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Healthy foods in moderation equal weight loss? No, says nutrition and fitness expert Virgin, whose claims include losing seven pounds in seven days by eliminating—forget moderation—seven food groups, including gluten, lactose, and others known to trigger true food intolerance, food sensitivities, and food reactions. Time-honored “correctly” balanced eating may be holding you back because of physical chemical responses causing digestive problems, inflammation and other immune reactions, and weight gain. This “science experiment” that puts a halt to calorie counting and isolates food intolerances can, Virgin attests, help us regain a healthy systemic balance before we reintegrate appropriate foods from certain food groups. The author’s straightforward, comprehensive approach provides a detailed guide to restaurant eating and “meal assemblies” structured in three cycles: elimination, gradual reintroduction of certain foods, and a diet for life. She also includes a Virgin Diet shopping list, a metrics conversion table, source listings, additional resources, and a list of the author’s favorite books. --Whitney Scott


"Eliminates the ‘healthy' foods that are actually holding your health hostage, so you can lose weight quickly and permanently."-Mark Hyman, MD, author of the #1 New York Times bestseller, The Blood Sugar Solution

"A foolproof, science-based plan to lose weight, boost your metabolism and reclaim your health, for life." -Daniel G. Amen, MD, author of Change Your Brain, Change Your Body

"You must read this book if you think you're doing everything right and still struggling to lose weight!"-Suzanne Somers, bestselling author of 23 books, including Bombshell

"In this book, JJ reveals one of the primary reasons why people are doing everything ‘right' but still not losing weight. Her tell-it-like-it-is attitude is refreshing, clear and informative. I highly recommend The Virgin Diet for anyone who has ever struggled with their weight and knows there has to be a better way. That way is illuminated in this book!" -Cynthia Pasquella, CCN, creator of SoCal Cleanse and bestselling author of PINK Method

"Food sensitivity is a hidden epidemic-this eye-opening book will change the way you think of food so you can lose weight for good." -Frank Lipman, MD, author of Revive: Stop Feeling Spent and Start Living Again

"The Virgin Diet demystifies food sensitivities while offering the reader a fantastic plan that will help them to lose weight and feel great."-Mike Dow, PhD, author of Diet Rehab

"JJ's Virgin Diet offers the ultimate plan to slim down, boost energy and feel your very best, whether you're vegan, vegetarian or omnivore!" -Alex Jamieson, author of The Great American Detox Diet

"JJ Virgin is the real deal! She debunks the diet myths and gives you a program that really works!" -Jonny Bowden, PhD, CNS, aka "The Rogue Nutritionist," bestselling author of The 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth and The Great Cholesterol Myth

"The Virgin Diet provides the exact game plan you need to finally beat the exhausting game of weight-loss resistance. This book is sure to shake up the diet world and put soy, wheat and dairy (and a few others) on notice! Well-researched and filled with case studies of people who have lived this diet, my prediction is The Virgin Diet will become a classic." -Leanne Ely, ONC, New York Times bestselling author from

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 306 pages
  • Publisher: Harlequin (December 4, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780373892716
  • ISBN-13: 978-0373892716
  • ASIN: 0373892713
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.1 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,498 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,209 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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JJ Virgin, CNS, CHFS. "Your body is not a bank account. It's a chemistry lab." JJ Virgin

NY Times bestselling author JJ Virgin is a prominent fitness and nutrition expert, public speaker and media personality.

Her latest book, JJ Virgin's Sugar Impact Diet - Drop 7 Hidden Sugars, Lose Up to 10 Pounds in Just 2 Weeks was published on November 4, 2014 to powerful reviews from all over the world.

JJ's earlier NY Times best sellers, The Virgin Diet: Drop 7 Foods, Lose 7 Pounds, Just 7 Days, and The Virgin Diet Cookbook: 150 Delicious Recipes to Lose the Fat and Feel Better Fast, appeared on numerous bestselling non-fiction lists, including The NY Times, USA Today, the Chicago Tribune and The Wall St. Journal.

Internationally recognized as an expert in overcoming weight loss resistance (a self-coined term to describe people who do everything correctly and can't attain weight loss), JJ has helped thousands attain fast fat loss by addressing food allergies, sensitivities and intolerances. Clients feel better fast and get fast, lasting fat loss when they drop the 7 highly reactive foods.

JJ's recent media appearances include PBS, Access Hollywood, The Rachael Ray Show, The Doctors, and The Today Show. She is a frequent blogger for, The Huffington Post, and Prevention Magazine. JJ has been interviewed in numerous publications, including FOX News, Women's World, Health Magazine, LA Weekly, Cosmopolitan, Dr. Oz's website and the LA Times.

Her A-list clients include Nicole Eggert, Gene Simmons, Ben Stiller, Janeane Garofalo and Superman Returns star Brandon Routh.

JJ was the nutrition expert for 2 years on the Dr. Phil Show and spent 2 seasons as co-host of TLC's Freaky Eaters. She is also the best-selling author of Six Weeks to Sleeveless and Sexy and creator of the 4x4 Burst Training Workout.

