I met JJ Virgin at a podcast event in San Diego this year. We talked about most diets work temporarily, but they are hard to sustain. The more I talked to her, the more I appreciated her NO BS approach, and how much science she had to back up her opinions. She was nice enough to send me some snakes and bars to test out. They are the perfect mix of “good but not too good.” Some these bars I've tried in the past are awful, others are really yummy – and the minute you're done eating one you want another six. Everything I've tried from JJ's site has been good not so good that I want another.
You Are Strong as Your Toughest Challenge
I spoke about his last week and in trying to get on the virgin diet, it wasn't I was missing food, or having legit cravings, it was that I have myself trained like a dog to get a snack at 10:30 AM and 3:00 PM (with lunch in the middle). I have a reminder on my watch and all week, I would get up and snack (strawberries, maybe one of JJ's bars) but she really wants you go to four to six hours between meals (meaning, no snacks). So it wasn't until Friday that I made it from breakfast to Lunch. Then the next day, I took that vircory and made it the whole day without snacking. It's hard to battle your mind, and to battle old habits, but you can do this.
Dave's New Spotify Playlist Game to Get Your Sweating at the Gym
Anything you can do to keep exercise fun, to keep you pushing a little harder is good in my book (always consult your doctor). There is a difference between “being active” and getting 10,000 steps and going to the gym and pushing your body ever so slightly past its limits and working up a sweat. One easy way to do this fast call HIIT training. HIIT is a training technique which involves intense bursts of high-intensity exercise followed by varying periods of low-intensity active rest, or complete rest. HIIT can be a great option for staying in shape when time is an issue, as you can get an amazing fat-burning workout in 20 minutes or less
For me this means I fire up my Spotify playlist and when a new song came on a jogged for 30 seconds and then walked the rest of the song (for starters). Later in the week, feeling good I added a new twist. I would jog every time the chorus came on, and would keep jogging until the verse part of the song returned. This can be quite a workout if you have a song that keeps repeating the chorus at the end.
Who is JJ Virgin?
She's a hall of fame nutritionist and celebrity trainer. Her website is www.jjvirgin.com You've seen her on Dr. OZ, Dr. Phil, Rachel Rae, The Doctors, the Today show and the list goes on. I first saw her on a TV show called Freaky Eaters and loved her style and passion for helping people. She is a four-time NY Times Bestselling author. She also hosts her own podcast (see Apple Podcasts). She's been doing this for over 30 years, and you'll hear in this podcast why I like her as we discuss
- Why Coke Zero isn't food
- How there is more to calories in vs calories out
- The food you eat can disrupt your body chemistry and that's we are often discussing gut health.
- How to look at studies to determine if they are valid
- Who she trusts when it comes to knowledge about health
- What is different between the Virgin Diet and the Sugar Impact Diet
- Her FREE 7 Day Stop, Swap, and Drop challenge
JJ has a ton of great things on her website www.jjvirgin.com
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I've listened to or read all of the above and they are chock full of insights, strategies, inspirational stories, and this little thing I like to call the truth.
Books I Haven't Bought Yet But Will
JJ Products I'm Currently Using
JJ Virgin – Safety Net, Cravings & Carb Digestion Support, 60 Capsules (great to take after a “slip up”)
JJ Virgin – Metabolic Reset, Appetite & Fat Metabolism Support, 120 Capsules (going to order this one)
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