The Virgin Diet Review

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The Virgin Diet is a book written by JJ Virgin. It is a plan that claims to help you lose seven pounds in seven days, just by cutting out seven foods from your diet. While this sounds very much like a fad diet, we are willing to take a closer look at it in this review so you can decide whether or not you want to give it a try to jump start your long term weight loss success. The book is scheduled to be released November 27, 2012.

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The Virgin Diet is fairly simple. JJ Virgin is a health and fitness expert, with more than 25 years experience working with celebrities and other clients to help them improve their bodies. Her advice goes against the conventional wisdom of your body being like a “bank account” where you can cut carbs, calories, fats, and proteins, to see weight loss results over the long term. She says it is a chemistry, and as such, requires you to eliminate some of the conventional “diet” foods that many consider healthy, such as wheat bread, yogurt, and egg whites. She maintains these foods are part of what’s making you fat, and once you see those go, you can see real success. She provides a list of 10 anti-inflammatory and unhealthy foods to cut out of your diet, and provides a 21 day program, along with a list of 50 foods you should be eating plenty of. At the end of the 21 day program, you can try adding things like gluten and dairy back into your diet and see what happens. You should see a weight loss, along with a complete change in how your body looks and feels.

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Advantages

  • The Virgin Diet is available for e-readers such as the Amazon Kindle.
  • This program is written by a highly experienced health and fitness professional.

Disadvantages

  • The Virgin Diet is not yet available to the general public, so there are no customer reviews.
  • This program, even though it only lasts 21 days, is highly restrictive and may be hard for some people to handle.
  • Adding the eliminated foods back to your diet may cause rebound weight gain.
  • Rapid weight loss, such as seven pounds in seven days, is not likely to be long term weight loss.
  • It takes more than reading a book to lose weight.

Conclusion

The Virgin Diet could be a good way to see if the foods you are eating are contributing to not only your weight, but the way your body looks and feels. For instance, if you suspect food allergies or gluten intolerances, this program is a good way to see the difference between how you look and feel when gluten is in your diet, and when it is not. If you notice easier weight loss and better feelings without it, you may want to consider being tested for Celiac’s Disease.

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136 User Reviews about The Virgin Diet

  • 1
    Wanda

    Can I do the diet without drinking the shakes

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    Liz

    I haven’t felt this good in 20 years. I am extremely knowledgeable about diet and exercise. I am a martial artist, swimmer, equestrian and cross training enthusiast. I had a sudden weight gain recently of ten more pounds doing what used to work. A friend from church loaned me the Virgin diet book. I read it, and at age 63 with lots of health problems on April 1st, I went for the entire diet. I lost maybe two pound the first 7 days but started noticing body changes of greater digestive comfort, loss of swelling, then loss of belly fat! I dropped three sizes and 12 lbs in three months–even though I was not able to exercise normally due to eye surgery. My inflammation pain in my feet and joints are all but gone. I’ve added some foods back in–but definitely feel better when I stick to the plan. There is plenty of whole foods to eat! Can’t wait to see what my latest blood work shows. It is worth the discipline!!!! Try it.

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    Samantha Smith

    Well this is the good, the bad and the ugly. I started the JJ Virgin diet about 4 week ago. I bought the book and the cookbook. The good, is that I felt great for the first couple of weeks, many of the recipes in the cookbook are very tasty, I have been on the diet about 6 weeks now and lost 15 pounds. I started sleeping better and many of my aches and pains are gone. And THE CRAVINGS are GONE. For the first 2 weeks I had 2 JJ Virgin shakes and 1 meal per day. I loved it. Then around week 3 I began itching around my neck and my skin became really dry. I woke up several times a night for water. I was adding about 8 ounces more water to each shake and having about 64 ounces additionally. I finally fixed the itchy neck with Cortaid but the dry skin on my face in incredible and my legs and hands are asking for lotion. Dry skin has very rarely been an issue before, and then not like this at all. I began wondering if there was something in the JJ Virgin shake that was the problem so I bought a couple of other brands of pea rice protein and I’m not really clear of that made a difference at all. Maybe. So I increased my water to 80 ounces yesterday and woke up about 6 times last night really thirsty. And of course with all that water I am waking up for other reasons that require flushing. The thirst is not really a problem during the day just at night. So now I’m trying to research pea-rice protein allergy or allergy to any of the other unusual ingredients from the cookbook. I found this website and it looks as if I’m the only one with these issues. I love the diet and will find the problem. I do see that Hemp protein may be an alternative. Today I’m not doing the shakes just plain food. If anyone has any ideas I will welcome them. I don’t think I can do anymore water I’m already spending at great deal of the day in “the little room.”

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  • 4
    Betsy

    I am on day 9 of the diet and have lost 4 pounds but I am continuing to be extremely irritable. I am not craving food, am excercising 3 X per week, (strength and cardio)drinking my water but continue to be crabby. Any ideas????? It is especially bad about an hour after lunch until I eat dinner…..

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  • 5
    mary

    I have been on the virgin diet since the middle of December. I have rheumatoid arthritis, and 3 days later, no joint pain, stiffness. I sleep better, concentration is better. My last appointment with my rheumatologist, I let her know what program I was doing and she gave me the green light. We had been trying for over a year to get my disease under control, so wjen she saw hpw I was doing, she was thrilled. I have decided to stay off of all 7 foods. There are so many alternatives that I don’t miss any of them. I also have a granddaughter that has an allergy to eggs and dairy, so this is also another reason to keep going, not to mention the weight loss. I was 160, now 148. I’m happy with that,now comes the toning.I have the cookbook on order, can’t wait. As far as side affects, the headaches were from cutting back on caffeine. No other to speak of. Its an attotude as well.

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    yellarose

    If this book eliminates gluten primarily and then at a later date adds them back in, that is nuts. If you have this allergy to begin with, why add it back again. This is a gimic not a help for people who have gluten allergies.

