Jon Gabriel has a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. While there, he also pursued extensive coursework in biochemistry and performed research for the internationally recognized biochemist Dr. Jose Rabinowitz. In 1990 Jon started gaining weight for no apparent reason. He tried every diet and program he could to lose weight but in the end, he just kept gaining. The more he dieted, the more he gained. The situation became critical in mid 2001 when he became morbidly obese and reached a weight of over 400 pounds (182 kilos). On September 11, 2001 he was scheduled to fly from Newark to San Francisco and it was only by a fluke of fate that he was not on the United Airlines flight 93 that was hijacked by terrorists.
This event, as well as some equally life changing events that occurred in the weeks following 9/11 affected him deeply. He decided to apply all of his research skills and scientific background toward understanding and eliminating the real reasons he was fat. The result is arguably one of the most remarkable physical transformations of all time. Jon lost over 225 pounds without dieting and without surgery. Amazingly, his body shows almost no signs of ever being overweight at all – a fact that has astounded many professionals in the medical community.