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The Virgin Diet: Drop 7 Foods, Lose 7 Pounds, Just 7 Days

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Your fat is not your fault.

Are you eating all the right things—low-fat yogurt, egg-white omelets, whole-grain bread, even tofu—but still can't lose the weight? Your favorite "diet" foods may be to blame.

In this groundbreaking program, nutrition and fitness expert JJ Virgin reveals the real secret behind weight gain—food intolerance. A negative reaction to certain foods lik
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Hardcover, 336 pages
Published December 4th 2012 by Harlequin (first published January 1st 2012)
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Diane Kistner
Jan 27, 2013 Diane Kistner rated it really liked it
Those seven "high-FI" (food intolerance) foods? They are in everything. Everything. I have enough trouble having to deal with preparing meals for DH and me (we are an older couple in fairly poor health) without having to eliminate peanut butter and eggs, too. I could have guessed corn and soy, gluten and sweeteners would be on the high-FI list, and dairy figures also, but eggs and peanut butter are staples in our house. When we have to take our meds at various times of the day with food, those a ...more
Lisa
Jan 03, 2013 Lisa rated it it was amazing
Forget the title--this is a serious, must-read book. The Virgin Diet is packed with useful information about nutrition and exercise. Her premise, that many people are suffering from food-intolerance issues without knowing it, was true in my case. Now when I hear people say they have "baby brain" or can't remember something or wake up at night or have acne, I think--food! What did you eat? There's a strong relationship between what we eat and how our bodies react. That should be obvious, but it's ...more
Diane
Feb 10, 2013 Diane rated it it was amazing
I got this book from the library but now sent in my order to Amazon.

Have I read it all? No. Why am I giving 5 stars to an only partially read book?

She gave me the kick in the ass I needed to seriously try this.

I started a low carb diet in the fall and lost 17 pounds over the course of a few months. Good results (especially since I ignored the diet over the holidays) but nothing earth shattering. I've known I had problems with certain foods over the years, but mainly lived with whatever symptoms
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AH
Feb 07, 2014 AH rated it it was ok
Having struggled with weight issues for all of my life, I am always open to finding some sort of eating plan that would work with me and not feel like a diet. Sadly, The Virgin Diet is not for me. There are far too many exclusions of foods that I enjoy and I can't see myself sticking to such a diet. Sure, you could lose a lot of weight following this diet. Who wouldn't? Seriously, if you cut out dairy, soy, eggs, bread, corn, sugar, sugar substitutes - yes you will lose weight. Would you be happ ...more
Marguarite Markley
Jan 27, 2013 Marguarite Markley rated it really liked it
Shelves: adult-nonfiction
A good health/fitness book will provide resources to further investigate claims made by the author. A good health/fitness book explains in simple terminology the science of whatever subject the author is writing about. A good health/fitness books doesn't require the purchase of the author's products to complete the diet/exercise.

The Virgin Diet: Drop 7 Foods, Lose 7 Pounds, Just 7 Days, by J.J. Virgin is a great health/fitness book. J.J. Virgin explains in simple terms why everyone should cut ou
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Anita
Dec 11, 2012 Anita rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction-read
This one is based on the fact you may have food intolerances(not allergies) that are causing you all sorts of grief and weight retention, the worst of which is the icky sounding "leaky gut." Not something I've heard from the AMA, but she makes a case, and we all know people with food allergies, so maybe there is something to it. Sounds easy--just drop these 7 foods--oh, what are they? peanuts, soy, corn, okay. . . sugar (no surprise, and no artificial sweeteners either), eggs, dairy, and gluten. ...more
Amanda
May 04, 2013 Amanda rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2013
This book frequently reads like a sales pitch: jokey, folksy, and incredibly repetitive, there is some good information in here, but you'll find a far more thorough review of food intolerances in other books. Contrary to what Virgin says, this really is a diet book. Also, read its admittedly cursory information with care: it isn't cowritten or reviewed by a doctor - those little endorsement blurbs don't count! Also, the book is fairly dismissive of vegetarian/vegan diets, so if avoiding animal p ...more
Pam ☼Because Someone Must Be a Thorn☼ Tee
I asked for this book (it was an ARC) not so much because I wanted to lose weight, though I surely need to, but because I've become very interested in nutrition. I want to feed good food to my children --of course-- and also to my husband and myself who are getting older.

