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97 of 116 people found the following review helpful
on December 13, 2012
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I started this diet nine days ago. The first day I ate a banana so I decided to start over. The next day I drank sweetened almond milk, not realizing it at the time. So today is my official 7th day without any mistakes.

For 7 days I have had to watch the ingredients on everything I eat. It is not all that easy. This is perhaps the hardest diet in terms of figuring out what you can eat. That said, I am in no way hungry or feel starved on this diet. Once I do find the items they are healthy. The shakes are not at all good, but I have never liked any kind of powder shake so take that with the grain of salt intended.

I had a slight increase in energy some days and a depletion of it on others. I think this was just natural ebb and flow. The substitutions were not delicious. Coconut milk and cinnamon is NOT as good as cream or milk in your coffee. The only good substitute the book mentions that tastes better is almond butter for peanut butter, but I had made that change long ago.

None of the promised results are coming to fruition. In fact, my stomach appears to be more upset. No flattened stomach;in fact more bloat if that is possible. My skin is clear but my skin often is.

But hey, at least I am going to lose weight: except I have NOT. As of this morning I weighed exactly what I did when I started this diet. For the spirit of being able to say I lost something, I took off my shirt and reweighed. I managed to get half a pound down. Understand that is not typically how I weigh myself, but it is actually a sort of bizarre situation to be 9 days into this diet having had none of the 7 products and not have dropped on single pound. I will continue this diet for at least another week and if the results have changed I will edit these comments.

As of right now, I am very disappointed to have invested all the front end work it took to get the right products into my house <this diet is not cheap> and to not have gotten one note worthy result. I honestly think my pants are tighter, but I am hoping it is just the bloat.
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41 of 47 people found the following review helpful
on December 14, 2012
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My good friend has been following a "yeast free" diet since the beginning of the year, and I noticed how amazing she was looking and feeling. She had really been struggling with hypothyroid and some extra weight that would not come off. It is not that far off from what JJ recommends, so I decided to give it a try when my friend recommended this book. It is hard in the beginning to get used to knowing what you can/cannot eat and planning meals, but I have to say if you really do plan and do some research you will find AMAZING and delicious meals that will not leave you wishing for all the junk you were eating before. Try paleo websites, JJ's cookbook, or even the You are what you eat cookbook. Even my husband says he is enjoying the food we are eating now, much more than before. I am down about 10 lbs, and in another week I will start challenging foods back, except dairy. JJ talks about how she struggled with acne her whole life until she gave up dairy. Interestingly enough, I found the same thing when I had to give up dairy while nursing because of my baby's dairy intolerance. My skin that I had struggled with for my whole life just cleared right up. Of course, then I started eating and drinking dairy again until I found JJ's book. I will NOT be challenging dairy back, as she recommends for anyone suffering from acne. If only I had known as a teenager! I'll definitely share that advice with my kids if they have issues as they get older. Anyway, this diet is not easy because it is NOT a diet. It is a whole life style change, and you have to really commit to it. Change is never easy for anyone, and those who do not want to change will not like this book. I feel better, I am down in weight, and I have no intention of just going back to the way things were. My sugar cravings are gone, and I have made it through countless holiday parties now without indulging and not really wanting to either. Don't let anyone's low ratings for this book sway you if you are intrigued. You know your own body and only YOU can know if you are ready to make the change!
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32 of 36 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon February 27, 2013
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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 for trying to root out your food in tolerances. Removing potential problem foods entirely from the diet & slowly re-introducing them back in one at a time is not anything new, but it is sound advice for those who don't already know. I had every intention of following the plan to rule out my digestive issues & hopefully find some peace with my digestive system. Unfortunately following this plan is virtually impossible because it calls for her high protein shake 2 times a day & even incorporates the shake powder into snacks & treats. I am not against shakes. I happen to use Amazing Grass Original & Field of Green (both are certified organic with no natural flavors). My problem is The Virgin Diet shakes themselves. The author is vehement (rightly so) about keeping the 7 foods 100% out of the diet. One of these is sugar. Well sugar is in her shakes! I find it hard to take her "diet" seriously when her own products she shamelessly promotes contain the very ingredients she says must be entirely avoided! Not only that they contain "flavors" what are these "flavors" you do not get full disclosure as to what it is you are putting into your body. That hardly seems like a good plan if you are trying to determine if you have a food intolerance. Aside from that her shakes are very expensive.

I am in full agreement with her instructions to consume only grass feed organic meats, organic veggies etc. But her own products are not even certified organic. I just have to shake my head in frustration. I really believe that in the mess of self promotion, go to my website for more information rather than put it in the book, drink my shakes 2 times a day garbage, that there is good advice mixed in with all her money grabbing gimmicks. By the way you have to sign up to access her website. If you want to buy her products, you don't have to sign up though!

There are a lot of other books available regarding food tolerances &/or digestive health: The Body Ecology Diet, The Specific Carbohydrate Diet, Nourishing Traditions, The Beauty Detox Solution, The Paleo Diet & many more. If you are looking to heal your body I recommend reading other books on the subject before reading this book. This is just the wrong book to start with when struggling with the complexities of digestive issues.

