Foods that switch on the skinny gene? Sounds genius to us. 

When it comes to genetic make up, the code your parents dealt you may not translate to the body you want (thanks for the stumpy legs, Dad). As a result, the health industry is a veritable goldmine with everything from the 5:2 diet to intermittent fasting to the Twinkie diet (truly) on offer. But what if eating certain foods could switch on a gene that mimics the effects of fasting and exercise?

Sounds amazing, right? This is the premise behind the hot new diet devised by nutritionists Aidan Goggins and Glen Matten. These two have tapped certain foods called 'sirtfoods', that can allegedly switch on your 'skinny' gene. According to Goggins and Matten, sirtfoods contain chemicals called polyphenols which activate the sirtuin gene responsible for ramping up metabolism and flipping the fat burning switch on. Sirtuins basically make us the fitter, leaner, Victoria's Secret version of ourselves.  So far, so healthful.

But is this a legit long-term body changing strategy? While the jury is still out as to whether eating the quantity of sirtfoods will be meaningful enough to switch on the sirtuin, the diet is less fad-ish than you think. The approved foods like kale, cocoa, blueberries, and capers are actually healthy and delicious, so it's a win-win either way. The diet itself starts off with three green juices and one main meal rich in sirtfoods for days one to three. Days four to seven are two juices plus two meals, then it's a maintenance version for the next 14 days.

Scroll through the gallery above for 15 sirtfoods to add to your plate now.

Eat your way into skinny jeans with the sirtfood diet