Adele‘s weight loss has become a conversation topic recently, with photos emerging of the beautiful singer reportedly 98 pounds lighter.
How did she achieve it? Apparently by taking up the Sirtfood Diet – famous for actively encouraging those following it to have red wine and chocolate.
is it yet another diet that promises too much, or could following a sirtfood eating plan really help you slim down and feel better?
We’ve spoken to the experts to separate fact from fiction and bring you everything you need to know about the Sirtfood Diet.
What is a sirtfood?
What sounds like a snack lifted straight from a sci-fi movie, a ‘sirtfood’ is actually a food high in sirtuin activators, says nutritionist Rob Hobson. Sirtuins are a type of protein which protect the cells in our bodies from dying or becoming inflamed through illness, though research has also shown they can help regulate your metabolism, increase muscle and burn fat – hence the new ‘wonderfood’ tag.
What can you eat on the Sirtfood Diet?
The Sirtfood Diet headline-grabbers are red wine and dark chocolate, because they both happen to be high in sirtuin activators.
Though obviously that’s not the whole picture and you won’t feel the effects by mainlining Merlot and Green & Blacks (more’s the pity).
The Sirtfood Diet plan focuses on upping your intake of healthy sirtfoods. These include the following:
- Citrus fruits
- Red wine
- Dark chocolate
- Medjool dates
- Green tea
- Olive oil
- Red onion
Interestingly, another top sirtfood is coffee, which is welcome news if you’re fed up of being told to cut out caffeine. Countries where people already consume a vast number of sirtfoods include Japan and Italy, which are both regularly ranked among the world’s healthiest countries.
Is there a Sirtfood Diet plan?
Yes, there is.
- Limit your intake to 1000 calories a day
- Drink three sirtfood green juices a day
- Eat one sirtfood rich meal a day.
- Up your intake to 1500 calories a day
- Drink two sirtfood green juices a day
- Eat two sirtfood-rich meals a day.
In the long-term there is no set plan. It’s all about adjusting your lifestyle to include as many sirtfoods as possible, which should make you feel healthier and more energetic. See point 5 (below) for more details.
Who follows the Sirtfood Diet already?
The Sirtfood Diet already has a growing number of celebrity fans, including Adele, Jodie Kidd, Lorraine Pascale and Sir Ben Ainslie.
Who came up with the Sirtfood Diet?
A pair of authors and health consultants called Aidan Goggins and Glen Matten, whose focus has always been on healthy eating rather than weight loss. In their new book The Sirtfood Diet, the pair lay out a meal plan which involves drinking three sirtfood green juices a day accompanied by balanced sirtfood-rich meals, such as a buckwheat and prawn stir-fry or smoked salmon sirt supersalad.
Is the Sirtfood diet good for you?
Rob says one positive of the diet is that all of the foods you can eat on the plan are good for you, meaning your overall vitamin, mineral and nutrient intake will likely be high.
However, he also adds that any diet that cuts out entire food groups could be dangerous. ‘The idea of switching on your ‘skinny gene’ is not really backed up by very strong research. The Sirtfood diet overall is pretty restrictive in terms of both foods and calories, which may make it difficult to stick too. There is also no evidence to suggest it’s a more effective way to lose weight than any other calorie controlled diet’.
In other words, if you’re trying to lose weight, why not eat foods you actually enjoy eating, whilst being mindful of your overall calorie intake? (And read our favourite fat-loss breakfasts, whilst you’re at it).
Who shouldn’t try the Sirtfood diet?
Rob says he wouldn’t recommend anyone with diabetes try the diet. Plus, he adds it may be hard going if you’re highly active. If you do go ahead, he warns to expect side effects like headaches or light-headedness in the first stage of this plan as your body adapts to the lower calorie intake.
If you’re thinking of trying the Sirtfood Diet, we’re here to give you a helping hand, with five tasty recipes from The Sirtfood Diet book by Aidan Goggins and Glen Matten. Contained within the book is a seven day plan to lose an average of 7lb, although adding in Sirtfood recipes to your diet can help too, if you’d rather take a more relaxed approach.