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    Gloria

    I need to take many vitamin supplements and most of them have soy in them. How can I take my Preservision A reds which have soy and start this diet. It states in the book all or nothing the first 21 days and to be careful of hidden ingredients.

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    Judy

    Has anyone had dizziness and diarrhea during the second week?

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    Liz

    Yes, but it passed.

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    Michelle

    I do not watch a lot of PBS. In fact, if I were to see someone like JJ Virgin on TV I would quickly write her off as the next doomsday, everything-in-the-modern-American-diet-is-bad-for-you nut. But, a friend who was having great results with the Virgin Diet introduced me to the plan. I bought the book and I have been having great results. I am not working out yet, though I am occasionally chasing around my 2-year-old granddaughter. I am in the second week, having just completed day 9, and I have already lost a total of 4 inches–2 each from my hips and waist. I don’t know what the weight loss in pounds is because I don’t have a scale yet. I would like to say that I have been disappointed with the fact that I still have a lack of energy and I still cannot sleep through the night. But, I am pleased I am not experiencing any of the diarrhea and other symptoms some of the previous posters experienced. My suspicion is that they simply added too much fiber too soon and were not careful to add it gradually the way JJ suggested.

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    KathyK

    I heard JJ on PBS like many others. I knew about food sensitivities over 20 years ago, but didn’t put two and two together. She put it together. Having quit smoking and nail biting last year, I was prepared for the withdrawal. Good thing I live and work alone. I was not nice to be around. I was on the plan for a week before the book arrived. In that first week, I lost 10 lbs.! Once I read the book, I found there were some foods I was eating that were not allowed (like watermelon) and was not doing the shakes (hadn’t bought the ingredients yet). The second week I lost 5 lbs. I’m almost done with my 3rd week and looking at close to another 5 lb. loss. I’m sleeping better, my joints don’t hurt as much and I’m feeling better.

    I have a cat who loves cows milk. The first day I tried almond milk, I wanted to see her reaction. I got a dirty look. She knew that wasn’t her milk. Now, she gets a bite of meat. She’s good with that.

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    Susanne

    I have been trying to follow this diet for about 3 weeks now while living in Hong Kong and eating out all the time. I think it is really hard and have restarted a couple of times already due to mistakes. I have no cravings or anything but with eating out all it’s severely challenging here to find out what is in my dishes. Soy is in everything around here, so is egg and let’s not start about gluten. Very hard to check.
    For one week now have followed seriously all rules and 2 days ago this resulted in total diarrhea. Feeling very tired too and if I look in the mirror I see a ghost. I thought this was about feeling great and energetic? I hoped my skin would clear up but it’s a disaster so far. Am drinking plenty of water and I have eaten a lot of vegetables, fish, some meats, rice noodle soups, salads. Fruits, nuts, coconut water etc. on the side. Never drink soda’s anyway and stayed fully clean of any junk food or snacks.
    I am really at a loss now what to do, I keep waiting for this moment that I start to feel fabulous, but it doesn’t seem to come. It’s not about weight loss for me by the way, although I have lost some.
    Anybody recognize any of my symptons and having any tips? Thanks a lot for any replies!

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    K8

    You’re probably detoxing

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    Vicky

    This happened to me when I tried wheat grass not this diet it was total detox…probably getting rid of all the soy effects from those foods etc

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    Hilda

    Does anyone doing the diet in Puerto Rico? I would like to know where to buy the sweetener and an accepted protein shake. Thanks!

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  • 13
    Jenn

    My husband and I are on the 3rd day of the Virgin Diet… starting to adjust and lose a few pounds already. Both of us are getting periodic headaches some worse than others. Anyone else experiencing this? I wonder if it’s part of detoxing.

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    Anonymous

    I had the same thing and my acupuncture said I wasn’t drinking enough water (even though more than 1/2 my body weight) I am a big water drinker so he suggested increase especially when detoxing. Keep it up I’ve done it a few times and feel soon much better of course the weight loss is great.

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    dburtbax

    Yes, I have had dull headaches upon waking that dissipate around lunch and recur in the evening. I am on day 5 and have been drinking 80 oz of water daily (I’m a 157lb woman), added green tea but seems the same. I figured it was the now sugar for me, but glad to hear from Anonymous that it gets better.

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    Margaret

    I had a headache for the first 3 days in the mornings and then gone by afternoon. I was not used to
    the amount of fiber in my shake, and was uncomfortable with bloating and gas the first week. I checked into some other protein powders and found one with more natural ingredients, and went down
    to 1 scoop in my shake instead of 2.
    I’m ready to introduce dairy next week. I’ve had some interesting symptoms after eating corn for 3
    days, and then also eating eggs for 3 days. Still looking for the symptoms list on this sight. Have noticed clothes fit like I’ve lost around 10 pounds, but have actually lost 6-7 .

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    Dee

    Yes I got headaches because I gave up sugar

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    Katie

    I am on day 5 and I am a little confused as I have been having explosive diarrhea every morning since I started. Has anyone heard of this?

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    Anonymous

    Sounds like your detoxing. Stick with it! You’re getting all the junk removed. I went through this too!

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    Susanne

    Hi Katie,

    how are you now? Are you still on the diet? Did your problems continue or did they go away while staying on the programme?

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  • 15
    Rene

    At first I did great and lost up to 15 pounds, onceI tried to introduce some foods back into my system my stomach went crazy. Either major diarrhea or vomiting or stomach aches. Now I can’t stomach the coconut water or milk and I feel awful. Any suggestions?

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    kara

    Have you tried unsweetened almond milk?

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    Daye

    What all vitamins are yall taking & Does anyone recommend a vitamin pack you can purchase from GNC, Walgreens or Walmart for this diet? I would rather not have to have something shipped in if I can just go across town & get it.

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    Hilda

    I am wondering if you can do the diet in reverse? In other words eliminate one item at a time?

