Adele is a global superstar, with her amazing voice earning her an Oscar, 15 Grammys as well as multiple world records. It’s clear that she’s a successful woman, and we all know it. However, the soulful singer has been making headlines lately, not because of her unmatchable talent, but because of her visible weight loss.

Her weight loss was first noticed last year at musician’s Drake’s birthday bash on October 25 but it’s her most recent social media post that has got fans talking. Making her first Instagram post of 2020 where she thanked essential workers during the coronavirus pandemic – as well as gave thanks for her birthday well wishes, fans were surprised at her weight loss. In the past, Adele once revealed to People Magazine that she’d refuse to work with anybody who had an issue with her weight, stating: “Even when I was signing a contract, most of the industry knew if anyone ever dared say: ‘Lose weight’ to me, they wouldn’t be working with me.”

Adele has yet to publicly discuss her weight loss, and she really has no reason to. The fact of the matter is, Adele is a beautiful and talented woman, regardless of how she looks and what she weighs. Her weight loss pales in comparison to the other incredible things that she’s achieved in her young life, and it really shouldn’t be framed as the most incredible thing she’s done in recent memory. That said, for those on a weight loss journey, they are curious as to how the star did it.

But first, why does her face look so different?

In addition to her incredible figure, fans also noticed that the singer’s face also looked a little different.

As a result of her weight loss, Adele has lost volume and fat in her face. As a result, her features have become more prominent with her jaw and bone structure appearing sharper and more chiseled. Additionally, it’s clear that she changed up her diet as she appears to have a much healthier glow. The fact is, your skin is what you eat and when you consume a nutrient-dense diet rich anti-oxidants, your skin will definitely thank you for it.  

Adele and her weight loss journey

1. She apparently follows The Sirtfood diet

The seventh most Googled diet in 2019, it’s clear that’s there’s some buzz surrounding The Sirtfood diet, and with Adele’s weight loss, the buzz is certain to grow.

The Sirtfood diet was created in the United Kingdom by nutritionists Aidan Goggins and Glen Matten, after they published a guide and a recipe book in 2016. The diet focuses on sirtuins, a group of seven proteins found in your body that help to regulate a variety of functions, which include preventing cell death, regulating metabolism, inflammation, as well as the aging process. The diet requires one to consume foods rich in sirtuins, known as sirtfoods, in an effort to activate the sirtuins that will boost fat burn and speed up metabolism.

What can I eat on the Sirtfood Diet?

As mentioned, the Sirtfood Diet encourages the consumption of foods that contain Sirtuins. These Sirtfoods are nutrient-dense and healthy to eat regularly. They include:

  • green tea
  • Cocoa powder
  • turmeric

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    Adele
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  • kale
  • onions
  • parsley
  • Broccoli
  • cauliflower
  • olive oil
  • olives
  • apples
  • red grapes
  • chocolate
  • oily fish, like salmon, trout, and mackerel

How does the Sirtfood Diet meal plan work?

The diet is broken down into two phases, and if you should do it whenever you feel that you need a bit of a weight-loss boost.

Phase one

This phase lasts for seven days and it’s also split up. For the first three days, you’re limited to a total of 1000 calories a day. Your diet consists of three Sirtfood green juices (containing kale, arugula, parsley, celery, green apple, lemon juice, and green tea) and one Sirtfood-rich meal.  A mean can include miso-glazed tofu, the Sirtfood omelet, or a shrimp stir-fry with buckwheat noodles.

On days four through seven, you’ll then allowed two green juices and two daily meals for a total of 1,500 calories a day.

Phase one is aimed at jump-starting your weight loss (apparently, you’re expected to lose 7 pounds during phase one). The diet does recommend that you stop exercising, or at least cut back on your usual fitness routine during this period as you won’t be taking in many calories.

Phase two

The second phase lasts for two weeks and it is known as the maintenance phase. Its purpose is to encourage weight loss in a steady, sustainable, and manageable way.

There is no calorie limit but you are encouraged to eat three balanced meals that are rich in Sirtfoods, as well as drink one green juice, during this phase. The meal recipes include soy yogurt with berries and stir-fried prawns with kale and buckwheat noodles.

Once you’re done with the phases, you can continue with the Sirtfood diet, all you have to do is tweak your meals a bit, and include as many Sirtfoods as possible. Additionally, once you’ve adopted the Sirtfood lifestyle, you’re encouraged to stay active.

Okay, but can I lose weight with the Sirtfood diet?

Considering the fact that you’re consuming way fewer calories than usual, yes, you’ll probably lose weight adopting this diet. However, whether this particular method is healthy is debatable. This is because super-restrictive eating is rarely healthy or sustainable.

So, is the Sirtfood Diet healthy for me?

If you consider the fact that 1,000 calories per day is only appropriate for a child between the ages of 2 and 4, I wouldn’t exactly call this diet plan healthy. Yes, the diet may enable weight-loss, but living on this kind of calorie restriction for too long would be questionable.

Yes, there’s no denying that the foods in the Sirtfood diet are good for you. Plenty of research has shown that green tea, turmeric and even dark chocolate can provide the body with a number of health benefits that include reduced risks of heart disease, diabetes and other inflammation-related diseases. However, actual research into the long-term benefits of increased sirtuin levels in humans is still in its early stages. Additionally, calorie restriction is not how you want to be living your life.

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Yes, Adele looks amazing but if she is following the Sirtfood diet, she’s more than likely tweaked it in a manner that is sustainable and safer for her health. That said, it’s advisable that you reach out to a certified dietitian and get their thoughts. Our bodies are each different, and adopting this particular diet does not mean that you’ll get Adele-results.

2. She’s doing Reformer Pilates

According to the Daily Mail, the singer has taken up Reformer Pilates after being introduced to it by close friend Ayda Field, X Factor judge and wife of singer Robbie Williams.

We already know that Pilates is a great exercise for the body, and the same can be said for Reformer Pilates. Reformer Pilates is a more technical version of regular Pilates, requiring practitioners to do Pilates moves on special machines, using ropes, springs, and a carriage. The exercises provide a high intensity yet low-impact full-body workout. Reformer Pilates helps to improve posture, strength, and flexibility as well as build a stronger core and tone your muscles.

3. She focuses on being healthy and happy.

Adele has never shied away from being herself and being confident in her skin. While the star is known for her heart-wrenching ballads, it’s clear that self-love is a huge priority of hers. Last year, Adele celebrated her 31st birthday, and she shared an Instagram post that hinted at prioritizing self-love.

For the first time in a decade, I’m ready to feel the world around me and look up for once. Be kind to yourself, people, we’re only human, go slow, put your phone down and laugh out loud at every opportunity,” she shared. “Learning to REALLY truly love yourself is it, and I’ve only just realized that that is more than enough.”

It may hard to do, especially during these times, but self-love can do wonders for your health. Aside from making you happier, research published in the Health Psychology journal found that self-love can help you make better decisions about your health.

What’s more, a separate study published in the Psychological Science journal found that recently divorced individuals who were kinder to themselves were better at bouncing back in the months following the separation than those who regularly self-criticized. Considering the fact that the award-winning singer is currently going through a divorce, it’s safe to say that she’s definitely practicing a lot of self-love.

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Pie Mulumba

Pie Mulumba

Pie Mulumba is a beauty and wellness writer, who has a passion for poetry, natural hair, and skin-care. With a journalism degree from Pearson's Institute of Higher Education, and identifiable by either her large afro or colorful locks, Pie aspires to continuously provide the latest information, be it beauty or wellness, on how one can adopt a healthy lifestyle on a day to day basis.

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