Seems like there is always a new diet trend around the corner, but summer is almost here and we all want to get our ideal bodies. Starving yourself and going on cleanses isn’t only dangerous – it’s ineffective. You will put all the weight back on as soon as you stop the diet. What you want is something sustainable. Enter: the chrono diet. It’s a few simple rules that you follow to the letter for the best results of your life. So what are these rules?
Timing is everything
Chrono actually means time, and when you eat your meals is the foundation of this entire method. The key is to eat regular meals at the time when your body is at the height of its ability to process it. This means that all of your meals are four to six hours apart, no more and no less. You should eat breakfast in the morning, lunch five hours after that, a small snack in between lunch and dinner, and then a dinner five hours after lunch. It’s a simple schedule and one that targets your body’s production of cortisol, insulin and digestion enzymes.
You should be looking forward to this, because breakfast is the biggest meal where anything goes. This means carbs, fat and protein – but no sugar. The part with sugar is very important, and this includes sweeteners like honey and fruit. Unlike what most people are used to having for breakfast, you will want to avoid wheat and corn, and stick with oats, but have them with water or non-dairy milk. If you are eating processed meat (which are absolutely allowed) make sure you buy locally and without additives.
Now it’s time for lunch, and you’re probably quite hungry. Your lunch should mostly be made up of protein – whichever kind you prefer. Beef, pork, lamb and veal are all allowed and you can have plenty – just without any bread. Actually, it should be without any carbs at all. If you can’t push through without the carbs, combine them with plenty of vegetables. Make sure that you have a side of fresh salad with every single lunch, or make it the main course and up the protein by adding chicken, chickpeas and other protein-rich foods.
Now it’s time for a little snack, but make sure you don’t go overboard. This is the time of the day when you are allowed sugar, so a small piece of dark chocolate or some dried fruit will be a great way to make it until dinner. You should try to incorporate some slimming superfoods into this, especially the ones that have tons of benefits – but with some sugar included.
You can forget all about the big roast, baked goods and any carbs at all – dinner is simply there to fill your stomach so you don’t go to sleep hungry. If you are including some protein, it should be light and lean – like chicken or fish. Eat a lot of green vegetables, and if you are not targeting weight loss, then you can have a piece of cheese. This is your smallest meal, so act accordingly.
There are a few items that you can completely forget about, like baked pastries, milk, yogurt, cheese, vegetable fats and margarine. You should also say goodbye to carbonated drinks, because they can upset the acid in your stomach vital for processing the food.
Remember that a chrono diet is not a quick fix. It is a lifestyle and a diet that you commit to for life. It might be hard at the beginning, but once you get used to it, you will notice that this is the natural rhythm that your body has and you will feel full of energy and not hungry at all.