The SIRT Diet: What Is It? Why Is it Super Smart + Super Hot? Q+A with Aidan Goggins+Glen Matten
The latest hot diet or food plan has been out for a bit but honestly, it’s been talked about since before the Grammys! Why? Because one of my favorites- ADELE – has been following this food plan and been losing weight and looking even more fabulous since she has started it courtesy of her fitness trainer.
Q + A FROM AIDAN GOGGINS AND GLEN MATTEN – THE SIRTFOOD DIET
What is the Sirtfood Diet?
Sirtfoods are a newly discovered group of wonder foods that contain special plant nutrients known as polyphenols that activate a powerful recycling process in the body which clears out cellular waste and burns fat. They do this by activating our sirtuin genes – also known as our “skinny” genes. Indeed, these are the very same genes that are activated by fasting and exercise.
We identified the foods with the highest levels of these powerful sirtuin activating polyphenols and these form the basis of the Sirtfood Diet. These include everyday foods such as kale, arugula, parsley, red onions, strawberries, walnuts, extra virgin olive oil, cocoa, curry spices, green tea and coffee.
When we initially pilot tested the diet, we were stunned by the results. Participants lost, on average, 7lbs in 7 days, whilst either maintaining or even increasing their muscle mass. Best of all people reported feeling great; brimming with energy, sleeping better and notable improvements in their skin.
Evidence is also mounting that a diet rich in Sirtfoods can slash rates of heart disease, diabetes, obesity and early death which also makes the Sirtfood Diet the perfect way of eating for anyone wanting not just to lose weight but also to live a long, healthy, and disease-free life.
What does the diet entail?
Phase 1 of the Sirtfood Diet is the hyper-success phase, a 7-day plan proven to help lose 7lbs. During the first three days, calorie intake is restricted to 1,000 calories per day, consisting of three Sirtfood green juices, plus one full meal rich in Sirtfoods. On days four to seven, calorie intake increases to 1,500 calories, comprising two Sirtfood-rich green juices and two Sirtfood-rich meals.
Phase 2 is a 14-day maintenance phase, where weight loss continues steadily. It’s all about packing the diet full of a wealth of Sirtfoods in a sustainable and realistic way. This is achieved by eating three balanced Sirtfood-rich meals daily, along with a ‘maintenance’ Sirtfood green juice.
But ultimately, the Sirtfood Diet is a way of eating for life. Phase 1 and 2 are the springboard for that, and that is how the long-term weight loss and life-changing health benefits are ultimately reaped.
What are the benefits?
In our pilot trial, participants lost an average of 7lbs in 7 days, including increases in muscle and muscle function. This dramatic effect on fat-burning, whilst promoting muscle, is one of the reasons that our Sirtfood-based diet has become so popular with anyone wanting to get lean and in great shape, just like the elite athletes and celebrities who have championed this way of eating.
But to think of it purely as a weight loss diet is to miss the point. This is a diet that has as much to do with wellness as waistlines. People who follow the diet always report how good their skin becomes. In fact, the sirtuin activating nutrients are currently being researched by the cosmetics industry because they have such amazing effects for skin health. Alongside this people have amazing energy – we’ve had women who have climbed Kilimanjaro, and others who have cycled across Europe claiming Sirtfoods make them feel unstoppable. Lastly is better sleep; Sirtfoods synch our body clocks meaning we have more energy when we should when awake but also sleep better when we should at night.
In fact, the health enhancing effects of Sirtfoods are so potent that studies show them to be more powerful than prescription drugs in preventing chronic disease, with benefits in diabetes, heart disease and Alzheimer’s to name just a few. It’s no wonder that it is well established that the cultures eating the most Sirtfoods have been the leanest and healthiest in the world.
What’s the most weight you’ve seen someone lose in one week, and overall?
Ironically, this was from a reporter and diet cynic who set out to independently road-test whether our diet really worked. Instead of debunking the diet he lost a record 14lbs in 7 days!
We have heard from many people who have achieved excellent results with the diet in the longer term, including someone with type II diabetes who lost 50lbs in 12 weeks and whose diabetes went into remission.
But it’s the health transformations that are the most amazing to us. We’ve had patients with diabetes, heart disease and auto-immune diseases told by their doctors they have no choice but to go on drug therapy for life. Athletes who were told they would never compete again. But with the diet, they’ve reversed all this. It’s challenging the status quo on health and winning to the degree that many of these doctors are now self-professed fans of the diet.
Aidan, Pete and Glen
What are the top Sirtfoods?
The top 20 Sirtfoods are:
Celery, including its leaves
Extra virgin olive oil
Green tea (especially matcha)
What would a typical day with the Sirtfood Diet look like?