Back to the weight loss. If you don't give a fart about food intolerance & just want to loose weight already! Just substitute 2 meals a day with a nutrition shake & eat a small dinner. You will lose the weight. You don't need this book & $60 bottles of shake powder to loose weight. A food diary (mentioned in this book) is a great option too. Don't lie after all you are only cheating yourself.
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32 of 36 people found the following review helpful
on June 17, 2013
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First of all, this is not a 'simple' diet but you will lose weight. There are many diets very similar to The Virgin Diet and you only need to read a few pages to realise the whole book is a sales pitch. There is nothing special or ground breaking about this 'diet'. You are told to go to her website under Resources to find out the product she recommends for the pea protein. After doing this I was just plain angry. Sales pitch after sales pitch ... I wonder if she gets a kick back from all of the names mentioned in this 18 page resource section? Obviously everyone has to make a living but The Virgin Diet and Resource section of her website is just plain SELLING. I'm just disappointed because I was conned into buying this book after watching JJ Virgin on PBS only to discover ITS JUST ANOTHER DIET we have all seen before. PLEASE DON'T WASTE YOUR MONEY. I will stick with Wheat Belly so much better.
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101 of 122 people found the following review helpful
on January 20, 2013
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Just finished the plan and did not lose any weight nor did I feel better. I am a 51 year old women and stand 5'-1" in height. Until about 8 years ago I weighed in @ 105 lbs. My weight has risen to over 140 lbs. My doctor isn't concerned because all my labs are good. I did this plan as a test to see if I had just been lying to myself about how much and what types of food I was eating. I didn't think my diet was bad. Several of the items she has you remove from your diet I already didn't use. I gave up soy years ago because it gives me headaches. Corn hasn't been a regular part of my diet for a very long time. I was hungry all the time on this plan. I also had a very hard time keeping my blood sugar up. I have a active job and workout 5 days a week. About half way through the 21 day plan I had to add honey back to my morning green tea to help stabilize my blood sugar. I think I probably ate more calories on this plan because I literally ate all the time. I did not use any of her recipes, they all sounded awful. But I did find some good ones on line and made some great meals. This was a expensive and time consuming plan. I actually did drop a few pounds once I stopped doing the vegan protein smoothies. FYI vegan protein powder is awful. My better half did the plan with me and he did lose close to 15 lbs. It really had nothing to do with the plan. It was him dropping the ice cream and beer every night. He is also a runner and didn't really need to lose the weight. We were both tired all the time. No boost in energy and really a drop. For the first time in my life I actually had dark circles under my eyes. Neither one of us could stick to her plan of how often to eat. I work odd times and don't finish at the office until 8:30pm. Usually eat my dinner around 2:00pm but have to have something small to eat once done with work. That did not leave the 3 hours she called for before bed. I also could not go 4 hours between meals. I had some very uncomfortable blood sugar moments and decided the drops in blood sugar were worse for my health.

I guess I don't have any food sensitivities, other than the ones I already knew of. It was worth it to me from the stand point that I now can be comfortable with me and that this is the way I am. There is nothing I am doing wrong. Healthy at any weight. I choose to not let the scales rule my life. Live a healthy happy life and don't worry about clothing size.
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55 of 65 people found the following review helpful
on January 2, 2013
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I signed up for a free copy of this book (pay shipping only) during a special through Amazon. I was introduced to JJ Virgin through the peertrainer.com website. I have Lupus and although I've always been somewhat overweight I have a hard time keeping weight off after being on prednisone for the past 9.5 years. There are certain foods that I KNOW make my Lupus symptoms worse, and JJ's theory made perfect sense to me.

Long story short: After the first 4 days I had, indeed, lost 4 lbs. I was pretty much starving at that point, however, because it is difficult to transition to her plan. When you really do the math the list of things she asks you to eliminate are in EVERYTHING we eat on a daily basis. This is the first diet plan I've ever seen that speaks out against moderation. She also says you shouldn't just dabble in the program but jump in with both feet. It's a VERY strict plan and I believe strict plans are hard, if not impossible, to maintain. Making this plan part of your lifestyle would take a MAJOR life overhaul, lots of planning, and time to adjust to new food combinations and recipes. She recommends protein shakes for breakfast which I was not willing to try (it meant purchasing special powders) so I substituted with various combinations of black beans and quinoa.

HOWEVER - I could tell immediately that I felt better. I was sleeping better, my pants got loose, my Lupus pain was noticeably better, (decrease in inflammation!!) I'm a believer in her plan, I just don't know how to make it realistic for every day life. I intentionally started the diet the week before the holidays - we had just come back from vacation and I was feeling bloated and gross. And I knew there would be opportunities to "cheat" over the holidays. Since then I've totally fallen off the wagon (which is why she speaks out against moderation.) And now I feel horrible.

