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Ask JJ: Resisting Cravings

JJ Virgin | Posted 03.19.2015 | Healthy Living
JJ Virgin

While difficult to tame, knowing what kind of cravings you're dealing with could be the key that finally helps you break free of your sugar addiction.

Ask JJ: Designing the Perfect Plate for Fast, Lasting Fat Loss

JJ Virgin | Posted 03.18.2015 | Healthy Living
JJ Virgin

Once you get the hang of it, every meal -- whether you're dining out, traveling, or fixing a meal for your picky family -- becomes a delicious opportunity for fast, lasting fat loss and optimal health.

Ask JJ: Increasing Fiber Intake

JJ Virgin | Posted 03.06.2015 | Healthy Living
JJ Virgin

Among its numerous benefits, fiber can help you lose weight. That's because it helps slow down stomach emptying so you feel fuller longer.

Transform Your Favorites Into Low-Sugar Impact Foods

JJ Virgin | Posted 02.25.2015 | Healthy Living
JJ Virgin

Cutting added sugar intake by one-half or more, as the panel suggested, doesn't require Herculean efforts. With these five simple lateral shifts, or healthier swaps, you'll see nearly any favorite food can become transformed into a low-sugar impact food.

Ask JJ: Crushing Your Soda Habit With Water

JJ Virgin | Posted 02.17.2015 | Healthy Living
JJ Virgin

For many clients, increasing water intake becomes a needle mover for fast, lasting fat loss. Granted, you also need to reduce your sugar impact and address food intolerances, but if you're doing everything else correctly, sufficient water intake might give you that weight loss nudge.

Ask JJ: Cheat Meals

JJ Virgin | Posted 02.10.2015 | Healthy Living
JJ Virgin

To really take "cheat" out of your food equation, forego the idea that eating healthy must be bland or boring. Learn to appreciate healthy, flavorful foods like broccoli sautéed in coconut oil, slow roasted almonds, and wild-caught salmon.

Ask JJ: Natural Sweetener Alternatives

JJ Virgin | Posted 02.04.2015 | Healthy Living
JJ Virgin

Let's look at five popular sweetener alternatives and then consider how to differentiate between marketing hype and genuine healthiness.

Ask JJ: Healthy Grocery Shopping Simplified

JJ Virgin | Posted 02.03.2015 | Healthy Living
JJ Virgin

While I outsource many tasks, I enjoy and always do my own food shopping. But I get it: grocery stores can become a frustrating obstacle course filled with impulse buys, products masquerading as healthy, and overall confusion.

Ask JJ: Healthy Eating When You Travel

JJ Virgin | Posted 01.27.2015 | Healthy Living
JJ Virgin

Healthy travel food options will always present more of a challenge than cooking at home, but a little creativity coupled with pre-planning can make on-the-go eating simple and stress-free.

7 Overused Cliches That Hold Your Weight and Health Hostage

JJ Virgin | Posted 01.26.2015 | Healthy Living
JJ Virgin

In my nearly three decades working as a nutrition and fitness professional, I've heard them all. While they often begin as logical and innocuous, "I'll start Monday" and numerous other overused cliches stall fat loss and inhibit us from reaching our full potential. Any of these seven self-sabotaging sayings sound familiar?

Ask JJ: Healthier Sugars or Hype?

JJ Virgin | Posted 03.18.2015 | Healthy Living
JJ Virgin

Let's carefully look at four popular "healthy sugars" to determine whether they offer benefits or just hype.

Public Health England's New 'Sugar Swaps' Get it (Mostly) Wrong

JJ Virgin | Posted 03.10.2015 | Healthy Living
JJ Virgin

Public Health England almost completely misses the boat with its Change4Life campaign, which offers simple sugar-swapping tips including switching breakfast cereal for a lower-sugar option, changing regular sodas for diet sodas or fruit juice, and choosing "lite" or low-sugar snacks instead of high-sugar impact snacks. Let's briefly look at why each of these gets it wrong.

Ask JJ: Breakfast or Fast?

