How The Ketogenic Diet Made Me A More Productive Office Worker

Ever since I started eating a low carb ketogenic diet, my productivity has skyrocketed at work and outside of work. If you happen to work in an office environment, you know exactly how it feels to get lost in distraction and not get any work done.

It is no coincidence that the average office worker is overweight and has an absolutely obsession – almost to the point that it’s scary – to carbohydrates.

Picture this: It’s 1PM, you’re at work and just went back to your cubicle after lunch. You move your mouse to start your computer up. The work that you didn’t finish pops up on your screen and you zone out into the screen without any thought.

You begin to wonder why you feel so tired and lazy.

You start to self-diagnose yourself. Maybe you have ADHD, maybe you’re depressed.

Eventually you snap out of your existential haze and try to finish the day strong. So you head over to grab your 4th cup of coffee just to get over the afternoon lull.

Sound familiar?

What if I told you that once I started eating a low carb high fat keto diet…

  • I no longer needed to drink 5 cups of coffee a day to get by.
  • I no longer feel distracted all the time.
  • I don’t experience any anxiety during work.
  • I don’t feel like I have ADHD 
  • I’m experiencing mental clarity for the first time since I was a kid.

You mean certain foods make me feel lazy and distracted?

 That’s exactly right. 

There is no other way to put it and i’m sorry to burst your little bubble but..

Eating processed junk like donuts, poptars, and candy bars will NOT cure your neurotic thoughts and behaviors.

I’m sure you know sugar is not good for you, but I don’t think you realize how detrimental the food you put in your body actually affects your thoughts, patterns, behaviors, and makes up just about everything about you.

People weren’t lying when they said you are what you eat.

There’s a good chance that you haven’t gone a whole day eating healthy. I’m not saying that to belittle you. But it’s just the sad truth. The standard american diet consists of such a high amount of carbs that it’s scary.

Think back to a time where you ate 100% healthy foods the whole day.

Do you remember how you felt? Chances are, you felt like a fuckin’ king. 

Carbs Are The Devil For Office Workers

Obviously you’re going to get fat if all you do is go to your office job then come home, sit on the couch, watch tv, and do it all over again.

What if I told you that there was a way to stay lean even if you’re too lazy to workout? 

But before I get to that… 

Let me explain to you why carbs are so bad especially for those who work a job that requires little to no movement.

There is this thing called insulin.

Insulin is simply a hormone that allows your body to use sugar (glucose) from carbohydrates in the food that you eat for energy OR it gets stored for later (as fat).

There’s another thing called insulin SENSITIVITY and insulin RESISTANCE.IMG_1310

insulin SENSITIVITY means your body is processing carbohydrates effectively so it is converting glucose directly to energy.

insulin RESISTANCE means your body cannot process carbs efficiently and stores it into fat instead.

A simple way to figure out if you are insulin sensitive or insulin resistant?

Eat a big serving of carbohydrates. How do you feel afterwards? Are you tired? Energetic? Do you feel more distracted than ever? Are you focused?

If you eat a large portion of carbs and start feeling tired, chances are you are insulin resistant. Another thing, the higher your body fat percentage, the more insulin resistant you are. 

This means a good portion of office workers who live sedentary lives aren’t processing carbs properly. 

The combination of no exercise and eating carbs is bad news.

Following a low carb high fat ketogenic lifestyle will make you feel much better since your body’s default mode is to use fats for energy rather than glucose from carbs.

Some exercise is better than no exercise.

Hitting the gym several times a week can be daunting for some people. 

While performing compound lifts like deadlifts, squats, presses, and rows is certainly one of the best ways to stay healthy and build solid muscle – there are tons of other ways you can get in a quick workout that will do wonders to your insulin sensitivity.

You can start off with doing basic bodyweight exercises.

You can do a quick HIIT (high intensity interval training) workout. An example of this would be performing 100 meter sprints and resting for about 1 minute 30 seconds in between your sprints.

You can buy a couple kettle bells and work out at home. 

