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 recently 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 up to 21 pounds in 14 days. As the doc 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?
Gaining weight rapidly after surgery to remove her thyroid, Karrie Blew, 67, says, “For years I tried diets, supplements…nothing worked.”
Then she read about sirtfoods. She had fun seeing how many she could fit in her green drinks and meals. She also loved getting on the scale. “Every time, I’d dropped another couple of pounds!” The Georgia grandmother adds that she felt full quicker, stayed full longer “and my belly is now nice and flat.” Down 55 pounds, Karrie and her slimmed-down husband even started SirtfoodStore.com to help others find sirtfoods easily. She raves, “You can get back to your high school weight!”
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 results look like?
Hot flashes, fatigue and agerelated weight gain had Sarah St. Amour, 56, feeling older than her years. “I wanted to slim down and get my energy back. A friend told me about sirtfoods, and when I learned about the health benefits, I was excited to try them.” She enjoyed yummy meals like buckwheat noodles with shrimp, spicy eggs, and veggies, and at least one green smoothie a day.
The Connecticut mom didn’t have to wait long for results. “My clothes were loose after a week!” The sirtfood smoothies were a game changer. “They got rid of my sweet tooth. If I was tempted to have cake or candy, I’d whip up a shake and cravings vanished,” she smiles. Down 40 pounds in four months, Sarah is thrilled that her hot flashes are gone and her energy is soaring. “Most people think I’m 15 years younger now, and I feel amazing. I tell everyone, just try sirtfoods for a week—you’ll be hooked right away!”
What do meals on the Sirtfood Diet look like?
To get slim with the Sirtfood Diet, enjoy three “sirt meals” a day, 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 stay around 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, First For Women.