Stay Hungry, My Friends!

And watch out for those doggone carbs!

Our regular readers know that I’ve been following a modified Paleo-Diet since the beginning of the year. What you might not know is one thing I’ve been reminded of that may help you if you’re interested in success. It’s this:

Staying hungry helps you stay hungry!

No duh, you say? Well, I just don’t hear a lot of people talking about this benefit of restricting your carbs, but I notice it every time I go on one of these regimens. When I’m hungry in the literal sense – as I usually am when I don’t eat carbs – I stay hungry in the figurative sense. And I bet you would, too.

Just as a reminder, I eat a LOT! The martial arts portion of my professional career requires me to exercise between 20 -25 hours a week, so I need calories to keep going, but I try to make sure to get them from unprocessed, whole foods whenever possible. I eat 4 – 5 meals a day containing modest portions of beef, pork, venison, poultry or fish, at least three types of vegetables at every meal, lots of fruit, and lots of nuts. As a result, I almost never feel stuffed, but instead find that I’m hungry again within 20 minutes.

And as a result of being hungry, I’m hungry for results, too. I find that I can focus quickly on tasks, especially those that are clearly geared toward getting results. It’s as if I’m replacing the drive for food with the drive for accomplishment. I think that’s called sublimation or something. All I know is that it keeps me from sleepily meandering through tasks. I’m getting a lot done.

I like it!

About Nicklaus

Nick has studied the martial arts and philosophies of Asia for 44 years, and has used their principles to start five successful businesses, including SEO Ann Arbor. He's an attorney, entrepreneur, consultant, and author of four books on martial arts, including Budo Mind and Body, which was featured in Black Belt Magazine. He advises a wide variety of businesses and individuals on marketing, motivation, mastery, success, and kicking your ass into gear.