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    Angelica

    This is my 5th day on the diet. I started it due to being told I may be in the early stages of fibromyalgia or rhematoid arthritis. I am only 24 years old. I am average weight and height. I have been feeling somewhat better but I have been really irritable mostly in the mornings and night time. Is it possible that my body was almost “addicted” to the foods that were not good for me? Is it like a withdrawal? I know overall I will eventually see success! I just wanted to know if anyone else had these feelings of irritability and anger at all!

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    mel

    you are having a withdrawal from loss of carbs and energy level will also be low. after that goes away, i found i felt better and not hungry. my taste buds seemed to change and foods that did i did not like before actually tasted better(almonds, etc?) when i cheated, sweets tasted too sweet

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    Carol

    I am very irritable also! My poor family. It’s getting better. I’m on day 3. I have done the program before and lost 7 lbs in the first 7 days, but somehow could never seem to continue the diet past the first week. This time I am determined to go the whole 3 weeks and see how I do. I was able to see that dairy is a big problem for me as are onions (I could just tell on days I had onion, I would get very bloated). Good luck, Angelica!

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    Ashley

    I have been on the JJ Virgin Diet 23 days today. I have lost a total of 19.3 lbs and 19.5 inches. Last year I was diagnosed with chronic migraines and suffer with them for over a year! Since I have been on the diet I haven’t had any migraines, my nose isn’t stuffy, my stomach feels so much better and it feels like I have a whole new digestive system. The first few days of the diet were hell and it was very hard but I found on the 4th day I was fine and didn’t mind the shakes. I found that following the diet and using the online resources was very helpful. I also track everything. So far the diet has worked for me, however it may not be for everyone.

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    Anita

    I’ve been on the diet for 6 months with a purpose. JJ mentions that Gluten may effect the body’s ability to absorb nutrients and make vitamin B12. My B12 has been extremely low for the last 3 or so years. Normal range is 200-900 – I was as low as 117 – 151. I took monthly injections of B12 with no change. I tested after being on the diet 6 months and my level was at 203! Not to mention my cholesterol & triglycerides level are right where they should be. I’ve lost 46 lbs and this way of eating, I believe has been a lifestyle change for me. I’ll test again in 6 months and hoping to see even better numbers!

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  • 21
    Patti

    I am on day 5 of this diet and have lost 5 pounds so far. I use the chocolate shake and at first it tasted really chalky. I have gotten used to it now and its not so bad. I drink a shake for breakfast and one for dinner. Lunch I have baked chicken, brown rice and a seving of a vegetable. I eat an apple for my snack. I drink only water which is something I used to hate but it is not as bad as it used to be. I eat almonds and pistascioes for my snack in the evening. I am going to start exercising today to make sure this keeps up.

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  • 22
    Lisa

    I am trying it and I am on day 3. Will keep you posted. I feel pretty good.

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    Anonymous

    Just started the plan with my daughter. Day one has not been bad. I think I already know my triggers, but this will varify it for me. The protein shake is not bad. We use an all plant protein base, pea, rice, hemp and chia protien powder from Whole Foods. We add berries and coconut milk. To bulk up the fiber we add either flax seed, hemp or chia. It is the water consumption. 1/2 half your weight. wow. We shall see.

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  • 23
    Jody Sab

    I have been on the diet for 6 weeks . I feel so much better . I love the smoothie , the chia seeds are amazing . It’s about time someone gets it about healthy eating . This is a life style change . Cutting out sugar is probably number one , I found a substitute made from xylitol that will knock your socks off ! It also comes in a brown sugar . Not sure I can mention the name , Swerve , by Ideal . GMO is the worst thing . This wonderful caring and educated lady is a class act . Nothing comes out of her mouth that is not completely clear and she is a great example . I have never seen any one that compares . Eat right for your blood type is a great diet . But I eat coconut and avocado and I cut them out for years . But now I’m back . By the way coconut ice cream is delicious , no sugar added .

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  • 24
    EB

    I’ve been following the JJ Virgin diet for a couple of months now but never get past the first 3 week phase because I keep discovering after the fact how many items contain gluten or sugar. According to JJ Virgin, any slip, no matter how small means you need to start over at least on that one item. I don’t weigh myself but I am down at least one size and have really reduced my cravings (which I had to fight for the first 10 days I’d say). It appears gluten and sugar are likely my big problems. And maybe peanuts. I’ve found using the shake for breakfast, a vegetarian lunch with fruit and pumpkin seeds (my néw fav), and fish or lean organic grilled meat for dinner with a veggie side works well. Better than the weight loss has been a Huge improvement in my arthritis. I’ve also noticed my complexion has improved. Strangely, I’ve had more issues with my asthma than I have in years. Any of these may be coincidental but I doubt it. As a country we need to start demanding to be provided “clean” food and stop allowing fast food and prepared food to rule us. The more of that crap you eat, the more your body craves it. The food industry knows this and uses it to their advantage with no regard for the negative impact on society. Think about it- 25 years ago, it was an oddity for a child to be obese. Now it’s very common. Our weight issues in this country have developed at the same pace of marketing, fast food chains and convenience foods.

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    Lavina

    So you have been on it for months waht is an average meal? Is it in cups or all you can eat vegggies etc. The book I have does not tell me any of that?

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    Steven

    I couldn’t agree more!!! My wife has been on the diet for around three months, and has lost around 15 lbs…This is a life transformation. I eat the same foods that she eats, except I drink WHEY Protein shakes instead of the Rice Protein. I love pumpkin seeds along with Goji Berries…..

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    Lavina

    I bought the small book from amazon and it only says in there that you should eat 20% protein and 20% vegetables at your meals???? So i guess the rest of the 60% is fruit, fats and carbs? This book does not give measurements of how much at each meal to eat? Does anyone know how much we need to put into each meal…veg, protein, carbs etc.?