JJ is a Board Certified Nutrition Specialist through the American College of Nutrition, board certified in Holistic Nutrition, and a Certified Nutrition and Fitness Specialist.

Visit to learn more and get her free 3-part video series.

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599 of 624 people found the following review helpful By JerzeyBird on September 12, 2013
Format: Hardcover
As many readers are aware, the food intolerance and elimination diet ideas have been around for a very long time. This book is a decent synthesis of that tradition, but the author's many statements of certainty leave me cold.

I am a physiologist working in the field of adult metabolic dysfunction, and I agree with her that diet is the cause of pretty much all the ills we experience. I read and generally follow the authors that she lists in her recommended reading as well as seriously read the medical literature, personally eat aligned with Weston Price, and think the GAPS diet is superior for healing a leaky gut. I do agree that there is mounting evidence that leaky gut is at the root of many autoimmune problems, and I define autoimmune in a very general way that includes anything that causes inflammation (that is to say, much more general than establishment medicine uses the terms for a limited set of specific illnesses).

But, in my opinion, she kind of mashes up a number of suspected metabolic derangements into the "IT!!" of food intolerance in order to sell her newest best thing, which oversimplifies the issue and sets people up to think that their weight and their cravings are all about their exposure to food antigens. To begin, of course people are going to lose weight when they clean up their diets, and how much of her claimed results are the result of folks giving this 3-week protocol a whirl and eating a clean and portion-controlled diet? Secondly, many of the foods on her list are well-known players in the insulin problem. How do we know that her results are not actually related to positive impacts on insulin and the resulting decrease in inflammation and cravings that accompany better regulation of it?
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625 of 674 people found the following review helpful By Dr P on November 28, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Most of the people I know could lose a little weight. I know I'm among the "most people." We want to, we know the traditional ways that we "SHOULD" eat and exercise, BUT... something gets in the way. So we carry that weight, a little more each year. Another promise made - and broken - each year.

And then, I heard JJ Virgin talk about the 7 foods that cause inflammation. She talked about the body being more like a chemistry lab than a bank account. It's not always about calories in and calories burned. Sometimes it's about what the body does with the "fuel" it's given.

I decided to give JJ's plan a try. She gathered evidence from thousands of people she had seen in hospitals and in her practice. Not only had she done her research, but she got results over and over again. I will say that in eating differently and by dropping seven foods out of my diet, I've lost 19 pounds in the last five weeks. I've experimented with different foods and putting some back in at this point just to see what my chemistry lab of a body would do. I'm now pretty clear about what works for me and what doesn't.

JJ's plan is simple, easy to understand, and easy to do.

It's funny to write a book review and to say that as a result of this information, I need new clothes!
You'll be saying the same. I hope you try it and that you, too, need a new belt soon!
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981 of 1,079 people found the following review helpful By Jenny on April 16, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
Hi everyone!

The 7 things she lists to avoid are
5.Sugar and artificial sweeteners

And then she says to do this for 3 weeks and then add the food in one by one and see what you are sensitive to. She also stresses you to buy her products. I have told you the entire book in just these few words. Do NOT waste your money. I am sorry that I did. I wish I would have just looked up the 7 foods to drop.

Now about losing weight, if you drop those foods and are sensitive to will drop the weight. However, if you are not sensitive to them you will stay the same. Good luck! Don't waste your money!
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499 of 562 people found the following review helpful By T. Leibfried on January 4, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I am giving 4 stars to the concept...and not so much JJ in particular. I don't believe all of her research is solid--I don't think oils (though at least they are olive and palm fruit oils) and animal products are particularly 'healthy'(check out, 'The China Study' and Dr McDougall's work)...though I think eliminating the top 7 foods (corn, soy, dairy, gluten, eggs, peanuts and sugar) that people often (and unknowingly) have sensitivities to is something everyone should try. This 'diet' is not just about weight loss, it's about feeling amazing by getting rid of all those little symptoms you thought were how you normally felt(like feeling foggy, tired, achy, regular headaches, etc).
I think JJ puts too much emphasis on protein (too much protein is hard on your kidneys-the average american already gets too much) and vitamins for everyone(I think that food is the best way to get your nutrition--not a bunch of powdered pills hoping to replicate the real thing while making someone a bunch of money). She also scorns some fruits and veggies (like white potatoes and bananas--high glycemic ones), which I don't agree with. I think that whole natural foods are as good as you can get in all varieties. I also don't agree that you have to eat meat to be healthy. She does have a plan for vegans but it's with a whole bunch of supplements and a warning that you aren't going to have optimal health.
Eating whole organic/free range foods sure beats the standard American diet however.
As far as people saying it's difficult to eat this way.
I don't agree....though I'm sure it's a huge change for most people.
It is difficult if you want a bunch of packaged food (but hey people--we are here to achieve good health and you aren't going to do it that way).
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