DIET&FITNESS Published February22, 2016 By Annie Dee

Sirtfood Diet Misleading Some Nutritionists Say

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The famous Sirtfood diet is considered too good to be true by health experts. They shot down the diet even if many swore by it.

The newest addition to the many diets making the headlines is the Sirtfood diet. According to those behind the diet, the Sirtfood diet not only leads to weight loss, but can also offer other more important benefits. In particular, the diet, which allows people to consume red wine and chocolate, can "stimulate rejuvenation and cellular repair." Nobody will say they do not like that. 

The diet is a calorie-based diet. For the first three days, those brave enough to undergo the diet are only allowed to consume 1,000 calories per day consisting of three Sirtfood green juices and other "Sirtfoods." After these grueling three days, their calorie intake can increase to 1,500. They are allowed two juices and two meals. Many are interested in the diet since it allows relatively delicious and sinful foods, such as again, wine and chocolate. The diet also allows prawn, salmon, blueberries, kale, and citrus fruits. 

Nutritionists have decoded the diet and said the rapid weight-loss is generated by the sirtfoods that activated  the healthy proteins of sirtuin. This is explained by Laura Cipullo, R.D., author of "The Women's Health Body Clock Diet." Others also said the resveratrol, a type of polyphenol antioxidant found in chocolate and red wine, is the one responsible for the weight loss.

According to Mail Online UK however, experts surmised that the diet is not healthy and sustainable. The weight lost can easily be retained. "The Sirtfood diet should be consigned to the fad pile - at least from a scientific perspective," the experts concluded. They also asserted that the diet might lead to rapid weight loss at first, but it can end up be "misleading and damaging." It is also unlikely to benefit people who are obese and at-risk of diabetes. They still recommend working out and eating a balanced diet. 

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