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    Lisa

    Try vega one protien powder it’s working for me. I’ve been on JJ diet for one week and I’m down albs :)

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    Mama

    Just make your own with nuts , flax seed, blend then or grind them to a powder then sprinkle over your food as a toper and you’ll have enough protein for the day. If need more add beans they are the perfect food and source of protein. FYI this is a good diet for life, a vegan diet if balanced correctly is the best for us. I know people that grew up as vegans and still are vegans and are never sick, and look younger then they are. We have become “instant people” we want the quick and easy way of everything. I once told if you cut, cook, eat you have already burned most the cal. In your whole food. God bless you in your path for a healthier life.

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    julie

    peanuts, does that mean all nuts like sunflower seeds?

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    john

    peanuts are a legume not a nut. Tree nuts like walnuts, almonds, pecans, macadamia etc are ok.

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    Claire

    Has anyone tried the shake powder, if so, what’s your favorite?

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    sarah

    I gave up sugar and flour 9 months ago and have lost 40 lbs. I want to try this plan but need to know how to sweeten my coffee in the morning; I use stevia now. Is that permitted?

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    Rochelle

    read the ingredients on the stevias. Stevia in the raw has dextrose as the first ingredient. You can get monkfruit in the form of Lo Han Guo at health food stores. The one sold in regular stores also contains items to avoid.

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    kara

    Sarah, I went to whole foods and found coconut milk cream with vanilla flavoring. It still has less than 5 grams of sugar per serving. The coffee in the morning has honestly been the hardest part, but now on day 4 I’ve figured out how to do it. I basically mix 1/2 coffee, 1/2 unsweetened almond milk and a serving of the coconut creamer…sometimes I put it in the blender with ice and it’s just like a frappachino. Yum!

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    Becca

    Here’s the only problem I have with this or ANY diet/healthy life change plan… if it’s that good for you, then share it for free! If you really care about your fellow man and what they are doing/eating that is harmful and you want to help, then help! If you’re just trying to make loads of money off unsuspecting people who are desperate for a better/improved life, then you’re no better than anyone else out there; regardless of your credentials.

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    Rachel

    Um, those credentials–and the education they’re built upon–are what enabled her to understand nutrition in the way that she does. Should she have spent tens of thousands of dollars and however years of her life getting an education and then go live on the streets because she “shouldn’t” be making money off of the ideas her education led her to? With this logic, no doctors should be paid for their services either. Or teachers–I mean if they really care about our kids they should teach them for free, not take tax-payers’ money, right? Offering a product for sale isn’t “taking advantage” of anyone. People are free to buy it or not. I paid less than $10 for the digital book, even if I ended up hating it it’s not a big deal.

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    blackjack

    How do you earn a living? You should work for no compensation – as you would like JJ Virgin to do. Stupid!

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    Martha

    We would not even have the internet to make these comments on if someone was not making money off it! Capitalism is how the world works! One guy makes a product or service another needs or wants and the second pays him for it. It’s a win-win (usually… and the lawyers make money if it’s not!!!)

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    K8

    You don’t need to buy the book you can find all the info on the net

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    TG

    Or you can get the e-version of the book from your library like I did. You also do not have to buy her add-on products as she tells you in the book what to get. After a week on the diet, I am feeling more energetic and sleeping through the nights (which has been a problem for years).I am also down about 7 lbs.

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    Mary Ann

    So far so good.. I am more alert than I have been in years.. Must be doing something goood.. Just on my first week..

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    Hilda

    I would so love to think more clearly! Getting ready to try it, have to clear out all the temptation at home first … then fish and lean meat. I love veggies and beans.

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    jacqueline

    I think you hit it Julie, I am trying to lose 10 lbs also, and it’s just not happening on this diet for me and I ahve been on it for 7 weeks :(
    I’m dissapointed, but my skin looks better.

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    jacqueline

    I’ve been on the JJ virgin diet for a total of 7 weeks, although I do feel as though my skin has drastically changed for the better, the claims of weight loss are not happening for me. I may have lost 3 lbs, I’ve been very loyal to the program and strayed perhaps 3 times, due to family birthday or holiday. I am very dissapointed, and feel that perhaps it would have worked better had there been calorie counting involved. I did read the entire book, front to back and reviewed several times. I can’t say I am totally dissapointed because as I said my skin looks much healthier, and I do feel like food tastes better to me as well, however I had high expectations, I would take at least 10 lbs off, which was my ultimate goal.

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    ann

    I was dissapointed at first, my weight lose was slow, been 2 mos now and I have lost about 8 lbs, I am glad , I feel so much better, eat lots of fruit and veggies, low cal don’t give up too soon, it may be worth it

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    Anita

    I’ve been on the diet for 6 months and it will be a lifestyle for me. I didn’t lose much weight at the beginning and realized my portion sizes were just too large. If the weight is not coming off 1-2 lbs a weeks trying cutting back on the foods with higher calorie count. Your body will respond as you tweak it for you.

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    Joan

    How are you doing now, Anita?

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    April

    I have started this “diet” because of pain. Yes, I am overweight and if weight loss is a side effect then great, but the pain, the headaches and feeling like crap everyday is the reason I am doing it. IF there is a food that is causing a reaction I hope to find it and eliminate it for good. If I don’t discover a food intolerance then I will keep striving to feel better, it is not ALWAYS about weight loss, sometimes its about feeling well for once in my adult life! I wonder if the people writing the negative comments have ever lived with daily pain. If they had then maybe they would understand our need to try anything that may give relief as long as it is safe. Cutting out highly intolerable foods for 21 days seems pretty safe to me and I am willing to take the chance that it may help.

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    ann

    Woiuld like to know how ur pain is. My sister 71, has a big decreaswe in her pain and energy level. I had no pain but dizzy, extreme fatigue. All that is gone and I am slowly losing weight

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    Jessica

    Hello April, how are you feeling?

