What is the Sirtfood Diet?

What is the Sirtfood Diet?

The sirtuin diet or “Sirtfood” diet is one of the latest trends to break into the nutritional landscape.

It rose to fame for its use by multiple celebrities in Europe and the US, and it includes foods such as wine and chocolate.

Today we will carry out an analysis of this diet, highlighting its strong and weak points.

What is the Sirtfood diet?

The theoretical basis of the diet is based on sirtuins, very interesting proteins that have been related to processes such as:

  • Ageing;
  • Brain function;
  • Immunosenescence;
  • Control of the cell cycle inflammation; or
  • Life expectancy (1).
Indeed, regarding sirtuins, the scientific community is beginning to understand how some lifestyle changes (such as applying intermittent fasting or a hypocaloric diet) could promote the expression of these proteins (2).

Creators

Its creators (Aidan Goggins and Glen Matten) are trying to promote food consumption that theoretically would stimulate endogenous production of sirtuins, which would generate the health benefits of the intervention.

And I say theoretically because, obviously, there are no serious studies studying the concentration of sirtuins of someone who is on a sirtfood diet in relation to a conventional diet (it would be a nice and easy study to perform, by the way).

Sirtfoods Diet Foods

In any case, the foods which “stimulate sirtuins” are the following:

  • Strawberries
  • Red wine
  • Kale
  • Onion
  • Dark chocolate
  • Turmeric
  • Matcha tea
  • Nuts
  • Rocket
  • Medjool Dates
  • Cranberries
  • Coffee
  • Pomegranate
  • Capers
  • Beetroot
  • Green apples

Sirtfood foods

And some others. It also includes an essential element: calorie restriction.

How do I follow the Sirtfood Diet?

Well, you jump into it and follow this protocol:

First week

Divide into:

The three first days

Consume juices of curly kale, rocket, parsley, celery, green apple or lemon juice along with three cups of matcha tea daily and 1 meal rich in the “sirt” foods previously mentioned.

Juices

In total, this adds up to about 1000 kcal per day.

Third to the seventh day

Up to two meals a day (wow!) are allowed and include (less evil) lean meats, olive oil, fruits, vegetables, buckwheat and whole-wheat bread.

This adds up to 1500 kcal in total.

Second phase

In principle, it does not pre-define the quantity of calories and the only guideline which needs to be followed is to give priority to the “sirt” foods, for a duration of another two weeks.

Weight loss

Now, let’s look at the pros and cons.

Negatives of the Sirtfood Diet

Higher caloric deficit

The diet is selling a brutal calorie deficit at a gold price with (very good) marketing strategies.

80% of the benefit of this diet lies in the calorie deficit created in the first week, which is quite aggressive.

In addition, most foods listed in the “sirt” list are also hypocaloric (with some exceptions such as nuts or dark chocolate), so it would not be too much (in the short term) to maintain such an energy deficit.

Wine chocolate

Protein shines through its absence

Although they give an indication of being able to eat lean meats, they do not really give any guidelines regarding quantities or isonitrogenous distribution of meals.

And we know that in the long term, healthy aging ALSO means avoiding sarcopenia and sarcodynapenia with adequate protein intake.

Price

The price of the foods listed is generally high.

The book that the authors sell is also costly (for this reason it’s a diet for celebrities).

Conclusion: those who need to improve their health most likely cannot afford such an intervention.

You can drink alcohol

Including wine…

Alcohol should not be recommended in any diet that is considered healthy.

Use of celebrities to sell it

They sell the image of celebrity success with the diet (like Adele) and they make the public believe they can obtain the same success as these people easily.

Adele

When the reality is that such an improvement in health is not only the result of eating green juices and “sirtfood” foods, but of a demanding training plan and living conditions that allow such changes to take place (and where money has a lot to do with it).

Little scientific backing

There is no scientific evidence to support what is promised with this diet.

Sirtuins exist within your cells, but we do not really know whether these foods (regardless of calorie restriction) stimulate them.

If this is not the case, the only benefit of the diet would be calorie restriction, and for this it is not necessary to spend thousands of pounds.

What’s good about the Sirtfood Diet?

But the diet also has some positive points to point out. Let’s do that:

Healthy foods

Actually, being honest, the vast majority of foods claimed to be “sirt” are perfectly healthy and recommendable in any diet.

They are foods rich in bioactive compounds such as polyphenols, with high energy density and which add other elements to the diet such as soluble fibre.

Strawberries

All in all: They are very interesting foods and eating them often will not do you any harm at all.

Relatively short hypocaloric phase

This will minimize muscle loss and metabolic adaptations secondary to aggressive caloric deficit.

A time-limited period of caloric deficit is beneficial for the majority of the population.

Remember that calorie deficit has been shown to increase life expectancy, decrease the occurrence of chronic diseases, and stimulate processes such as autophagy. If you want to delve deeper into this concept visit this link.

Food variety

Gastronomically, I find it one of the few diets that include a great variety of foods.

Conclusions

In short, the sirtfood diet is part of an interesting premise: increasing the amount of sirtuins, molecules that are being talked about a lot lately.

But sadly, it does not yet have evidence to support it.

However, the foods included seem to me to be some of the most healthy foods and many have shown tangible health benefits, so including them in the diet is a good idea.

Oh, and finally, if you want to improve your health don’t forget that diet is just one part, and sometimes it’s not the most important.

Improving your habits, a targeted training plan and improving things like rest and stress levels, little by little, will help you get closer to your goals.

We’ll see you in the next post, friends. Keep going strong!

Bibliography Sources

  1. Libert S, Guarente L. Metabolic and Neuropsychiatric Effects of Calorie Restriction and Sirtuins. Annu Rev Physiol. 2013.
  2. Giblin W, Skinner ME, Lombard DB. Sirtuins: Guardians of mammalian healthspan. Trends in Genetics. 2014.

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Borja Bandera is a young doctor who focuses on nutrition, exercise and metabolism, he combines his professional activity with his vocational dissemination and research.
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