Whether you’re watching Jason Bourne venture along the Mekong River or Ethan Hunt scale cliffs without a harness, there’s a noticeable lack of on-screen eating by the secret agents of our favorite popcorn spy movies. Sure, 007 has all the time in the world for martinis and sex, but he doesn’t have time for a few slices of ‘za? You mean to tell us that Bond isn’t at least grabbing some pastel de choclo or a goddamn empanada when he’s in Chile? Ridiculous.
You might assume that watching Tom Cruise’s Ethan Hunt scarf down an omelet simply doesn’t make for compelling cinema, but it turns out that this whole aversion-to-food thing is actually part of the secret agent life. The Argonne Anti Jet Lag Diet — which your favorite special agents use to stay on top of their games — relies heavily on some very calculated fasting before switching time zones.
Developed by Argonne Laboratory Biologist Charles Ehret, the diet has been used successfully since the 80s by presidents, CIA operatives, and the Navy for avoiding jet lag and its related symptoms. A less restrictive variation of the diet was developed by Dr. Clifford B. Saper of the Beth Israel Medical Center in Boston, which greatly reduces the prep time.