Section I Summary

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SUMMARY PHASE I

When we start to diet due to the critical feelings we have about ourselves, a negative feedback system is created that causes the whole Body Maintenance System to be more difficult than it needs to be. This diet mentality actually fuels our physical and psychological food addictions, separating us from our "self" and causing our behaviours to spiral downward in a seemingly uncontrollable fashion. If we reverse this relationship and create a positive feedback system with food, our bodies and ourselves, we would begin to spiral upwards, synergy would replace depletion, and future possibilities would be endless. What follows is a summary of the negative and positive spiraling cycles. If we look at the overall mechanism in place, we can clearly see what we are doing to ourselves.

NEGATIVE CYCLE

POSITIVE CYCLE

1)Dieting causes us to restrict our natural eating instincts and separates us from our true appetite.

1)Responding to our natural eating instincts aligns us with our true appetite.

2)The less accurately we can respond to our appetite, the less satisfying and efficient eating will be.

2)The more accurately we can respond to our appetite, the more satisfying and efficient eating will be.

3)The less satisfied we are from eating, the more we will ruminate about food.

3)The more satisfied we are from eating, the less we will ruminate about food.

4)The more we ruminate about food, the more hunger we will experience. The more hunger we experience, the more we will eat. The more we eat, the more guilt we will experience, and the more we will restrict.

4)Reducing the time spent ruminating about food will reduce the amount of hunger we experience. The less hunger we experience, the easier it will be to respond to it.

5)Failing to give the body what it needs, when it needs it, (over or under-eating) reduces the effectiveness of the metabolism.

5)By responding accurately to our appetite, (Pure Essence Eating) the metabolism is maximized to the full extent possible.

6)The less effective the metabolism, the more difficult it will be to maintain one's weight.

6)The more effective the metabolism, the easier it will be to maintain a healthy weight.

7)The more difficult our Body Maintenance System, the more effort we will need to put into weight maintenance.

7)The easier our Body Maintenance System, the less effort we will need to put into weight maintenance.

8)The more effort we put into diet and weight maintenance, the more "perfect" we will expect our bodies to be.

8)The less effort we put into diet and weight maintenance, the less "perfect" we will expect our bodies to be.

9)The more "perfect" we expect our bodies to be, the less content we will be with them.

9)The less "perfect" we expect our bodies to be, the more content we will be with them.

10)The less content we are with our bodies, the more likely we are to engage in disruptive eating patterns. And the cycle repeats itself.

10)The more content we are with our body, the more likely we are to engage in Pure Essence Eating. And the cycle repeats itself.

The exact order or wording of these steps is not important. The main premise is simple. Dieting separates us from ourselves and makes maintaining our bodies an unnatural and difficult process. When we start to diet because of a negative thought about how we look, we easily fall into a negative feedback system that is psychologically and physically reinforced by negative experiences. It doesn't matter how much weight we gain or lose, the weight maintenance system is more arduous and unpleasant than it needs to be. Even if we physically reach our desired results, we can't enjoy them because our eyes become crueler and focus on only those aspects of our bodies that we are not satisfied with. We learn to live in a constant state of fear, where we worry that any weight loss achieved may be only temporary.

It is easier to follow along our current path. It is easier to fall down the stairs than to walk up. While initially it will take a more concerted effort to change direction, we will come to realize just how much energy we have been losing by our negative state and how much more uplifted we can become by engaging in a positive frame of mind.

To change the direction of this cycle, we must start by thinking positive thoughts about the self and by reaching a point of pure self-acceptance. This process is described in the next section, Phase II.


READ THIS PHASE I SUMMARY AND GET A HEAD START ON THE LAWS OF GRAVITY!

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