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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.

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    • 4.6 • 782 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.

    How Quality Relationships Enhance Your Health and Longevity with Shawn Stevenson

    How Quality Relationships Enhance Your Health and Longevity with Shawn Stevenson

    "We know that the number one component for aging healthfully and extending our lifespan is the quality of our relationships." - Shawn Stevenson
    On this episode of Well Beyond 40, I'm thrilled to speak with my good friend Shawn Stevenson, bestselling author of Eat Smarter and Sleep Smarter, and host of the top-ranked Model Health Show. Shawn shares the often-overlooked power of communal eating, diving deep into how sharing meals with loved ones can profoundly impact our physical and mental well-being.
    Shawn shares how our relationships are fundamental to not only living longer but also living healthier. This episode is a goldmine of actionable advice on fostering these crucial connections through the simple yet profound act of eating together. Shawn’s new family cookbook is filled with delicious, nutritious recipes designed to bring people together around the table, making healthy eating a communal and enjoyable experience.
    One of the standout moments is Shawn's discussion on "healthwashing," where foods marketed as healthy are actually highly processed and detrimental. He explains how these foods interfere with our metabolism and overall health, and offers practical tips to navigate this tricky landscape. Shawn’s emphasis on making truly nutritious choices that benefit the entire family resonates deeply, especially for those of us striving to maintain our health and vitality in our 40s and beyond.
    Tune in to this enlightening episode to hear more about Shawn’s journey, the science behind communal eating, and how you can incorporate these life-enhancing practices into your daily routine. Don’t miss out on Shawn’s invaluable insights and practical tips that will inspire you to build stronger, healthier relationships and take your well-being to the next level. Listen now and transform your health with the power of community!
     
    FULL show notes: https://www.jjvirgin.com/eatinghabits
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    • 54 min
    5 Foods I Eat DAILY as a Nutrition Expert

    5 Foods I Eat DAILY as a Nutrition Expert

    Ever wondered what a nutrition expert eats every day? In this episode, I'm sharing my top five daily foods and my personal food rules that help me stay on track. We'll dive into my favorite ways to prepare these foods quickly and easily, and I'll also touch on my thoughts about cheat meals. Whether you're looking for healthy meal ideas or trying to build better eating habits, this episode has got you covered.
    I'll start by discussing the importance of a food audit and the mantra I live by: eat protein first. Learn how to determine your protein needs using my handy online calculator and discover why it's crucial to get the right amount of protein in your diet. I'll also share my go-to sources of clean, lean protein along with some delicious preparation tips.
    But it's not all about protein. I'll explain how I incorporate non-starchy vegetables, fruits, and healthy fats into my meals for balanced nutrition and optimal health. From cauliflower pilaf and shaved Brussels sprouts to antioxidant-rich berries and heart-healthy avocados, you'll get a peek into how I create nutrient-dense plates that satisfy and nourish.
    Join me for a detailed look at what a typical day of eating looks like for me, and pick up some practical tips to apply in your own kitchen!
     
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    • 19 min
    Revolutionizing Fitness for Women Over 40 with Tony Horton

    Revolutionizing Fitness for Women Over 40 with Tony Horton

    In this episode, I had the pleasure of chatting with Tony Horton, the legendary creator of P90X, a workout program that has transformed countless lives. Tony's journey is nothing short of inspiring, especially for women navigating the unique challenges of life after 40. At 65, Tony's commitment to fitness and personal growth is evident in every story he shares and the actionable advice he offers.
    Tony's path to becoming a fitness icon had its challenges. He candidly talks about overcoming personal and professional obstacles, including moments of self-doubt and the pressures of sustaining a career in an ever-evolving industry. His experiences resonate deeply with anyone who's had to pivot and adapt, particularly as we age and our bodies demand different approaches to health and wellness. One key takeaway from our conversation is the importance of variety and listening to your body, especially as women experience hormonal changes during perimenopause and postmenopause.
    We delved into Tony's collaboration with Dr. Mindy Pelz, who helped tailor his rigorous P90X program to better suit women's hormonal cycles. This adaptation underscores a crucial lesson: one size does not fit all, and understanding your body's needs can lead to more effective and sustainable fitness routines. Tony's emphasis on modifying workouts to prevent burnout and promote long-term health is invaluable advice for anyone, but particularly for women striving to maintain their vitality and strength as they age.
    Tony's stories of working with celebrities and even military personnel highlight his broad impact and the universal appeal of his fitness philosophies. Yet, it's his personal anecdotes and genuine passion for helping others that truly stand out. As he puts it, "Failing is awesome. If you're paying attention, you're learning. And if you're learning, you're growing and transforming." This mindset is a powerful reminder that every setback is an opportunity for growth, a message that will resonate with anyone facing the inevitable ups and downs of life.
    I invite you to listen to the full episode to soak in more of Tony's wisdom and practical tips. His insights are sure to inspire you to embrace a more mindful, varied approach to fitness and personal development. Tune in and let Tony Horton's journey motivate you to take charge of your health and well-being, no matter your age.
     
