Paleo, pescatarian, vegetarian, vegan, keto, low-carb, intermittent fasting, Mediterranean, Whole 30 – how many diet tribes can you name? How many have you tried? Roughly 45 million people in the US go on a diet each year, typically to lose weight, and as you can guess from the growing list of eating plans, there’s no silver bullet. Until now?
Enter the latest trend in dieting: asynchronous eating. It’s all about throwing out the rule books and doing whatever works best for you. Seems obvious, right? Everybody is different. Every body is different. Whether you’re trying to lose weight, or dealing with specific health issues, or just want to feel your best, it simply makes sense to craft a plan that suits your needs and preferences.
Asynchronous eating also bucks the timing of meals. No more prescriptive 3 meals a day, or 8 tiny meals, or anything like that. Asynchronous eating embraces the fact that we live in a constantly connected world where work and play schedules are much more flexible and ever-shifting. Naturally, that means our eating schedules are changing, too.
So, if a diet is making you feel miserable -- it’s probably not right for you. And, if you feel best when you skip breakfast and then have a healthy smoothie late morning, go for it. You do you. Listen to your body. Align to your lifestyle.
"With people becoming more in-tune with their nutritional needs and therefore more aware of the way they fuel their bodies, it makes sense that we're seeing a rise in how individuals are abandoning the traditional rules for meal consumption. Instead of being limited to choosing certain foods at specific times, we've found an increase in more intuitive, balanced eating — so eggs for dinner, because you're craving protein, or salad for breakfast, because you like to start your day with greens," says Lisa Booth, registered dietitian and health coach at 8fit. "The options become limitless once you stop thinking about specific foods as being reserved for particular meal categories. With the asynchronous meal trend, people are listening to their bodies instead of being limited by conventional choices."
While it may take a while to figure out what truly works best for you, once you do eating healthy should become second nature. And that’s the best news of all because, ultimately, the best diet is the one you can stick to.