JJ Virgin | Posted 03.09.2015 | Healthy Living
JJ Virgin

As intermittent fasting becomes more popular and anti-breakfast studies occasionally surface, haters have more ammunition to skip out on the day's first meal.

Ask JJ: Realistic New Year's Resolutions

JJ Virgin | Posted 02.23.2015 | Healthy Living
JJ Virgin

Whether your 2015 goal involves fast, lasting fat loss, upgrading your exercise regimen, or feeling better so you can play with your kids or grandkids, you can make big gains implementing these five practical, powerfully effective strategies.

Ask JJ: Alcohol at Social Functions

JJ Virgin | Posted 02.22.2015 | Healthy Living
JJ Virgin

Most social functions involve alcohol, which if you don't proceed cautiously can become your undoing. I'm talking about hangovers but also the toll a few drinks can take around your waistline and on your health.

Ask JJ: Science Behind Gluten-Free Diets

JJ Virgin | Posted 02.10.2015 | Healthy Living
JJ Virgin

As more experts and studies praise its benefits, I'm baffled anyone still claims a gluten-free diet is bogus or scientifically unsubstantiated.

Ask JJ: Ditching the Freshman 15

JJ Virgin | Posted 01.24.2015 | Healthy Living
JJ Virgin

Whether you're a college freshman or a stressed-to-the-max single mom juggling two jobs, you'll want to focus on the right foods to manage hunger and cravings as well as ditch those stubborn pounds.

Ask JJ: Optimizing Testosterone Levels

JJ Virgin | Posted 01.18.2015 | Healthy Living
JJ Virgin

Studies show testosterone declines about one percent every year after age 30, and researchers believe low testosterone affects 20 to 40 percent of older men.

Ask JJ: Time-Efficient Workouts During the Holidays

JJ Virgin | Posted 01.12.2015 | Healthy Living
JJ Virgin

You can do burst training nearly anywhere. If I'm at the airport stranded with a three-hour layover, stairs make perfect burst training. Ditto hotels when you don't have an hour for their microscopic stuffy gym rooms. Got a nearby park? Burst up the hill. You can even burst train on an elliptical machine.

Ask JJ: Healthy Family Meals Without Civil War

JJ Virgin | Posted 01.04.2015 | Healthy Living
JJ Virgin

Breakfast is my favorite meal, said no one ever, especially among the zillion tasks that greet us in the morning. That's why I love protein shakes as fast, filling, energy-boosting alternatives to high-sugar impact pastries and other desserts that pass as breakfast. Minimal prep time means more family table time.

Ask JJ: Snacking and Stress

JJ Virgin | Posted 12.23.2014 | Healthy Living
JJ Virgin

People rarely snack out of hunger. Instead, you bomb a big presentation, then you have an argument with your significant other, so you assuage your frustration with a big gooey cinnamon bun your coworker left in the break room.

Ask JJ: Can Intermittent Fasting Help or Hurt Me?

JJ Virgin | Posted 12.10.2014 | Healthy Living
JJ Virgin

Whether you should try IF becomes an emphatic maybe. Your mileage will vary, but if you're convinced this could be your needle mover for fast fat loss and better health, I have a strategy to make IF less painful.

Take Control Over Holiday Temptation Right Now

JJ Virgin | Posted 12.06.2014 | Healthy Living
JJ Virgin

Employ these well-honed tactics and you'll minimize temptation so you can comfortably slip on that little black party dress. You'll thank me New Year's Day when weight loss won't be among your resolutions.

Commitment Phobia: Pick a Fat Loss Plan and Stick With It

JJ Virgin | Posted 11.26.2014 | Healthy Living
JJ Virgin

Remember the bigger picture when you hit obstacles. Combine purpose and commitment, and you will hit your goal. That can't happen when you go through fat loss plans like you're shopping the clearance rack at Barneys.

What Does Sleep Have To Do With Weight?

JJ Virgin | Posted 11.25.2014 | Healthy Living
JJ Virgin

In the beginning, I worked as a personal trainer. Despite following the rules, many of my clients couldn't ditch that stubborn weight. I knew these people weren't cheating, so I began to wonder why those rules weren't working.