Popular singer and songwriter Adele has apparently “Set Fire To (more than) The Rain” lately!
Recents pics posted by Adele herself confirm that ‘Rumor Has It’ she’s lost close to 100 pounds. So, besides burning fat, she’s probably setting fire to her old clothes!
Okay, I seriously have no idea if she set fire to her clothes, but if I’d just lost 100 pounds, that’s probably how I’d say goodbye to the old me and ‘Hello’ to my healthy self!
But, enough with the not-so-subtle nods to her fabulous songs, let’s get down to how Adele achieved this great success!
While the popular singer hasn’t directly commented on how she lost the weight, most reports center around these aspects leading to her success: mindset, a plant based diet, calorie restriction, and exercise.
Adele’s pervading attitude kept throughout her physical and nutritional efforts is said to be just as much a powerful part of her weight loss success as anything else.
Besides a focus on confidence and self-esteem, Adele’s “why” was said to have had less to do with appearance and more to do with health and happiness.
A desire to become healthy for herself and for her child is what prompted the talented singer to set specific goals, and this motive of health ultimately directed her path in how she would achieve those goals.
And, research suggests the popular singer was on point with her motivation, as most who lose weight solely for appearance, omitting the crucial element of health in their weight loss efforts, tend to gain back the lost weight within a few years.
Nutrition (Plant Based Diet)
With health a primary focus in her weight loss efforts, reports indicate that ditching unhealthy foods and switching to a plant based diet was the path Adele chose to follow.
She is reported to have cut out processed foods and sugary drinks (specifically 2 spoonfuls of sugar in each of her daily 10 cups of tea), and eliminated caffeine, alcohol, and cigarettes.
So, what did she eat?
She is thought to have followed a plant based diet known as the sirtfood diet plan.
This plan focuses on health benefits, disease fighting, and fat loss by emphasizing the consumption of plant based foods that are high in antioxidants and polyphenols, both of which are responsible for combating oxidative stress and preventing and lessening damage from free radicals.
The sirtfood diet plan is based on research surrounding 7 proteins (sirtuins) found within the body potentially responsible for metabolism, inflammation, and even lifespan regulation.
The premise behind this plan is that certain polyphenol and antioxidant rich plant compounds may be able to elevate the levels of those proteins within the body, thus aiding in how fats and sugars are processed, helping to increase (or even reset) metabolism, and suppress appetite.
Between the boost in polyphenols and antioxidants and the potential for these compounds to raise sirtuin levels, those following the plan expect to both boost their health and shed pounds.
The following foods, dubbed “sirt foods,” were likely a part of Adele’s healthy eating habits contributing to her weight loss success:
- Red wine
- Dark chocolate (85% cacao)
- Matcha green tea
- Green juices
Another hallmark of the diet is a restriction of calories. And, authors of the plan liken this restriction to methods incorporated in intermittent fasting.
Though some reports indicate that Adele restricted her calories at times to around 1,000 a day, this is what is described as the beginning phase of the sirtfood diet plan, adhered to for approximately 3 days to jumpstart weight loss.
During the next 4 days, dieters may increase their intake to 1,500 calories, still incorporating green juice and meals specified within the bounds of the sirtfood diet plan.
The phases of the plan progress with continual incorporation of sirtuin rich plant based foods, green juice, and other foods and recipes specific to the diet.
Authors of The Sirtfood Diet highlight the benefits of fasting while following the plan, such as:
- The activation of energy stores within the body
- Fat burning stimulation
- Genes involved in cell repair can be “turned on”
- Disease resistance
- Weight loss
And, the addition of sirtfoods and restriction of calories are thought to have amplified effects when exercise is incorporated and increased.
When health is at the forefront of your weight loss goals, then exercise is a must.
And, it appears that Adele, too, found this as a crucial component to her success.
She is reported to have incorporated various methods of exercise from high intensity interval training, to hiking, weight lifting, and reformer pilates.
In other words…she got moving!
Depending on the terrain, hiking can even burn more calories than walking (while allowing you to take in some amazing scenery).
Reformer pilates, reportedly another form of exercise preferred by the famous singer, focuses on your abs, lower back, hips, and glutes to promote weight loss and improve posture, balance, and flexibility.
Adele reportedly does “like doing weights,” just not heavy lifting.
Weight lifting can facilitate muscle growth, which can raise your metabolism, helping your body to burn more calories even in normal daily activities.
As for other ways she’s reportedly kept active, HIIT (high intensity interval training) has made the list as well…and understandably so with its propensity for effectiveness in fat loss efforts.
High intensity interval training incorporates intense sessions of physical activity followed by short resting periods.
It has been known to be effective at reducing visceral fat (fat surrounding your abdomen) and can be more effective than longer workouts done at a reduced intensity.
So, with dedication, effort (physical and nutritional), and a healthy mindset, Adele set her body’s fat burning capabilities on fire, and those efforts rained down a loss of 100 pounds, boosting her body’s health in the process!
What an awesome, healthy achievement!
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