The Wine and Chocolate Diet is actually the nickname for an eating strategy known as the Sirtfood Diet. The reason it has gained this nickname is that it allows its followers to be able to eat both of those foods, which are often on the banned lists for other dieting programs. The media has gone nuts over this eating plan, and its original book has skyrocketed to the top of the bestseller charts on Amazon.
The claim of the Wine and Chocolate Diet is that by following its rules, you will be able to “switch on your body’s fat-burning powers, supercharge weight loss and help stave off disease.” This diet also claims to be able to allow people to lose seven pounds in as many days. It’s not hard to notice a program like that.
That said, the Wine and Chocolate Diet hasn’t been without its criticisms. There is a great deal of skepticism that has been voiced about the Sirtfood Diet, both from people who have tried it and from the medical community. The primary issue is that it is structured like a fad diet. This means that it hasn’t been designed in a way that the majority of people will be able to keep it up over the long term.
Still, the Sirtfood Diet describes itself as a strategy that has been founded in science. It cites more than one hundred studies to support the recommendations and claims it has made. Equally, though, as much as it says the foods, themselves, may be able to provide certain benefits to an individual, if that person is not able to keep it up over the long term, its benefits are quite limited.
The foods that are the main focus of this diet aren’t just chocolate and red wine. They include a list of different options that are supposed to contain activators of the sirtuin protein. This protein has been linked with metabolism enhancement, and the foods that contain those activators are often rich in other nutrients, as well. Among those foods, the book for this diet recommends: green tea, chilli, strawberries, kale, parsley, extra virgin olive oil, soy products, cocoa, red onions, capers, walnuts, rocket, coffee, celery, lovage, red chicory, buckwheat, medjool dates, red wine and turmeric.
The plan, itself requires the dieter to go through two different phases. The first is called the “hyper success phase”, which lasts for the first three days. It is very low in calories (1,000 per day) and allows one sirtfood-rich meal per day. The only other thing the follower is allowed to eat in a day is two green juices rich in sirtfoods. For the four days after that, each day permits 1,500 calories, which are made up of two green juices high in sirtfoods, as well as two meals that are also high in sirtfoods. After that is done (and, supposedly, 7 pounds are lost) the “14 day maintenance phase” begins, during which one juice and three sirtfood-rich meals are consumed. After that point, the dieter is supposed to simply maintain a long term strategy of continually focusing meals on sirtfoods.