Saturday, January 12, 2013

The Virgin Diet Trial

A client of mine mentioned she was going on "The Virgin Diet".   She explained you have a protein smoothie for breakfast and can't eat soy, dairy, gluten, sugar, artificial sweeteners, corn or peanuts.   It immediately sparked my interest because of all of the foods to avoid and I was really curious to learn more about the rules and logic of the diet.  I bought and read the book which claims that you can lose up to 7 pounds in 7 days, look younger and feel absolutely amazing.  This all sounded very good to me!

The diet is based on the fact that many of us have food intolerances and by eliminating soy, dairy, gluten, sugar, artificial sweeteners, corn, and peanuts we can figure out what intolerances we have and in turn by eliminating high food intolerance foods, our bodies will function better and be able to lose fat and excess weight.  I am interested in how my body would respond to eliminating all of these foods and want to see if I will see the results that nutritionist JJ Virgin claims.  Sooo I went out and bought the smoothies.   I bought the Vega Energizer Smoothie which meets the smoothie requirements of the diet.  You need to make sure the smoothie isn't soy or dairy based like most protein shakes are.  The shake can have stevia or xylitol in it which are acceptable sweeteners according to JJ.  The diet recommends that you have the smoothies for breakfast and lunch.  The other foods you can eat are mainly lean meat, chicken, fish, beans, vegetables (no corn), fruit, nuts (no peanuts), brown rice and quinoa.  Pretty restrictive, but I am sure you can get creative with it.

I am going to start the diet on Monday.  It is 3 weeks long and I will keep you posted on results as I go.  If the diet works, I will definitely start recommending it to my clients and encourage you to try it!

Here is a good article if you want to read a more thorough overview of the diet:


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