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A Brief Introduction to the FourStages of Addiction

Thefour stages of addiction are most prominent when it comes to changinga person's bad habits when it comes to food intake.

Itdoesn't really matter whether a person's "poison of preference"is bread, beverage, dessert, alcohol, fatty foods or whatever, havingtoo much of anything means abusing the human body as well as slowingdown the processing and burning down of food to an unhealthy rate.

Oneof the consequences of such behavior is excessive tiredness. Andbecause calories represent units of energy, a person ought to feelenergized rather than tired after a meal. This is why when a personeats more than he or she ought to, the feeling of a drugged-like-state emerges. This altered state "zones out"the brain, in a fashion of speaking, and allows the person to escapefrom feelings.

Stage One: Resistanceto Change

Thisstep involves changing a persons regular habits such as having abeverage to go with every meal. This doesn't need to be that way, andby including a beverage, say, every second or third meal may prove beneficial.

Weighingoneself several times a day also brings a heightened sense ofself-awareness to the table.

This,at first, may be somewhat hard (and even scary!) to accept becausemost people find it quite comfy with just the way they are. That'swhy one of the triggers to the change may be the proof of "theold way simply not working anymore".

Thistype of fear is caused by "the addict" part of the brain,which projects a negative outcome of a changed routine with zeroproof to come with it.

Stage Two: BegrudgingAttempts

Thisstage involves the semi-willing attempt at the change, and is thesecond real step towards it actually working out. It is based onhalf-way decision and small rather than drastic changes made to one'shabits. This is to say that a person may choose to eat breakfast evenif he or she does not feel like it nor wants it, but is doing it inorder to wight XY pounds within the next XY months.

Stage Three: TheSurprise

Thisstage involves people actually starting to enjoy the new diet theymay be having. This will come to a surprise to most, since theyexpect only the worst when it comes to taste expectations they've gotof "healthy foods."

Stage Four: The NewWay is Now the Better, Old Way

Thefourth and final stage concludes the stages of addiction and by thetime it has been reached, the subject is presented with the oldfamiliar sense of comfort (the very same feeling a person has feltduring his or her "old ways"), whilst eating a farhealthier diet.

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