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Argonne Anti-Jet Lag Diet

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Natalie Stein specializes in weight loss and sports nutrition. She is based in Los Angeles and is an assistant professor with the Program for Public Health at Michigan State University. Stein holds a master of science degree in nutrition and a master of public health degree from Michigan State University.
Argonne Anti-Jet Lag Diet
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Jet lag is a common side effect of traveling across time zones, and symptoms may include stomach discomfort and sleep disorders, such as insomnia at night, and fatigue during the day. Dr. Charles F. Ehret, an Argonne biologist, developed this anti-jet-lag diet, which claims to reduce or prevent the effects of jet lag. Do not use this diet in place of medical advice which your doctor may give you.

Diet Background

The Argonne Anti-Jet-Lag diet is a commercial diet, and you must pay to receive your eating plan for your choice of a one-way or round-trip voyage across at least three time zones. The diet claims that national athletic teams, members of the Federal Reserve and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra are among the noteworthy clients of the diet. To illustrate its effectiveness, the Anti-Jet-Lag diet states that soldiers who use the diet report less jet lag than soldiers who do not.

Basic Plan

Every other day on the Anti-Jet-Lag diet is a feasting day, which includes three meals with second helpings. The alternate days, including the day of your flight, are fasting days, which include three meals of less than 700 calories each. On the fourth day before your flight, start the diet with a feast day according to the time zone you are in. Then have a fast day, and then a feast day, before the fasting day on the day of your flight, according to your destination time zone.


The Argonne diet to prevent jet lag includes high-protein foods such as meat, poultry or fish, for breakfast and lunch to stimulate hormones which may keep you awake. Meatless options include milk, cheese and eggs, and vegans, or strict vegetarians, can eat beans, grains and nuts for protein. Your third meal should include high-carbohydrate foods to make you feel sleepy, and options include grains, potatoes, fruits, vegetables, peas and beets. These eating patterns are not proven to be effective, but they are probably not harmful, according to the Mayo Clinic.

Other Information

The diet recommends having caffeine in the late afternoon, claiming that the caffeine will not prevent you from sleeping easily. However, caffeine is a stimulant, and it may interfere with sleep if you have it within six hours of going to bed, according to the National Sleep Foundation. If you have a stop-over lasting for two or more days, you can use a shortened version of the Anti-Jet-Lag diet to get you acclimated to the local time zone of your layover destination, and then use the diet again to prevent jet lag at your final destination. Get your doctor’s approval before using this diet, and ask about the best way to manage your medications, if you have them, while you travel.

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