The Virgin Diet: Drop 7 Foods, Lose 7 Pounds, Just 7 Days
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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 in...more
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published December 4th 2012 by Harlequin (first published January 1st 2012)
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Diane Kistner
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
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
AH
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
Diane
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...more
Anita
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
Marguarite Markley
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...more
Amanda
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
Christine Smith
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
Pamela ☼where's my aspirin☼ 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...more
Diana
Great book about the relationship of food intolerance to weight gain and other unpleasant symptoms caused by the inflammatory immune response to certain foods. I have read books about this subject before, but never one so extensively researched and clearly outlined as this one. I started the program a few days ago, and am already experiencing relief of symptoms. Wonderful resource!
GONZA
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
Judy Benvin
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???
Julie
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.
Jennifer
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
Nina Harrington

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...more
Marla Mutch
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 Andrews
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
Darren
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....more
Tina
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...more
Jeannie
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...more
Eleni
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...more
Kitten Kisser
First things first, if you are looking into this book because loosing weight fast is your one & only goal, then give this a pass. The author is very misleading in her claim you will simply & easily drop 7 foods & drop 7 pounds in a mere 7 days. There is nothing easy about The Virgin Diet. Let me make that very clear. That said, my reason for getting the book was less about loosing weight & more about food intolerance.

There are a lot of very good points & plenty of good advice...more
Cheryl
Nothing to lose by trying this, especially if it helps, even marginally, to reduce immune response and inflammation. On day 4, feeling lighter but that's it so far. Hoping there's no surprises ahead.

The vegan guide PDF from her website is much more positive towards vegans and vegetarians than the book, which basically states even if you are vegetarian for spiritual reasons you need to eat clean animal protein (farm-raised poultry, wild fish) to be healthy.
Rosey Bourne
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.
Mary
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.
Carla
***** This is a First Reads, Thank You Goodreads *****

Not all Diet books are the same. First, let me disclose I have a lot of food allergies and intolerance. This is not something I was born with, it was something that just happened. One morning I woke up to say goodbye to all dairy. Now, the nut thing, I was born with.
It is hard to find books filled with information, diet, recipes, or any form of education when you have these issues - all this in one book, amazing. The author is a nutritionist...more
Kirsten
I ended up listening to this book because I just could not make it through. I do however believe she knows her stuff and what she says makes sense. She says that our bodies are a chemistry lab and weight loss is a lot more than just calories in calories out. The idea is based on cutting out 7 foods for 2 weeks and then slowly introduce them back in your diet, and if you have unpleasant symptoms them you know you are intolerant. My husband and I did it and we are both intolerant to dairy. He work...more
Nicole Denise
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
Carol Rennie
I received this book as a Goodreads Giveaway. Thank you!

I really hadn't thought of food intolerance as being a problem in losing weight. When I read the book, I thought this book is really geared towards me. What I really liked about the book is that at the end it gives you a reference of all the things that you should have on hand on a day to day basis. Although there are many many foods I do have, there are also many I don't. So having this reference will be very helpful when I go to stock up...more
Jennifer
Where to start with an extreme diet book? Sometimes when I'm reading a book like this, I am appalled. We take it for granted that we have these choices - rid ourselves of gluten and dairy, when most people in the world don't have the choice or even the food for daily sustenance. I also think that life's too short not to enjoy eating. Having said all that, my main interest in reading a book like this is to find a healthy way of eating to maintain my weight and overall health. She certainly makes...more
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