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Well Beyond 40 with JJ Virgin is the podcast for women who want to age powerfully and enjoy the best chapter of their lives.

It’s YOUR turn now to focus on nutrition, wellness, fitness, mindfulness, and beauty.

Refuel your body. Reignite your wellness. Renew your passion. Fall (back) in love with your life, and discover what it means to age powerfully.

Every information-packed episode combines cutting-edge science, pearls of wisdom from JJ’s four decades as a health and wellness leader and the world’s leading experts on weight loss, metabolism, menopause, life transitions and much more. We dive deep into topics like cultivating mindfulness, building strong relationships and setting boundaries, and choosing health…in a nutshell, how we can AGE POWERFULLY into this second half of our lives.

At Well Beyond 40, we empower women in their 40s, 50s, 60, 70s (and beyond!) to defy stereotypes and say, “It's my time now. It's my turn now. It’s my opportunity to step into my best life!”

For four 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 Well Beyond 40, 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.

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 for hundreds of free recipes and resources, plus state-of-the-art programs, products, and plenty of support to help you rev up your metabolism, reignite your wellness, and step powerfully into the second half of your life.
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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 metabolic buck (and you can do this in under 10 minutes total). I’ll also reveal the most important aspect of exercise to get all of its benefits (many people aren’t doing this!), how to recover smartly, and how I exercised LESS to get much better results!
Author and founder of the Kalish Institute, Dr. Dan Kalish is dedicated to training practitioners in functional medicine philosophies and practices. He joins JJ in today's podcast episode to talk about the powerhouse of your cell: the mitochondria! Listen as Dr. Kalish explains the role of your mitochondria in regulating your metabolism, as well as why your ability to burn fat and maintain your energy levels can suffer if your mitochondria aren't functioning properly. Dr. Kalish also shares the top sources of oxidative stress that can damage your mitochondria like excessive endurance exercise and exposure to environmental toxins. Plus, Dr. Kalish reveals how to rebuild your mitochondria, including the simple diet and lifestyle tips you can start putting into action today to jumpstart fat burning, regain energy, and take back your health! Get Dr. Dan Kalish’s free Mitochondria Masterclass
It’s my mission to help you get off sugar! In this video, you’ll learn 5 ways to lower your sugar impact to flip the switch, drop fat fast, and keep it off. Unfortunately, sugar is sneaky: It hides in strange, unsuspecting places and in “healthy sounding” names. You’ll learn why cutting out sugar is so hard (willpower doesn’t apply here!), why natural or “healthy” sugar is still sugar, the sneaky places where sugar hides, how to determine how much sugar your body can handle, and the sugar-dementia connection (this is shocking!). Plus, I’ll give you simple sugar swaps, how to build your plate to crush cravings, the super nutrient that balances blood sugar and lots more, and the surprising connection between sugar and gut health. With these strategies, you’ve got everything you need to step off the sugar roller coaster for good so that you can shift from being a sugar burner to a fat burner.
