Unless you’ve taken a break from the internet lately (if so—good for you!), you know that singer and songwriter Adele has completely transformed her body through dramatic weight loss. Adele has always been a gorgeous woman, but quarantine pushed her to make changes to her diet in order to live a healthier life for her (adorable) son.
Her secret? The Sirtfood diet. Fad diets come and go and the Sirtfood diet is having its moment. The nutritional program is extremely popular in Europe, particularly for its leniency around red wine and chocolate.
What exactly is the Sirtfood Diet?
The Sirtfood diet consists of foods that increase the body’s level of sirtuins, a group of proteins that prevent our bodies from becoming inflamed during illness. These foods are primarily plant-based and high in antioxidants, which push your body to burn fat at a higher rate. The diet is known to help boost metabolism, improve memory, help the body control blood sugar levels, increase muscle mass, and burn fat.
The Sirtfood diet consists of two phases. The first phase is one week. The first three days call for drinking Sirtfood green juices and eating one Sirtfood meal a day, limiting yourself to 1000 calories a day. In the last four days, you incorporate a second meal per day, increasing the calorie count to 1500. Phase two lasts two weeks. Each day you eat three Sirtfood meals and one green juice.
At the end of the three weeks, you can continue your Sirtfood diet by continuing to add these ingredients to your meals.
5 Benefits of the Sirtfood Diet:
- Rapid weight loss
- Anti-inflammatory properties
- Higher energy levels
- Glowing Skin
- Boosts immune system
Downsides of the Sirtfood Diet:
Although all foods in the Sirtfood diet are considered healthy, many question whether or not this diet is sustainable long-term. The diet is extremely restrictive, and can possibly build an unhealthy relationship with food. It is low (but not non-existent) in carbs and protein, so the Sirtfood diet is best for short-term weight loss. The restrictiveness of this diet can cause some to feel nauseated, lightheaded, fatigued, and unfocused. People who have suffered from eating disorders or unhealthy relationships with food should avoid the Sirtfood diet. As with any drastic change in diet, it is best to consult your physician first, to make sure this program is the right fit for your health needs.
Approved Sirtfood Foods:
- Matcha green tea
- Dark chocolate (Minimum 85% Cocoa)
- Citrus fruits
- Red wine
- Arugula (rocket)
- Extra virgin olive oil
- Red onion
Meals for the Sirtfood diet would be a protein with approved Sirtfoods included in the meal. For example, miso-glazed tofu (click here for recipe), a Sirtfood omelet (click here for recipe) or a shrimp stir-fry with buckwheat noodles (click here for recipe).
Sirtfood Green Juice Recipe:
- 2.5 oz kale
- 1 oz arugula
- Handful of parsley
- 2 celery sticks
- Ginger (to taste)
- ½ green apple
- ½ lemon, juiced
- ½ tsp matcha