971 episodes

JJ Virgin’s Ask the Health Expert Podcast is THE go-to podcast to stop dieting as a hobby, lose weight, and prevent weight regain.

With over 15 million downloads (and counting!), we empower people to take control of their health with simple, actionable strategies to use right now.

Real Food, Real Change, Real Results.

Every information-packed episode combines cutting-edge science, pearls of wisdom from JJ’s 3 decades as a health and wellness leader and the world’s leading experts on weight loss, metabolism, menopause, and much more.

At Ask the Health Expert, we take a different approach to weight loss. Diets do work... to a point. They help people eliminate hidden food intolerances and lower their sugar impact.

In the bigger picture, though, they don't honor our intuitive GPS, which helps people learn what works (and what doesn't work) for their unique biochemical makeup.

If you're fed up with outdated, flawed, or outright incorrect information, the Ask the Health Expert Podcast takes a different, science-based approach to weight loss... one that works, even when nothing else has.

For over 3 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 Ask the Health Expert, 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.

Her upcoming book (coming soon!), teaches people how to lose weight and avoid weight regain by ditching dieting and trusting their intuitive GPS.

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 lose weight, stop weight regain, and build your dream life.

Ask the Health Expert JJ Virgin

    • Health & Fitness

JJ Virgin’s Ask the Health Expert Podcast is THE go-to podcast to stop dieting as a hobby, lose weight, and prevent weight regain.

With over 15 million downloads (and counting!), we empower people to take control of their health with simple, actionable strategies to use right now.

Real Food, Real Change, Real Results.

Every information-packed episode combines cutting-edge science, pearls of wisdom from JJ’s 3 decades as a health and wellness leader and the world’s leading experts on weight loss, metabolism, menopause, and much more.

At Ask the Health Expert, we take a different approach to weight loss. Diets do work... to a point. They help people eliminate hidden food intolerances and lower their sugar impact.

In the bigger picture, though, they don't honor our intuitive GPS, which helps people learn what works (and what doesn't work) for their unique biochemical makeup.

If you're fed up with outdated, flawed, or outright incorrect information, the Ask the Health Expert Podcast takes a different, science-based approach to weight loss... one that works, even when nothing else has.

For over 3 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 Ask the Health Expert, 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.

Her upcoming book (coming soon!), teaches people how to lose weight and avoid weight regain by ditching dieting and trusting their intuitive GPS.

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 lose weight, stop weight regain, and build your dream life.

    How You’re Doing Keto All Wrong with Dr. Steven Gundry

    How You’re Doing Keto All Wrong with Dr. Steven Gundry

    Wherever you stand on the keto diet, this is a conversation worth hearing. In this episode, JJ talks with Dr. Steven Gundry, a cardiothoracic surgeon who became a nutrition geek, about his book, Unlocking the Keto Code: The Revolutionary Science of Keto That Offers More Benefits Without Deprivation.
    First, Dr. Gundry talks about how he became interested in nutrition and lifestyle for heart health. Then, they delve into the common misuses of the keto diet and how it can be upgraded for optimal results.
    Ketones are NOT a miraculous fuel for the brain, as many people believe. After explaining why the body can’t run on ketones and fats alone, Dr. Gundry explains the concept of uncoupling and what it means for your health.
    You don’t have to restrict carbs to reap the benefits of ketosis. In fact, he explains how you can use other methods, as well as plant compounds called polyphenols to “unlock” the process of uncoupling for losing weight and better health.
    This fascinating conversation also touches on heart health: the truth about cholesterol and why it might not actually be the sole cause of plaque and heart disease.
    Sign up for Dr. Gundry’s Free Newsletter to receive regular tips to improve your health, happiness, and longevity by making simple changes to your diet.
    https://drgundry.com/

    • 43 min
    Fat vs Muscle: How to Measure Where Your Fat Is, and if You Have Enough Muscle

    Fat vs Muscle: How to Measure Where Your Fat Is, and if You Have Enough Muscle

    Are you tired of feeling defeated by the numbers on the scale? You can take control of your health and weight in your 40s and beyond, and in this episode, JJ explains how body composition is key. How do you measure it exactly, and what are the best (and worst) tools for the job? You’ll learn the metrics that matter, because when you have the right information, you can take the right action. And, when you address what your body needs, you’ll naturally—and effortlessly—start to lose fat.