Research shows that only 12% of adults are metabolically healthy. Since that data was published, metabolic conditions including obesity and diabetes have only become worse. In this episode of Ask the Health Expert, cardiothoracic surgeon and bestselling author Dr. Philip Ovadia explains why the answers to these problems can be found in metabolic health. As a morbidly obese and pre-diabetic surgeon, Dr. Ovadia realized that he was going to end up on his own operating table. He tried everything he learned in medical school: The same advice he gave to patients to eat less, move more, and pay attention to the U S. Dietary Guidelines. Only problem was, that advice was failing him and his patients. Eventually, Dr. Ovadia found that by focusing on metabolic health, he was able to improve his own health. He lost over a hundred pounds and reversed his pre-diabetes. With that same focus and passion, he helps patients reach those same results. In this podcast, Dr. Ovadia talks about why our modern food environment has hijacked our health and made us metabolically unhealthy. He explains the difference between clean and dirty processed foods, the link between disease and poor metabolic health, and why you may be metabolically unhealthy even if you are normal weight or even underweight. Plus, Dr. Ovadia provides 5 health markers to help you shift gears and reclaim your metabolic health. In just 30 days, these strategies can create a measurable impact on your metabolic health. Whether you or someone close to you struggles with metabolic issues including obesity and diabetes, you won’t want to miss this informative episode to reclaim and maintain your metabolic health. Get Dr. Ovadia’s FREE Metabolic Health Assessment Tool
Can’t lose weight? Struggle with symptoms like achy joints, brain fog, acne, fatigue, and moodiness? Leaky gut could be the cause… and you may not even know that you have it! In this video, you’ll learn what contributes to leaky gut (spoiler alert: stress is a biggie!), the foods and beverages to use (and lose), the right supplements to heal your gut, and my favorite meal-timing strategy that heals your gut fast. With these gut-healing 3 tips (in just 3 weeks), you’ll look better, feel better, and finally break that weight loss plateau.
Geneen Roth is a bestselling author, international speaker, and one of JJ's long-time personal sheroes! She joins JJ today to talk about how to heal your relationship with food and live your life to the fullest. Listen as Geneen explains the steps you need to take to break free from emotional eating and achieve permanent weight loss, including why it's important to listen to your body and create personal boundaries for yourself. Don't wait until your life is "in order" to make a change – life is messy, and Geneen shares how that messiness can be used as a doorway to magnificence! Get Geneen Roth’s free guide, The Breaths I Have Left
If you’ve been struggling to lose weight – or you’ve lost weight but you gain it back (plus more) – you’ll want to watch this video. I’ll give you 3 simple steps to break this vicious cycle and lose fat fast. You’ll learn the one thing you MUST do before you start a weight loss program, why cold turkey doesn’t work, why I’m anti-diet, how “healthy” foods might be hurting you, and the hidden cause of most weight gain. You’ll learn how swapping out 7 foods can be a game changer for weight loss and feeling better. And don’t worry, I’ll show you how you can STILL enjoy your favorite foods and beverages… without the guilt.
In this episode, I share five key habits that are not only easy to implement, but also cost-effective, designed to enhance fat loss and maintain muscle mass as you age. I start with the transformative power of protein, explaining why consuming it first at every meal can lead to better food choices and enhanced metabolic efficiency. It's not just about nutrition; it’s about leveraging protein for hormone balance, increased satiety, and effective detoxification.    I also cover the benefits of incorporating walks after evening meals and the critical role of staying hydrated. Understanding the physiological impacts of these actions can significantly improve your health outcomes.   Lastly, I discuss the often-neglected effects of alcohol on fat metabolism and the essential practice of consistent meal tracking for sustainable weight management. I emphasize how tracking your meals can transform your approach to dieting and support long-term health goals. Tune in for practical tips and strategies to revamp your health routines and achieve better body composition after 40. Join me for more insights and check out our website for resources and challenges to kickstart your journey! FULL show notes: 7-Day Eat Protein First Challenge: Use my Eat Protein First Calculator: Reignite Wellness™ Extra Fiber: Download my FREE Best Rest Sleep Cheat Sheet:  
