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Well Beyond 40 with JJ Virgin is the podcast for women who want to age powerfully and enjoy the best chapter of their lives.

It’s YOUR turn now to focus on nutrition, wellness, fitness, mindfulness, and beauty.

Refuel your body. Reignite your wellness. Renew your passion. Fall (back) in love with your life, and discover what it means to age powerfully.

Every information-packed episode combines cutting-edge science, pearls of wisdom from JJ’s four decades as a health and wellness leader and the world’s leading experts on weight loss, metabolism, menopause, life transitions and much more. We dive deep into topics like cultivating mindfulness, building strong relationships and setting boundaries, and choosing health…in a nutshell, how we can AGE POWERFULLY into this second half of our lives.

At Well Beyond 40, we empower women in their 40s, 50s, 60, 70s (and beyond!) to defy stereotypes and say, “It's my time now. It's my turn now. It’s my opportunity to step into my best life!”

For four decades, JJ Virgin has helped people lose weight and stop weight regain by eliminating hidden food intolerances and lowering their sugar impact. As a triple-board certified nutrition expert and Fitness Hall of Famer, JJ helps you stay fired up and focused on being your healthiest rockstar self.

In addition to hosting Well Beyond 40, JJ is a prominent TV and media personality. She was co-host of TLC’s Freaky Eaters and the on-camera nutritionist for Weight Loss Challenges on Dr. Phil.

Over the years, JJ has made numerous appearances on PBS, Dr. Oz, Rachael Ray, Access Hollywood, and the TODAY Show. She also speaks regularly and has shared the stage with notables including Seth Godin, Lisa Nichols, Gary Vaynerchuk, Mark Hyman, Dan Buettner, and Mary Morrissey.

JJ is the author of 4 New York Times bestsellers: The Virgin Diet, The Virgin Diet Cookbook, The Sugar Impact Diet, and The Sugar Impact Diet Cookbook.

JJ is also the author of Warrior Mom: 7 Secrets to Bold, Brave Resilience. She regularly writes for major blogs and other publications including mindbodygreen and Medium.

Visit jjvirgin.com for hundreds of free recipes and resources, plus state-of-the-art programs, products, and plenty of support to help you rev up your metabolism, reignite your wellness, and step powerfully into the second half of your life.

Well Beyond 40 JJ Virgin

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.6 • 756 Ratings

Well Beyond 40 with JJ Virgin is the podcast for women who want to age powerfully and enjoy the best chapter of their lives.

It’s YOUR turn now to focus on nutrition, wellness, fitness, mindfulness, and beauty.

Refuel your body. Reignite your wellness. Renew your passion. Fall (back) in love with your life, and discover what it means to age powerfully.

Every information-packed episode combines cutting-edge science, pearls of wisdom from JJ’s four decades as a health and wellness leader and the world’s leading experts on weight loss, metabolism, menopause, life transitions and much more. We dive deep into topics like cultivating mindfulness, building strong relationships and setting boundaries, and choosing health…in a nutshell, how we can AGE POWERFULLY into this second half of our lives.

At Well Beyond 40, we empower women in their 40s, 50s, 60, 70s (and beyond!) to defy stereotypes and say, “It's my time now. It's my turn now. It’s my opportunity to step into my best life!”

For four decades, JJ Virgin has helped people lose weight and stop weight regain by eliminating hidden food intolerances and lowering their sugar impact. As a triple-board certified nutrition expert and Fitness Hall of Famer, JJ helps you stay fired up and focused on being your healthiest rockstar self.

In addition to hosting Well Beyond 40, JJ is a prominent TV and media personality. She was co-host of TLC’s Freaky Eaters and the on-camera nutritionist for Weight Loss Challenges on Dr. Phil.

Over the years, JJ has made numerous appearances on PBS, Dr. Oz, Rachael Ray, Access Hollywood, and the TODAY Show. She also speaks regularly and has shared the stage with notables including Seth Godin, Lisa Nichols, Gary Vaynerchuk, Mark Hyman, Dan Buettner, and Mary Morrissey.

JJ is the author of 4 New York Times bestsellers: The Virgin Diet, The Virgin Diet Cookbook, The Sugar Impact Diet, and The Sugar Impact Diet Cookbook.

JJ is also the author of Warrior Mom: 7 Secrets to Bold, Brave Resilience. She regularly writes for major blogs and other publications including mindbodygreen and Medium.

Visit jjvirgin.com for hundreds of free recipes and resources, plus state-of-the-art programs, products, and plenty of support to help you rev up your metabolism, reignite your wellness, and step powerfully into the second half of your life.

    Best HIGH-PROTEIN Foods for Fat Loss Over 40

    Best HIGH-PROTEIN Foods for Fat Loss Over 40

    If you're over 40 and looking to lose fat while maintaining your hard-earned muscle, protein is your secret weapon. In this episode, I reveal the five protein-packed foods you should be eating every day to boost your metabolism, build lean muscle, and achieve your best body yet.
    From the incredible benefits of wild salmon and grass-fed beef to the surprising power of Greek yogurt and bone broth, I'll break down the science behind why these foods are essential for women our age—and show you how easy it can be to get over 100 grams in your diet every day. Plus, I'll share my top tips for easily incorporating these high-protein foods into your daily diet, so you can start seeing results fast.
    Don't miss out on this game-changing information. Tune in now to learn how you can transform your body composition, increase your strength and energy, and feel your best at any age.
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    • 19 min
    Rethinking Weight Gain: The Four Diet Theories Explained with Dr. Richard Johnson