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    Susan

    This diet sounds very similar to The Lyn-Genet Plan that I have been following for the last 3 weeks. In the plan you start adding foods back into your diet on day 4 and watch your reaction. I found that with dairy I do not tolerate cheese, but milk is ok. I have lost 12 lbs and my arthritis symptoms have almost completely disappeared, and I have more energy than I have had in years! Lyn-Genet has many years experience using this approach with her clients, and each person will react to foods differently, not just these 7 foods, but others as well. Anyone interested in this diet, should read The Plan.

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    Lauren Ochoa

    I have been following the plan for 6 days as far as eliminating all the foods she recommends getting rid of and I have lost 5 pounds. Not replacing meals with the shakes though, have never been able to find a meal replacement shake that tastes like anything but sawdust. Just wanted to let folks know that it works without doing shakes. I have found brown rice spaghetti to be a wonderful substitution for regular pasta. I serve it tossed with olive oil and roasted veggies. Delicious. Throw in a tbsp. of cashew butter and some grated ginger for an Asian version.

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    Summer

    So I was wondering did anybody have “withdrawals” when they stopped drinking sodas? I drink several a day and I’m scared that when I start this program that I will have severe headaches. In the past when I have tried to stop I would have them all the time!!! Any feedback would be appreciated!!! Thanks

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    Bob

    3 weeks and 10 lbs but the reason I started the diet was to see if food intolerance was causing my arthritic symptoms to flare. I now feel better than I have in 10 years and do not plan to reintroduce any of the 7 foods as my energy level and focus is improved as well. I am very active, bike run swim, so this looks like a new lease on life.

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    Mary

    Bob, your comment is exactly what I have said. I won’t use the 7, and I don’t miss them.

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    ann

    I drank a very Large refill soda everyday for a Long time!! I never thought I would be able to stop, but I did cold turkey, I drank water everytime I felt urge to drink and ate fruit salads, I love them. I cannot believe I did it ,no withdrawals for me. After 2 weeks I did not even consider soda, it’s been 2 months now and I am great! Please try for ur good, I am so thankful I did, my health is much better, let me know

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    Lindsey

    Try Zevia. They are soda’s sweetened with stevia so there’s no sugar or sugar substitutes and you can get them in many different flavors. It used to be that I could only find them in health food stores like Whole Foods or Nuggets but they’re in my regular grocery store now. Also, the headaches are probably from caffeine withdrawal (depending on what type of soda you normally drink).

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    anonymous

    I honestly do not know how anyone could NOT lose weight on this diet??? I started it two weeks ago to just feel better…stomach issues, indigestion, fatigue. I weighed 120 lbs. I have lost 8 lbs! I feel fabulous! My skin looks better…so much energy!! For those negative comments…most of you haven’t even tried it and should open your mind to a healthier way of eating and a true lifestyle change. For those optimistic ones…try it, keep at it…you will feel great and try the chocolate Life’s Basic protein powder…its the better tasting one…I actually crave them now! The first five days were tough and of course there are temptations, but the way you feel makes you resist!

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    Lisa

    Apparently, it’s easy to NOT lose weight on this diet. If those 7 high FI foods weren’t causing inflammation and weight retention, then eliminating them will have no effect. I’m on Day 14 with basically no luck. I lost 3 lbs the first week, but gained a pound this second week. The first week I didn’t have enough foods in my house that I was allowed to eat, so I ate less and was starving all the time. For week 2, I still followed the diet religiously, but gained back a pound. My digestive system has not changed a bit, nor has my skin gotten any better. I’m actually disappointed that I apparently don’t have any food sensitivities. But yes…you can NOT lose weight on this diet. The ONLY people who will see improvement are those that DO have a previously undiagnosed food sensitivity. For the rest of us, this is a waste of time, effort and money.

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    Susan

    I had high hopes with this diet. The first week I lost 6.8 pounds. The second week I was up 3 pounds and had still be strictly following the diet. Yes I did feel better….but anyone can feel better if we just eliminate sugar and substitutes. I have just learned more about foods and will only have things like gluten in moderation. Low carb dieting works the best for me.

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    Angela

    Lisa you just admitted that you didn’t follow the diet the first week which is the most important week! You sent you body into starvation mode! This book is focused on repairing from the inside out! Some will loose wight. Some may not! The most important part of this entire diet ( which I hate this term ) is the detox and repair! I think if this book was called the” Virgin Detox and Repai” it woul do the book better justice! Everyone seems to focus on the weight ( which is the worst thing to do )! If you are working out along with this or any other program you should focus more on inch loss not a scale as some people will gain weigh or not loose due to your muscle mass! This is a tough program but very effective to create a healthy body inside!

    Becky

    I have been on this diet since February 2013. I’m down almost 50 pounds. My fibromyalgia is all but gone, my skin is clear, my arthritis is improved. I’m even horseback riding again. What I have found is that If I eat ANY grains whatsoever I gain weight. I can’t eat brown rice, gluten-free oats, substitute flours, brown rice pasta or any grains! I also cannot tolerate tree nuts, but do okay with seeds like sunflower, pumpkin, etc. (Sunflower nut butter is fabulous! I’m just sayin’.) I’m so allergic to eggs that I get gas if I even hold one in the palm of my hand!! If I stick to vegetables and meats with limited fruits, the pounds just melt off. When I hit a plateau, I up the carbs for a few days(from vegetables) and the weight loss resumes. I drink coffee several times a week sweetened with a little organic evaporated cane juice and coconut milk in the can (I found out that refrigerated coconut milk is watered down coconut milk from a can). It’s yummy and I can still use my keurig coffee maker! Anyway, my point is that you may be allergic to more things that what are on the list! If you saw any improvement at all you should pursue getting allergy tested by a holistic health practitioner.

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    Judy Sheary

    Is there anyone out there from New Zealand following JJ’s eating plan, if so what protein powder have you bought?
    thanks

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    dianne

    my suggestion for a good way of eating is to eat more alkaline foods and less acidic foods. eat less processed foods which become acidic such as canned foods. cook fresh, whole foods. learn which foods are highly acid and which are alkaline to your body and eat them in balance. you may have to do some research but it will be worth it if you are curious as to how nutrition and your body works best. don’t worry about food allergies unless you in fact have one. this is the truth about what’s best for you.

