If you missed my overall thoughts on the Virgin Diet regarding how difficult it was (or wasn't) to be on the diet or how I felt after about 3 weeks, check it out HERE. I will say that my thoughts have not changed much.
We are still going strong and to be perfectly honest, it is nice to have such a restrictive diet where if you eat anything out of the diet it will ruin the whole 7 weeks! This means I really don't have the option to cheat. It's like going cold turkey and that style works for me! Today I completely passed up my cookie, sun chips and pasta salad with my sandwich, easily, without thought. The virgin diet is a nice way to start a clean eating habit and after the diet is done, you can then modify it for your own lifestyle change. Overall, I am glad we went on the diet (and are still on it...4 1/2 weeks have flown by!) because it showed us that we CAN do any diet really and that you CAN feel satisfied, feel great and not starve while getting healthy and losing weight. I also think it is a great diet to do if you have autoimmune issues or other disease states so you can see if modifying your diet could help.
So without further ado...RESULTS!
Chest- 1/2 inch lost
Hips- 1 inch lost
Waist- 1 inch lost
Love Handles- 3/4 inch lost
Weight- 5.7 lbs lost (4%)
Sooo.... I didn't lose as much as I would have liked but this is progress and is not bad really. I just had my heart set on quicker progress because I have had quicker progress before on plant-based diets. Some of these measurements are so close that it could just be measurement error but we are going to say that these are real losses because my pants are feeling looser. We reintroduced dairy last week and I did react slightly with some throat/nasal congestion (sorry TMI) and some general sluggish feeling. I will be limiting dairy in my diet in the future but will not completely eliminate it. I will just weigh if it is adding something to my meal or if I could have it without it.... Or if it's ice cream... Or really good cheese...
Now, I'll show you Chris' in case you want to see how a guy can manage on the diet.
Chest- 1 inch lost
Waist- 2 inches lost
Hips/Love Handles- 1.5 inches
Weight- 18 lbs lost!! (9%)
Sooo.....this obviously has worked well for Chris. I think the real difference here is that I did not eat as bad as Chris did before so he had a more significant shift when changing to a healthy diet...plus he's a boy. He did react to dairy more severely than I did so he will need to be more diligent in keeping it out. Dairy is a super common one to react to from what I have been researching. It can often be the cause of skin conditions such as acne and eczema, etc. He has changed his mindset on eating and is now actually getting into this healthy eating thing. :) I'm glad. It is much easier when everyone in the house is on board. I couldn't have done it without him.