What is the Sirtfood Diet and Why Adele and Other Celebrities Swear by it
Who are the creators of the Sirtfood Diet?
Aidan Goggins and Glen Matten, who are the creators of the Sirtfood Diet, say that each of us possesses an ancient family of seven genes called sirtuins that control our metabolism.
What are Sirtfoods?
Sirtfoods are foods rich in nutrients that activate our “skinny genes.” According to the diet’s creators, eating Sirtfoods mimics the effects of fasting and exercise, and can help you slim down and live longer.
What does the research say about Sirtfoods?
Goggins and Matten based their diet on earlier research into the Mediterranean diet, which showed that certain plant chemicals that activate the sirtuin genes (for instance, the resveratrol in red wine) help people stay slim and live longer.
They identified twenty foods containing chemicals that activate the sirtuin genes—foods they dubbed Sirtfoods—and conducted their own research to determine how effective these foods were for weight loss.
Thirty-nine people completed their test of the Sirtfood diet. According to the researchers, participants lost an average of 7 pounds in seven days, after accounting for muscle gain. They either maintained muscle or actually gained muscle mass. The diet’s creators also say participants rarely felt hungry, and they felt an increased sense of vitality and well-being.
How to do the Sirtfood Diet?
For the first three days, you limit your calorie intake to 1,000 calories a day. You drink three glasses of sirtfood green juice and eat 1 sirtfood-rich meal each day. (In addition to sirtfoods, your meals should include proteins such as meat, eggs, poultry, fish, and dairy.) You can also have a small amount of dark chocolate, because cocoa is a sirtfood.
For the next four days, you limit your calorie intake to 1,500 calories a day. You drink 2 sirtfood green juices and eat two sirtfood-rich meals per day—and again, you can have a small dark chocolate treat.
Then for the next two weeks, you eat three balanced sirtfood-rich meals each day and one glass of sirtfood juice. You can also have 1 to 2 sirtfood snacks each day.
On your maintenance plan, you introduce new Sirtfoods and continue to make Sirtfoods and high-quality proteins the core of your diet.
What are the Sirtfoods you can eat?
The top 20 Sirtfoods are:
- Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
- Green Tea (Especially Matcha)
- Medjool Dates
- Red Endive
- Red Onions
- Red Wine
In addition to Sirtfoods, Sirtfood meals need to be rich in protein which works synergistically with Sirtfoods to increase your fat-burning.
There are many other less potent Sirtfoods you can add after you finish the diet—for instance:
- Black tea
- Sunflower seeds
- White beans
- White tea
The 4 Sirtfoods that you can’t leave the grocery store without.
And why they are good for you.
Buckwheat is not a grain, but actually a fruit! Buckwheat is one of the best sources of a sirtuin activator called RUTIN.
Parsel is an herb that’s not just for garnish! Parsley is rich in the sirtuin-activating nutrient APIGENIN, which is hard to get from other foods.
Red endive is a lettuce-like vegetable that’s rich in the sirtuin activator LUTEOLIN. (Can’t find red endive? You can substitute the more common yellow variety.)
Turmeric is a trendy spice called the “golden spice,” turmeric is rich in the sirtuin-activating nutrient CURCUMIN.
How to use Sirtfoods in meals.Buckwheat
- Eat buckwheat pasta with your Sirtfood meals
- Toss cooked buckwheat into salads
- Eat as a cereal
- Toss in salads and green drinks
- Add to omelets and soups
- Make into pesto
- Use in salads
Use leaves as “boats” for cheese, veggies, or meats
- Use in green drinks, smoothies, curries, and golden milk
How to add several Sirtfoods to ONE Meal … a Smoothie
Each one of these smoothies contains at least two Sirtfoods, and you could easily add one or more to boost your smoothies.
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