Not long ago, word began to spread about the body-transforming effects of what Dr. Oz says is a whole new category of foods. As millions raved about the sudden weight loss caused by sirtfoods, the hype became so intense that it “broke the Internet,” reported Dr. Oz. But that’s not what caught his attention: “What interested me most is all this research showing that saturated foods are good for your heart, they benefit you by reducing inflammation, and they even beat aging.” So he recruited women to test the Sirtfood Diet. Soon they were lowering disease risk factors and dropping significant weight quickly and healthily. As Dr. Oz, “That’s amazing!”
What are sirtfoods?
So what exactly are sirtfoods? They’re everyday ingredients — including kale, celery, berries, buckwheat, olive oil and cocoa — that are loaded with antioxidants proven to “activate the body’s production of special proteins called sirtuins,” explains the natural health expert. Kellyann Petrucci, ND, who. Dr. Oz was appointed as his adviser on food sirtushqim. “Sirtuins receive signals from cells and the nervous system to determine what your body needs, then they optimize metabolism to adapt.” Basically, you get personalized slimming benefits.
Initial testing on berry ingredients like resveratrol (from berries and wine) and quercetin (from onions and capers) shows they can double and even triple fat loss — a fact that has come to light as drug companies race to develop sirtuin-activating drugs.
How does the Sirtfood Diet work?
Perhaps the biggest impact is on blood sugar. Thanks to wear and tear caused by everything from a poor diet to normal aging, “old cells don’t normally burn sugar and have a harder time absorbing blood sugar and burning it for energy,” notes Petrucci. Excess circulates in our blood, putting us at risk for fatigue and diabetes. It also causes inflammation that causes everything from skin wrinkles to heart disease and cancer.
Furthermore, “our bodies mostly store unused sugar as belly fat,” notes the author Cleaning and restoring Dr. Kellyann. Fortunately, as sirtuins help restore our cells, studies show that our ability to handle sugar improves dramatically. A Tufts University study found that active middle-aged women who were given just one serving of the superfood a day — matcha green tea — lost significantly more belly fat than those given zero-calorie flavored water. “Many women lose as much as when they were much younger,” says Dr. Kellyann.
Bottom line: Sirtuins break down toxic waste built up in your cells to help you burn fat faster and improve your health. New German research even found that diets offer all the health benefits of very strict diets, but without the deprivation. Oz said: “The fact that the foods that mum told us to eat can do that for us – that’s amazing.”
What do meals look like on the Sirtfood diet?
To reduce the Sirtfood diet, eat three sirt meals a day, each with a serving of protein and two or more of the following: arugula, berries, broccoli, buckwheat, capers, celery, chili, cocoa, coffee, dates, endive, garlic , ginger, green beans, kale, matcha green tea, olive oil, soy, onion, parsley, turmeric or nuts. Use a free app like the one at LoseIt.com to consume roughly 1,500 calories a day. Always get a doctor in order to try a new plan.
BREAKFAST: Mix eggs with vegetables such as spinach, broccoli and onions in olive oil. Garnish with chopped parsley and sliced tomatoes.
LUNCH: Greens like arugula and kale with baked salmon, broccoli and other vegetables, berries and olive oil vinaigrette.
DINNER: Fry chicken, vegetables and optional buckwheat noodles in olive oil with garlic, chilli and soy sauce.
This article originally appeared in our print magazine, Woman’s World.