The-Virgin-Diet-by-JJ-Virgin-Harlequin-Nonfiction-Author-CelebrityReviewed by Melanie Kline

Drop 7 foods. Lose 7 pounds. In just 7 days. Sounds amazing, doesn’t it? I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this book. Food intolerance is the real cause of weight gain? Yeah, sure! Sounds great – where do I start? Sign me up!

Not quite so fast. The Virgin Diet is jammed full of testimonials. I wound up skipping about half of the book because frankly, if I don’t personally know you and believe that I can take you at your word, then your testimonial is just a waste of my time. I want to see it for myself and since I already have the book in my hands, I’m not going to bother reading what other people have to say.

Overall, The Virgin Diet provides some good points to ponder and that make a whole lot of sense. For example, food intolerance creates inflammation. Not so good if you are trying to get that lean, flat stomach you had when you were young. You have to eat fat to burn fat. Even this makes sense once you read the explanation and examples.

Basically, The Virgin Diet gives you a list of 7 problem foods to remove from your diet. Not as easy as it sounds though. Sure you can quit eating corn on the cob, canned corn, frozen corn, etc., but corn is also found in corn fed chickens and the eggs they lay, and so on. After you eliminate these foods, you slowly start adding them back into your diet so that you can tell which ones you are intolerant to and viola, you lose weight after getting rid of all the problematic food.

This is a great concept, but I did not lose one ounce and people really looked at me funny when I ordered “grass-fed beef tenderloin” and “pasture-fed pork tenderloin” at the grocery store meat counter. Can’t say I had much luck with ordering “wild fish” when I went out to eat either.

This concept might work extremely well for some, but since I have neither the time nor money to research out and purchase all of the “pure” foods necessary to truly follow this diet in the way it is designed, I guess I’m stuck with my muffin top.

Rating: ★★☆☆☆ 

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Harlequin. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.