The Virgin DietPosted on April 21, 2008
The Virgin diet is getting a great deal of publicity lately. According to a recent article nutritionist JJ Virgin was not intending to write a diet book. She found that while assisting physicians with an elimination diet created to help patients overcome chronic pain she found that losing weight was a much appreciated side effect. This was the beginning of the Virgin diet. There’s a great deal of research that supports elimination diet which is what the Virgin diet is. According to Virgin elimination diets have been used in medicine for decades. The first part of the diet is eliminating foods that cause problems. By pulling his foods from the diet weight loss was inevitable. In general the foods included gluten, dairy, eggs, soy, corn, peanuts, sugar, and artificial sweeteners. It is well-known that many people have sensitivities to these ingredients. For some people these foods can cause headaches, bloating, gas, fatigue, joint pain and more complications. Many people think these are normal or just part of aging. The overall goal is to eliminate one food probe week and see how the body reacts. Swapping out foods is not as difficult as it may sound. For example, instead of peanut butter many people use almond butter. Instead of soy milk, coconut, almond, or hemp milk are great substitute. Rice pasta is an option as a replacement for wheat and coconut yogurt can replace Greek yogurt rather easily. Admittedly no diet is one-size-fits-all so it should be customized to each patient however the types of food chosen will have a huge impact on weight loss as well as the way a patient feels. Dr. Kim urges patients to consider the ramifications of losing massive amounts of weight following plastic surgery procedures such as breast augmentation. Patients often don’t consider the fact that losing weight rapidly can increase the loose and lax skin and can have a negative effect on the appearance following cosmetic surgical procedures. For example, patients who have had breast augmentation may find that although they may lose a cup size and volume it may also contribute to sagging of the breast. Patients are encouraged to maintain their yearly follow-up visits with Dr. Kim said he is able to assess the progress following cosmetic surgery. This helps patients to enjoy life long results. Patients who are considering cosmetic plastic surgery are encouraged to contact Dr. Kim and schedule a consultation.