In the West we have become accustomed to living in a culture that covers many negative emotions with food, and has taught us that food is comfort and help in the difficult ways of life.
An example of this can be seen in some popular phrases such as:”The sorrows with bread are less”,”Bread and wine, cheer up the road”,”The dead in the hole and the alive in the bun”. That’s why we “kill” many emotions with food, which can be compulsive and therefore fattening us up.
Now, what emotions can affect us from a nutritional point of view? Certainly more than we thought. Grief, fear, frustration, feelings of loneliness, boredom, are some of the negative feelings that invite us to empty the pantry. Euphoria, post-coitus fatigue, anxiety on the eve of some important and joyful event, are some of the positive ones.
Although the reasons are very different, in both cases we eat to relieve or control our emotions, so they can make us fatter.
The best diet is one that represents a change of style not only in food but much more profoundly; it is the one that offers us a global personal discovery that we carry and that leads us along the path of self-acceptance. So let us consider some very interesting points:
If we start a diet in the hope of looking like someone else or to please someone else more, we will never be able to maintain it and frustration will make us fall into the pit of not liking ourselves.
The best diet consists in achieving the balance between what we are and what we want to be, in being able to listen to our body and our intimate “I”.
We only stop getting fat and begin to lose weight when emotionally we are in a state of serenity.
We will only reach a correct state of serenity with the acceptance of who we are and with the joy of distancing ourselves from ourselves (see objectively our qualities and defects) and seeing ourselves with love.
Not only are the skinny ones happy, nor is no little stuffing happy. He is happy who knows how to live with kindness, joy and tenderness with himself, and with the different circumstances that surround his life in every moment.
The calories contained in food provide our body with the energy it needs to carry out its activities. When we reduce calorie intake, the body uses its own reserves and promotes weight loss. The burning of calories depends on sex, age, complexion and daily activity.
If our work is sedentary, that is, it does not involve an exercise and, in addition, we do not perform any sport or have more than fifty years, the calorie expenditure is around 1,700 calories.
If we carry out a lot of activity, both personal and professional, and practice some type of exercise, we will have a calorie expenditure that will be around 2,200 calories.
If we are young or not so young, but extremely active, we can spend about 2,800 calories a day.