You may not have heard of it yet. But this diet is set to be the ultimate one for 2016. My first thoughts are that it sounds to good to be true because it actively encourages that you consume red wine and chocolate so I just had to find out more.
So What exactly is a Sirtfood?
Sirtuins are a class of proteins found in living things that research has shown are involved in regulating many important biological processes such as ageing, cellular death, inflammation and metabolism. There are seven sirtuins in mammals, ranging from SIRT1 to SIRT7 – with SIRT1 being the most well researched. Currently, the best hypothesis is that sirtuins protect cells from dying when they’re under stress, however more studies are needed in humans, to get a fuller picture of how they work. According to Aidan Goggins and Glen Matten, nutritional experts and authors of The Sirtfood Diet book, stocking up on sirtuin-rich foods such as kale, green tea and apples can stimulate the 'skinny' gene pathways and help you lose fat quickly.
Simply put, sirtfoods are any that activate these particular genes and get them working for you.
Sounds Great - so what do you eat ?
The headline-grabbers have been red wine and dark chocolate, which both happen to be high in sirtuin activators. Obviously that’s not the entire picture. My nutritional knowledge leads me to believe that you aren't going to feel rejuvenated by subsisting on a diet of pinot noir and Montezuma's 70% ! The plan focuses on increasing your intake of ALL the healthy sirtfoods, which include: apples, citrus fruits, parsley, capers, blueberries, green tea, soy, strawberries, tumeric (which has long been my desert island spice), olive oil, red onion, rocket and that my personal favourite kale. I'm also thrilled to learn that another top sirtfood is coffee, which is welcome news as I love a cup of Joe and have long been telling people about the health benefits a cup of coffee can provide. Countries where people are already consuming a vast number of sirtfoods include Japan and Italy, which are both regularly ranked among the healthiest countries in the world.
How Much Can You Expect to Lose ?Goggins and Matten's tests at a European health club showed the average dieter to lose 7lbs in 7 days, and an increase in muscle mass and general wellbeing.
Surely there has to be a Catch ?Research on the health benefits of 'sirtfoods' is still very much in its early days, so whilst the diet is great for encouraging consumption of fruits and vegetables, I think you may be disappointed if you're looking for dramatic weight loss. Also, the tests performed on gym-members saw the participants consume around 1,000 calories for the first three days, then 1,500 for the remaining days, suggesting that it's important to reduce overall calorie consumption as well as incorporating 'sirtfoods' into your diet.
There are several books on the market if you'd like to find out more about this diet
I'd love to know your thoughts about this new diet ?
Your guide to living whole and well. Emma Olliff is a Registered Nutritional Therapist, wellness expert, food lover, and advocate for healthy living!