To Sirt or not to Sirt: have we finally found a ‘diet’ that really works?

Written by on February 5, 2016 in Body & Mind, Wellbeing - Comments Off on To Sirt or not to Sirt: have we finally found a ‘diet’ that really works?

If you -like me- have any interest in healthy living you’ve probably heard about the new Sirtfood diet. With celebrities and socialites in tow, this diet seems to be taking the world by storm. Time to check it out: friend or fad?

Another diet…really?

sirtFirst of all, I am not a big believer in diets in general. Although in some cases a diet of severe restriction is needed, in general they are impossible to stick to, resulting in becoming a yoyo and messing up your metabolism. Not good for your body or mind. And don’t get me started on the fad diets that have come and gone. Needless to say at first I was a bit sceptical about this widely announced Sirtfood diet. However… when I started reading the book it became clear straight away that authors/creators Aidan Goggins and Glen Matten are of the same opinion. Now I was intrigued: is the Sirtfood diet actually the real thing?

What are Sirtfoods and why are they so amazing?

35skinnyjeans1210aSirtfoods are a group of foods that are rich in special nutrients that are able to activate the ‘skinny genes’, aka sirtuins,  in our body. Skinny genes are activated when fasting. So basically, with Sirtfoods, you can get the same effect without the fasting. This is great news, as (moderate) fasting can have a positive health effect but also results in hunger, irritability, fatigue an muscle loss. Sirtfoods actually regulate our metabolism in a way that we burn fat while increasing muscle and enhancing cellular fitness, which is what makes this diet so unique.

Examples of Sirtfoods are extra virgin olive oil, capers, red onions, parsley, kale, walnuts, strawberries, apples, chilli, ginger, soy products, quinoa, broccoli, cocoa, tea, coffee and red wine.

So what should/shouldn’t I eat?

The great thing about the Sirtfood diet is that it is not a restrictive diet in the sense that you are only allowed Sirtfoods. Moreover, it is compatible with about any dietary approach. So whether you are vegetarian, flexitarian, vegan, paleo, gluten-free, carb lover or non of the above, Sirtfoods will fit in your way of eating.

How you incorporate Sirtfoods in your routine depends on your goals. Are you simply looking to improve your health, add some Sirtfoods to your meals every day. Is your goal to lose weight and improve your body shape and fitness, follow the two-phase plan as described in the book.

Obviously, general healthy living rules still apply when following the Sirtfood way of eating, such as exercising regularly, consuming enough oily fish, choosing organic produce, limiting meat consumption and making sure you get the nutrients and vitamins you need.

isbn9781473626805-1x2aWhat’s the verdict?

Sirtfoods are in general accessible, affordable and tasty. Being a diet of inclusion and not exclusion, the Sirtfood diet is easy to stick to. The book is well written and discusses some interesting facts on diets in general. It offers a quick yet clear insight in the science and practicality of following a Sirtfood diet, including lists of Sirtfoods, a two-phase action plan and several recipes.

Conclusion: if you want to lose weight and improve your body in a smart, healthy and permanent way, or if you simply want to lead a healthier lifestyle, do pick up a copy of the Sirtfood diet. You won’t regret it.

If you are interested in food and nutrition, I can also recommend reading Michael Pollan’s books and Tim Spector’s The Diet Myth – The Real Science Behind What We Eat.

About the Author


Founder of Allmygoodness. True believer in the goodness way of life. Sustainability & communications consultant. Foodie. Mother of a girl and twin boys.