Let’s thank Adele for bringing the Sirtfood Diet to our attention…
Haven’t heard of the Sirtfood Diet? We hadn’t either until Adele flaunted an almost unrecognizable photo of herself on her 32nd birthday. The singers’ noticeable weight-loss (down 100 pounds) has been reported to be linked to the sirtfood diet. Since this diet isn’t always on the top list of the more recognizable diets, we decided to do some additional digging to get more information about this eating plan.
The Sirtfood diet was developed by Aidan Goggins and Glen Matten, two British Nutritionists. It makes sense that celebrities in the UK would be among the first names that follow the diet. Adele, being such a famous singer has definitely shined a spotlight on sirtfood. There have also been other notable celebrities that have followed the diet including: Pippa Middleton, Jodie Kidd, Lorraine Pascale, and Sir Ben Ainslie.
The “Sirt” in the Sirtfood diet gets its name from sirtuins (SIRTs) which are a group of proteins that help regulate your cellular health in a number of ways, which includes more specifically regulating inflammation, metabolism and longevity of cells, particularly in regards to anti-aging. Sirtfoods are are comprised of mainly plant-based foods that have high levels of antioxidants that allow your body’s fat burning powers to activate the SIRT-1 protein. The sirtuin protein in context to diets has also been referred to as the “skinny gene”.
The diet claims that eating particular foods that contain high levels of the chemical polyphenols (would within sirtuins) help to quickly shed weight. This is because the chemicals put mild stress onto cells that create an effect on our genes which mimics as if we were fasting or exercising.
It is good to note that exercise in conjunction with any diet or health plan is always helpful for both losing weight and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. This diet has the added bonus that eating the right types of food can kick start your skinny genes to imitate the same metabolic process of actually being active. Although I’m sure adding exercise to the eating plan would create an even more desired result.
How to follow the guidelines of the diet
Phase 1 is the first phase of the diet that will last for the first week (7 consecutive days). During this time, the first three days requires you to drink 3 green juices a day with 1 meal. Your calories are restricted to only 1,000 per day. On the 4th day, you increase your calorie intake to 1,500 with 2 green juices and 2 meals.
Phase 2 (Week 2 and 3) is a 14 day maintenance where you can eat 3 balanced sirtfood meals daily and a green juice. After the 3rd week there is no specific eating plan other than continuing to add sirtfoods to each meal. Maintenance is key to the long-term desired weight loss and healthier lifestyle.
What can I eat?
Below are a list of some of the most popular sirtfoods to implement into your eating plan:
- Bird’s-eye chili Peppers
- Dark Chocolate/ 85%Cocoa
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- Green Tea
- Lovage (herb)
- Medjool date
- Red Chicory
- Red Onion
- Red Wine
Sirtfood green juices are an essential element to the diet so owning a juicer is definitely a must-have kitchen equipment if you don’t already have one. There are 3 key ingredients: matcha green tea, lovage (herb), and buckwheat. Other examples of Sirtfood approved green juices could include combinations of ingredients like kale, arugula, celery, parsley, green apple and lemon.
There are many different types of food that have sirtuins, yet there are only a handful of fruits and vegetables that hold high enough levels of sirtuin that trigger the weight loss protein to be in full effect. Foods that are heavy with polyphenols include kale, dark chocolate and red wine (none of which sound like bad eating thus far!). The polyphenols trigger the sirtuin pathways which activates the body’s metabolism.
The Sirtfood Diet is not meant to be a one time participation of the two phases, instead its supposed to be a lifestyle where you incorporate the sirtfoods and eat healthy as you steadily lose weight at a healthy pace. Adele’s weight loss wasn’t lost all in one go around but months of consistency to the meal plan and exercise.
Whether or not this diet is the right path for you, sounds like even if going through the process of phase 1 and 2, its a good way to start eating cleaner and incorporating healthy ingredients into your diet.
As always, whenever choosing a specific eating plan, diet, or weight loss approach, keep in mind that everyone’s body is different and results will vary. Consulting an expert on the matter, like a registered dietitian or general practitioner, is highly recommended for the best guidance on what is best for you.
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