Reviews for Virgin Diet : Drop 7 Foods, Lose 7 Pounds, Just 7 Days Reviews
Healthy foods in moderation equal weight loss? No, says nutrition and fitness expert Virgin, whose claims include losing seven pounds in seven days by eliminating--forget moderation--seven food groups, including gluten, lactose, and others known to trigger true food intolerance, food sensitivities, and food reactions. Time-honored "correctly" balanced eating may be holding you back because of physical chemical responses causing digestive problems, inflammation and other immune reactions, and weight gain. This "science experiment" that puts a halt to calorie counting and isolates food intolerances can, Virgin attests, help us regain a healthy systemic balance before we reintegrate appropriate foods from certain food groups. The author's straightforward, comprehensive approach provides a detailed guide to restaurant eating and "meal assemblies" structured in three cycles: elimination, gradual reintroduction of certain foods, and a diet for life. She also includes a Virgin Diet shopping list, a metrics conversion table, source listings, additional resources, and a list of the author's favorite books. Copyright 2012 Booklist Reviews.

Library Journal Reviews 2012 December #1

Similar in theme to Recitas's The Plan (above), Virgin (Six Weeks to Sleeveless and Sexy: The 5-Step Plan to Sleek, Strong, and Sculpted Arms) pinpoints so-called healthy foods like nonfat yogurt and veggie burgers as responsible for bloating, fatigue, joint problems, and headaches. She recommends switching to "non-reactive" foods and in the process eliminating dairy, sugars, gluten, corn, peanuts, and more. VERDICT Virgin is a celebrity trainer, and this is getting a lot of press, so it will probably be in demand.

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Publishers Weekly Reviews 2012 October #3

Fitness and nutrition expert/celebrity coach and author (Six Weeks to Sleeveless and Sexy) Virgin makes some stunning claims in her latest book, among them that with her plan followers will look 10 years younger and that the very foods that most people think are healthy may be making them fat. According to Virgin, who has tested her theories on thousands in the past two decades it's food intolerance (FI) that leads to weight gain, inflammation, premature aging, and the inability to take weight off and keep it off even when dieting, exercising, and eating "healthy" foods. Her three-cycle plan includes 21 days of totally eliminating the seven main culprits: gluten, soy, dairy, eggs, corn, and peanuts, and sugar/artificial sweeteners (with a chemist's aplomb, she explains why). After the initial "cycle," followers may re-introduce certain foods while keeping a close tab on whether such symptoms as bloating or achy joints recur. Although the plan initially works the same way for everyone, in the second cycle readers learn how to tailor their diet to counter individual food intolerances. In the third (and lifelong) cycle, readers are encouraged to stick to the foods that jive with their own body chemistry (some items, such as peanuts and corn, are permanently nixed). Virgin's prose is clear and convincing, but it appears, one must be true to the method for 21 days to reap results. (Dec.)

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