medical professionals like M.D.s do not know about balanced diets and health the way a dietician or nutritionist is actually specialized in nutrition and weight loss. So why are we taking reviews from sources such as pediatricians (focused on children’s medicine) and plastic surgeons?

Aside from the medical reviews, Jon Gabriel himself achieved his bachelor degree in economics. Which does not give him any credibility with a psychology background, since ultimately this weight loss program is mental, how are we so sure that he has proper knowledge?

There have been plenty of studies done regarding emotions and eating habits. Although we are aware of these, there was no scientific or clinical proof provided on the website to serve as basis for this program. Therefore, there was not any scientific backing provided for this program.

Is The Gabriel Method Effective in Weight Loss?

The medical reviews did not give us scientific backing, and the testimonials follow in the same footsteps. It seems as though all of the success stories have a common theme. These men and women are obese and lose over 100 pounds after following the Gabriel method. This seems pretty shocking, but too good to be true. For example, a testimony made by a client named Amanda Pearson reads:

“I lost 113 pounds (51 kilos) in about six months and I’ve kept it off now for over a year. Also my blood sugar levels went from a dangerously high 19 down to 6. I’m now within the normal range. They say I still have diabetes but I don’t think so.” –Amanda Pearson

This customer says that this Gabriel Method helped her to lose all of the weight in such a short period of time and her doctors tell her she still suffers from diabetes, but she doesn’t think so. I do not know about you but it seems as though all of this focus on mindset has some of these clients straying away from facing the facts. At the end of the day when it comes to chronic conditions and illnesses, a change in mindset will not be the cure. One medical review written by an M.D. reads:

“Your book is incredible: The only useful book on sustainable weight loss. I have recommended it to many of my patients. It is tremendously helpful and I think everyone should read it.” – Daphne Goldberg (M.D. and Member)

These reviews are awesome, but ultimately it is going to take a lot more than changing your mindset. Of course having the right mindset is key in carrying out the actions necessary to lose weight, but just being aware will not make the difference. Without an informative nutrition guide you will not be able to tell your body which foods and which portions are necessary. Your mindset and body making changes on its own will not be able to do this by itself either. A program such as the Jon Gabriel Method is most likely not effective.

What Are The Gabriel Method Side Effects?

The most obvious negative side effect is that there is a high chance that this method just flat out does not work.

Although the side effects are not explicitly printed on the products or website, we read about some in the customer feedback. A customer reviewed the book on Goodreads.com as the following:

“Overall, there's a bit of good advice mixed in with a whole lot of non-sense. I'd say the book's chief value is in emphasizing that our bodies are more in control of themselves, and diets in the conventional sense don't work.”-Mackenzie

It is not valid to discount all diets because it is scientifically proven that with a balanced meal plan and working out, one will lose weight. The interesting part is that those basic factors are not a part of this program at all. This is all about emotional triggers and solving the psychology behind holding onto fat. Take a moment to realize that reading a book may make you aware of certain issues or reasons as to why you are overweight, but to really break through those walls and mental blocks in takes expensive sessions of intense therapy. The body image issues and emotional experience recovery is not going to simply be healed in reading a few books. If it were that easy, there would not be an issue. The easiest first steps would be to follow proper eating habits, but this method does not even give you a guide for that, which leaves the success of this program to be very concerning.

The Gabriel Method Support

 The Gabriel Method shows that they offer different forms of support, but in turn they are actually faulty. Normally if you will be purchasing a product you want to speak to representative for any concerns whether it be by phone number or email. They provide you with a phone number, -(844) 324-0123- but it just rings to a busy telephone signal every time you call. The Gabriel Method can be accessed on Facebook for a community and updated postings a new and improved blog, a Twitter platform, a free 30-day trial of membership for the online support group, and an FAQ page.

Out of these options, people tend to rely on customer support groups and community environments in weight loss. The Facebook  and Twitter pages are primarily quotes and images posted by Jon. The membership fee is $39.95 a month to chat with other clients, which comes out to an expensive price, just short of $500 dollars a year. After no active telephone support, and a Facebook page just like any other health blogger, is it worth the risk?

Bottom Line

The Gabriel Method is marketed as a holistic approach to weight loss. Ultimately, holistic is an umbrella term that means an approach that is not strictly physical, but mental and social as well. The keywords being “as well”. Training your mind to make a habit of a certain mentality is helpful to achieving weight loss, but it is not the only thing needed. The food you eat, the exercise you do, etc. all play just as much of an important role in the process. Therefore, this holistic approach is not so “holistic” after all, if the only thing it says you need to have in the right place is your mind and disregards the other important factors. In fact, they do not even provide a nutrition guide or physical activity plan at all in this program. That being said, this program seems to have quite a bit of loose ends, and we would recommend that you look for a weight loss program elsewhere.

Resources

  1. “The Gabriel Method.” Amazon.com. Web.
  2. “The Gabriel Method.” Goodreads. Web.
  3. “The Gabriel Method – How to Lose Weight without Dieting.” The Gabriel Method. Web.
  4. “What Medical Professionals Are Saying About the Gabriel Method .” The Gabriel Method. Web.

Review overview

Summary

The Gabriel Method allegedly is a holistic approach to weight loss that targets obtaining control over emotional, physical, and environmental aspects of your life.

Pros

  • Hardly Any

Cons

  • Very expensive consultation fees
  • No nutritional plan, huge drawback! (How can you make a change to the way your body looks if you do not have a guide on which foods to eat or not?)
  • No specified Money-Back Guarantee, Risky!

Ratings in depth

  • Effectiveness
  • Scientific Backing
  • Customer Reviews
  • Customer Support
  • Money Back Guarantee
3 10 Bad

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Written by Kylie Daniels

Kylie Daniels

My name is Kylie Daniels and I have a strong passion for health and nutrition. I was raised in Southern California, and am now attending Boise State University in Idaho to complete my B.B.A. degree in General Business and Marketing. My interest began a few years back when I was a part of the opening of a brand new juice bar. Here I learned the importance of eating healthy, balanced exercise, and the power of a nutritional lifestyle. This education has inspired me to research the latest diets, cleanses, and products to help guide you to be your best self!

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