    Rethinking Weight Gain: The Four Diet Theories Explained with Dr. Richard Johnson

    In this enlightening episode, I sit down with my brilliant friend Dr. Richard Johnson to unpack the mysteries of weight gain and explore the unifying theory that brings all the current hypotheses together. We dive into four major diet theories about why it's so hard to lose fat, and how certain foods—especially fructose—can sabotage your metabolism and health even if you're restricting calories.
    Dr. Johnson shares groundbreaking insights from his research, revealing how fructose impacts fat storage. We discuss the carbohydrate-insulin model, the protein-leverage hypothesis, and how a low-carb diet combined with certain essential nutrients can make a world of difference. You'll also learn about the surprising connection between alcohol and fructose, and how to enjoy alcohol without derailing your progress.
    If you're tired of struggling with stubborn weight and want to optimize your metabolism for lasting health, this is a must-listen episode! Dr. Johnson's cutting-edge findings will empower you with the knowledge and tools to finally break free from the dieting rollercoaster and achieve the vibrant well-being you deserve. Don't miss out on this transformative conversation!
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    • 1 hr 2 min
    5 Things I STOPPED Doing to Lose 10 Pounds This Year

    5 Things I STOPPED Doing to Lose 10 Pounds This Year

    I recently decided I wanted to get in the best shape of my life for my 60th birthday. My original goal wasn't even fat loss; I wanted to put on muscle and improve my overall fitness. But in the process of focusing on strength training, optimizing my nutrition, and making some key lifestyle tweaks, I ended up dropping 10 pounds and 5% body fat... without even trying!
     
    In this episode, I'm sharing the surprising mindset shifts and practical strategies that made all the difference. You'll learn why I actually INCREASED my calories at first, the reason I had to stop working out fasted, how changing my lazy evening wine-and-Netflix routine led to better self-care, and so much more. I'm also revealing the supplements I never skip even when I travel, and the metrics I track to make sure I'm building muscle and losing fat.
     
    If you're looking for motivation and guidance to get fit and feel your best at any age, this is the episode for you! It's not about restriction or doing anything extreme, it's about consistency, nourishing your body, and making sustainable lifestyle upgrades. I can't wait to share what I've learned with you!
     
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    • 14 min
    Why Your Breathing Pattern Might Be the Ultimate Health Clue with Dr. Andy Galpin

    Why Your Breathing Pattern Might Be the Ultimate Health Clue with Dr. Andy Galpin

    If a simple staircase becomes your Everest, it's not just about stamina—it's a hint about your health's future.
    I'm excited to speak with Dr. Andy Galpin in this episode, who is a true expert in exercise science and peak performance. Dr. Galpin breaks down his essential tips for optimizing health over 40, emphasizing the critical roles of VO2 max, grip strength, and balance exercises in your fitness regimen. 
    We also touch on the topics of exercise recovery, his FDA-approved do-it-yourself sleep lab, and his upcoming podcast, “Perform with Andy Galpin.” 
    Discover how boosting your fitness level can empower you to breeze through your daily activities and maintain a high quality of life as you age.
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    • 49 min
    Lose Weight by WALKING! Walking Pads, Steps per Day, & More

    Lose Weight by WALKING! Walking Pads, Steps per Day, & More

    In this episode, I dive into the incredible health benefits of a simple activity that we often take for granted: walking. While it may not be considered a strenuous exercise, recent research highlights just how powerful walking can be for our overall well-being and longevity.
     
    I discuss the findings of a study that reveals the optimal number of daily steps needed to significantly reduce the risk of early death from various causes. The episode also explores how adding higher-intensity walking can further improve body composition and metabolic health markers.
     
    Throughout the episode, I share my personal tips and tricks for incorporating more walking into your daily routine, making it easier to reach your step goals consistently. I also discuss how getting a walking pad has been a game-changer for me in terms of increasing the intensity of my walks.
     
    Whether you're a seasoned walker or just starting to embrace this simple yet effective form of physical activity, this episode will inspire you to prioritize walking as a key component of your health and longevity strategy.
     
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    • 15 min
    Turning Challenges into Opportunities with Doug Bopst

    Turning Challenges into Opportunities with Doug Bopst

    How would you find the motivation and strength to transform your life after experiencing adversity?
    Join me as I talk with Doug Bopst, an award-winning personal trainer, author of three books, and host of the Adversity Advantage Podcast, who is on a crusade to inspire others to overcome adversity and become the best version of themselves. He’s a former convicted felon and drug addict who spent time in jail for “possession with intent to sell.” While locked in a cell, he slayed his personal demons, kicked addiction, and completely reinvented himself. 
    Doug shares his journey of redemption through fitness, shedding light on his emotional and mental challenges and sharing his unique insights on battling body fat and belly fat with resilience, nutrition, and mindset principles.
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    • 30 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
756 Ratings

756 Ratings

Susan2 U ,

Good show

Informative and up to date topics. Great focus on women. Excellent guests. It would be awesome if the guests were given more time to talk. The host has a tendency to monopolize the conversations. While she is an expert in her own right there is a reason she invites guests.

opinionssarav ,

Peter matrone??!!!

Our spines break down when we sleep?? Lose structure..bone…what??!!
Get people on your show whose information is backed by science.

Toned up 45 ,

Interrupted

The constant interruptions drives me nuts! When she had a guest she talks way more than they do! Frustrating!

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