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May 21, 2024

Ep467: Are You Aging Powerfully? Learn how with JJ Virgin

Health Influencer and New York Times Bestselling Nutrition Expert, JJ Virgin, and I sat down for a fun talk on how to age powerfully…because it’s much more fun and effective. In this episode, we talk about protein’s impact on cravings, the best way to exercise as you age, and why the scale should be abolished, in favor of smarter measurement for health. Check it out now!

  • JJ’s Journey: Discovery of food intolerance, creation of The Virgin Diet, and evolution in the health and wellness space.
  • Aging Perception: JJ’s decision to be in the best shape of her life at 60, defying traditional narratives about aging.
  • Focus Areas: Maintaining muscle mass, staying active, and challenging conventional ideas about aging gracefully.
  • Monitoring Progress: Use of DEXA scans to assess body composition and effectiveness of lifestyle choices.
  • Fitness Routine: Incorporating sprinting and other physical challenges into JJ’s routine for optimal health. JJ’s determination to stay healthy and active in later years, challenging stereotypes about aging.
  • Changing the Narrative: JJ advocates for aging powerfully instead of gracefully, emphasizing the importance of building muscle at any age.
  • Misconceptions about Muscle Building: Addressing the misconception that lifting weights will make women “big,” JJ highlights how resistance training actually tightens and tones muscles, promoting metabolic health.
  • Reframing Weight Struggles: Rather than focusing on weight loss, JJ suggests shifting the focus to building muscle and improving body composition. She recommends using body composition scales to track progress instead of traditional scales.
  • Importance of Exercise: Exercise, particularly resistance training, is emphasized as the most significant lever for improving overall health and aging well. JJ encourages a variety of activities to maintain balance, stability, flexibility, and strength.
  • Protein First Approach: JJ promotes starting meals with protein to enhance satiety, reduce cravings, and support muscle building. She offers a protein calculator and a 7-day protein challenge to help individuals optimize their protein intake.
  • Hopeful Trends: Despite health challenges, JJ sees hopeful trends in research and awareness around the importance of exercise for aging well. She envisions a future where aging is viewed as an opportunity for empowerment and strength.
  • Personal Mission: JJ’s deepest hunger is to change perceptions around aging and combat ageism. She believes in stepping into the most powerful years of life and is dedicated to inspiring others to do the same.

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