Ask the Health Expert

Ask the Health Expert

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 12 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 If you're fed up with outdated, flawed, or outright incorrect information, the Ask the Health Expert Podcast takes a different, science-based approach to weight loss...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.

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May 20, 2022 17 min

When you hear the word menopause, you might imagine miseries like night sweats, mood swings, and weight gain. But I’m living proof that when you incorporate these 6 strategies, you can manage menopausal symptoms and move through this transition feeling better than ever. Here, you’ll learn how labs can help you understand your hormones, the 2 hormones balance for stress management, the most important measure to determine whether yo...

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World-renowned neuroscientist and neuro-nutritionist Dr. Lisa Mosconi joins JJ today as they discuss a vitally important topic: women’s brain health. Women's brains age distinctly from men's, due in large part to the decline of a key brain-protective hormone: estrogen.

Dr. Lisa and JJ discuss the roles of estrogen in the body and the brain, as well as the connection between menopause and the risk of Alzheimer’s disease. Man...

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The Blue Zones® are the 5 places throughout the world where people live the longest, healthiest lives. They share similar habits: People in those 5 areas manage stress well, eat a mostly plant-based diet, and stay active and lean into their senior years. I discovered a simple Blue Zones® secret that you can implement to get healthier and live longer. Here, I’ll show you how Blue Zones® folks move more (hint: it doesn’t involve hour...

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Does it feel like your stress levels dialed up a few notches during the past few years? If you’re wondering how to get out of stress mode and calm anxiety, you won’t want to miss my interview with resident stress expert, Dr. Doni Wilson.

Dr. Doni is a naturopathic doctor, certified professional midwife, certified nutrition specialist, and author of Master Your Stress, Reset Your Health: The Personalized Program to Calm Anxiety, Boo...

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Eat fat to burn fat… What could be more enticing? Ketogenic diets or “going keto” can help you lose weight and offer so many other benefits, but you want to make sure you’re not making these 3 common mistakes. You’ll learn why with keto foods, too much of a good thing can become a bad thing, the cycling trick that makes your body a multi-fuel burner (and lets you eat more carbs and variety on keto!), how metabolic flexibility can m...

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Melanie Avalon is an actress, certified holistic nutritionist, and wine specialist. As she became involved in the entertainment industry, she tried all different types of fad diets in an attempt to lose weight before discovering the benefits of intermittent fasting and the Paleo diet.

Listen as Melanie explains what intermittent fasting is and how it can help you jumpstart fat burning again, plus find out about the health benefits ...

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You can’t talk about weight loss and better health without discussing metabolism. Here, you’ll learn my top 4 ways to get and keep your metabolism at peak performance. I’ll share with you the #1 food to rev up your metabolism, a favorite spice that can help raise your body temperature and promotes normal appetite, how muscle supports a healthy metabolism, and the critical measurement to improve insulin sensitivity. Whatever your he...

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Did you know that 60% of the calories we consume come from packaged, processed foods that provide no satiety effect?

As a result, we overeat those foods - and the repercussions are grim. Research shows that 1 in 2 adults by the year 2030 could be overweight or obese. And almost 9 in 10 adults have at least some degree of metabolic syndrome.

In this conversation with Max Lugavere, you’ll learn why the solution lies at the end of our...

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If your thyroid isn’t working optimally, weight loss can easily slow down and your overall health takes a big hit. Here, JJ reveals the many clues of a sluggish thyroid (including a weird one you might not suspect!). You’ll learn what it means if your weight fluctuates, why your thyroid holds the key to burning fat and having great energy, how Hashimoto’s prevents the thyroid from making and releasing enough thyroid hormone, and wh...

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Dr. Fiona McCulloch joins JJ on today’s episode. She is a naturopathic doctor and founder of White Lotus Integrative Medicine in Toronto, Canada. Her book, 8 Steps To Reverse Your PCOS, offers methods for the natural treatment of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome.