    • 46 min
    The Best Exercises to Do for Core & Burning Belly Fat for Women 50+ with Debra Atkinson

    The Best Exercises to Do for Core & Burning Belly Fat for Women 50+ with Debra Atkinson

    Exercise and burning belly fat get harder as women age. Plus, a lot of outdated myths exist, so you might be doing things wrong. Debra Atkinson has helped 250,000+ women flip their second half of life with vitality and energy. She's the best-selling author of You Still Got It, Girl! The After 50 Fitness Formula for Women and Navigating Fitness After 50. In this episode, JJ and Debra reveal the best exercises for women over 50, with tips and truths you need to know.
    Debra gives her number one thing women of this age need to work on, and why. The truth is, yoga and Pilates are good, but they’re NOT enough. She discusses what building muscle does for women metabolically and why the old way of determining flexibility isn’t enough.
    Then, they talk about core exercise: why it’s important and myths surrounding this important type of exercise. Doing it right will help you lose belly fat and be stronger. Visceral fat is a killer, so you want to learn how to address this.
    You won’t want to miss the five specific exercises that women over 50 should do and how to do them from Debra. They are super short and doable, leaving you with more energy. If you’re not strengthening your body the right way, your health and your metabolism will suffer, so this is a conversion every woman over 50 needs to hear.
    Get Debra’s 5-Day Flip (5 short workouts over 5 days)
    https://www.flippingfifty.com/5dayflip

    • 34 min
    Overcoming Menopause & Stress Struggles, Doing ‘the Virgin Diet’ as a Vegetarian, & How to Lose Body Fat

    Overcoming Menopause & Stress Struggles, Doing ‘the Virgin Diet’ as a Vegetarian, & How to Lose Body Fat

    Going through menopause can be challenging. So many changes are happening in your body, including hormone shifts and weight gain. In this episode, JJ talks about stress and weight gain during and after menopause, along with effective ways to manage them. She also discusses how to do an elimination diet as a vegetarian. Lastly, she provides strategies to lose belly fat, find your healthy weight, and manage the stress levels that can lead to weight gain. Whether your goals include managing menopause, weight loss, lowering stress, or feeling better, you don’t want to miss this fun, actionable-packed episode.

    • 23 min
    Learning How to Process Grief in a Landscape of Loss with Dr. Sherry Walling

    Learning How to Process Grief in a Landscape of Loss with Dr. Sherry Walling

    Your body keeps score. And if you don’t learn ways to release trauma from your body – whether it’s from death or the loss of anything else – this can lead to chronic stress, decreased immune function, difficulty in regulating metabolism, weight gain, and even contribute to cancer, heart disease, and other chronic health problems.
    But, we’re not taught to navigate grief in our culture. How do we properly heal, balance, and reset our nervous systems? In this episode, JJ talks with Dr. Sherry Walling, a clinical psychologist, speaker, podcaster, author, and mental health advocate. Dr. Walling was catapulted into the world of grief and darkness after she lost her dad to cancer and her brother to alcohol addiction and depression. She needed to find a way to honor the grief and loss, while also staying in the fullness and beauty of life.
    In our culture, we’re taught to numb out or to get back up and go on with our lives. But we need to learn to grieve better because time doesn’t heal all wounds. “If we don't actively grieve, we're going to passively grieve,” says Dr. Walling. “And that creates a lot of complication for us in our body's systems.”
    Dr. Walling starts with the simplest place to start navigating grief. Then, she moves into deeper ways to move through our grief actively. When you do address your grief, it can lead to amazing shifts in your physical, mental, and emotional health – and we’re all navigating some type (or types) of grief in our lives. Don’t miss this empowering, uplifting conversation that we all need to hear!
    Listen to Dr. Sherry’s playlist to soothe and encourage you in the darkest moments of grief.
     
    https://open.spotify.com/playlist/0D54J2QG6HRw4UooIv7XxJ?si=a92a802155694506

    • 32 min
    All About Protein, Building Muscle, and Losing Belly Fat

    All About Protein, Building Muscle, and Losing Belly Fat

    Getting enough protein is essential to good health. But how do you know how much you need daily? And what do high-protein meals actually look like? In this episode, JJ answers these questions. She talks about why collagen is important and how to use it, along with how these peptides support muscle maintenance. She also provides her top tips and tools for losing belly fat. Whether you’re curious about how to get more protein or collagen into your diet, you’ll want to tune into this short, informative episode!

    • 26 min

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