WHAT'S COVERED
--THE VIRGIN DIET book provided a boat load on info on sugar, carbs, synthetic foods, GMOs etc.
--the book covered Virgin's 3-Part program
--there are recipes
--there is a reference section

WHAT I LIKED
--I really like
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Julie
Feb 27, 2013 Julie rated it really liked it
Very much like the GAPS diet, except with a much bigger marketing budget and an attractive cheerleader. Good advice all around: identify food sensitivities, eliminate processed food, and focus on *real* nutritious foods.
Christine Abraham
Dec 19, 2013 Christine Abraham rated it it was amazing
I lost 10 pounds on the JJ Virgin Diet in one month and I’m living and eating healthy again! In just one month I went down two pant sizes, my brain is more focused, and I feel happy. I spent a fortune on Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig, HCG Supplements, and other diet programs- and failed to keep off the weight. After reading the JJ Virgin Diet book I realized the problem was not my “willpower” or my “blood sugar problems” or “emotional eating.” In fact, my problem was that I had an unknown sensiti ...more
Marla Mutch
Feb 06, 2013 Marla Mutch rated it really liked it
Lots of good information, and a really helpful Facebook page by people who have read the book. I didn't loss weight like crazy, but several health issues cleared up that I was not expecting. I plan to remain on a modification of this diet because I just feel so much better. I hope as I continue on this diet even more "aging" issues continue to clear up. I am very happy to never eat wheat again if I get to be this well. And I do not have celiac disease, I was tested. I would recommend trying this ...more
Jennifer Lynn
Jan 07, 2014 Jennifer Lynn rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2014
The idea is the same as pretty much all diets it seems. Eat vegetables, fruits, and lean proteins and you are set. There really is nothing original in the idea but the cover caught my attention since it states lose seven pounds in seven days. So I decided to see what it was about. She wants people to cut out sugar/artificial sugar, corn, peanuts, dairy, eggs, gluten, and soy. That basically states the new paleo-diet that is going around. I understand that this diet probably does work. It makes s ...more
GONZA
Sep 30, 2012 GONZA rated it it was ok
It was interesting enough but still there was nothing particular y new or innovative. Food Intolerance has been since long known as one of the reason people could have problem losing weight, so, as usual, my favorite part of books regarding dieting are the recipes....

THANKS TO NETGALLEY AND HARLEQUIN FOR THE PREVIEW
Rosey Bourne
Dec 09, 2012 Rosey Bourne rated it it was amazing
This is a no nonsense guide to eat well. I am now on to cycle 2 and feel that it is a science project. It really works - easy to lose weight without any hunger pains or cravings . You feel good about the process especially if you are doing it more to solve the question of what is bothering me than just wanting to lose a few pounds; that is the bonus to this :). Very informative.
Judy Benvin
Dec 31, 2012 Judy Benvin rated it liked it
Interesting premise. Looking into food allergies is a good idea. Around page 150 I discovered that the suggestion was to replace 2 meals with protien shakes! No wonder people lost weight so quickly! Some of the nutritional advise is questionable - how does a personal trainer think she's a nutritionist???
Darren
Apr 29, 2013 Darren rated it really liked it
As the book cries out "drop seven foods, lose seven pounds, just seven days". Who doesn't want that kind of easy and quick results? OK, maybe by not eating for a week you'd get similar results, but that is a bit of a drastic step and you would have to start eating again sometime.

There are so many conflicting opinions about diets and which is the right and only way to lose weight. By reducing what you put in your mouth might not be enough and what exactly are the "good" foods and the "bad" foods.
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Nicole Denise
Feb 06, 2014 Nicole Denise rated it really liked it
When I first saw the Virgin Diet in Barnes and Nobles I thought it was another fad diet book that was hype and would not work so I passed. Then I won the Virgin Diet through First Reads. So I thought "ok...I am meant to read this so I will give it a go." A day orvso after receiving the book in the mail I was admitted to the hospital for what I thought was just a stomach virus and low bp but turned out my intestines were extremely inflamed and mildly infected. This was a wake up call to me to get ...more
Maggie
Jul 02, 2015 Maggie rated it really liked it
This is one of those books that makes one smack their forehead and say, "Duh!" Makes total sense! But if it's going to work for you, YOU MUST BE WILLING TO CHANGE.

