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10 Sneaky Sources Of Sugar

JJ Virgin | Posted 09.15.2014 | Healthy Living
JJ Virgin

Unlike my client, perhaps you're aware coffee drinks can become sugar bombs, but even the most health-conscious among us struggle to know everywhere sugar hides and how to avoid those things. It can feel incredibly daunting.

7 Strategies For Lasting Fat Loss

JJ Virgin | Posted 08.31.2014 | Healthy Living
JJ Virgin

Based on my friend's wisdom combined with the numerous successful clients I've worked with over decades, I created this list of seven traits lean, healthy people frequently employ.

Honey: Healthier Sweetener or Just Another Form of Sugar?

JJ Virgin | Posted 08.26.2014 | Healthy Living
JJ Virgin

Many folks use honey because it tastes good, but also because this sweetener carries a healthier aura than table sugar. Ultimately though, your body breaks down honey just like table sugar, as glucose and fructose.

Coconut Sugar: Healthier Sweetener or Another Pretty Name for Sugar?

JJ Virgin | Posted 08.18.2014 | Healthy Living
JJ Virgin

"It's the new it sweetener," my friend said somewhat facetiously, pulling out a small bag of organic raw coconut sugar during a recent catch-up over g...

5 Plateau Busters to Overcome Weight Loss Resistance

JJ Virgin | Posted 08.06.2014 | Healthy Living
JJ Virgin

"You're doing everything correctly," I said, carefully reviewing my friend's copiously detailed food journal. She ate clean, addressed food intoleranc...

Burying the Agave-as-Healthy-Sweetener Myth

JJ Virgin | Posted 07.31.2014 | Healthy Living
JJ Virgin

The few studies that focus specifically on agave don't make this sweetener look good. One with 12 rats found compared with sucrose (a glucose/ fructose combo), agave nectar contributed to weight gain.

5 Reasons Intermittent Fasting Could Become a Bad Idea

JJ Virgin | Posted 09.08.2014 | Healthy Living
JJ Virgin

A simple online search will yield numerous bloggers emphatically singing intermittent fasting's praises for fat loss, increased stamina and vigor, improved focus at the gym and at work, breaking plateaus and, with this latest study, immune health.

Want More Energy? Make These 3 Dietary Tweaks Today

The Huffington Post | Shelley Emling | Posted 06.30.2014 | Fifty

Tired of being tired? Studies show that it often takes older adults 30 minutes longer to fall asleep than younger adults. And, when they do finally fa...

5 Strategies for Vibrant, Healthy Summer Skin

JJ Virgin | Posted 08.26.2014 | Healthy Living
JJ Virgin

Glowing summer skin starts not from exorbitant department-store creams but from what you eat. Beauty comes from within, and the best dermatologist and cleansers can't rescue a bad diet's effects on your skin.

Why Frequent Small Meals Can Stall Fast, Lasting Fat Loss

JJ Virgin | Posted 08.25.2014 | Healthy Living
JJ Virgin

Studies support what I've found over my nearly three decades as a celebrity nutrition and fitness expert: Frequently grazing permits you to eat more than you need and sabotages fast, lasting fat loss.

Finding the Perfect Protein Powder

JJ Virgin | Posted 08.18.2014 | Healthy Living
JJ Virgin

Pay attention to other ingredients besides protein. Manufacturers make powders palatable and pretty with preservatives, bulking agents like maltodextrin (corn), and sweeteners such as aspartame and sucralose. If the container lists these or anything you can't pronounce, put it back.

Science or Science Fiction? Evaluating 4 Popular Fat Loss Supplements

JJ Virgin | Posted 08.17.2014 | Healthy Living
JJ Virgin

You've read the hyperbolic promises fat loss supplements often make, accompanied by before-and-after pictures of a former overweight person who used that product and now looks absolutely fabulous. Then you read the fine print.

Study Shows Diet Drinkers Lose More Weight? Consider the Source

JJ Virgin | Posted 08.04.2014 | Healthy Living
JJ Virgin

Diet cola addicts, I mean drinkers, celebrated a recent study published in the journal Obesity that showed diet-soda drinkers lost more weight than water drinkers. The not-so-discreet news is that the American Beverage Association -- a deep-pocketed organization that supports giants like soft drinks, sports drinks and juice drinks -- funded this diet-soda study.

