The Secret To a Productive Day: Intermittent Fasting
You wake up in the morning realizing that you have a crap ton of work you have to get done.
So you run over to the coffee pot, make some coffee, then start cooking breakfast.
As you are eating your so-called “nutritious” breakfast filled with so many carbs that your body needs to work in overtime in the morning just to digest it, you are already overwhelmed with the fact that you have so much work to get done.
You’re finally done eating and suddenly you feel more tired than you did before you ate. So you then run over to chug your coffee after your big breakfast then head off to work (or get work done for the entrepreneurs out there).
There is a reason for this.
It turns out that, breakfast is NOT the most important meal of the day.
Just because your parents told you that you MUST eat breakfast every day because your body needs food in order to have energy throughout the day and prevent overeating later on at night, does NOT mean it’s 100% true.
If you look at the research, studies claim that those who skip breakfast are less nutritious and are more prone to having bad eating habits. But, this is because the people who DID skip breakfast are usually not as health conscious as someone who DELIBERATELY skips breakfast.
This is when intermittent fasting comes into play.
In this post, I’ll be talking about why intermittent fasting can lead to the MOST productive day you have ever had, compared to the days where you had a HUGE breakfast and what I personally do upon waking up that has allowed me to get more work done in 4 hours then most people get done in a whole day.
So let’s begin,
I’m sure you have skipped breakfast at least once in your life. Can you think back to that day? Do you remember how your energy levels felt? If you really think about it, you probably recall having more energy than usual.
Now, lets look at this from the perspective of our hunter-gatherer ancestors.
Long ago when our ancestors had to literally hunt for food to survive, they did NOT have a ready meal to eat immediately upon waking up. Our ancestors had to wake up when the sun rose and HUNT their prey in order to live to see another day.
Why am I telling you this? Because through evolution, our body, brains, and metabolism have adapted to this style of living in order to survive in the animal kingdom.
This has been especially important to our ancestors because it allowed them to have enough energy to be able to fight, kill, and cook the food they needed to survive.
Now fast forward to modern day society, we have become so complacent in our daily rituals.
We have things readily accessible to us whenever we want whether it be food, entertainment, dates (tinder), the weather, absolutely anything you want we can get.
This wasn’t how our ancestors were.
This is where intermittent fasting comes into play.
Not only does it have a vast amount of several health benefits such as reduced inflammation and helping with brain health, help losing weight, the single most important aspect of intermittent fasting that has changed my life is the tremendous productivity I get when I am in a fasted state.
Over time and through human evolution, our metabolism has adapted to not having ANY sort of food readily available upon waking up.
But nowadays all you have to do is walk to your kitchen, grab a bowl of cereal, some milk, and a banana and boom you have breakfast right then and there.
I can’t emphasize how crucial the first few hours of your day is when you are trying to be productive.
There is a myriad of research displaying the willpower we have in the morning compared to at night. What I’m trying to say is that it is MUCH easier to do the work that you have to get done in the morning and compared to the last thing at night.
We have a finite amount of willpower each and every day which is replenished by sleep. That is why we have extra motivation in the morning and it is much easier to get your work done (no matter what it is) first thing in the morning.
So instead of waking up and immediately thinking of what you are going to eat (this also depletes your willpower!) just wake up, make a cup of coffee, and get to work.
So this is what my morning looks like and this is what has worked for me in order to get a tremendous amount of work done each and every morning.
Upon waking up:
- chug a bottle of water
- make a cup of coffee
- meditate for 15-20 minutes (helps build your willpower muscle)
- immediately do the most important work that has to be done for 4 hours straight while drinking coffee.
- enjoy the rest of your day without having to worry about your work.
It really is that simple.
You might be wondering why I am emphasizing to drink coffee?
Well, obviously it has the benefits of helping you stay focused but a major factor as to why you should be drinking coffee in the morning is because it will help you control your hunger cravings that you experience when you first start out intermittent fasting.
“But I thought you said you can’t have anything to eat or drink while intermittent fasting??”
You can ONLY consume drinks that have ZERO calories in it. Whether it be a zero calorie monster or a black coffee is up to you.
Sometimes when I am feeling really tired I’ll opt for the zero calorie monster. You will still be experiencing the boosted focus from intermittent fasting with the monster as long as you get the zero calorie one.
By combining the added focus from intermittent fasting on top of caffeine (0 calorie), there is no doubt in my mind that you will be able to achieve the goals you have been striving for.
I have people who tell me that they wish they can do this but work is getting in the way. That their 9-5 doesn’t allowed them to get 4 hours of work done.
My obvious recommendation to this is to simply wake up earlier. Now not everyone can work for 4 hours straight, that is a skill that I have slowly practiced for a couple years before I can consistently consider it one of my habits.
Let’s assume you have work at 9 and have to be out of the house by 8:30AM, my suggestion is to wake up at 5AM and be ready to get your productive work done out of the way before your work day has started.
Some of you reading this may be curious as to what I mean by “work” and why I keep referring to it. Well, let me put it this way. The job world isn’t what it used to be and job security is not necessarily “secure” anymore.
So what does this mean?
Entrepreneurship and working for yourself has become MUCH easier to get into thanks to the Internet.
Ever since I have come across this revelation, I have made it my duty to work for myself and not let anything get in my way.
I have been writing AT LEAST 1000 words a day every single day without fail.
This has allowed me to get into MULTIPLE online ventures.
And what can I attest my successes to?
That’s right, Intermittent Fasting.
I don’t want to sound like a broken record but ever since I began to utilize intermittent fasting, I have been able to work for myself and get ALL my work done in FOUR hours.
Back when I was in college, I only recently discovered intermittent fasting my senior year. I wish I had learned how to utilize intermittent fasting sooner because it has made the world of a difference for me when it comes to productive work.
In my senior year, I was able to get literally WEEKS worth of work done in TWO mornings just through intermittent fasting and having those FOUR focused hours of work first thing in the morning.
A quick summary:
- By skipping breakfast you are experiencing a ton of health benefits.
- Due to our hunter-gatherer ancestors, we have increased focus in the morning and remain in a fasted state
- Use the morning and this increased focus to get all your work done so you can relax for the rest of the day.
- Drink BLACK coffee in the morning to control your hunger cravings.
- Intermittent Fasting will help you form a habit of doing your most productive work first thing in the morning before you have broken your fast.
I can’t tell you guys how much this tip has helped me get my work done. If you study and observe many successful people who are self-made, they all have a certain block of time each and every day where they focus on their craft. Intermittent fasting will help you create the habit of getting productive work done and before you know it, your whole life will change.
Here are some super quick action steps I want you to take if you want to use intermittent fasting to help change your life:
- Drink black coffee first thing in the morning.
- Do NOT eat ANYTHING for at LEAST 4 hours upon waking up.
- Use these hours to get your MOST productive work done (I like to make sure I write at LEAST 1000 words a day)
- Make a list of THREE things that you MUST get done before you break your fast and begin to eat for the day.
You can actually compare this to a modern day version of hunting. Back then, people had to hunt for food in order to survive. And, like discussed before, they experienced increased focus before eating anything to help them hunt. Nowadays, we can utilize this increased focus from being in a fasted state to get all your work done before rewarding yourself with something delicious to eat.