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    Denise

    I thought that this diet made sense. It is hard to do and the pea-rice protein is really unpleasant (and is nutritionally problematic). I lost weight the first week and then stopped. I got sick and my nails became weaker. This is no miracle. Eat little food, drink a lot of water and you will lose weight!

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    dianne

    Why does everyone have to be “allergic” to a food? I think it’s off to assume you are and to listen to an author who says you are. As long as you’re feeling fine, maybe the problem is that you’re eating too much and not moving enough instead of finding an excuse for being over weight.

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    ann

    I agree, if I had not felt so bad I would never have done this. I had extreme fatigue, dizziness, for about a year. I feel like my old self now. I have added corn back in and sugar and cream in my coffee. I would like to know what it was that made me feel so bad??It was my 3rd week into the diet that I got off the sofa and really moving, feeling alive again. I eat lots of fruit, replacing the sugary foods I ate.
    I was only 10 lbs over my ideal weight and have lost about 5

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    Anonymous

    Part of the idea behind this diet is that it is for people who HAVE tried other diets and exercise and are not losing weight. The idea is to find out if you have an intolerance, and eliminate those foods to keep your body from any undue stress. Since food intolerance is NOT the same as a food allergy, some of these intolerances may not be easily tested for or may not be causing a big enough problem for you to notice it until you have eliminated the food and realize the difference between feeling “good” and feeling “great” because your body is functioning how it was designed to.

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    JJ4life

    diane,
    until you read it or do it, you can’t judge it. Bottom line, is we all have slight alergies to foods. I mean just look at milk…it is a foreign substance to humans (we are the only animal that drinks anothers milk). EVERYTIME you ingest dairy, you trigger antibody response. It’s simple sience and nutrition. But you go ahead and keep eating genetially modified soy and corn, and keep eating gluten (gluten has a chemical in it that makes you crave more gluten!!!). and keep eating added sugar. I’ll keep following the diet and feeling amazing :)

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    Jeanne

    I use Trader Joe’s Organic Hemp Protein Vanilla Powder, prefer the vanilla to the chocolate. Get a Cuisinart Smart Stick about $30. Comes with a tall measuring cup and works great. The stick can be used without the cup to mash your cauliflower. Think this diet makes a lot of since. It’s more about changing your lifestyle then losing weight.

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    Denise

    This powder (TJ) has sugar… I find the pea-rice protein recommended to be pretty bad tasting… I have lost some weight, but am not pleased with my health or feeling or well being. It is difficult to stay with. The menus are just common sense…

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    Kat

    Try using a cocoa powder, I use one level dessertspoon of cocoa. It is very good for you and tastes great. I add some banana too, Then I freeze the rest of the banana. I crush Ice and add water, Chia, Pea Powder then the cocoa and fruit. Go easy on fruit as per her book recommended.

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    Yvette

    I’m looking for a good brand of protein powder to use. I purchased one that had rice,pea and chia and it was pretty bad. Can anyone suggest a good blender?

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    Nora

    I have just started this program. So far it’s ok. I am using Vega all-in-one nutritional shake because it is dairy, gluten and soy-free, has no added sugar, and fulfils the requirements in the book (6 grams fibre per serving, low sodium, contains rice and pea protein, etc). It isn’t cheap – about $60 for a large container but it lasts quite awhile. They also sell individual serving packets which is more expensive in the long run but allows you to try a few different flavours to find one you like before investing in a big tub of the stuff. I have been mixing it with almond milk, but I have found out where I can get coconut milk so I will switch when the almond milk is gone. I also add 2 Tbsp of chia seeds or ground flax or hemp seeds, a cup of fresh spinach and 1/2 cup of frozen organic blueberries and whir it up in my regular kitchen blender. It’s quite tasty and filling, like a blueberry milkshake. That makes up 2 meals a day and dinner is “real food” but sticking to her list of things that are ok to eat. I’m hungry when I wake up in the mornings, but comfortable all day once I have had my first shake.

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    Julie

    I am not sold on this diet yet. I’ve been on it for 6 days following it exactly. I’ve lost a pound. Not what I expected. I eat organically and exercise regulary. I am trying to lose those last stubborn 10 pounds. Beware, this diet may not work unless you are very overweight.

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    Laura

    I am not over weight at all and have lost weight doing this, feel lighter, nor more dizzyness, stomach aches. The point of this diet is to help figure out if food is making you sick. May I suggest you change up your workouts.

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    ann

    I have been on the diet for 1 month and lost 4-5 lbs. I’m also wanting to lose the last 10, it’s slow but I’m getting there and feeling great.

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    Anonymous

    Julie, I have experienced similar results and I am convinced I have a coconut intolerance. Could be tree nuts too, but I am eliminating it to see. My point is that you may have an intolerance to something else not included in the seven hi-fi foods. Also check the ingredients of your soaps, lotions, medicines. Etc. they can be absorbed in to your bloodstream through the skin.

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    lisa

    This book was suggested to me from a friend that is a celiac. I tried it, and am in week 2. After just two days I felt lighter, not in weight but the way I carry myself. Eliminating the gluten was a huge help for me, gave me more energy and switching simple things like other teas or coffees to green tea increased my metabolism.
    Granted this is not for everyone, I like that its not just about losing weight, its about a lifestyle and eliminating foods that your body my not react well with.

    Basically, as the old saying goes, don’t knock it til you try it….
    Those negative commenters, clearly have not read nor researched the book to understand the real meaning and points behind it.

    I’ve found that after making a few of the recipes, I’ve been researching others and keeping them in a seperate recipe book (there’s TONNES of great recipes that follow her guidelines!) or if I find something that I’ve bought that lists ingredients to make something I’ve been ripping the stickers off and sticking them right to the book to make it myself.