I would recommend at least reading this book as part of whatever diet plan you choose to follow. The theory and the science is right on. Unfortunately the way we eat in our culture is going to make it very difficult to stick to this plan long term. You really have to tune in to how foods make your body feel and be willing to make the changes to feel better. It seems like a no brainer but it really is amazing how difficult it is to choose your health over short term rewards.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on January 8, 2013
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You need more stars for this book - five aren't enough. I personally tried the diet, and really did lose seven pounds in seven days without depriving myself, doing any particular extra exercise, or suffering at all. I loved the food I prepared. 21 days of something new need not be difficult, and there's no reason it can't be fun. The book lays it out in easy, sensible terms and is a pleasant read. Even somebody who doesn't care much for reading will zip through it. This diet is about identifying your food intolerances, and the 21 days without the most likely culprits is for giving your immune system a chance to calm down and let the healing begin. The book explains this beautifully. Wish I'd known about it sooner, because I honestly feel great. I'm in my mid-50's. Yesterday while walking to my car, I broke into a run for the pure joy of it, without even realizing it. That hasn't happened in forty years, and what a pleasant surprise! This is a must read for anyone who eats.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
on December 8, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Finally a diet that works and I'm not tempted all day long to snack. I have lost 10 lbs already since I started 3 weeks ago and for the first time in 30 years, I know I can keep going until I lose all 50lbs that needs to go. Sure I've had a few hard moments, but losing the bloat and stomach aches has been wonderful. I've known that I have problems with wheat and dairy for a long time, but for some reason have never given up both at the same time. I hope to be able to add some of the other foods back in after awhile, but I know I won't be going back to dairy and wheat any time soon. Trust the diet and go for it. You won't regret it! The book is clearly written and easy to follow. The science is sound and it works.
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33 of 38 people found the following review helpful
on December 6, 2012
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Thank you JJ Virgin for sharing your research and practice with the world. I am on Day 4 of the Challenge and I have already lost four pounds. This is amazing since I am 61 years old, workout with a personal trainer 3 days a week and do more exercise the other days, have eaten gluten free for three years and have been unable to lose on other diets. I am in good shape and only need to lose 5-15 more pounds but I have confidence that I can do this now in a way that I have not in quite some time. On the third day my energy level shot way up and I was able to be more productive than usual. The quality of my sleep is wonderful even better than when I started with CPAP therapy.

A few years ago I did Mark Hyman's Ultra Simple Diet which was hard but got results. I had the same initial exhaustion the first day of this diet but it passed quickly. Now I have so much energy, no cravings, no more muscle and joint pain that were constant before. I am confident that I can lose the rest of the weight in short order and now I realize how important it will be to maintain a viligent watch on what I eat. I know there is another sensitivity besides the gluten and I am looking forward to figuring out what that is. I suspect it is dairy because the only food I really miss is the cheese.

Before the book came out I was receiving videos from JJ Virgin and they stimulated my interest. Normally I would not have attempted to diet during the hoidays but I decided to make an exception and I am so glad that I did. This year I am going to reverse the trend of weight gain during the holidays and lose weight instead. I ordered the book the day it came out and got it overnight. It was an easy read and I got through it completely by the next day. Then I took the Challenge and went grocery shopping at Whole Foods. My house is full of fresh organic foods and I feel freed from worrying about my weight and tracking every calorie and nutrient.

There are many surprises. It is not hard to follow the diet and by eliminating the seven foods it seems that food cravings are a thing of the past. I have eliminated gluten, dairy, sugar/articial sweetners and soy in the past but not the corn and peanuts. It has been easier to do all of these than it was to elminate just one or two. My recommendation is to read this book and if you are inspired to radically and successfully change your diet and your health for the better you will know that this is the right path for you.
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
on February 28, 2013
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After reading this book and attempting to drink just one shake in the morning for the first two days, I realized a shake was not keeping me satisfied for 4-5 hours until lunch. I just don't like to drink my meals. I opted for steel cut oats with walnuts (6 cut up), a cup of organic frozen berries (that I warm in warm water first), cinnamon, and half a serving of pea rice protein powder. However, I don't purchase the author's protein powder. I bought some at the vitamin shoppe. No sugar added except stevia which is on her list of okays.

So I basically am having an easy time with this because I see the holes in the diet that don't work for me and I adjust accordingly. I only shop from her shopping list, but if I am hungry 3 hours after breakfast I just put kale or cut up sweet potato in the oven. I don't need a lot but it helps curb my hunger. I figure if I am hungry enough to eat Kale I am hungry and my body needs it.

I like this diet because it is an all or nothing. I need that to stay true to the diet or the inner voice in my head will say it is okay if you have just one cookie today. I have never followed a diet so strictly without cheating before. So I do like the hard fast rules.

I knew I would never lose 7 lbs in 7 days. I did lose 3.5 lbs. This is my 10th day and I have lost a total of 4.5 lbs. I am only trying to lose 6 more. I really chose this diet because I had gained 10 lbs after my son died last year because I stopped caring and literally have lived on chocolate chip cookies, chocolate and anything sweet. However, when I stopped being able to fit into my jeans I decided it is one thing to be sad everyday, but to be sad and overweight, plus tired from lack of nutrition is no longer an option. So short story long....I like the rules, I feel better because of the healthy food choices, I don't think about my sugar cravings 24/7, and I am losing weight so I can fit back into my clothes.

I just plain changed a few things to my liking when I didn't think it made logical sense.
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