The International Food Information Council (IFIC) Food and Health Survey (2018) revealed that 36 percent of Americans followed a diet or specific eating plan within the past year. Every individual has a unique motivation for starting a diet—some people may start because they think they’re at an unhealthy weight. Others may want to change habits because they eat a lot of food that isn’t good for them. Some may want to improve dietary habits for athletic reasons, and many simply wish to change their appearance.
Just as there are various reasons why a person may strive for weight loss and healthy eating, there are multiple diets to try. One diet that is receiving attention actually includes some delicacies that other diets sacrifice. If you’re interested in maintaining a habit of red wine and dark chocolate, you may be intrigued by a diet that includes those pleasures and has generated results for celebrities including Adele, Pippa Middleton, and others. Introducing—the Sirtfood Diet.
The creators of the Sirtfood diet—UK nutritional experts Aidan Goggins and Glen Matten—define “sirt foods” as sirtuin-rich foods that activate the body’s sirtuin genes.
Sirtuins are enzymes that consume nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD). This vital substance occurs naturally in all living cells with the important role of controlling DNA repair and assisting enzymes and mitochondria in energy metabolism and achieving optimum energy levels for the body, among other functions.
There are seven identified mammalian sirtuins: SIRT1, SIRT2, SIRT3, SIRT4, SIRT5, SIRT6, and SIRT7. Clinical evidence demonstrates the impact of sirtuins, such as SIRT6, on oxidative stress mechanisms, caloric restriction processes, glucose metabolism, and fat loss. Studies suggest that SIRT4 may be the only one of the sirtuins with no essential role in oxidative stress.
Researchers investigate specific roles of sirtuins, such as the implications of SIRT3 in cardiovascular disease and other conditions, and how epigenetic mechanisms impact SIRT6 expression and the role of SIRT6 in stress responses. They also examine SIRT1 in the aging process and how sirtuin activity affects weight loss and calorie restriction. Nutritionists Aidan Goggins and Glen Matten refer to this sirtuin as the “skinny gene.”
Following the sirt diet and eating polyphenols and sirtfood-rich meals encourages SIRT1 activation, igniting the body’s natural properties of burning fat, boosting weight loss, and warding off disease.
Some polyphenol-rich foods and other types of foods incorporated in the sirtfood diet and called sirtfoods include:
The Sirtfood Diet Recipe Book creatively introduces dishes that include polyphenols, plant foods, and sirtfoods such as Medjool dates, leafy greens such as kale, and other sources such as red wine, green tea, yeast, and fish oil. The diet takes place over a two-phase course, lessening restrictions as the dieter moves forward.
Of course, the success of dieting varies from person to person. Still, following the two phases of the sirtfood diet as outlined by the diet’s creators is a surefire way to make the sirtfood diet work.
The first week of the sirtfood diet is the first phase. In the first three days of dieting, there’s a calorie intake of 1,000 calories. Dieters eat one meal and drink three green juices. During the fourth through seventh days, dieters can increase caloric intake to 1,500 calories, and partake in two more meals and two green juices.
The second phase lasts two weeks and lacks a specified calorie limit. In this phase, dieters eat three sirtfood meals and drink one green juice daily.
A good thing about this diet is that dieters can repeat the phases as they wish after completing it the first time. Dieters inspired by seeing the sirtfood diet work for Adele and other role models can generate the results they want by incorporating sirtfoods into their diet for the long term. Long-term adherence to this diet can make sirtuin-rich foods some of the dieters’ favorite foods and help them achieve the health benefits of sirtuins.
If you are not interested in trying the diet holistically, you could still benefit from regularly incorporating sirt foods into the diet you already have. Many dieters prefer to focus on foods that can be beneficial to them, rather than nixing out other foods completely. So whether you take a strict approach to your sirt diet or not, there are certainly bonuses to partaking in its delicacies. Matcha, red wine, dark chocolate, berries, coffee—these are all delicious things that can do wonders for your well-being when consumed responsibly.
Before you begin any unfamiliar diet, you should consult with a doctor to make sure it is safe and healthy for you. Since the sirtfood diet is a newer diet, research into its effectiveness, and how sirtuin-rich foods contribute to wellness continues. CALERIE® believes in identifying healthy ways of limiting caloric restriction and utilizing the body’s cells and natural ingredients to enhance total health, which is why we think the idea is worth exploring.