HEALTH: Drop 7 Pounds in 7 Days? A ‘Virgin’ Challenges Doubters



Put on a few extra pounds during the holidays? Don’t feel bad because you’re not alone, clearly evident by a plethora of “diet” food ads and round-the-clock exercise chatter we’re bombarded with in the initial weeks of January. Deciding what’s right for you isn’t easy, though. What works for one person may not apply in your case, so do some homework and always consult a qualified health care professional. Among those shedding light on the topic: certified nutrition specialist and fitness expert JJ Virgin who suggests food intolerance is the hidden cause of weight gain in her New York Times best-seller, The Virgin Diet (Harlequin; $25.95 US). The “not-so magnificent 7” culprits _ corn, dairy, eggs, gluten, peanuts, soy and sugar/artificial sweeteners.

“I discovered early on that the outdated, overly simplistic calories-in, calories-out bank account model of weight loss didn’t work for many clients,” Virgin explains in a Jan. 3 blog post. “Along the way I discovered 7 foods that can literally hold your health hostage by creating chronic inflammation leading to fatigue, joint pain, gas, bloating, and cravings for the very foods that are hurting you. Even worse, these foods are often the “healthy” ones you include in your diet.”

Soy and processed products, such as tofu

Bread group

Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley, rye, spelt, kamut and oats (any food products containing those grains). It has generated a high-profile buzz lately as more learn that it can damage the intestines of people with celiac disease, preventing vitamin and mineral absorption and triggering other health-related problems.


The Virgin Diet discusses ways to make “lateral shifts” by replacing the offenders with better alternatives. In fact, it calls for completely removing the identified foods for three weeks. Who wouldn’t want to get fit in 21-days, but just the thought of eliminating bread, pasta and sugar already has me shaking in my boots. Virgin, an established “go-to” veteran in the industry, specializes in weight loss resistance related to food allergies and food sensitivities. Can’t get enough sleep, sluggish or still craving more after meals, suffering with headaches and mood swings? You may want to think about what’s being addressed.

Dairy Food wb

“Time and time again I’ve seen people eliminate these so-called diet foods for 3 weeks and lose up to 7 pounds in the first 7 days,” Virgin says in a press release promoting the book. “Then, when they identify which faux health foods are hurting them and stay away from those foods for good, they end up feeling great and keeping the weight off … The Virgin Diet helps you create a customized diet based on the foods that work for your unique body chemistry and explains which foods tell your body to burn fat and build muscle so that you can lose fat fast and keep it off, without feeling deprived.” Sure, I’m a skeptic on many subjects, and often pause at the mention of “diets,” however, I am going to pay closer attention to what goes into my body.



DISCLAIMERHealth and wellness material on this blog is provided for informational purposes only and is not intended as medical advice, diagnosis, treatment, cure or to prevent any disease. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. You should consult a qualified health care professional before starting any diet, supplement, home remedy or exercise program, or if you have or suspect you may have a health condition. I encourage individuals to research all avenues for optimal overall wellness.


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