Dr Fiona and JJ discuss how circadian rhythm affects the fat cells in our bodies. Fat cells produce hormones, break down chemicals and inform the brain on energy stores. When we ...

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When you want to lose weight, you probably think of diet and exercise, right? But working out too much might be stalling fat loss! Exercise has so many benefits, but it may not help you lose as much weight as you think. Here, you’ll learn why over-exercise spikes stress hormones (leading to a cascade of problems), the FIRST thing you should do to get more exercise (hint: it’s not going to the gym!), and the best workout for your me...

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As a woman who is approaching or is in menopause, have you resigned yourself to the idea that you’ll never again feel that oomph that you once felt? Well, I have great news: No matter what your age or current condition, Dr. Anna Cabeca can help you lose weight, stop weight regain, break weight loss plateaus, and reclaim your energy and vitality!

Today, I talk with Dr. Anna about how to break weight loss plateaus, balance your hormo...

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Have you found your hidden food intolerances and lowered your sugar impact, but you’re still struggling to lose weight? The culprit may be chronic stress, which takes a serious toll on your weight, your peace of mind, and your overall health. In this episode, you’ll learn 10 simple, effective ways to beat chronic stress so you lose weight and feel better. You’ll learn my go-to beverage to crush chronic stress, the best exercise to ...

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Dr. Christianson is a NYT bestselling author and top naturopathic physician, and he joins JJ in today's podcast episode to deep dive into the topic of metabolism.

Listen as Dr. C explains what metabolic flexibility is and how you can figure out if your metabolism is functioning poorly, plus find out the type of fat that is the most dangerous and how to measure your level of risk.

Dr. C also shares why the liver is the key to a ...

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Breaking your fast with a loaded smoothie can help you lose weight and it keeps you full, focused, with steady sustained energy for hours. In this episode, you’ll learn how to build the perfect loaded smoothie. JJ explains what makes her smoothies “loaded” to help you lose weight, stop weight regain, and be the best fat burner. She reveals her hack to create perfectly blended smoothies, how to optimize the healthy resistant starch ...

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Rather than using dieting as a hobby, I want you to see it as a therapeutic tool to be metabolically flexible and lose weight. And intermittent fasting is an amazing tool for fat loss, supporting healthy blood sugar metabolism, gut health, and so much more. In this episode, I take the fear out of fasting and show you how to do intermittent fasting without starving or otherwise feeling awful. You’ll learn about the different types o...

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One simple healthy shift can be the needle mover to benefit everything else... And that one shift could be bone broth. In this episode of Ask the Health Expert, Dr. Kellyann Petrucci – weight loss expert, natural anti-aging specialist, and author of Dr. Kellyann's Bone Broth Diet (which JJ wrote the forward to) – shows you how to lose weight, turn back the clock, support your gut, and feel better with this “fountain of youth” f...

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March 23, 2022 32 min

If you're wondering if weight loss is possible after menopause, then you need to listen to this podcast episode! Author and fitness expert Debra Atkinson joins JJ to deep dive into how to look and feel your very best after age 50.

Listen as Debra shares her personal story, including how she got in the best shape of her life despite exercising less and going through major life changes. Debra also reveals the biggest exercise mis...

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You may not be able to diet your way to weight loss. In this episode, you’ll learn how sleep could be the missing link to losing weight and feeling better. Just one night of poor sleep can throw your stress hormones out of balance or increase sugar cravings. I’ll reveal the ideal amount of sleep you need to burn fat (hint: quality and quantity matter), why consistency is key, how to use a “power-down hour” to create calm, and my se...

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Intermittent fasting has become all the rage for weight loss and better health. But fasting impacts women differently than men. In this episode, Cynthia Thurlow – nurse practitioner and international speaker (her second TEDx talk has over 10 million views) – discusses how women can optimize intermittent fasting, whether you’re cycling or in perimenopause, menopause, or beyond.

Cynthia talks about her personal health journey, and ho...

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