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The SIRT diet lets you eat chocolate and drink red wine so no wonder it’s the wellness trend of 2020

As we head further into 2020, embarking on a new wellness plan is no doubt at the top of your ‘to do’ list. If you’ve tried and failed a healthy diet plan, Dry January or Veganuary, the SIRT wellness plan could be the ideal option for a happier, healthier you. Plus, it includes chocolate and red wine so we’re pretty much already sold. Read on to discover everything you need to know about the SIRT diet…

What is it?

Chocolate and wine are usually the first thing to go when you embark on a healthy eating regime, but the opposite is true of the Sirtfood diet plan. Aidan Goggins and Glen Matten, the nutrition experts behind the diet, claim that by eating foods rich in a type of protein called sirtuin activators – known as Sirtfoods – you can ‘switch on your body’s fat burning powers’. Two foods high in sirtuin activators? You guessed it – dark chocolate and red wine.

Health benefits of following it:

As well as helping you feel energised, the sirtuin activators can help regulate your metabolism, increase muscle and burn fat, according to Goggins and Matten.

Side effects:

The authors claim that the goal of the Sirt diet is more about healthy eating than dramatic weight loss, but some nutritionists have taken exception to the fact that their book is emblazoned with the tag line “lose 7lbs in 7 days”. A loss of 1 to 2lbs a week is considered a steady and healthy amount. So such dramatic weight loss in a short period may not be good for your wellbeing. Also, obvious, but relevant: red wine is full of toxins, even if it is high in sirtuin activators, so guzzling it as part of a ‘diet’ probably isn’t a good idea. Darn.

As per the book’s tagline, there is potential for rapid short-term weight loss. This relies on a strict plan, involving calorie control – 1000 the first three days, then upping this to 1500 – and consuming a set numbers of green juices and Sirtfood-rich meals. But in the long-term the goal is simply to eat as many Sirtfoods as possible.

10 foods you should eat:

Red wine, dark chocolate (yes you read it right), green tea, capers, citrus fruits, but also apples and blueberries. Parsley, turmeric, kale are great green sirtfoods.