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    twill

    I am researching this diet in hopes of following a system that will lead to a healthier way of life. How affordable is the program? Does it break the bank?

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    Martha

    Choose fresh healthy foods, organic where you can afford it. You really don’t have to have “special” foods. As one commenter above noted, you can do it without the shakes, but in the long run, they aren’t really more than many breakfast foods – especially commercially prepared or eaten out…
    Also, the long-term heath savings should add up nicely! :)

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    ann

    I have been on the diet 21 days and I feel great! I have energy I had lost, I’m not dizzy, sluggish now. I broke my very bad soda habit and had no problem cutting the foods, just replaced with something I could eat, many fruits and veggies. Worked for me so far. Never believed it, my sister had tried and it worked for her so she just made me do it. So thankful for my big sister!

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    marlys

    How does this diet compare to the 17 Day Diet?

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    Bob

    The mis-understanding of genetically modified foods is unbelievable Every since the days of Gregor Mendel [mid-1800's], all foods have been genetically modified, and if they weren’t we wouldn’t have half the food supply and all would be vastly inferior.

    I know nothing of her program but very limited knowledge leves me skeptical.

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    Your Name

    GMO is not the same as hybridized. With GMO, plants are crossed with an unrelated plant so that they will grow with herbicides. For example, with animals, a salmon crossed with an eel is a GMO. This differs from a salmon selected because it grows faster – but is still a salmon.

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    Sylvia

    I was thinking of trying the seven days to see if I am intolerant to any of these foods. How have you been eating Linda? Are you struggling to maintain some consistent meal options?

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    Linda

    I am following the Virgin Diet now for over a week. I have lost over six lbs., but more importantly I feel so much more energetic and have significantly less digestive distress. That means to me that one or more of the seven has a negative effect on my system. It is a more difficult diet to follow, I agree, since I love all food that puts weight on, but I have to decide which is more important to me, and I think being slimmer and feeling better wins out.

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    celestial

    Thanks for sharing that as it’s truly inspirational!

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    ann

    I am on day 25 now, feeling very good and lighter. No trouble for me to stay on this way of eating, but thinking I might add corn back for a while and see if it affects me any. I am not craving sugar or soft drinks, loving pain water now. Can’t believe the difference in me!

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    ann

    Day #40 for me and I feel great,losing about 1 lb a week, energy still up also. Began walking again, something I had not felt like doing in about a yr. I have added corn back into diet and no bad affects. Eggs will be next. I will not go back to gluten or sugar tho, finished with it except on special occasion. So glad I tried it!

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    Liz

    Hi,
    I’m in my second week of following this diet and I must admit I DO feel better. I lost 8 lbs. the first week, however I seem to be already at a plateau, but I’m actually feeling better every day, so that’s what’s important. I’ve had sinus problems for over a year and I am now breathing better. I am also NOT experiencing any cravings(ok…maybe just for ice cream! ;b ) or hungry AND it has made me much more aware of the food we have around us and how bad it is. I especially feel for those living with a gluten allergy as there is gluten in virtually EVERYTHING as well as SUGAR! All I have to say is whether or not you believe in this diet or J.J. Virgin, just read the ingredients when shopping for food, You will be amazed at the amount of crap there is out there!

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    Kay

    I don’t need to lose weight but my dr. suggested I give up gluten & dairy for my autoimmune problems. Does this book give menu suggestions & can you eat things that will keep the weight on.
    Thanks for any help.

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    Bonnie

    Kay, she gives menu suggestions and recipes. Some of the inflammatory foods she has you avoid for three weeks, like gluten, can actually make it difficult to maintain weight. Therefore, if this is an issue for you, eliminating it could help you gain weight.

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    celestial

    yes the book has menus. I ordered mine on my Kindle phone App so I’ll have it with me to refer back to

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    Heather

    You know Debbie works for her and her comments are total BS. The diet may be good, but watch out for any publisher’s great comments.

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    Anonymous

    If you don’t believe in JJ Virgin…don’t follow her guidelines. Why are you guys so hateful? You need to work on your problems. If JJ Virgin is wrong…we will find out…individually. Don’t need you.

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    celestial

    This book was highly recommended to me. I was talking to this woman online in my food store when the subject of diets and health came up. She said in 3 days, she felt the difference by eliminating the FI foods. I truly believe “we are what we eat” to an extent, and it’s so worth following the guidelines offered here. To me, the author’s credentials aren’t as important to me as her “common sense” approach. This is no different than babies that are introduced 1 new food at a time to check for allergies. Adults have tried all these foods, so we reverse the process. Don’t hate and unless you have facts that back up the negatives you preach about this diet, then please walk away. If you don’t have anything good to say, then don’t say anything at all.

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    Kathy

    I just started this program today. I got along better than I thought and wasn’t hungry at all. Just not sure if I’ll be able to stick to something that is so restrictive. Has anyone found a way to not cut out all 7 items and still do well, or is it important to stick exactly to the diet as written. I have arthritis and am hoping to reduce some inflammation.
    Thanks!

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    april

    This goes with dr d adamo eat right for your blood type….

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    Alberta

    Dr. D’Adamo is a life saver. All of her foods are avoids for O’s except soy and sugar in moderation. I’ll stick with the Blood type diet for O’s!

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    Stephanie

    I agree with Anita. Please do your research and READ the entire book before you give a REVIEW on it!

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    candace cornelius

    What exactly is the problem with SOY milk, she does not explain.

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    Kacey

    The problem with soy had something to do with the way it is processed in your body. It supposedly can lead to thyroid problems. The biggest thing against soy that she says is that the soy bean takes in all the pesticides around it which then enter your body.

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    Anonymous

    I saw it on her TV presentation. Soy is full of toxins and people are often allergic to it. I’m reading the book now and it says that foods you are intolerant of destroy your health through Leaky Gut develpment. Just switch to coconut milk and you will be fine. Perhaps later you can return to soy after your gut heals.

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    Anonymous

    The soy in this country is mainly genetically modified.

