The Adele Diet is Actually The SirtFood Diet
…but we’re not sure it’s legit.
What do you get when you combine antioxidant-heavy foods with rumors of the captivating Grammy princess being down 30 pounds?
Major eyes on The Sirtfood Diet, for one.
Reports indicate Adele may have embraced the SirtFood Diet with encouragement from her personal trainer and SirtFood advocate, Pete Geracimo. The plan boasts that its participants will lose seven pounds in seven days, “while experiencing lasting energy and eating all the foods you love.”
Sound intriguing? We think so, too. Especially when “foods we love” get mentioned. Foods like kale, dark chocolate, coffee and red wine.
These foods (and drinks) are rich in polyphenols (antioxidants) and, according to the Sirtfood Diet, trigger the sirtuin enzyme, which is believed to have a positive impact on your metabolism, mood, and can slow the effects of aging.
But — as with all things health-craze — there’s a catch. Really, there are two.
- While there is no question that a diet rich in antioxidants is good for you, there is still some debate as to whether or not sirtuins are responsible for the health-promoting benefits of antioxidant rich food.
We have learned that — all calories equal — a diet rich in antioxidants has a drastically different effect on the body than a diet deplete in antioxidants. But could you achieve the effects of the Sirtfood Diet just by upping your consumption of vegetables, nuts and omega-3 rich fish? If you can’t, it remains to be seen.
2. The Sirtfood Diet is a diet. And diets don’t work.
The Sirtfood Diet is constructed within the dieting (i.e. temporary fix) mentality. That is, there is a highly restrictive phase 1 follow by a less restrictive phase 2, totaling 21-days. Individuals are encouraged to repeat phase 1 and phase 2 “whenever you like for a fat-loss boost” rather than strive to adopt a nutrient-dense, antioxidant-rich diet as a way of life.
How many of us have entered Restrictive Dieting Land with gusto, only to park at Gallon of Ice Cream Station three days into the cleanse?
*Raises hand high*
Healthy eating — and weight loss — requires a sustainable, maintainable way of feeding your body the nutrients it needs to function at an optimal level… and to move.
I’m not, like, skipping to the f****** gym. I don’t enjoy it. And if I don’t tour, you’ll catch me back down at the Chinese!
— Adele (because she gets it)
Don’t forget — heart-pumping, physical activity kick starts your metabolism for improved weight loss, and if Adele can hang, so can you. (Plus, I promise, it can be fun!)
So while the Sirtfood Diet may introduce people to the concept of antioxidant-heavy foods and beverages (red wine with dinner, anyone?), in the long run, healthy eating is a habit that is built, tried, tested, and retested on an individual basis.
If you’re wondering what YOUR body’s specific needs are, try a 15 minute consult with a functional medicine doctor, like those at Aligned Modern Health. A lot can impact what foods and lifestyle will enrich your life the most — so don’t be afraid to let the pros in. Believe it or not, preventative nutrition is covered by many insurance companies these days.
So take care of yourselves. Give Sirtfood a shot and let me know how it goes… or, you know, take smaller steps.
In with the antioxidants. Out with the inflammatories.
You’ve got it.
Originally written for Aligned Modern Health. I don’t get any money if you go see them, but I do stand by my words and their services. They know what they’re doing.