    FULL show notes: https://www.jjvirgin.com/horton
    What Women Over 40 Need to Know About Fasting and Hormones with Dr. Mindy Pelz https://jjvirgin.com/main-podcast/what-women-over-40-need-to-know-about-fasting-and-hormones-with-dr-mindy-pelz-ep-595/ 
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    • 49 min
    5 Mistakes Women Over 40 Make With Fat Loss (+ Easy Fixes!)

    5 Mistakes Women Over 40 Make With Fat Loss (+ Easy Fixes!)

    Are you putting in the effort but not seeing the results you deserve? In today’s episode, we’re diving into the common pitfalls that might be sabotaging your fat-loss journey. It’s not your fault! Some surprisingly simple, yet often overlooked, mistakes can trip up your progress.
    First off, are you getting enough of the right nutrients? Many of us don’t realize that during caloric restriction, adequate amounts of certain macronutrients are crucial for keeping hunger at bay and preserving muscle mass. 
    Another biggie is activity level. When you cut calories, your body naturally tries to conserve energy, leading to decreased movement. This can significantly impact your fat-loss efforts. I’ll provide practical tips on how to keep your activity levels up throughout the day, even incorporating simple changes like standing more or taking walking meetings.
    We’ll also touch on the importance of hydration, resistance training, and accurately tracking your food intake. I’ve got you covered with actionable steps to ensure you stay hydrated, build muscle, and keep your metabolism revved up.
    Join me for a deep dive into these five critical mistakes and learn how to avoid them for optimal fat loss. Let’s transform those struggles into successes together. 

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    Study: A Reduced Ratio of Dietary Carbohydrate to Protein Improves Body Composition and Blood Lipid Profiles during Weight Loss in Adult Women: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0022316622156166
    Study: Impact of calorie restriction on energy metabolism in humans: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC9036397/
    Study: It's the size of the meal, not the size of the person, that determines how people underestimate calories, Cornell study finds: https://news.cornell.edu/stories/2006/11/bigger-meal-more-we-underestimate-its-calories
    Study: Why We Underestimate What We Eat: https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/health-and-human-nature/202107/why-we-underestimate-what-we-eat#:~:text=Most%20people%20underreport%20how%20much,consumed%20and%20feelings%20of%20fullness
     
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    • 11 min
    Navigating the Hormone Rollercoaster with Dr. Elena Zinkov

    Navigating the Hormone Rollercoaster with Dr. Elena Zinkov

    In this insightful episode, Dr. Elena Zinkov takes listeners on her personal journey through early perimenopause, hormone imbalance, and postpartum autoimmune challenges. She shares how these experiences motivated her to explore holistic solutions for women's health beyond traditional approaches.
    Dr. Zinkov dives deep into the long-term impact of birth control on women's health, shedding light on the often overlooked metabolic and cardiovascular risks. She empowers listeners to distinguish between stress-induced symptoms and the onset of perimenopause, while emphasizing the profound influence of stress and cortisol levels on hormone production.
    The episode offers a wealth of practical wisdom, from addressing hormone imbalance naturally and through bioidentical hormone therapy, to diet and lifestyle recommendations that support using the minimum effective dose of hormones. Dr. Zinkov also highlights the importance of nutrient testing for women who have used birth control, introduces gentle remedies like wild yam, and explores the role of peptides and DEXA scans in managing menopausal symptoms and monitoring bone mass.

