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Ask JJ: Science Behind Gluten-Free Diets

JJ Virgin | Posted 12.11.2014 | 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 11.24.2014 | 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 11.18.2014 | 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 11.12.2014 | 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 11.04.2014 | 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 10.23.2014 | 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.

10 Sneaky Sources Of Sugar

JJ Virgin | Posted 11.15.2014 | 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 10.31.2014 | 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 10.26.2014 | 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 10.18.2014 | 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 10.06.2014 | 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 09.30.2014 | 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!