If the diet trends that headlined 2019 taught us anything it’s that the most sustainable plans are the ones that knock out several health goals at the same time.
Gaining on the breakneck rise of The Flexiteranian and Blue Zone diets comes The Sirtfood diet; a regimen associated with speedy weight loss, boosting longevity and securing the notice of a rogue’s gallery of celebutantes. The latest—acclaimed vocal powerhouse, Adele reportedly shed 70 pounds in an impressively short amount of time.
“Initially, if several pounds of weight loss occurs rapidly, this can be a loss of water weight. For Adele, this appears to have been a gradual weight loss over the past several months, which is optimal for health,” registered dietitian and physician assistant Heather Struhl reported to US Weekly. “Excess weight is linked to disease, and weight loss is often recommended by health care professionals as a means of prevention and treatment.”
On balance, one to two pounds a week is the quickest pace at which you can healthily drop lbs. The Sirtfood Diet aims to accommodate this formula with room for wine and chocolate to boot.
The building blocks
Sirtuins are the variant of protein that lends the diet its namesake. For the most part, previously conducted research emphasized the importance of the protein’s impact on cell conservation. When we consume foods rich with sirtuin stimulators, we reduce the chance of our cells becoming inflamed by way of chronic illnesses.
This single effect erupts a bevy of somatic ripples, however. Back in 2007, research that employed rodent models found that, alongside disease prevention, this cellular protection asset concurrently yielded the potential to reduce the effects of aging.
From the report, “SIRT1 activator resveratrol has been shown to stimulate mitochondrial biogenesis and deliver health benefits in treated mice. I speculate that SIRT1-mediated mitochondrial biogenesis may reduce the production of reactive oxygen species, a possible cause of aging, and offer two possible mechanisms for this effect. An understanding of how calorie restriction works may lead to novel drugs to combat diseases of aging.”
Of course, when we contemplate the worst the aging process has to offer, cosmetics come most readily to mind. As previously reported by Ladders, all of the physical hallmarks of advanced years essentially boils down to the degeneration of our cells, the building blocks of life.
At present, attenuating this has to begin with our diet. Not only does routinely consuming sirtuin stimulating foods aid in all of the ways mentioned above, but they also regulate our metabolism, seeing subscribers burn fat quicker and maintain muscle mass for much longer.
Muscle mass is the most vulnerable bargain in the speedy weight loss gamble. It might be the Keto Diet’s most obvious setback, as far as the long term is concerned. After we’ve got rid of all of our water weight, we have to take measures to ensure the rest of the dietary journey is accompanied by important minerals and macro-nutrients.
As if designed in a lab by a panel of tastemakers, the list of sirtuin stimulators is essentially a greatest hits of buzzfoods from the last decade: Coffee, green tea, soy, kale, turmeric, dark chocolate, wine, parsley, capers, blueberries, strawberries, and olive oil.
Feel free to mix and match these according to your particular tastes. The list of sirtuin activators is actually quite extensive.
The application is simple enough. In the first week of the diet, you cannot consume more than 1,000 calories a day, with each day being comprised of three sirtfood green juices, and a full meal packed with sirtuins. During the following week, bump the green juices down to two and add one more sirtuin rich meal, raising your allotted calorie intake to 1,500. Going forward, the arrangement is basically up to the individual’s discretion, which very much in line with diet trends of the day.
“Unlike other diet plans, which are specifically geared towards dramatic and unhealthy weight loss, the Sirtfood Diet is perfect if you simply want to boost your immune system, pack in some vitamins and feel a little healthier,” reports Lucy Pavia of Marie Claire.
Below is a helpful guide for brewing your own sirtfood juice provided by Claire.
- 2 large handfuls (75g) kale
- a large handful (30g) rocket
- a very small handful (5g) flat-leaf parsley
- a very small handful (5g) lovage leaves (optional)
- 2–3 large stalks (150g) green celery, including its leaves
- ½ medium green apple
- juice of ½ lemon
- ½ level tsp matcha green tea