The Virgin Diet

by Jennifer



                               

Are people around you jumping into “Whole 30″ with passion? Or perhaps they’ve eliminated carbs or gluten or dairy or sugar. Honestly, I’m not one for fad eating (perhaps because I’m so heavily invested in eating). That said, I also tend to do much better completely eliminating something than just trying to moderate it.

So I picked up The Virgin Diet: Drop 7 Foods, Lose 7 Pounds, Just 7 Days on NetGalley with some curiosity. And no, the diet doesn’t involves virgins in any way. It’s the author’s last name (though provocative, I admit).

I really liked her approach in this book, and it has turned me from a scoffer into a believer. Let me clarify: I did not drop 7 foods, nor did I lose 7 pounds in 7 days (and honestly nowhere in the book did I really see her assert this specific claim, so I’d vote for a review of the subtitle). What she does assert is that by eliminating these high-allergen foods that also can cause inflammation, that you will feel less bloated, you’ll have fewer “gut” problems (there’s a LOT of talk about healing your gut), look younger, and yes, lose weight that you may be holding on to in spite of healthy eating and lifestyle habits.

What I liked was that she explained it in this way. She identified these products as those which tend to cause reactions in people, and perhaps your body is reacting to them in a way that doesn’t work for you. After a month of doing without (again — let’s look at the title — I could do anything for 7 days, but 30?), you can add in one food at a time for each week, testing any adverse reactions.

Final verdict: If you are simply looking to lose weight, I wouldn’t recommend this book. However, if you have noticed unnatural reactions such as stomach problems, extreme fatigue, or are at your wit’s end because you feel like you are doing everything right and still can’t lose weight, you might look into it. If you are interested, check out more at her website.

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Jennifer lives in Houston with her 2 kids, husband, and dog. In addition to reading, she enjoys travel, Bible study, food, and fun. She blogs about some of these things -- when her nose isn't in a book -- at Snapshot.

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1 Amy February 8, 2013 at 2:29 pm

I have heard a few people mention this book and I did think it sounded very much like Paleo/ Whole30/clean eating (which is also about getting rid of inflammation) of which I am a HUGE fan! (I did not realize it was a fad in the states.) Here were my results in case you are interested: http://missionalmamassoul.blogspot.com/2012/12/my-first-whole30-results-journey.html
Currently, I have moved to a more Paleo eating plan and have not felt better in a long time.
BTW, I do better eliminating too at least at first!
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2 Dora February 12, 2013 at 11:00 am

I have been on the Virgin Diet for almost a month. My husband has lost 20 lbs and I have lost 10 lbs. First time in a long time that we have seen that scale move! We have never felt better! :)

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3 Evie February 12, 2013 at 11:27 am

I did do this diet to lose weight and it’s working. I also work out with a trainer 3x’s a week and go by myself at least once a week.

I’m almost through the adding things back stage, and nothing is causing me problems. However, the diet changes where HUGE for me. I think cutting out the sugar was the biggest thing – I was eating a lot of it without realizing it. I’m also eating less processed foods and finding it just as easy to prepare as the processed stuff.

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