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    Anonymous

    I have a soy intolerance. It is very uncomfortable: gastric upset, bloating, even vomiting. Actually, it is very common to have a soy intolerance. It is frustrating that soy is in so many foods nowadays.

    Soy is not a super food for everyone.

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    JULIO

    If you read closely 80 to 90% of the soy in america and around the world where law permits is GMO (Genetically Modidified Organism) meaning that to sustain the plant source to a healthy mature growth it must be bombarded with insecticides and pesticides due to it’s genitacal weak ability to sustain itself under normal plant growth as when farmed without it being genetically modified.

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    Anonymous

    Julio, that is not what GMO stands for at all. It means that we have altered the food item so it is either bigger, makes more crops, or withstands insect attacks. If it were not for GMO, many of us would not be around.

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    Anonymous

    O…. M… G! You clearly need an education on healthy living and GMOs…. We are one of the last countries to not ban it!!! Educate yourself before you open your mouth!!!

    Anonymous

    Genetically Modified Organisms are not the same as those that we have allowed to cross or selected for increased yields or better quality fruits…GMOs have be altered by introducing new organisms into the plants DNA (such as a bacteria- Bt Cotton/Corn) therefore making it not a true plant at all. It’s an entirely unique organism that does not and would not ever exist on it’s own in nature. No one knows what the long term effects are on human consumption of GMO foods, but that does not mean that we should consume them. Lots of GMO plants have been grown for other reasons other than foods- Cotton production for example (which was responsible for the eradication of the Boll Weevil)- The issue that lots of organic farmers are having an issue with is pollination issues- since these organisms can contaminate other natural plants…this can be a real problem. Also, a lot of pests are becoming tolerant of GMO plants are also adapting in a similar way making “super-bugs” that are even harder to kill or control than they were before…all in all not a Good option for many crops.

    Debby

    JJ did explain that in the PBS airing.
    The use of soy products contributed to my hypothyroid condition, I found out after the fact. Who new – switched to soy milk to get off dairy.
    Soy effects the thyroid, fertility, hormones, sex drive, digestion, can contribute to certain cancers because it acts as estrogen in the body.

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    Anita

    You have not given accurate information about the Virgin Diet. I have been following JJ Virgin’s pre-book release videos. The 7 foods you drop from your diet are just to get started. It is not just a 21 day diet. After 21 days, you one by one add the foods back to see if you have reactions. The goal is to find out if your weight gain has been due to food intolerances. It is for health, not just to lose weight, though. The seven foods are common sources of health problems that people may not realize they have becuase they think they are healthy foods, such as dairy, soy, and eggs. The other foods are corn, gluten, peanuts, sugar and sugar substitutes. Once you identify your main food intolerances, you eliminate them and make long-term lifestyle changes. Also, JJ says that most people lose 21 days, but some less and some more.

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    Anonymous

    I second this.. I was having stomach issues and priblns losing weight after trying several diets and exercise. I tried tih lost weight and found out dairy is a problem for me.. After the 21 days you can introduce the foods that didn’t cause issues but she teaches u how to maintain.

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    Anonymous

    Mensa membership and a fine education are good things to have on your side. I have both, but it does not mean blanket acceptance should be given to my output. This diet seems a little extreme. Knocking out many of the foods listed in her diet may be beneficial. Time will tell

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    Kevin

    JJ Virgin mixes a hint of good info with crackpot nonsense. This should be no surprise, as her “Ph.D.” is from a nonaccredited mail-order “university,” which is now defunct. Look it up. She makes nutty claims like her clients losing 9 lbs per week on her diet, something that you could only do by running a marathon every day or in your slide into death while infected with cholera. Folks, there’s one branch of science you just can’t cheat, and that’s thermodynamics.

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    Debbie

    I did look it up and it sounds like you want to sell yourself. I think she sounds even more credible now. Here is her bio, “JJ is a member of Mensa, a UCLA graduate and chronic student having taken 40 graduate courses (and counting) from 6 different graduate and doctoral schools including Biomechanics from California State University Northridge, Sports Medicine from University of Miami and doctoral level courses in Exercise Physiology, Nutrition and Aging from USC. She is a Certified Nutrition Specialist, a Certified Health and Fitness Instructor with advanced certifications in Nutrition, Personal Training and Aging and Board Certified in Holistic Nutrition.” No nonsense here that I found.

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    Mook

    Who wrote the bio?

    Having any “fitness” or biomechanics course does not make you a nutrition expert. Being a certified anything (network specialist, nutritionist) means little. Show me the degree, not some certificate. Show me the RESEARCH SHE DID behind her diet, and then you can call her an expert.

    I watched her program for a while on PBS and I was shocked how much snake oil and charisma she was selling and how short on real data she included. Anecdotes don’t count.

    Charismatic, good looking, very fit, and dubious credentials and facts usually add up to religious cult, not science or credible diet advice.

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    Ursula

    Kevin & Mook…you poor souls.

    TT

    Mook after having reviewed everyone’s comments I agree with you! I have become a prisoner of the JJ Virgin. After trying to reintroduce any of the “7 foods to avoid” I experience gas, bloating, bowel problems, headaches, migraines, severe joint pain, leg cramps so painful I wake up yelling and insomnia. Going to the market becomes an excursion of reading label after label of ingredients. I bought a jar of organic ginger with organic soybean oil and had headaches for days. Another example is she states be careful of the nightshades such as tomatoes as they can cause joint pain but she has a recipe for salsa. Her book is so poorly written one can tell she’s not educated. I wish I never started her diet. I’ve lost too much weight! And its expensive!

    Alex

    Thank you so much for taking your time to share the truth with us.

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    Alex

    And I mean Debbie. ^_^

    cheryl

    well for those people who do not have food intolerances…I would not say one negative thing about this diet…I have lived with food intolerances for many years…and as for JJ’s book..I think its a God send that fineally somone gets it!!! so I say To each there own!!!

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