Low carb – the productivity diet

In this post, I’m going to talk about, how I eat to become a more productive and energetic person.

I am a big proponent of a low-carb frame of mind – whether it is paleo or something else, and I believe that eating like this can boost your productivity in more than one way.


I used to train and eat like a bodybuilder every day for years, which involved eating a lot of carbohydrates up to 6-7 times a day. I really believed, that I was being healthy, because I was eating “fitness-food” all the time, but I still could not understand, why I was having so low energy levels and brain fog so often.

Later on, I started blogging a lot about health in relation to my nutrition company, and by doing a lot of research every day, I found out about the low carb way of eating – and I, of course, had to try it, since everybody was speaking so highly about it.

A couple of years have passed, and I haven’t gone back to my old ways again, and I never will.

I will here explain 3 obvious benefits you are going to have, by changing your diet like I did.

BOOSTED BRAINPOWER HERE AND NOW

By switching your diet to a more fat-based one, you brain suddenly begins to work in a completely different way.

When you feed yourself a lot of healthy fats, your body starts to use it as its primary fuel source, and it is a much more slow burn than burning carbohydrates. As a carbohydrate-burner, you experience lots of peaks and valleys in your energy levels and mental capacity during the day. But when switching to fat, you feel more stabile in your levels of energy, and you simply will be able to concentrate for longer periods at a time.

No question, you can boost your daily productivity by paying attention to your diet here and now.

BOOSTED BRAINPOWER IN THE LONG RUN

A lot of science also points to the fact, that you will have a healthier brain for many more years if you preferentially burn fat instead of carbs.

You can learn all about, how you definitely want to stay away from large amounts of carbohydrates and gluten, by reading the fantastic book from David Perlmutter, Grain Brain, which I can’t recommend enough.

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What you will also learn from this book, is how systematically under-eating is going to keep your brain sharper for additional years, and when you switch to a fat based diet, you will find it much easier to practice routinely fasts.

SAVE TIME PREPARING FOOD

As I said, I used to eat 6 or 7 times a day. For one thing, the idea was that I wanted to pack on a lot of extra muscle mass, but I was simply also just that hungry, when my diet was based on carbohydrates.

I had to compensate for the many dips in blood sugar levels, that my body was going through during the day. This is an optimal pattern to go through – if you are trying to get diabetes.

Now, after changing my diet, I get hungry about 2 times a day and I am completely able to focus and concentrate, even while being hungry. This was not a possibility back in the day for me.

I have also stopped eating breakfast every morning, which gives me the opportunity, to invest my most productive hours of my day in my blog, instead of using the time preparing breakfast.

If you are thinking about eating like this, there is only one place on the internet, that I can point you to, and that is my favorite health blog: Marks Daily Apple.

Here, you can learn in details, how you can start eating in this more productive fashion, but the simple explanation is, that you want to eat below 100-150 grams of carbohydrates a day. And don’t be stingy with the healthy fats.

Do your own research about health and diet, and find out what works best for you, but I think that you have to pay some kind of attention to your health, if you want to be as productive as possible.

Thank you for reading guys! 

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Max Micheelsen

I'm a simplifier, Love efficiency in all forms, Beleive in a slow lifestyle, enabled via smart solutions

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