New diets are being invented every day and the Sirtfood diet is one of the latest in fashion. He has indeed become a favorite of celebrities in Europe, especially because of his tolerance for red wine and chocolate. Its creators insist that “sirtfoods” are the secret to block fat loss and prevent disease.
However, health experts warn that this diet may prove to be hype and even a bad idea. This article provides a factual review of the Sirtfood diet and its potential health benefits.
The Sirt-food diet has become popular with celebrities like Adele, Pippa Middleton, Lorraine Pascale, and Jodie Kidd
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What is the Sirtfood diet?
Indeed, it was two nutritionists working for a gym in the United Kingdom who developed the Sirtfood diet. They advertise it as a revolutionary new diet and health plan that works by activating your “lean gene”. This diet is based on research on sirtuins (SIRT).
They represent a group of seven proteins contained in the human body whose role is to regulate a variety of functions, including metabolism, inflammation, and lifespan.
Certain natural plant compounds may be able to increase the level of these proteins in the body. Foods containing it have been nicknamed “sirtfoods”.
Diet authors claim it’s a sustainable and realistic way to lose weight
What Can You Eat?
The Sirtfood diet aims to increase your consumption of healthy sirtfoods. It combines sirtfoods and calorie restriction, both of which can stimulate the body to produce higher levels of sirtuins. The Sirt-food Diet book includes meal plans and recipes to follow. Besides, there are many other books with recipes.
The list of “20 best sirtfoods” includes kale, red wine, strawberries, onion, soy, parsley, extra virgin olive oil, dark chocolate (85% cocoa), matcha green tea, buckwheat, saffron, walnuts, arugula, chili, lovage, Medjool dates, red chicory, blueberries, capers, and coffee.
The countries where people eat a lot of sirt-foods are Japan and Italy
It is the only diet that encourages the consumption of red wine and dark chocolate
The Diet Plan
The diet is divided into two phases. The initial phase lasts one week. For the first three days, you should limit your intake to 1,000 calories per day, which includes consuming three green sirtfood juices and one meal rich in sirtfood.
Juices contain kale, celery, arugula, parsley, green tea, and lemon and meals include turkey breast with sage, capers, and parsley, chicken and kale with curry and the sautéed shrimp with buckwheat noodles.
From the fourth to the seventh day, the intakes are increased to 1,500 calories, including two green sirtfood juices and two sirtfood-rich meals per day.
The Sirtfood diet is perfect if you just want to boost your immune system, add some vitamins, and feel a little healthier
The maintenance phase lasts 14 days. During this period, focusing on weight loss is not the goal of the diet. There is, therefore, no fixed plan. The authors recommend eating three balanced meals rich in sirtfood per day with green sirtfood juice.
In short, it’s about adjusting your lifestyle to include as many sirtfoods as possible, which should make you feel healthier and more energetic.
Sirtuins are said to regulate inflammation, metabolism and the aging process
Sirtuins also protect body cells from death when the latter is stressed
The Opinion of Specialists
According to dietitian Emer Delaney, the Sirtfood diet is too hard to stick to in the long term. Indeed, having 1000 kcal for three consecutive days is extremely difficult for the majority of people.
Looking at the list of foods, you can tell that these are absolutely healthy foods. However, it would be better to increase their consumption as part of a balanced diet.
The food expert also says that people should be careful enough about any diet that promises rapid weight loss as it is more like a fluid loss. As soon as people resume their usual eating habits, they will quickly experience the yo-yo effect.
Instead, eating regular, balanced meals that include low GI foods, lean protein, fruits and vegetables, and keeping yourself well hydrated is the safest way to lose weight.
Although the first phase of the Sirtfood diet is very low in calories and nutritionally incomplete, there are no real risks for a healthy adult, given the short duration of the diet.
However, for a person with diabetes, for example, calorie restriction and the consumption of juice mainly during the first days can lead to dangerous changes in blood sugar.
However, even a healthy person can experience some side effects – mainly hunger. Eating just 1,000 to 1,500 calories a day will leave just about anyone feeling hungry, especially if much of what they consume is juice.
In addition, during the first phase, you may experience other side effects such as fatigue, dizziness, and irritability due to the calorie restriction. For a healthy adult, serious health consequences are unlikely, but only if the diet is followed for only three weeks.