One reason entrepreneurs gain weight

Further to my post earlier about risk vs regret comes this thought: It’s not that entrepreneurs don’t feel or fear risk. Just that we fear regret even more. So how do we manage to live with risk? Easy: booze.

Well, that’s one method, and a relatively popular one. Over the past couple of years, I’ve noticed my daily alcohol intake grow from about 5 drinks per week to about 20 to 25. What with having a couple of kids, losing my old business, moving across the country, and starting over from scratch, there’s been a bit of stress. Booze has helped to make life a bit more bearable at times.

Recently though, I decided enough was enough; I was going to take a break from drinking. It took a couple of days to get over the craving I felt right around 6pm for a nice scotch. After a week, I was completely free of that need for an evening drink. I was surprised to find that I was waking up feeling more energetic and clear headed that I had in ages. My wife reported that I’d stopped snoring too – perhaps the snoring was affecting the quality of my sleep.

The big surprise though was the huge amount of weight I started to lose. I’d never really considered the caloric impact of alcohol on my diet. Sure, I know alcohol contains calories, but I never stopped to do the math. So imagine my surprise when Google told me I was consuming about 2600 calories per week in alcohol alone! That’s just three fairly small sized drinks per day folks.

What’s more, when I’m not drinking booze, I don’t eat as much. It’s much easier to walk away from a tempting morsel when you’ve got your full wits about you. I’m eating at least a hundred calories per day less now that previously. Not by any particularly difficult control of will. I’m exerting the same watch-what-I-eat effort as before. Only now it’s working.

All told, I’ve cut about 3000 calories per week from my diet, just by giving up booze. If I recall, a pound of fat contains about 3500 calories. So you can imagine the effect this is having on my body. I feel great, better than I have in a really long time.

I’m not advocating here that anyone give up alcohol. But if like me your waistline isn’t where it used to be, you may want to take a look at your drinking habits, as well as your eating habits.

So this begs the question then, if I’m not using alcohol to manage fear of risk, what am I doing? Once we’re being honest, I’ll tell you: I’m suffering a bit more than I was before. But I’m ok with that. I’ve accepted that it’s the entrepreneur’s lot. Meditation helps a whole lot, as does having a more spirit centered outlook on the world. The suffering is there, it just doesn’t matter as much as it used to.