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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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by J. J. Virgin

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The key to weight loss isn't calories. It isn't fat. It isn't protein. It isn't even carbs. You can count them, cut them, and swap them all you want, but you won't lose weight if you're eating foods that your body can't tolerate. And the most common diet foods—like egg whites, wheat bread, and fat-free yogurt—are some of the


The key to weight loss isn't calories. It isn't fat. It isn't protein. It isn't even carbs. You can count them, cut them, and swap them all you want, but you won't lose weight if you're eating foods that your body can't tolerate. And the most common diet foods—like egg whites, wheat bread, and fat-free yogurt—are some of the worst offenders. These "healthy" foods are actually making you fat!

In this book, celebrity nutritionist and fitness expert J. J. Virgin pinpoints the ten foods that sabotage weight loss. Just by eliminating these ten diet saboteurs, listeners will see incredible results: their fat will melt away, their metabolism will get a healthy boost, their energy levels will skyrocket and they will start to look (and feel!) younger. As Virgin explains, the body is a chemistry lab, not a calculator. These ten foods cause inflammation in the body, slowing the metabolism, creating mood swings and cravings and causing premature aging—not to mention a host of beauty problems.

In addition to eliminating the ten foods, listeners will eat plenty of Virgin's fifty powerful healing and anti-inflammatory foods for twenty-one days, ridding the body of inflammation and hitting the diet reset button. After the simple twenty-one-day program, listeners can try incorporating gluten, dairy, and eggs back into their diet and testing for inflammation. Virgin's clients see incredible results with the program, including:

  • Weight loss—at least ten pounds in twenty-one days
  • Flat tummy
  • Younger-looking, clearer skin
  • Healthier hair
  • Improved energy
  • Better sleep and a clearer mind
  • Fewer mood swings and cravings

This book is for listeners who are tired of counting calories without seeing results, or who find it impossible to lose weight, no matter how many calories they count or carbs they cut, and listeners who struggle with any type of inflammation.

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"You must [listen to] this book if you're doing everything right and still struggling to lose weight!" ---Suzanne Somers

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"You must [listen to] this book if you're doing everything right and still struggling to lose weight!" —-Suzanne Somers

Meet the Author

A twenty-five-year veteran of the health and fitness industry, JJ Virgin is a cohost of TLC's Freaky Eaters.

A twenty-five-year veteran of the health and fitness industry, JJ Virgin is a cohost of TLC's Freaky Eaters.