In this compelling episode, we dive into a transformative dialogue with Dr. Molly Maloof, who unveils the critical link between sexual health and your overall well-being. Introducing the concept of "sexual fitness," Molly champions a holistic view of health that encompasses the full spectrum of intimacy and connection. Her journey from the pharmaceutical world to pioneering a new sex therapy program underscores a dedicated pursuit to enrich our understanding and experience of sexual wellness.   Molly's insights challenge prevailing myths about sexual pleasure and address the profound effects of trauma on intimacy, offering strategies for cultivating deeper connections. She emphasizes the potential for a richer, more fulfilling life through a deeper exploration of our sexual selves, supported by the science of love and a compassionate approach to healing. This episode is an invitation to shift perceptions and embrace a holistic approach to sexual well-being, promising a path to stronger, more meaningful relationships and an enriched sense of personal health. Join us as we explore the power of sexual fitness to transform lives and deepen the bonds of love. FULL show notes: Dr. Joe Dispenza meditations: Theia Health Continuous Glucose Monitor:  Order your own labs at YourLabWork: Zero Acre cooking oils: use code VIRGIN15 for 15% off Hanu Health: Spark Factor book: Levels: Adamo: Get Dr. Molly’s HRV Optimization Protocol
In this episode, we take a critical look at the Women's Health Initiative (WHI) study and its long-lasting impact on the perception of hormone replacement therapy (HRT). We delve into why the WHI study led to many years of misguided, fear-driven medical advice regarding HRT. This discussion sets the stage for a broader conversation on how to approach hormone health more holistically and effectively. You’ll learn practical advice on managing hormone levels naturally, as well as how to evaluate hormone levels and recognize symptoms of imbalances in estrogen, testosterone, and progesterone. Plus, get insight on the foods that foster hormonal health, along with the benefits of certain supplements and herbs that aid in hormone balance and detoxification. This approach not only helps in alleviating symptoms but also in maintaining long-term health and well-being during menopause and beyond. FULL show notes:   7-Day Eat Protein First Challenge:   Reignite Wellness™ Extra Fiber:   Order your own labs at YourLabWork:   Download my FREE Best Rest Sleep Cheat Sheet: Reignite Wellness™ Vitamin D Plus:
Get ready for an incredible episode with the amazing Dr. Molly Maloof. She's a wealth of knowledge when it comes to optimizing your health and longevity. We dive deep into the two key pillars that Molly believes are essential for a long, healthy life: metabolism and human connection. Molly shares her insights on how you can optimize your metabolism through personalized nutrition, blood-sugar regulation, and continuous glucose monitoring. She also emphasizes the crucial role that social connections play in your overall health and well-being. Loneliness can be more detrimental than smoking, drinking, sedentary behavior, and obesity combined! Molly provides simple tips on how to build and maintain a strong social network, even in the face of challenges like the pandemic. Throughout the episode, we touch on a variety of fascinating topics, from the importance of a diverse, whole-foods diet to the benefits of nature therapy and the power of mindset in healing. Molly's passion for helping people achieve optimal health is truly inspiring and I know you'll come away from this conversation with practical tips and motivation to take your well-being to the next level. FULL show notes: Listen to the second part of my interview with Molly: Take my 7-Day Eat Protein First Challenge: Spark Factor book:  Levels:  Order your own labs at YourLabWork: Hanu Health: Adamo: Shop Apple Watches: Shop Oura Rings: Try Danger Coffee: Use code JJ for 10% off your order Join Theia Health: Dr. Joe Dispenza meditations: Extra Fiber: Get wild-caught fish and seafood from Vital Choice: Philips Hue Smart Lights: Get a Fresh Pressed Olive Oil Company subscription: Get a Sunlighten Sauna: use promo code JJVIRGIN when requesting pricing information for $600 off Sparkling C Powder: TRX Resistance Training Equipment: Free Shipping on all orders $99+: Check out Zero Acre cooking oils: use code VIRGIN15 for 15% off Study: Longevity Increased by Positive Self-Perceptions of Aging:
