Last year it was the Pegan but 2016 has got with itself an even more interesting diet. Behold, the Sirtfood Diet!
What is it?
The Sirtfood diet emphasises on daily ingredients that nutritionists and experts say can boost weight loss and help you live a longer life by mirroring the effects of fasting and workout.
These are foods high in sirtuin activators. Sirtuin is a category of proteins in the body that regulate natural body functions that affect our health and weight. These proteins actively burn fats as you eat and can help regulate your metabolism and increase muscle.
According to nutritionist Kim Pearson, “Sirtuin-trigger foods, or ‘sirtfoods, activate proteins in our bodies that regulate how we handle sugar and fat.
‘These foods can help mobilize our stored fat and increase mitochondria function (the part of a cell that generates energy), mimicking the effects of a calorie-restricted diet.”
Experts also claim that incorporating just a few Sirtfoods in your diet can compensate for some of the junk we eat. Not only can situins up our metabolism, they could also prolong our life on this planet. Sirtuins affect the ageing process and the inception of certain diseases.
‘Research into the sirtuin activator in red wine found it may help in the prevention and treatment of obesity and keep your heart healthy,’ Kim says.
In addition to the two popular foods, that is, red wine – particularly Pinot Noir – and chocolate – as long as it contains at least 85% cocoa – the main foods that trigger sirtuins exist within staple diets across cultures. For example, in Japan and the Mediterranean region, people eat five times as many sirt ingredients as we do. Sushi and hummus, anyone?
Here is the complete list of sirt-foods:
- Citrus Fruits
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- Green Tea (ideally matcha)
- Medjool Dates
- Red Chicory
- Red Onion
- Red Wine
Interestingly (and excitingly), the list includes items (like coffee) which, other diets might shove away as “unhealthy”. Just goes on to prove why the Sirtfood Diet has already been declared 2016’s diet of the year!