What are psychological calories?
By Serge Kreutz
“Psychological calories” is a new way to look at the nutritional value of food. And “psychological calories” is the reason why you can so easily lose as much weight as you want on the Serge Kreutz diet. We all know that the food we eat can be measured on a calorie scale. Calories are the energy which food provides when being burned in digestion.
Ideally, we should consume food that provides precisely the amount of energy we need for optimal physiological function. Without becoming overweight.
However, humans, and most other animals, lack an organ to sense the energy value of food.
While humans, and other animals, do have sensations related to the consumption of food, the system lacks fine-tuning.
We can feel hunger if we clearly lack food, and we can feel satiation when we have eaten enough or too much. In between these two poles are sensations like appetite (a desire for food because of its palatability) and food aversions (because we associate it with events of physical or mental discomfort).
All of this is very psychological, and much more complex than, for example, feeling too hot or too cold, or energetic or tired.
However, conventional nutritional science, as well as all so-far devised weight loss diets, have failed to take into account the psychological satiation value of food.
One thing is sure: the psychological satiation value of food and the burn value of food do not match. And it is the awareness of this discrepancy that makes the Serge Kreutz diet so successful.
The Serge Kreutz diet teaches you to differentiate between the conventional nutritional value of food (the energy value) and the psychological nutritional value of food (the taste pleasure that food provides).
Food cravings and overeating all have very little to do with the conventional nutritional value of food. They are totally psychological.
Your stomach and intestines never have a craving for food. Anyway, from the esophagus onwards, there are no taste receptors. If anything, your stomach and intestines would have been grateful if you would not have stuffed them with all that shit you have been eating all life long.
Your stomach and intestines would prefer a light burden, without all those irritants you have given them to digest because of their pleasant taste.
The Serge Kreutz diet is an entirely new approach to food consumption.
It starts with strictly treating separately the food for your stomach and intestines on the one side (conventional nutrition), and the food for your mouth and brain on the other side (the food that you eat for pleasure).
You can eat any food for its pleasure value, and as much of it as you want.
Just don’t swallow. Discard not into your esophagus. Discard into a plastic bag.
The barrier that you erect is not the lips and teeth of your mouth. The barrier must be your throat.
You can let plain water pass, as much as you desire, or even more than that. For anything else, use strict control. A little fruit every day, some nuts, a small egg yolk, minimal quantities of other food that slide down your throaf even though you would prefer to discard in the other direction.
Psychological calories, on the other hand, you can eat as many as your heart and brain desire. You can play with the many exciting tastes of food all day long. No restrictions. Anyway, as I have elaborated in other articles, the tastes of delicious foods are a smart drug, and the best antidepressant of all.
Just stay with kreutzing it all. Don’t swallow.
I guarantee you will have more pleasure from food than ever before. And you will maintain ideal body weight, without any real effort.