We've been told for decades that it's impossible to target fat loss and muscle gain at the same time (also known as body recomposition), but that's not entirely accurate. Rather than focusing on just your weight, you need to know what that weight is made up. If you're tired of the weight-loss roller coaster and ready for a more effective strategy, this episode is for you.   Today, we delve into the critical role of protein, why lowering your sugar impact is essential, and the importance of movement, including resistance and HIIT training. Plus, I share my husband's jaw-dropping transformation as a testament to the power of these strategies. So, if you're looking to make a lasting change to your body composition, you won't want to miss this episode!   FULL show notes:   7-Day Eat Protein First Challenge:   Track your protein & macros with Cronometer:   Download my FREE Protein Cheat Sheet:   Renpho Bioimpedance Scale:   Download my free Resistance Training Cheat Sheet:   Sugar Impact Diet:   Tape Measure:   TRX Resistance Training Equipment: Free Shipping on all orders $99+:   Walking Pad: Study: Is the goal of 12,000 steps per day sufficient for improving body composition and metabolic syndrome? The necessity of combining exercise intensity: a randomized controlled trial:
In this episode of Well Beyond 40, I had the pleasure of sitting down with Ashley Koff, a registered dietitian with over 25 years of experience in personalized nutrition. We dove deep into the world of GLP-1, a hormone that plays a crucial role in regulating appetite, insulin, and leptin. Ashley shared her insights on how to optimize your body's natural production of GLP-1 and when it might be appropriate to consider GLP-1 agonist medications like semaglutide and tirzepatide (Ozempic, Wegovy, Mounjaro, etc).   We also discussed the importance of working with a qualified practitioner when considering these medications, as they can have significant effects on your metabolism and overall health. Ashley emphasized the need for a comprehensive approach that includes nutrition, lifestyle changes, and regular monitoring to ensure the best possible outcomes. Whether you're looking to improve your metabolic health, manage your weight, or simply feel your best, this episode is packed with valuable information you won't want to miss!   FULL show notes: The Better Nutrition Program’s GLP-1 Optimizer: Reignite Wellness™ Amino Power Powder: Wellness™ Clean Creatine Powder: Reignite Wellness™ Collagen Peptides Powder: Reignite Wellness™ Magnesium Body Calm: Vitamin D Plus: Get an Omega-3 test from OmegaQuant: use code JJVIRGIN for 5% off Get Ashley’s GLP-1 Optimizer Guide  
We all know the frustration of trying to shed those stubborn pounds, especially as we age. But what if I told you that you don't have to overhaul your entire life to lose fat and reclaim your health? In this episode, I'm sharing five simple changes you can make to your daily routine that will help you hit your weight-loss goals more sustainably. From the power of post-meal walks to the surprising impact of sleep on your waistline, these little hinges can swing big doors when it comes to your health. I'll also dive into the importance of monitoring your progress with the right tools and reveal the one simple habit that can boost your fat-burning potential by up to 30%. Plus, I'll share my top five exercises for maximizing fat loss, whether you're working out at home or at the gym. Trust me, you won't want to miss this episode packed with practical tips and game-changing insights. Tune in now and let's start swinging those hinges towards a healthier, happier you! FULL show notes: Check out the Bluetooth scales and tape measures I recommend in my Amazon storefront: Use my Eat Protein First Calculator: Track your protein & macros with Cronometer App: ElectroReplenish: Download my free Resistance Training Cheat Sheet: Download my FREE Best Rest Sleep Cheat Sheet: Tape Measure: TRX Resistance Training Equipment: Free Shipping on all orders $99+: Study: Effects of a 12-week walking intervention on circulating lipid profiles and adipokines in normal weight and abdominal obese female college students: Study: Relationship Between Sleep Quality and Quantity and Weight Loss in Women Participating in a Weight-Loss Intervention Trial: Study: Effects of circuit-based exercise programs on the body composition of elderly obese women: Study: Weighing everyday matters: Daily weighing improves weight loss and adoption of weight control behaviors: Study: Increased Hydration Can Be Associated with Weight Loss:  