A Five-Minute Solution to Solve the Breakfast Debate

JJ Virgin | Posted 08.04.2014 | Healthy Living
JJ Virgin

Time and lack of appetite are two reason folks skip breakfast. Manufacturers capitalize on these limitations with sugary cereals, snack bars, and other concoctions that skyrocket your blood sugar while providing little if any protein or essential nutrients.

12 Golden Rules For Weight Loss

JJ Virgin | Posted 05.25.2014 | Healthy Living
JJ Virgin

Don't bring the enemy in. That means anywhere -- your kitchen, glove compartment, on the restaurant table -- or you create a slippery slope. I'm talking about that pint of butter pecan, but also potentially dangerous healthy foods like almond butter. If one tablespoon becomes the whole container, step away from the jar!

Ask Healthy Living: Does High Altitude Really Help You Lose Weight?

Posted 03.27.2014 | Healthy Living

Welcome to Ask Healthy Living -- in which you submit your most burning health questions and we do our best to ask the experts and get back to you. Hav...

Solving the Gluten-Free Debate

JJ Virgin | Posted 05.26.2014 | Healthy Living
JJ Virgin

You can bastardize any diet plan, and imagining you'll suddenly lose fat and feel better eating gluten-free processed foods will only set you up for serious disappointment.

6 Nutrition Habits Of Healthy Families

JJ Virgin | Posted 05.10.2014 | Healthy Living
JJ Virgin

Children and adolescents crave purpose -- they want to feel important. When you involve them in meal preparation, you reduce your workload and establish lifelong habits. Younger kids can set the table or tear lettuce. Adolescents can chop, slice or otherwise prep fresh meal ingredients.

9 Strategies to Fight Your Enemy for Fat Loss

JJ Virgin | Posted 04.29.2014 | Healthy Living
JJ Virgin

You've had a stressful day yet diligently maintained your healthy eating plan, but then you're watching Sex and the City reruns when suddenly you realize your favorite food sits in the fridge. One bite can't hurt, right?

10 Tips For Healthy Eating On A Budget

JJ Virgin | Posted 04.28.2014 | Healthy Living
JJ Virgin

Here's the thing: You can always earn more money, but you can't put a price on your health. Look at spending those extra dollars on locally grown, organic produce or grass-fed beef as an investment in your long-term health and future generations.

5 Fat-Loss Foods That Belong in Your Detox Plan

JJ Virgin | Posted 04.12.2014 | Healthy Living
JJ Virgin

Most commercial cleanses and detoxes are just sugar water. Without sufficient dietary protein, your liver cannot perform phase 2 detoxification, where you actually excrete toxins. Like Los Angeles rush hour traffic, those toxins just pile up and create a serious metabolic traffic jam.

Beat The Holiday 'Blahs' With These 5 Mood-Boosting Foods

JJ Virgin | Posted 02.23.2014 | Healthy Living
JJ Virgin

For most of us, optimal mood begins with the right foods. These mood-boosting foods can subtly but powerfully brighten your outlook, reduce stress, and boost feel-good hormones to help you not only cope but thrive during the hectic holiday season and beyond.

7 Reasons You're Not Losing Weight (And How To Fix Them)

JJ Virgin | Posted 11.24.2013 | Healthy Living
JJ Virgin

When you give full effort, you expect consistent results. Unfortunately, fat loss isn't so linear. Your body is a chemistry lab, not a bank account, and the calories-in-calories-out model is woefully outdated because it fails to account for the numerous variables that can affect fat loss.

Overcoming the Naysayers and Sabotagers on Your Fat Loss Journey

JJ Virgin | Posted 11.06.2013 | Healthy Living
JJ Virgin

Dealing with these nuisances is rarely a laughing matter, but armed with these tactics (and deep breathing), you can minimize frustration and anger from these well-intended (okay, maybe not always) folks.

Why Too Little Sleep Makes You Crave This

JJ Virgin | Posted 10.29.2013 | Healthy Living
JJ Virgin

You might be familiar with the unfortunate aftermath of a crappy night's sleep as you sheepishly order a red-velvet doughnut with your morning java. Let's look at seven fat-regulating hormones that become imbalanced with too little sleep and set the stage for fat gain, obesity and disease.