We're older folks (57, 65), on a fixed income with some major arthritis issues between us. Hubby has a big belly and always feels bad about how his clothes fit and how he looks; I've suspected leaky gut for a while. We learned last year that he's sensitive to foods we take for granted, most of which are in everything: Wheat, soy, corn,
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Jennifer Andrews
Feb 13, 2013 Jennifer Andrews rated it really liked it
This diet works. I was already a vegan before I began, so I wasn't eating dairy or eggs to begin with. No doubt that fact made it easier for me to be on this diet than most people who are moving from "no-holds-barred" to "Whoa! What the heck can I eat?" status. I have lost 9 pounds in the 21 day Cycle 1. Today, I saw a number on the scale that I haven't seen in YEARS, and that is extremely satisfying for me! My blood pressure has gone from borderline hypertension to normal. My clothes are too bi ...more
Eleni
Jan 06, 2013 Eleni rated it really liked it
Ok- at first i thought this book was Just ok- I like the idea of an elimination diet to figure out food triggers. I like the idea of eating real foods. I didn't like the idea that the first phase of diet is about replacing 2 meals a day with shakes. Hmmmm. While most of the food ideas are sound (tracking food, portion control, focusing on vegies, even including good carbs) at first i felt other ideas were just another way to sell processed powders as meals.
Then I tried it. Lost 10lbs in two week
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Jeannie
Dec 29, 2013 Jeannie rated it it was amazing
This book, along with the PBS special changed my life. I lost 40 pounds over the past year and feel great. I didn't know how bad I felt and that it was directly related to the highly allergenic, inflammatory foods I was eating. Who knew this dairy lover is lactose intolerant? Gluten makes me sick. Go figure. Give it a try even if it's just for a few weeks. It's not the end of the world to try something new.
I got this book at my library and needed to look back at the recipes so much that I bough
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Valerie the bookworm
May 23, 2015 Valerie the bookworm rated it it was amazing
This book is excellent. It is well researched and noted to that effect. It is clear and easy to understand and gives a lot of great information as to why you should dump 7 inflammatory foods for 21 days. I have currently been dieting so I have already given up some but not all. They are: gluten, dairy, eggs, sugar, artificial sweeteners, peanuts, and soy. I highly recommend this book...not just for weight loss but also for anyone who is sick and tired of feeling sick and tired!
Mary
Feb 03, 2013 Mary rated it it was amazing
I have tried this diet and feel great. My energy is so much higher, I sleep better, my skin even looks and feels better and of course I have lost weight. But I did it for the health reasons. It also helps the pain of my minor arthritis in my hip, neck and hands. I am still reading and re-reading it to learn as much as I can and to be sure I am on the right track.
Nina Harrington
Jan 30, 2013 Nina Harrington rated it really liked it

The Virgin Diet by JJ Virgin


Idea for the Eating Plan?

Drop the 7 foods which are most likely to cause food intolerance and you can loose up to 7 pounds in 7 days and look years younger.

Key features of this approach include:

The secret to weight loss is not calories, fat, protein or even carbs. These things can be important but you won't lose weight if you are eating foods that your body cannot handle.

The key to weight loss is avoiding and overcoming food intolerance.

Food intolerance is not the
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CJ
Aug 10, 2016 CJ rated it it was amazing
This book rates 5 stars from me because the content changed my life. Really. I believe it has the potential to do so for others too, and not for healthy weight loss, though it works well for that too. I read it first several years ago at the prodding of my sister-in-law. It's a system of clean eating and eliminating many foods that cause trouble for people, and then reintroducing those foods a bit at a time. After almost 20 years of chronic pain that no one could diagnose or treat, despite every ...more
The Librarian
Oct 24, 2012 The Librarian rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction, health
Interesting read. Virgin echoes my feeling that food allergies lead to weight gain, amoung other health issues. The diet is fairly easy to follow with a few exceptions (I can't locate palm fruit oil even at Whole Foods). Her recipes sound scrumptious. If you think food allergies are a problem for you, then this elimination diet is a good (and cheaper) alternative to ful-blown allergy testing.

I will give it a try after the holidays.

A few negatives-
1) It's not cheap to eat grass fed, antibiotic-f
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Elyse
Apr 10, 2013 Elyse rated it it was amazing
I was on a conference call with J.J. last year along with a team of other doctors and nutritional consultants.

Later I was asked to submit a recipe that would be published in "The Virgin Diet" Companion Cookbook.

You can see make my "Yummy Recipe" under side dishes (red lentils/ quinoa/red& yellow onions/a fennel bulb/marsala...etc. (by me: elyse walters)

I 'did' pick up some wonderful 'TIPS' in this book BESIDES the 'elimination foods'.

For example: I have never cooked with Palm Fruit Oil. It
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Anita
Jun 06, 2016 Anita rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Food intolerances solved!!!

This to me is the easiest and most healthy way of dealing with excess weight. Truly food sensitivities seem to cause weight gain and a feeling of poor health. I was NEVER hungry on this diet and have been successful in giving up dairy and sugar. Even with an airline job requiring constant travel it was easy to maintain. I did not try the shakes. My only quibble is that there is a lot of "fluff" and repetition. It could all be spelled out in a few pages, but her methodo
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Rachel
Apr 24, 2014 Rachel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was an interesting read. She says to drop all High Inflammation foods: wheat, milk, soy, eggs, sugar, corn and peanuts. Then, add them back and see if you are affected. I am not planning to do her whole plan, but she convinced me to cut way back on sugar, corn and milk. (I already don't do gluten or soy). So, here's the deal, I think I actually feel better! Cool! The funny thing about this book is she says over and over, "drop the 7 foods, lose 7 pounds in 7 days, feel better and look young ...more
Nicole
Jan 07, 2016 Nicole rated it liked it
Shelves: cookbooks-food
This was a actually a reread. I started her plan last year and felt great after just three weeks. But life got in the way so now I'm going to do the full plan. Hence the reread. She gives a lot of references and research as well as real life stories to motivate. But... She repeats the same phrases over and over- which is mildly annoying. She is also a little overly dramatic at times. All in all- the principles of health are sound and they work!!
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