Friday, April 19

A Military Diet for Beating Jet Lag That Actually Works

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Together with the invention of the airplane, the world received a new affliction — jet lag. For travelers who don’t want to miss a minute of sightseeing and business people who must stay focused at important meetings, jet lag can cause major inconveniences. But thanks to some simple rules created by Charles Frederick Ehret, a molecular biologist from the US, there’s no longer a need to waste half your trip trying to catch up on sleep and pounding back copious amounts of caffeine.

5 Fun Facts found the Argonne Anti-Jet-Lag Diet to help every tourist quickly adjust to new time zones and make the travel experience much richer.

Determination and preparation

The Argonne diet consists of the alternation of feasting and fasting for 4 days leading up to the flight. The most important meal is breakfast — it tells our internal clocks and our stomachs that the day has started. In the beginning, it’s important to figure out when it’s breakfast time at your destination — it will be the beginning and the ending of each of the diet’s “days”.

Important: coffee, tea, alcohol and soft drinks that contain caffeine are allowed only between 3 PM and 5 PM. All other meals can be consumed at regular times.

Day 1: feast day

During this day it’s important to eat high-protein meals. For example, breakfast and lunch should contain eggs with bacon, cheese, meats, high-protein cereal, cooked dried beans or peas. They should be followed by a high-carbohydrate dinner like pasta, pancakes, potatoes, rice, bread or a sweet dessert. You should only consume caffeine between 3 PM and 5 PM in your home time zone.

Day 2: fast day

The second day you should follow a modified fast: eat light salads, light soups, fruits, and juices for every meal. Try to eat as few high-calorie and fatty foods as possible. Again, caffeine and alcohol are allowed only between 3 PM and 5 PM in your home time zone.

Day 3 and 4: more of the same

On day 3 repeat your feast day again. On day 4, fast. This is the day of the flight, so you’ll eat partially on the plane. If the flight is long, sleep until breakfast time at your destination, but no later. After waking up, eat a high-protein breakfast. Stay awake and active and continue the day’s meals according to mealtimes of the destination. If you are traveling westward, consume caffeinated drinks only in the morning. Drink no alcoholic beverages on the plane.


Break your fast by having a high-protein breakfast at breakfast time in your destination city. It’s better to eat a meal before your departure, order something on the plane, or, at least, to bring a pre-made breakfast with you. Try to sleep before you eat, and after breakfast try to stay active. Leave your reading light on.

Do you travel a lot? Have you ever experienced jet lag? Do you have any other tips on how to adapt to a new place? Share your experiences in the comment section!

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