The Sirt Diet: Boosting Health and Aiding Weight loss through Red Wine and Chocolates

Jan 08, 2016 03:00 AM EST | By Florence May P. Jose

Looks like 2016 is the year of the "good food diets"! First there was the Taco Cleanse, and now, apparently, we can boost our health and aid weight loss by eating Red Wine and Chocolates!

You might want to read: The Taco Cleanse

The Sirtfood Diet is for sure to be loved by many this 2016. The name of newest fad came about because of the so-called sirt rich foods. Imagine indulging in red wine and chocolate, yet being healthy as well? That maybe some people's idea of heaven.

According to studies, sirtfoods mimic the effects of fasting and exercise, increase the speed of weight loss and counterbalance the effects of junk food. 

Authors and nutritionists Aidan Goggins and Glen Matten were the ones to thank for this heaven-sent way of eating healthy. Their book, The Sirtfood Diet, is proof that we can be healthy without really sacrificing taste and investing in expensive organic food.

Some may doubt it's effectiveness, how can eating specific foods have such wonderful effects? Sirt rich foods work by activating the proteins in our body called "Sirtuins", which are enzymes that regulate the natural biological processes of our systems: aging, cellular growth and death, inflammation and metabolism.

Goggins told The Times about their research on sirt rich foods, "The original trial was all about stimulating rejuvenation and cellular repair," he narrated.

Sirt rich foods include red wine, especially pinot noir, dark chocolate that is at least 85 per cent cocoa and coffee, ideally black.

Blueberries, parsley, turmeric, walnuts, soy, green tea, celery, chilis, kale and apples are also sirt rich foods.  Imagine making recipes with these ingredients along with extra virgin olive oil, capers and red onion, which are also classified as sirtfoods.

Most of the sirt foods make up the basis of many diets around the world, more notably in countries where the lowest levels of Obesity are recorded such as Japan and Italy.

Despite the weight loss benefits of the diet, the authors reiterated that they developed a book that intends to be weight loss manual, hence they stressed the importance of fitness and overall well being, not just dieting.

"We had no concept that the average weight loss would be half a stone," Goggins said. "Because there was a degree of calorie restriction, we knew that people would lose weight, but this was way beyond what we had imagined."

The diet was tested on 40 gym goers in west London. In a week, each participant lost 7lbs and have reported higher levels of energy.

Some high profile personalities such as Olympic gold-medalist Sir Ben Ainslie, BBC TV chef and model, Lorraine Pascale, and heavyweight boxer David Haye are already living by the Sirt Food Diet.

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