What is it?
The Sirtfood diet plan sounds almost too good to be true as it allows you to eat chocolate and drink red wine. Aidan Goggins and Glen Matten, the nutrition experts behind the diet, claim that by eating foods rich in a type of protein called sirtuin activators - known as Sirtfoods - you can ‘switch on your body’s fat burning powers’.
Health benefits of following it:
As well as helping you feel energised, the sirtuin activators can help regulate your metabolism, increase muscle and burn fat, according to Goggins and Matten.
The authors claim that the goal of the Sirt diet is more about healthy eating than dramatic weight loss, but some nutritionists have taken exception to the fact that their book is emblazoned with the tag line “lose 7lbs in 7 days”. A loss of 1 to 2lbs a week is considered a steady and healthy amount. So such dramatic weight loss in a short period may not be good for your wellbeing. Also, obvious, but relevant: red wine is full of toxins, even if it is high in sirtuin activators, so guzzling it as part of a ‘diet’ probably isn’t a good idea. Darn.
As per the book’s tagline, there is potential for rapid short-term weight loss. This relies on a strict plan, involving calorie control - 1000 the first three days, then upping this to 1500 - and consuming a set numbers of green juices and Sirtfood-rich meals. But in the long-term the goal is simply to eat as many Sirtfoods as possible.
10 foods you should eat:
Red wine, dark chocolate (yes you read it right), green tea, capers, citrus fruits, but also apples and blueberries. Parsley, turmeric, kale are great green sirtfoods.
The Sirtfood Diet by Aidan Goggins and Glen Matten is the bible of Sirt advocates. If you're not much of a chef, Soulmatefood.com will deliver ready-made Sirt meals to your door.
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