On rising: Sirtfood green juice
Breakfast: Spiced scrambled eggs
Lunch: Strawberry buckwheat tabbouleh salad
Snack: Sirtfood cocoa energy bites
Dinner: Miso-marinated baked cod with stir-fried greens and sesame
Drinks: Black coffee, green tea, strawberry infused water, and a glass of red wine
RECIPES -x 2!
Here are two recipes that I (Stevie Wilson) found appealing. There are many more recipes but I was allowed to choose a max of 3. These two will be showing you how tasty this food plan can be.
Sirt shakshuka (baked eggs with spicy tomato sauce and kale) SERVES 1 (PAGE 92)
While the sauce here is not quite the same as the Sirt arrabbiata from days 1–3 (see page 77), the two are similar so it also works very well in this recipe and saves a lot of time if you have already made a batch. If you are making the shakshuka from scratch, try making the sauce the night before to save time in the morning. A small, deep‐sided frying pan is ideal for this recipe. The shakshuka is best eaten directly from the pan.
1 tsp extra virgin olive oil
40g red onion, finely chopped
1 garlic clove, finely chopped
30g celery, finely chopped
1 bird’s eye chilli, finely chopped
1 tsp ground cumin 1 tsp ground turmeric 1 tsp paprika 1 x 400g tin of chopped tomatoes 30g kale, stalks removed, roughly chopped
1 tbsp chopped parsley 2 medium eggs
Heat a small, deep‐sided frying pan over a medium–low heat.
Add the oil and fry the onion, garlic, celery, chilli and spices for 1–2 minutes.
Add the tomatoes, then leave the sauce to simmer gently for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Add the kale and cook for a further 5 minutes.
If you feel the sauce is getting too thick, simply add a little water.
When your sauce has a nice rich consistency, stir in the parsley.
Make two little wells in the sauce and crack each egg into them.
Reduce the heat to its lowest setting and cover the pan with a lid or foil.
Leave the eggs to cook for 10–12 minutes, at which point the whites should be firm while the yolks are still runny.
Cook for a further 3–4 minutes if you prefer the yolks to be firm.
Serve immediately – ideally straight from the pan.
Grilled turkey escalope with a walnut, herb and Cheddar crust SERVES 1 (Page 131)
If you can find only turkey steak, there are two ways to turn it into an escalope. Depending on how thick the steak is, you can either use a meat tenderiser, hammer or a rolling pin to bash it until it is around 5mm thick. Or, if you feel the steak is too thick for this to work, and you have a steady hand, cut the steak in half horizontally and then bash each piece with the tenderiser.
150g turkey escalope or turkey breast steak
½ tsp extra virgin olive oil
10g Cheddar cheese, grated
1 tbsp chopped parsley
10g red onion, diced
10g walnuts, chopped
juice of ¼ lemon
For the salad
100g tomato wedges
20g red onions, sliced
1 tsp capers
30g celery, sliced
1 tsp extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp balsamic vinegar
Heat the grill on a high setting.
Rub the turkey with the olive oil, place on a baking sheet and grill for 4 minutes on each side.
Meanwhile, in a small bowl mix the cheese with the parsley, red onion and walnuts.
Toss all the ingredients for the salad together in a separate serving bowl.
When the turkey is cooked through, cover one side with the cheese mixture and return it to the grill for 2–3 minutes, or until the cheese and walnuts are starting to brown.
Squeeze the lemon juice over the escalope and serve with the salad.
Who should follow the Sirtfood Diet?
If you have tried countless diets only to see the weight pile back on, don’t be put off. The Sirtfood Diet is different. It doesn’t involve calorie counting, nor does it involve cutting out carbs or avoiding fats or avoiding any food in fact. No food is off-limits and you still get to enjoy all the things you love, like dark chocolate, coffee, curry and red wine. Best of all, your body is actually burning fat to fuel better health. So ultimately it’s a way of eating for anyone who wants to get in great shape, experience a renewed sense of wellbeing, and diminish the risk of chronic disease.
Does Adele follow the Sirtfood Diet?
It was a massive buzz for us when we saw all the reports that Adele was following the diet. We’ve worked closely with Adele’s long-term trainer, Pete Geracimo, for a number of years. He’s a huge fan of the Sirtfood Diet and uses it with great success with his celebrity clients. It’s absolutely perfect for them because it means they get to spend less time in the gym, yet reap great results whilst still enjoying all the delicious foods they love. Plus as well as looking their best, it gives them new found energy and vitality to keep on top of their grueling schedules.
You can buy The SirtFood Diet book at these locations/websites:
Barnes & Noble Bookstores and barnesnoble.com .
This is a phenomenal diet/food plan. Yes it’s a huge amount of plant-based food but well-presented. It has you drinking coffee, wine and does not deprive you of key elements of pleasurable eating.
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