Sun, 2 December 2018
This week we welcome JJ Virgin to the show. JJ is a prominent TV and media personality, whose previous features include co-host of TLC’s Freaky Eaters, 2 years as the on-camera nutritionist for weight loss challenges on Dr. Phil, and 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 TD Jakes, Tony Robbins, and Brendon Burchard. JJ is the author of four NY Times bestsellers, The Virgin Diet, The Virgin Diet Cookbook, JJ Virgin’s Sugar Impact Diet, and JJ Virgin’s Sugar Impact Diet Cookbook. Her most recent title is Warrior Mom: 7 Secrets to Bold, Brave Resilience.
JJ hosts the popular JJ Virgin Lifestyle Show podcast, with over 4.5 million downloads and counting. She also regularly writes for Rodale Wellness, Mind Body Green, and other major blogs and magazines.
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This week, I'm excited to welcome JJ Virgin. JJ is a celebrity nutrition and fitness expert, four-times New York Times best-selling author who has helped hundreds of thousands of people transform their lives. In this interview, we discuss the link from food [00:01:00] intolerances to weight gain and how we can start to reverse the issues that surround this. JJ is an absolute pioneer in her field and the tips, tricks, and strategies that she shares are applicable to everyone. Over to JJ. Hey, guys, this is Stu from 180 Nutrition and I am delighted to welcome JJ Virgin to the podcast today. JJ, how are you?
01:24 I am good. I always feel like I just got smarter when there's a British accent involved.
Stu: 01:30 [00:01:30] I don't know what to say about that. I wish I was as smart as I sounded, but we'll see how we go. First up, for all of those who may not be familiar with you or your work, I'd love it if you could just tell us a little bit about who you are and perhaps what you do and why you do it.
01:48 I am a nutrition and fitness expert, and I'm obsessed with weight loss, and I feel vindicated, actually, these last couple weeks because I have been literally [00:02:00] into health since the age of 12, and in my 20s, when I started out as a personal trainer, I was one of the first three in the country in the United States: me, and Body by Jake, and Mark Sisson. It was so obvious so quickly that what we were being taught in graduate school, which is calories in, calories out, was a complete ruse. I was like, "All right, I'm gonna figure this out," and I went in and I did 40 graduate and doctoral courses.
02:25 I started going through everything I could find, and what I came to the conclusion [00:02:30] of is that all calories weren't created equal, that our body's not a bank account, it's a chemistry lab, and you have to think of the hormonal effects of food. It was like I said, "Santa Claus, the tooth fairy, and the Easter bunny are all frauds," so it was like I was attacking peoples religions. I was like, "Oh, my gosh," and what I'm super excited about now is I've been, for the last couple decades, looking at everything that could get in the way of you using weight or cause you to gain weight which is how food intolerance and all that came [00:03:00] to be. Just a couple weeks ago, Dr. David Ludwig posted his research findings that, lo and behold, all calories are not created equal.
03:09 Wow, okay.
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