Adele’s Weight Loss Diet: The Sirtfood Diet Benefits and Drawbacks
- September 23, 2020
Have you heard about Adele’s weight loss diet? Pictures were seen all over the web with some impressive weight loss results. Here’s one example of Adele before her diet, and after her diet. From the reports that I’ve read, apparently, she lost over 40 pounds:
Original source: here.
Now, I don’t really care much to read about celebrity weight loss trends (I’m so out of touch with pop culture), and I’m not really a fan of Adele’s music to begin with. After all, she doesn’t sound anything like Modern Talking. Plus, her songs are so whiney. “But she’s got a great voice”, most people say. I agree. But why does she use that voice to sing such whiney songs? Anyways, I digress…
Anyways when I heard about her diet, I wanted to take a look, since I’ve never heard of that diet prior.
What Was Adele’s Weight Loss Diet?
Like many celebrities, Adele dropped her calories super low – 1000 calories per day, at first, eventually going up to 1500 calories per day.
Nothing really ground-breaking – drop calories, lose weight.
What the diet really emphasized was foods high in a protein called “sirtuin.” These include red wine, dark chocolate, coffee (I see why this diet is gaining popularity), walnuts, kale, berries and others.
These foods are claimed to increase lifespan, and they’re part of a diet called the “Sirtfood Diet.” Which brings us to the question of…
What is the Sirtfood Diet?
The Sirtfood Diet is a diet that supposedly helps you live longer. As mentioned in the previous section, the first few days of the Sirtfood diet, you’re eating 1000 calories per day. But those calories are coming from red wine and dark chocolate, so that’s cool.
Original source: here.
The next few days, you’re eating 1500 calories per day. More red wine and dark chocolate. Awesome (says the guy who doesn’t drink. Anything. Such a bad Russian).
The next week is followed by what they call a “maintenance” phase, where the calories aren’t specified, but you start adding in green juices.
The “magic” of this diet is said to be all about the sirtuin proteins, which are found in the aforementioned foods.
There are 5 groups of people in different parts of the world, where people have unusual longevity (they live over 100), in good health: Okinawa (Japan), Sardinia (Italy), Ikaria (Greece), Nicoya (Costa Rica), and Loma Linda (USA). These are called the “Blue Zones.” It’s been observed that these places have a high consumption of foods containing sirtuins.
So, it was theorized that it’s because of the sirtuins that people in these places live this long. Classic example of confusing correlation with causation.
Sure, people in these places have a higher consumption of sirtuins compared to the rest of the world. But, there are plenty of places that have a relatively high sirtuin consumption, but their lifespans are no longer than average.
Plus, people in Blue Zones have many more commonalities besides their sirtuin intake.
Classic example of taking a tiny, obscure aspect of physiology, and blowing it up, to make it bigger than it is.
It’s also claimed that sirtuins help you lose weight. Of course, they help you lose weight. You’re only eating 1000-1500 calories per day. I think that has more to do with the weight loss than sirtuins. A nutrition professor lost 27 pounds in 10 weeks by eating twinkies – but limited them to 1800 calories per day. There’s no magic here. Lower your calories, lose weight.
But because the Sirtfood diet now has Adele as a “spokesperson”, it’ll probably catch on with other celebrities, and will increase in popularity (though probably not to the extent of the keto diet). I also think that chocolate, red wine and coffee help it with its popularity.
Benefits of the Sirtfood Diet
Rarely is a diet “good” or “bad.” There’s one presentation that I do for corporations called Healthy Foods That Poison: Why You’re Getting Sicker and Fatter Despite Eating Healthier. The main message is that the person doing the diet matters as much to the success of the diet as the diet itself. Take two people, and put them on the same diet. One will thrive, the other will crash and burn. The diet hasn’t changed – the people did.
Same with the Sirtfood diet. Here are the benefits as I see them:
- They emphasize overall healthy foods – kale, berries, walnuts, etc.
And well… that’s it.
Drawbacks of the Sirtfood Diet
The Sirtfood diet has many of the same drawbacks as most diets:
- The calories are way too low. The average adult needs 2400 calories per day. The first 3 days are 1000 calories, and the next 4 are 1500 calories. Fantastic way to set yourself up for weight regain.
- Protein is too low. The emphasized foods are chocolate, red wine, walnuts, berries, kale, etc. Where’s the meat and fish??? Low-protein diets are responsible for lots of issues – frailty, hunger, osteoporosis, etc. And most notably, as it comes to weight loss – rebound weight gain. Protein is very filling, so if you’re not eating enough of it, you’re hungry all the time.
- It doesn’t address the underlying root cause of weight gain – emotional eating, stress eating, cravings, lack of planning, etc. We don’t need another diet. There are plenty of diets, and more than 1 way to lose weight. The problem isn’t the “what” to eat. It’s in addressing the underlying issues behind weight gain. It’s in building healthy habits, and not another fad diet.
Although I wish Adele all the best, my prediction is that she’ll end up like Oprah – in an endless cycle of weight loss, and weight gain.
Don’t be like Adele. Eat a normal diet. And listen to Modern Talking.