Water & Meal Timing for The Virgin Diet

22 Jan

There are a lot of different components to The Virgin Diet & keeping track of them all can be a lot of work. I am going to try to break them down from what I’ve learned from the book & my experience so far. Water & meal timing are KEY to succeeding with the diet. (On pages 172-175 you can find the details on meal timing & hydration.)

When to Eat:

You should have your first meal, your shake, within 1 hour of waking up. Then every 4 to 6 hours eat lunch & then dinner. If you have a longer break between lunch & dinner you can also have a healthy snack in there (check out my Quick & Easy Foods for The Virgin Diet for some ideas). You also need to stop eating 2 to 3 hours before bed. This meal timing is A LOT different than some of the information I’ve gotten about how often & when you should be eating but it makes a lot of sense. Lately nutritionists have been saying you should be eating 5 or 6 smalls meals every 2 to 3 hours to rev up your metabolism, but not according to this diet. For more on why check out JJ Virgin’s youtube video When Should I Eat?

When to Drink Water & How Much:

Water is so important for losing weight! The books says you should drink at least half your weight in ounces of water per day or a minimum of 64 ounces. BUT not just whenever you want to. The key is when to drink water & when not to drink it. The book recommends these guidelines:

  • Right when you wake up drink 16 ounces
  • 30 to 60 minutes before each meal drink 16 ounces
  • 30 minutes before you eat until 1 hour after your meal you should limit your water intake to 8 ounces
  • Drink 8 ounces right before bed

I have always hated the taste of tap water so I’m a bottled water junky. The book says you should avoid bottled water due to the plastic. It recommends drinking water from glass bottles & getting a filter for your sink. I have yet to make this switch but I am planning to.

Seagram's Seltzer Water

Seagram’s Seltzer Water

As I already shared in Pretty Little Blog – The Virgin Diet!‘s Facebook page my absolute favorite water is Seagrams Seltzer Water. It has several different delicious natural flavors, no calories & no sugar! Can’t get much better than that! I also really like a glass of water with the juice of a 1/2 a fresh lemon & a little agave nectar.


3 Responses to “Water & Meal Timing for The Virgin Diet”

  1. Erica June 4, 2013 at 8:00 am #

    Quite beneficial looking onward to coming back.

  2. msd79 April 19, 2013 at 7:52 am #

    Is Agave nectar allowed? It’s pure fructose… and considered worse than HFCS by some!

    • Krista April 19, 2013 at 10:46 am #

      It is actually not allowed. I had thought I edited that out, thanks for asking!

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