When was the last time you felt truly well and looked fantastic?
The New Year is awash with fad diets that promise to change all this but seldom deliver benefits beyond an initial weight loss flourish that evaporates into thin air well before the first green shoots of spring. With 99% of people embarking on diets failing to see lasting weight loss there really is only one certainty: fad diets don’t work.
But what about a way of eating that delivers big results in the short term, yet even bigger results in the long term? Imagine a system reboot where you lose 7lbs in 7 days for a more toned and lean you. Imagine turning back the clock to reawaken a deep sense of vitality and having bundles of energy. Imagine always looking fantastic and feeling truly well.
Did you know that by eating certain foods – known as Sirtfoods – you can switch on your body’s fat-burning powers, supercharge weight loss and stave off disease? Welcome to The Sirtfood Diet – the revolutionary way to lose 7lb in 7 days and stay lean for life. Examples of Sirtfoods include kale, rocket, walnuts, extra virgin olive oil, dark chocolate, green tea and even coffee (yes, coffee!). These are just some of the foods that have the power to activate sirtuins – our ‘skinny genes’ – which switches on a recycling process in our cells that causes us to burn fat, build muscle and improve health.
If that sounds too good to be true, just take a look at the slimmest, healthiest and longest lived cultures on the planet and you will see they share one thing in common: they all eat diets brimming with Sirtfoods. Whether you look East to Okinawa, famed for its record breaking number of centenarians, or West to the traditional Mediterranean diet, lauded for its ability to slash the risk of virtually all chronic diseases, Sirtfoods are the common link.
It’s no wonder that it’s become the must-do diet for athletes and celebrities in 2016. Model and TV presenter Jodie Kidd says Sirtfoods are her “secret to looking great” whilst world champion boxer David Haye credits Sirtfoods for helping him “attain a body composition and wellbeing previously unimaginable.” Just imagine what they could do for you?
Best of all, The Sirtfood Diet is a diet of inclusion. No calorie counting, no excluding whole food groups, not even avoiding the foods you love (chocolate, curry and coffee are all on the menu). It’s about enjoying what you put on your plate, not feeling glum about what you have to take off.
The Sirtfood Diet includes a set-by-step plan, with easy to follow recipes, making it effortless to reap all of these benefits. For those gunning to get started, why not try our official Sirtfood green juice – the healthiest green juice you will ever drink – to really jump-start your 2016 wellbeing goals.
Sirtfood Green Juice (serves 1)
2 large handfuls (75g) kale
a large handful (30g) rocket a very small handful (5g) flat-leaf parsley
a very small handful (5g) lovage leaves (optional)
2–3 large stalks (150g) green celery, including its leaves
1/2 medium green apple
juice of 1/2 lemon
1/2 level tsp matcha green tea
Mix the greens (kale, rocket, parsley and lovage, if using) together, then juice them. We find juicers can really differ in their efficiency at juicing leafy vegetables and you may need to re-juice the remnants before moving on to the other ingredients. The goal is to end up with about 50ml of juice from the greens.
Now juice the celery and apple.
You can peel the lemon and put it through the juicer as well, but we find it much easier to simply squeeze the lemon by hand into the juice. By this stage, you should have around 250ml of juice in total, perhaps slightly more.
It is only when the juice is made and ready to serve that you add the matcha green tea. Pour a small amount of the juice into a glass, then add the matcha and stir vigorously with a fork or teaspoon. We only use matcha in the first two drinks of the day as it contains moderate amounts of caffeine (the same content as a normal cup of tea). For people not used to it, it may keep them awake if drunk late.
Once the matcha is dissolved add the remainder of the juice. Give it a final stir, then your juice is ready to drink. Feel free to top up with plain water, according to taste.
Extract from The Sirtfood Diet by Aidan Goggins and Glen Matten, published by Yellow Kite, £9.99