In this eye-opening episode, I sit down with Chip Conley, founder of the Modern Elder Academy and author of Learning to Love Midlife: 12 Reasons Why Life Gets Better with Age. Chip shares his insights on embracing the power of midlife and reframing the way we think about aging. We dive into the concept of the "modern elder" and how combining curiosity and wisdom can lead to a more fulfilling life. Chip introduces the idea of "middle essence," the midlife equivalent of adolescence, and shares strategies for navigating this transformative period. He also discusses the three stages of transitions and offers practical advice for coping with each stage. We explore the importance of cultivating purpose, harvesting wisdom, and maintaining social connections as we age. If you're in your 40s, 50s, 60s, or beyond and looking for inspiration and guidance on making the most of this exciting chapter of life, this episode is for you. Chip's insights will help you shift your mindset, embrace your potential, and thrive in midlife and beyond. FULL show notes: Learning to Love Midlife: 12 Reasons Why Life Gets Better with Age: Chip’s Commune course: Thriving Through Midlife & Beyond with Chip Conley JJ’s Commune course: Age Powerfully with JJ Virgin:
If you're over 40 and looking to lose fat while maintaining your hard-earned muscle, protein is your secret weapon. In this episode, I reveal the five protein-packed foods you should be eating every day to boost your metabolism, build lean muscle, and achieve your best body yet. From the incredible benefits of wild salmon and grass-fed beef to the surprising power of Greek yogurt and bone broth, I'll break down the science behind why these foods are essential for women our age—and show you how easy it can be to get over 100 grams in your diet every day. Plus, I'll share my top tips for easily incorporating these high-protein foods into your daily diet, so you can start seeing results fast. Don't miss out on this game-changing information. Tune in now to learn how you can transform your body composition, increase your strength and energy, and feel your best at any age. FULL show notes: Download Inner Wellness, Outer Beauty: Your Anti-Aging Cheat Sheet: Amino Power Powder: Butcherbox grass-fed & grass-finished beef: Complete Bone Support: Get your bone broth from Flavorchef: Take my 7-Day Eat Protein First Challenge: Collagen Peptides Powder: Body Composition Scale: Clean Creatine Powder: Vitamin D Plus: The Virgin Diet: Download 5 Gut-Healing Strategies for Lasting Energy & Weight Loss: Magnesium Body Calm: Metabolic Reset: Omega Plus: Get 60 FREE delicious, protein-packed shake recipes in my Eat Protein First Smoothie Guide: Download my free Resistance Training Cheat Sheet: Get wild-caught fish and seafood from Vital Choice: Bone Broth Protein Shakes: Sugar Impact Diet: Check out Zero Acre cooking oils: use code VIRGIN15 for 15% off Study: Specific Collagen Peptides in Combination with Resistance Training Improve Body Composition and Regional Muscle Strength in Premenopausal Women: A Randomized Controlled Trial: Study: Dietary protein and muscle in older persons: 
In this enlightening episode, I sit down with my brilliant friend Dr. Richard Johnson to unpack the mysteries of weight gain and explore the unifying theory that brings all the current hypotheses together. We dive into four major diet theories about why it's so hard to lose fat, and how certain foods—especially fructose—can sabotage your metabolism and health even if you're restricting calories. Dr. Johnson shares groundbreaking insights from his research, revealing how fructose impacts fat storage. We discuss the carbohydrate-insulin model, the protein-leverage hypothesis, and how a low-carb diet combined with certain essential nutrients can make a world of difference. You'll also learn about the surprising connection between alcohol and fructose, and how to enjoy alcohol without derailing your progress. If you're tired of struggling with stubborn weight and want to optimize your metabolism for lasting health, this is a must-listen episode! Dr. Johnson's cutting-edge findings will empower you with the knowledge and tools to finally break free from the dieting rollercoaster and achieve the vibrant well-being you deserve. Don't miss out on this transformative conversation! FULL show notes:   Dry Farm Wines:   Try RxSugar: Dr. Johnson’s book Nature Wants Us to Be Fat:
