When you first begin your journey towards better health and you adopt a Low Carb / High Fat, Ketogenic way of eating, you’ll often hear the mantra: “If you’re hungry, eat…”. This is most often followed by advice that tells you to eat fat, as it is provides satiety (makes you feel full), and that you are training your body to burn fat instead of sugar. All of this, of course, is great advice for the beginners out there.
But, there are times when beginners and experts really need to stay hungry, to become more awesome and maintain their current levels of awesomeness.
Before you start grabbing the pitchforks and torches, hear me out. This is a list of seven things you need to stay hungry for:
- Improved Health
You will have great days and have bad days. You’ll find that you have days when you are encouraged and discouraged. You need to know your “why” for what you are doing. But, you also don’t want to lose your hunger for success, as you’ll become complacent. And, when you are complacent, you may give in to the temptation of the couch, the kitchen, or the bag of chips.
You will find that people around you will either be supportive or not-supportive. You’ll also find the same thing to be true with your online friends and associates. You need to start collecting, and finding supportive people to surround yourself with. You’ll also want to find supportive sources for news regarding health, to replace the negativity that we are all surrounded with. Having a good support structure will keep you going during your darkest hours. [EDITOR’S NOTE: I might suggest the Ketogenic Success Facebook group as a very supportive group.]
You’re going to be surround by temptation in the years ahead, and you need to stay hungry for improved health. It can be difficult, especially at the beginning, to deal with the temptations of life, as stress, circumstances, etc. tend to remove the joy from the journey. You need to remind yourself of your successes on a regular basis, and remember your mistakes, and your other opportunities for learning.
Results can include anything. Maintaining your weight for three months, without fat loss, can be a huge victory for someone that has yo-yo dieted for years. It can be a positive result. Better results from blood sugar tests can be a result. Better lipid profiles (blood tests) can be a result. Running that first 5K or riding that first 10 miles on the bicycle might be a great result for you. Or, as in my case, just being able to walk out to the mailbox again. But, establish and maintain a set of goals that keep you hungry for results. A powerful way to stay hungry for results is to share those results. Who knows? You might make someone else hungry for results.
As you continue on your journey, you are going to need to become the expert of “you”. This can be difficult for people that have had journeys that have lead to bad health, in the many possible ways. We have a tendency to think that something is wrong with us, and we don’t like to focus on ourselves. But, we need to become the Ph.D. at YOU University, and hunger for greater knowledge in how we can enhance our food, exercise, sleep, and other ways of living based on our own experiences, and input from our friends, and experts in this way of living and eating.
It’s so easy to get into the rut, but you need to actively hunt for and seek out change. This may be outside of your comfort zone, which is fine, as you need to get used to living there. Change things up, and measure the results.
It’s so easy to put life on cruise control, and settle in on the couch of life, and let life pass you buy. But, bad health can drive all of us to focus for short lengths of time. But, we all need to bring our focus up every day on how we live our life, and reach our goals. I cannot stress this enough. Your focus on your goals, on your successes, on your results, and on your improvements is probably the most important factor in your success. You have to have a laser-like focus on the things you want, in order to achieve them. If you let that hunger die, your focus dies. Then you become lost. So stay focused on the things that are important.
All that said, there are probably many other circumstances where hunger isn’t bad for you. Keep looking for, and learn from these opportunities to stay hungry for the things that matter.
But, if you are physically hungry, it really is a good thing to eat some fat, and see if it brings you satiety. You don’t want to stay physically hungry, as your body is sending you signals that it needs some kind of nutrient. So, go eat some bacon, butter or brats. Whatever you like that brings you closer to your objectives.
And, stay hungry to be more awesome…