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    • 55 min
    The BEST Way To Use Cardio To Lose Fat (Based on Science)

    The BEST Way To Use Cardio To Lose Fat (Based on Science)

    In this episode, I dive into the science of cardio for fat loss and reveal the most efficient strategies to help you get the results you desire without wasting time on ineffective routines. Whether you're spending endless hours on the elliptical with little to no progress or you're just starting your fitness journey, this episode is packed with actionable tips tailored just for you.
    We'll explore why not all body fat is created equal and how this impacts your health, focusing on the difference between subcutaneous and visceral fat. Learn why a simple calorie deficit isn't enough to target stubborn belly fat and discover specific strategies to combat belly fat effectively. Plus, learn how to optimize your resting metabolic rate and about the role of diet and exercise in maximizing your fat-burning potential.
    I’ll share my personal routine and how I've managed to stay fit and energized, emphasizing the importance of tracking steps and adding intensity to your workouts. From using tracking devices to setting achievable goals like 8,000-12,000 steps a day, you'll get practical advice to incorporate into your daily life. Bonus points for those evening walks after dinner that not only aid digestion, but also improve your sleep!

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    Study: Effects of a 10,000 Steps per Day Goal in Overweight Adults: https://consensus.app/papers/effects-10000-steps-goal-overweight-adults-schneider/52b0b26bb658518c96e953b02174b2ca/?utm_source=chatgpt
    Study: Is the goal of 12,000 steps per day sufficient for improving body composition and metabolic syndrome? The necessity of combining exercise intensity: a randomized controlled trial: https://consensus.app/papers/goal-12000-steps-improving-body-composition-necessity-chiang/676d54b152e25c6b80e07f6a12b02fc0/?utm_source=chatgpt
    Study: Effects of 10,000 steps a day on physical and mental health in overweight participants in a community setting: a preliminary study: https://consensus.app/papers/effects-10000-steps-health-overweight-participants-yuenyongchaiwat/9e117b3fd0375c458d5aaeb73ae294a0/?utm_source=chatgpt
    Study: Effect of High-Intensity Interval Training on Total, Abdominal and Visceral Fat Mass: A Meta-Analysis: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/29127602/
    Study: Effects of Dietary Fructose Restriction on Liver Fat, De Novo Lipogenesis, and Insulin Kinetics in Children With Obesity: https://consensus.app/papers/effects-dietary-fructose-restriction-liver-novo-schwarz/98534477ff705ea5b6e350c6472b2bd8/?utm_source=chatgpt
    Study: Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Consumption Is Associated with Abdominal Fat Partitioning in Healthy Adults: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4093984/
    Study: Alcohol Consumption and Its Relation to Visceral and Subcutaneous Adipose Tissues in Healthy Male Koreans: https://consensus.app/papers/alcohol-consumption-relation-visceral-subcutaneous-kim/59c2ee5971d259809279e80373d23763/?utm_source=chatgpt
    Study: Stress and body shape: stress-induced cortisol secretion is consistently greater among women with central fat: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/11020091/
    Study: Stress-induced cortisol response and fat distribution in women: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/16353426/
    Study: Change in sleep duration and visceral fat accumulation over 6 years in adults: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/24420871/
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    • 10 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
782 Ratings

782 Ratings

sassygirl10 ,

Laser Insights

What I love about this podcast is its focus and high impact

LindaMiz ,

Love you …. Truly an inspiration..

JJ , I’ve been following you for years… love you…
I’ve been struggling with wanting to give you constructive criticism— I will to listen to your pod no matter what regardless…but might stick with the solo episodes🤷‍♀️

We all know your amazing stories and all you’ve accomplished in your life.

It’s at the point where I know when you are about to break into a JJ story when you are interviewing an amazing guest. The interruption breaks the flow of the interview.
I get a one on on convo— but this is an interview of the guest. Chiming in with everything isn’t necessary in my humble opinion.

Something you might want to work on.

With love,
Linda

Ceci D24 ,

Great podcast!

This podcast is a great podcast! I’m 53 & post menopausal so love all the information about weight loss. I consider myself healthy because I eat healthy & exercise. I’ve learned a lot listening to this podcast. I like how most of them are short and they’re some hour long ones, too. Thank you so much.

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