You can even just go for a walk outside.

The point is, doing some form of exercise is exponentially better than doing nothing at all.

If you are pressed for time, my main recommendation would be to buy 2 kettle bells – a heavy one and a lighter one. There are so many workouts you can do with them that make the investment so worth it.

But Everyone Eats Carbs In My Office!

This is a huge concern and I still battle this today.

Some of your coworkers are going to call you weird for not eating carbs. They’re going to try to tell you to stop taking your diet so seriously. They’re going to tell you to live a little.

Fact of the matter is, people want to see you do good but never better than them.

Even if you see cookies in the office and everyones eating them, do your best to not have any. 

Make it a habit to completely skip over eating the processed carbs that our offices are always flooded with.

I have a drawer in my office that has a lot of different keto snacks. I suggest you do the same.

Get some sausage sticks, protein bars, nuts, pork rinds, and any other keto approved snacks and always have them on hand in the case of events that you get very hungry and want to snack on something.

My Go-To Packed Lunch

I bring the same lunch to work most of the time. Obviously I switch it up but it’s important to have a few go-to meals that you can make and bring to lunch so you don’t resort to HAVING to eat carbs just because there’s no other option.

I will fry a bunch of grass-fed ground beef mixed with eggs and some onions and veggies. 

Then I either buy the pre-packaged riced cauliflower or riced broccoli.

This looks and tastes just like rice but it’s actually just cauliflower/broccoli that is ground up.

I like things simple. A lot of the time I just don’t have the patience to cook some grand delicacy that takes up all of my time.

Find those couple quick simple meals that you can make. 

Here’s the thing, the simpler you can make your keto lifestyle, the easier it is to stick to. We are creatures of habit and it just gets easier over time to adopting a low carb high fat diet.IMG_0967

What should I do for breakfast?

I switch up my breakfasts from time to time but like I said before, I have a few main staple meals that I always go back to just because its convenient and I know it will jumpstart my day into high levels of ketones.

My first recommendation is to make eggs. Scrambled, hard broiled, sunny side up, doesn’t matter as long as you’re eating eggs you’re good. I know it sounds obvious but eggs have so much nutritional value in it and its perfect for the keto diet.

My second recommendation is Wild Planet Sardines mixed with some avocado. You’re probably thinking that sardines are gross but I kid you not, try out Wild Planet Sardines – they are completely different from the usual sardines you’ve tasted. 

My third recommendation is to drink a Bulletproof Coffee (BPC). A BPC is blending coconut oil, MCT oil, and grass-fed butter or ghee into your coffee. By doing this, the fats bind to the caffeine and is one of the most effective ways to get yourself into ketosis in the morning.

Of all three recommendations, I ALWAYS make sure to drink a green smoothie in the morning as well. Usually my green smoothie is a mixture of kale, spinach, a green superfood powder, maca powder, mixed into almond milk.

Not the greatest tasting smoothie in the world but the way that it makes me feel afterwards is incredible.

Now you can also completely skip breakfast altogether.

If you are looking to lose weight at a faster pace, I would highly recommend just skipping breakfast completely. This is also called intermittent fasting. 

Closing Thoughts

Following a ketogenic lifestyle has changed my life. I’m not saying this to sound dramatic but it’s true.

I have never experienced such profound energy, mental clarity, and focus in my life. 

I strongly suggest you adopt a ketogenic diet regardless of your lifestyle. Athletes are beginning to follow this way of eating because of its benefits, office workers, and even entrepreneurs because it helps them during those long hours of work.

I have noticed that I can keep working (as an accountant) for much longer than I used to. The energy that you experience is a sort of calm focus. My stress levels are much lower and I feel like an overall better person

It’s going to take some time to figure out the proper routine that will work for you. 

If you are looking to make the transition to a low carb high fat ketogenic diet to improve your productivity, I highly recommend supplementing with exogenous ketones to help your body turn into a keto-adapted machine.

You can get the exogenous ketones that I personally use by clicking this link: here

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