I recently decided I wanted to get in the best shape of my life for my 60th birthday. My original goal wasn't even fat loss; I wanted to put on muscle and improve my overall fitness. But in the process of focusing on strength training, optimizing my nutrition, and making some key lifestyle tweaks, I ended up dropping 10 pounds and 5% body fat... without even trying!   In this episode, I'm sharing the surprising mindset shifts and practical strategies that made all the difference. You'll learn why I actually INCREASED my calories at first, the reason I had to stop working out fasted, how changing my lazy evening wine-and-Netflix routine led to better self-care, and so much more. I'm also revealing the supplements I never skip even when I travel, and the metrics I track to make sure I'm building muscle and losing fat.   If you're looking for motivation and guidance to get fit and feel your best at any age, this is the episode for you! It's not about restriction or doing anything extreme, it's about consistency, nourishing your body, and making sustainable lifestyle upgrades. I can't wait to share what I've learned with you!   FULL show notes: Bioimpedance Scale: Food Scale: Try Timeline Mitopure: Reignite Wellness™ Vitamin D Plus: Reignite Wellness™ Omega Plus: Reignite Wellness™ Collagen Peptides Powder: Reignite Wellness™ Bone Broth Protein Shakes: Reignite Wellness™ ElectroReplenish: Reignite Wellness™ Amino Power Powder: TRX Resistance Training Equipment: Free Shipping on all orders $99+: Renpho Bluetooth Tape Measure: Polar Pro Chest Strap: Join my 7-Day Eat Protein First Challenge: Magnesium Body Calm: OmegaQuant Omega-3 Test: use code XBNINBP7JM for 5% off Order Dry Farm Wines:  
If a simple staircase becomes your Everest, it's not just about stamina—it's a hint about your health's future. I'm excited to speak with Dr. Andy Galpin in this episode, who is a true expert in exercise science and peak performance. Dr. Galpin breaks down his essential tips for optimizing health over 40, emphasizing the critical roles of VO2 max, grip strength, and balance exercises in your fitness regimen.  We also touch on the topics of exercise recovery, his FDA-approved do-it-yourself sleep lab, and his upcoming podcast, “Perform with Andy Galpin.”  Discover how boosting your fitness level can empower you to breeze through your daily activities and maintain a high quality of life as you age. FULL show notes: Subscribe to my podcast Learn more about Dr. Andy Galpin: Listen to Perform with Dr. Andy Galpin: Subscribe to Dr. Andy Galpin’s YouTube Channel: Learn 5-Minute Physiology: Learn 25-Minute Physiology: Learn 55-Minute Physiology: Visit Absolute Rest: Visit BioMolecular Athlete: RAPID Health Optimization: Learn about VO₂ Max: Study: Strength and multiple types of physical activity predict cognitive function independent of low muscle mass in NHANES 1999–2002 Reignite Wellness™ Omega Plus: Reignite Wellness™ Amino Power Powder: Reignite Wellness™ Extra Fiber: Reignite Wellness™ Curcumin Chews: Reignite Wellness™ Protein First Enzymes: Reignite Wellness™ Brownie Crunch Protein Bars: Visit AxioForce:  
In this episode, I dive into the incredible health benefits of a simple activity that we often take for granted: walking. While it may not be considered a strenuous exercise, recent research highlights just how powerful walking can be for our overall well-being and longevity.   I discuss the findings of a study that reveals the optimal number of daily steps needed to significantly reduce the risk of early death from various causes. The episode also explores how adding higher-intensity walking can further improve body composition and metabolic health markers.   Throughout the episode, I share my personal tips and tricks for incorporating more walking into your daily routine, making it easier to reach your step goals consistently. I also discuss how getting a walking pad has been a game-changer for me in terms of increasing the intensity of my walks.   Whether you're a seasoned walker or just starting to embrace this simple yet effective form of physical activity, this episode will inspire you to prioritize walking as a key component of your health and longevity strategy.   FULL show notes:   Study: Association of Healthy Lifestyle With Years Lived Without Major Chronic Diseases:   Walking Pad:   Urevo Walking Pad:   TRX Resistance Training Equipment: Free Shipping on all orders $99+:   Shop Xiser:   Shop Oura Rings:   Track your protein & macros with Cronometer App: ​​   Shop Apple Watches:   Aduro Sport Weighted Vest: Check out the products I recommend in my Amazon storefront:
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