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The Virgin Diet: Drop 7 Foods, Lose 7 Pounds, Just 7 Days 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 79 reviews.
DrChristianson More than 1 year ago
The Virgin Diet works if you work it. As a doctor who treats thyroid disease, I work with the struggles of the MOST weight loss resistant people on a daily basis. Not only can The Virgin Diet help them, but many with early thyroid disease, The Virgin Diet alone can reverse their illness. One commenter said it was 'fishy' how The Virgin Diet got positive comments so early. JJ Virgin is not a flash in the pan, come from nowhere diet guru. The Virgin Diet did not start with this book. For years, JJ Virgin has been tirelessly teaching this approach to physicians. We have seen the results and demanded that she get this message out on a bigger scale. That is how the book has come about. Buy the book, live the book. Your life will change. Don't browse it and put it back. Don't take it home and let it gather dust.
Hyla_Cass_MD More than 1 year ago
JJ has it right! In my years as a medical doctor and psychiatrist, I know that it's not 'calories in, calories out', but as JJ says, your body is not a bank account but a chemistry lab. And food intolerances are rampant, due to our poor food sources including GMO foods, other 'non-foods' that we ingest, and overall toxic environment. Her advice to stop the offending foods is brilliant. It allows your body to lower it's stress level and to heal, dropping the unwanted, hard-to-lose weight, enhance your energy, clear up your skin.. all the good things that happen to my patients when they are on this allergen free diet. In this user-friendly, entertaining, and practical book, JJ's made this journey doable, and it works!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Call me crazy, but something sounds fishy with this book. When this book went on sale yesterday, nobody had a post up when I checked, but then after one person wrote one bad review after actually reading it in the store, suddenly 18 people posted a review about how wonderful the book is. One person claims their whole office has been on it and recommends it. When? How? The book just came out yesterday. One person claims that they lost five inches from their waist in seven days. Is that even safe? Well I too went to see what all the hubbub was about myself today and I didn't like it. I feel the book is a warmed over version of Eat This, Not That and an expanded version of the Wheat Belly Diet. Why try the 17 Day Diet like I did when you can do it in 7 with this book? I couldn't get past the first chapter. The truth is being overweight is partially our fault. It is based on what we eat. We scarfed down years of junk food and thought nothing will happen to us. It did. Food doesn't make you fat, a combination of age, biology and lack of exercise does, not some food intolerance. I drink soy milk because I am lactose intolerant, it hasn't affected my weight one bit. I am so tired of these books trying to tell it like it is. How can a skinny person tell somebody overweight like me how to lose weight. How about they tell the truth, that we need to eat better and watch those calories. This book is another case of someone trying to capitalize off of what a lot of women are dealing with. How about somebody write about that tells the truth and not waste our time and money telling us that we are total screw ups and that they can cure what so many people have battled for years in a week. Until I find a book written by somebody that has been there and done that, I won't support a book like this. I would rather be fat and healthy than lied to, unhealthy and thin.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The format this book is in isn't easy to read on the nook. Some things are cut off at the bottom of the page and the shopping list is a verticle mess! The book is good, however and after only a few days I'm feeling better. I really love her smoothie recipes and what she says really makes sense to me. Although I could do w/o all the testimonials as they get a bit old.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am still working through this program. It was an easy read and the concept is believable. The biggest problem is with the NOOK version. The shopping list and recipes are difficult to follow because of the NOOK layout. I hope BN will correct this and send those that purchased this ebook an update.
PamBilfeld More than 1 year ago
The Virgin Diet is a smart book for those who have tried to lose wait previously, and have been unsuccessful. I am a Nutritional Health Coach and highly recommend this book to my own clients. JJ Virgin brings the food allergy culprits to the surface, eliminates those foods and brings in comparable substitutions. All is clearly explained in this book as to the reasons why certain foods may hinder weight loss. Her food choices are very balanced and wholesome, to encourage weight loss and energy gain. Personally, I have seen it all and I read every diet book out there. The Virgin Diet has broad customer appeal and is doable. If your goal is to reach your ideal weight and keep it off as part of a total health lifestyle change, then this book is for you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
JJ's plan really works. I am 5'7" over 40 and weighed 138 lbs with a lot of stomach problems, acne, brain fog, and fatigue. After following JJ's elimination diet, I lost 10 lbs of excess fat in one month, finally could eat without digestions issues, and gained back my energy. I did not realize how fatigued I truly was. Her diet makes sense, is backed by science, and really works. The food filled me up because I was eating the right kinds of food with the right fat.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Virgin Diet is a book I enthusiastically recommend to my patients. I continuously hear the success stories back from my patients, in fact my entire office staff went on the Virgin Diet with great success and team work and they continue to encourage others! We have taught detox programs and modified elimination diets for years, but JJ has nailed it in a simple and doable fashion. Bravo. I highly recommend it and the weight loss is a benefit, but the better energy and immunity and mood is a gift.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
All I had to do was make a few easy swaps--coconut milk for dairy, almond butter for peanut butter--and drop the bread and the soy, and I was all of a sudden 10 pounds leaner. I could see definition in places I never even thought I could have. And I stopped feeling bloated after I ate. I haven't gone back, and the weight has just stayed off. For the first time, I feel like I was born to look this great.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read the book after seeing her on PBS speacial. She is a great speaker. The book reads easily enough, but the program is brutal. I tried it and last 3 days.....by the 5th day, I was totally off of it. I went to every health food in town to try to find foods with ingredients not on the list. It was nearly impossible. I am a working girl, I don't have time to spend in the kitchen preparing elaborate bland meals. This diet is for someone who has lots of time...because all OTC foods have one or more of her 7 not to eat ingredients. The hardest for me was sugar and eggs.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
J. J. Virgin will help you lose weight and find out if you are sensitive to certain food, but you're better off buying the hardcover version. It doesn't transfer to the Nook very good. Some parts are so small and when you try to make them bigger they look like they were erased. Also the shopping list was unreadable. Very disappointed with my Nook.
Leanne_Ely More than 1 year ago
JJ's new book is exemplary. She's made a complicated subject (food sensitivities) into something that easy to understand and extremely doable. I recommend her, have partnered with her and know her personally--everything in this book is something she lives herself and it works. A must-read if you've been stuck and can't lose the weight. The Virgin Diet is the answer to weight loss resistance!
