Hailed as the trendy eating plan which touts dark chocolate and red wine as its superfoods, is the Sirtfood diet just too good to be true?
What is the Sirtfood diet?
Created by two UK celebrity nutritionists and authors Aidan Goggins and Glen Matten, the Sirtfood diet is pitched as the latest revolutionary diet and health plan that works by “turning on your skinny gene”. The diet focuses on consuming foods rich in sirtuin activators. Sirtuins (SIRTs) are a type of protein which protect the cells in our bodies from dying or becoming inflamed through illness or stress. They are also believed to help regulate metabolism, increase muscle and burn fat – music to our ears, right? Certain natural plant compounds may be able to increase the level of these proteins in the body and foods containing these compounds have been dubbed ‘sirtfoods’. Its creators insist that it’s not just another fad diet, but rather that sirtfoods are the secret to unlocking fat loss and preventing fatal illness. However, health experts warn that this diet may not live up to the hype and are concerned it may involve restrictive behaviour and have ill effects.
Sirtfood diet celebrity fans include Adele, Pippa Middleton, Jodie Kidd, Sir Ben Ainslie and Lorraine Pascale.
What foods can you eat on the Sirtfood Diet?
The headline-grabbers are dark chocolate, red wine and coffee – because they happen to be high in sirtuin activators, but sadly you won’t reap the rewards if they are your meal plan staples. The ‘healthier’ sirtfoods include:
Extra virgin olive oil
Matcha green tea
Bird’s eye chili
Is there a Sirtfood Diet plan?
For the first week you restrict intake to 1000 calories a day, which includes consuming three sirtfood green juices and one sirtfood rich meal a day, such as a turkey breast with sage, capers and parsley. The following week you up your intake to 1500 calories a day and consume two sirtfood-rich meals and two green juices. The juices include kale, celery, rocket, parsley, green tea and lemon.
The second phase – known as ‘the maintenance phase’ – lasts 14 days and is where supposed steady weight loss occurs. However, in the long-term there is no set plan. It’s all about adjusting your lifestyle to include as many sirtfoods as possible, which in turn should make you feel healthier, have more energy and carry less body fat.
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