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 jaw-dropping weight loss triggered by sirtfoods, the buzz got so intense, it “broke the internet,” Dr. Oz reported. But that’s not what really got his attention: “What interested me most is all this research showing that sirtfoods benefit your heart, benefit you by reducing inflammation, and even beat aging.” So he recruited women to test the “Sirtfood Diet.” They were soon slashing disease risk factors and dropping substantial weight quickly and healthfully. As Dr. Oz put it, “That’s stunning!”
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 natural health expert Kellyann Petrucci, ND, whom Dr. Oz tapped as his sirtfood advisor. “Sirtuins get cues from your cells and nervous system to determine what your body needs, then they optimize metabolism to match.” Basically, you get customized slimming benefits.
Initial testing on sirtfood compounds like resveratrol (from berries and wine) and quercetin (from onions and capers) shows that they can double, even triple fat loss — a fact that’s come to light as drug companies race to develop sirtuin-activating medication.
How does the Sirtfood Diet work?
Perhaps the biggest impact is on blood sugar. Thanks to wear and tear caused by everything from poor diet to normal aging, “older cells typically don’t burn sugar have a harder time drawing blood sugar in and burning it for energy,” Petrucci notes. The excess circulates in our blood, putting us at risk for fatigue and diabetes. It also causes inflammation that triggers everything from wrinkling skin to heart disease and cancer.
On top of all that, “our bodies primarily store unused sugar as belly fat,” notes the author of Dr. Kellyann’s Cleanse and Reset. Luckily, as sirtuins help restore our cells, studies show our ability to handle sugar improves dramatically. A Tufts University study found that active middle-aged women given just one serving of sirtfoods a day — matcha green tea — shed significantly more belly fat than those given zero-calorie flavored water. “Many women lose like they did when they were much younger,” says Dr. Kellyann.
The bottom line: Sirtuins destroy toxic junk piling up in your cells to help you burn fat faster and supercharge your health. New German research even found sirtfoods provide all the health benefits of very strict diets but without the deprivation. Said Dr. Oz: “The fact that foods Mom told us to eat can do this for us — that’s remarkable.”
What do meals on the Sirtfood Diet look like?
To trim down with the Sirtfood Diet, eat three “sirt meals” daily, each with a serving of protein and two or more of the following: arugula, berries, broccoli, buckwheat, capers, celery, chilies, cocoa, coffee, dates, endive, garlic, ginger, green beans, kale, matcha green tea, olive oil, soy, onion, parsley, turmeric, or walnuts. Use a free app like the one at LoseIt.com to consume roughly 1,500 calories a day. Always get a doctor’s okay to try a new plan.
BREAKFAST: Scramble eggs with veggies like spinach, broccoli, and onion in olive oil. Enjoy with chopped parsley and sliced tomato.
LUNCH: Top greens like arugula and kale with baked salmon, broccoli, and other veggies, berries, and olive oil vinaigrette.
DINNER: Stir-fry chicken, veggies, and optional buckwheat noodles in olive oil with garlic, chili, and soy sauce.
This article originally appeared in our print magazine, Woman’s World.