Cduncan More than 1 year ago
This book will change you.  It is absolutely the truth about food and how it affects the body, mind and spirit.  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Virgin Diet book is saving my life! I don't even know what's up with the 'Well if it sounds to be to be true' reviewer on 11/27/12 (first, inserting 'good' in the sentence they typed would be a start - sorry, grammar police lol), and her eating schedule not be able to lose 10# using Ms. Virgin's guidelines. She must not know all that she thinks she knows not to be able to AT LEAST lose 10#. And that she's been in this 10# over situation this many years and hasn't gained more than that...? Please, something's not adding up. Three weeks ago the doctor told me that my LDL is terribly too high and HAD a CRP of 12.7 (of which you're not suppose to have ANY CRP in your blood - it's a marker of inflammation and leads to all sorts of terrible diseases). I've been following Ms. Virgin's posts on Facebook - and just by practicing those very helpful guidelines and information (and now her book!) since 11/19/12, I've lost almost 9# and just had my CRP tested yesterday and it's down to 7!!!!!!!! YAY!!!!!!!!!! Background: I'm a 45 yr old female, regular menst cycles, overweight and USE to feel bloated and irritable. Not anymore on those last two and I'm working steadily on become a 'loser' ....a weight loser that is hehe!! Please get this book. It can save your life too!!!!
RenataP More than 1 year ago
I was so excited to receive this book. I had watched J.J. lecture and ordered the book right the way. I read the book sooo fast once I received it. I wished I had known all of that 26 years ago, when I was born. J'.J. Advices cutting foods with high intolerance and explains very well and clearly why and what these foods can be doing to you based on physiology and statistics. Things that we may think that are consequences of age and life, may only be an intolerance to food. There are no clinical tests to detect food intolerance, only to detect allergies so the single option is to cut these foods and reintroduce them little by little observing how our bodies react to them. How would I even think about doing this if it wasn't for this book? I started cutting the high intolerance foods before even getting the book. It was a little hard without the book but once I received it I had much better guidance, which helped with recipes and with understanding better the reasons why to cut out these foods and what they were doing to me. I lost 10lbs within about two weeks after watching her PBS presentation, and then a few more after getting the book which just got released. All this Only by eliminating the foods and not adding anything else to my life style. All my food intolerance symptoms are gone too! No headaches, no joint pain, no mood swings, no constipation, no wheezing, my acne is almost all gone, etc. I feel great!!! I completely recommend this book, for all the benefits mentioned above plus the knowledge about you body and the food we subject our bodies to. I have been recommending it to everyone!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lots of good information. Worth a try if you have inflammation or allergies.
jeanine7161 More than 1 year ago
This is the best diet plan ever. I am satisfied between meals and the cravings are gone. She explains everything about how foods affect our weight. My doctor was shocked by my progress in just three weeks. My Lipid panel is all within normal limits.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have tried everything to lose weight. This book gave me so much information and hope that I decided to try it. I lost weight right away, and I'm still going. I actually got the book to help with swelling in my knees and the whole weight loss was a side benefit. I thought I had to live with the extra weight as I got older, I am thrilled that I don't! I can't begin to say how grateful I am to be off that sugar roller coaster.
SaddLLP More than 1 year ago
I was going to buy this book but the fake reviews turned me off.  People don't write so concisely and so many doctors writing review on the same day sounds like they don't have anything better to do.  
luckyr80 More than 1 year ago
I read JJ's Quick Start Guide before I received my book and was able to start the 21 day elimination period on 11/6/12 and I lost 4 lbs the first week. I lost a total of 6 lbs following the elimination period for 21 days (including over Thanksgiving, I actually lost 1 pound over Thanksgiving) of removing the 7 foods she recommended. I received the book right when I was ready to start adding some of the foods back into my diet to see if I was sensitive to them. I have found the book interesting and easy to read. I only lost a few pounds because I followed another diet and already lost 25 lbs and hit a plateau caused by food sensitivities/intolerances. JJ's book helped me to overcome the plateau and to reach my goal weight. I am no longer hungry all the time. I sometimes have the urge to snack but that is out of habit from being hungry frequently previously. I eat regular, tasty meals and no longer feel hungry between meals. I LOVE the VegaLite shake she recommends from Thorne Research. The vanilla shake is the BEST!! The chocolate shake is ok but not as tasty as the vanilla. The shake has been my savior for breakfast. I love adding fresh berries to the vanilla shake. This diet is easy to follow for those who are determined and have the willpower to stay on track. The foods make you feel good, so why would you not want to follow it? I am sleeping better and feel great. Now I can celebrate my accomplishment of meeting my goal weight right before my 32nd birthday. I will eat whatever dessert I want and not feel guilty about it because I know how to manage my weight. Thank you JJ for providing this information in an easy to read and follow format.
Anabel-Vijod More than 1 year ago
The Virgin Diet proved to me to be ACCURATE information!!!!! From day 3 I began losing weight and I haven't stopped ever since!!! I am forty one years old and I was already eating what I thougth it was healthy food but gaining weight little by little over time. When I heard JJ Virgin and did away with the seven foods she says are not good I began losing weight!!!!! If you buy the book, don't like it and put it on the shelf, it will never work for you. But if you just try the Virgin Diet, JJ says for 3 weeks, I say for just 3 days, you'lll see that it works!!!!!!!!!!! And then if you do so for another 3 days, you'lll see that it keeps working!!!! And then you go and eat what you shouldn´t but then come back and eat according to the Virgin diet, you'll see how your body changes into the shape that you've been trying to get for so long!!!!!! If you try it, you'lll see this is the way to keep fit and stay thin.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was very educational regarding food intolerance and gave information how to eliminate these triggers from your diet. The only problem I found was the foods to eat that were recommended to eat for 3 weeks were expensive. Overall it was easy reading and taught me alot about food intolerances.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's a pretty restrictive diet.  Good luck. Those that try it may just be losing weight due to a food/calorie reduction, not food insensitivities.  Hard to say.  It was way too restrictive for me.  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very workable plan for the dedicated dieter. As with all these kind of plans, they assume everyone can afford to change the contents of their kitchen overnight. Implementing this healthy eating style is a work in progress.
writerlyn47 More than 1 year ago
This book has been very helpful...it tells you what not to eat, but gives plenty of substitutes to satisfy hunger. The facts are easy to understand and the humor helps you to remember what you've read.