If you are not at your ideal weight yet, don't worry. If you stick to the Virgin Diet, you will find that you will continue to lose weight until you reach your ideal body composition. Just keep out sugar, corn, peanuts, gluten and soy 95 percent of the time and only eat dairy and eggs to the extent you can tolerate them based on your results in Cycle 2.

Be sure to continue journaling during this time. If you find that your weight loss stalls, be sure to incorporate the long-term strategies including burst training and resistance exercise, good sleep and stress management.

While you are actively working on weight loss, don't have even three bites of a forbidden food and limit your alcohol intake. You can also go back to two shakes a day to accelerate your weight loss.

If you are doing everything right and get “stuck,” it is time to visit a functional medicine practitioner (see the Resources section on my website) to get evaluated for weight-loss resistance due to other factors, including gastrointestinal issues (small intestine bacterial overgrowth, yeast, parasites), thyroid disease, insulin or leptin resistance, toxicity and sex hormone imbalances.


One of the best ways that you can maintain your ideal weight — and also stay healthy, energized and fit — is to exercise. Although exercise isn't so important for losing weight, studies have shown that it is absolutely crucial for maintaining weight.


 If you've already been working out, doing cardio or moving a lot, congratulations! Keep it up or bump it up. If you have been fairly sedentary up to this point, now is the time to get yourself in gear.

You won't necessarily go from sitting on the couch all day to achieving your ideal fitness. But you can do it gradually, through a three-step process:

Move more.

Start burst-style training.

Add resistance training.

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