New year – new diet? So it’s that time of the year again, for some of you, its time to submit your personal tax assessments. For others there is a personal accounting to be done! You will need to account for the excesses of the Festive Season and work out what to do about it, money-wise and diet wise. Both, most likely!
You most probably have a small (or even extensive) library of diet books, magazine articles, blogs and information about which diet is the best, most effective, most trendy, celebrity-endorsed, etc., etc.
So which method of eating will be your chosen method this New Year?
Many people will join slimming clubs, and if that works for them that is all to the good; most slimming clubs have regimes that are primarily designed to be healthy, although they can be manipulated by the crafty and/or lazy to incorporate too many processed and junk foods for the purists among us. Accountability is still very effective and being weighed by someone else every week is good control for some people. I have even known some people pay for their membership and then follow their own diet, being happy to be weighed and monitored each week as the main benefit of their membership!
LATEST DIET CRAZE
But if you want to go it alone, the latest diet book to hit the media is the SIRT Food Diet. This could be described as the successor to the 5:2 diet in the way that the specific foods eaten (and there is a list of around 20 specific Sirtuin-containing foods) seem to mimic the effects achieved with intermittent fasting; that is, the regenerative and anti-disease benefits along with the weight loss achieved.
Some particular foods are high in substances called SIRTUINS. To explain this, we have found a succinct quote in an article on a website called Man v Fat*:
“Sirtuins are a class of proteins found in living things that research has shown are involved in regulating many important biological processes such as ageing, cellular death, inflammation and metabolism. There are seven sirtuins in mammals, ranging from SIRT1 to SIRT7 – with SIRT1 being the most well-researched. Currently, the best hypothesis is that sirtuins protect cells from dying when they’re under stress, however more studies are needed in humans, to get a fuller picture of how they work.”
In short, sirtfoods are any that activate these particular genes and get them working for you.
As we mentioned, there are around 20 foods that are particularly high in these Sirtuins and they happen to be high in polyphenols, antioxidants, minerals and vitamins too, so they are a good bet from any angle.
Here is a sample of such a list – although not comprehensive or exhaustive:
Some of these are old favourites from the “Superfoods” list and the Resveratrol top 5 is featured, others are high on the ORAC score for antioxidants, so this is covering a lot of bases.
The aim is to base your diet around these foods first and foremost to get the best effect from their Sirtuin content and then add in other foods as you need and according to the calorie count you are aiming for (if that is your focus). This is a diet of inclusion, not exclusion. There is a 7-day kick-start program and then a maintenance regime in the book (see below).
Does it work? Well at the Taymount clinic there are a few of us trying this new dietary approach. We will report back with results!
For full details see the book: The Sirtfood Diet: The revolutionary plan for health and weight loss – 1 Jan 2016 by Aidan Goggins (Author), Glen Matten (Author) available from good book shops and Amazon.co.uk.
Enid Taylor ND BSc(Hons) Psych is a Naturopath and Clinic Founder/Director of the Taymount Clinic.
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