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Getting Sleeveless and Sexy with JJ Virgin

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JJ Virgin

Six Weeks To Sleeveless and Sexy

JJ Virgin is the premiere voice of scientific reason in the world of nutrition and wellness. She is one of the nation’s foremost celebrity nutrition experts. Her 25 years in the health and fitness industry, the past 10 in holistic nutrition and functional medicine, have earned JJ recognition as the go-to weight loss expert who can unlock the door to life-long weight management through her sensible, no-fail approach to nutrition and fitness.

Internationally recognized as the creator and leader of the breakthrough Weight Loss Resistance Revolution™ programs, JJ is responsible for turning the most challenging weight loss resistant cases into stunning successes where clients can get lean for life. Her mission is to crush the widespread misinformation on nutrition and exercise and put a serious dent in the obesity epidemic with her science-based approach to weight loss and fitness. “Your body is a chemistry lab; there are scientific methods to help you discover your areas of weight loss resistance, heal your metabolism and become well for life,” JJ says.

She has worked with performance athletes, CEO’s, and A-list celebrities from around the world, including KISS front man, Gene Simmons, Ben Stiller, Jeanne Tripplehorn, and Janeane Garofalo, to name a few.

Her new book, Six Weeks to Sleeveless and Sexy is a best seller and guys, don’t let the title of this book fool you. JJ gives no- nonsense, nutrition advice in this book that applies to both women and men.

JJ is a member of Mensa, and has a multitude of educational degrees and programs to her credit, including a PhD in Holistic Nutrition from Clayton College of Natural Health, a degree in Exercise Science from UCLA and graduate coursework in 6 different graduate and doctoral programs including Biomechanics from California State University Northridge, Sports Medicine from University of Miami, doctoral level courses in Exercise Physiology, Nutrition and Aging from USC, and Nutrition studies from University of Bridgeport. She is currently pursuing a Masters degree in Nutrition and Metabolic Medicine from the University Of South Florida Medical School. JJ continually updates her education by attending multiple health-focused medical conferences and seminars every year.

I can tell you that from reading her newly published best selling book Six Weeks to Sleeveless and Sexy, getting

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to know JJ via Social Media and speaking with her on the phone that there’s no candy coating with JJ, and we’re going to tell you straight up everything you need to know about building muscle, dropping body fat, the what, when and how to eat to get your body burning fat for fuel, building muscle instead of wasting it.

Your body is the ultimate chemistry lab
JJ’s mantra is “your body isn’t a bank account, it’s a chemistry lab” and when you think about it, that is the absolute truth and they key behind weight loss resistance. The story behind JJ’s mantra is very interesting. JJ had heard Biggest Loser star Jillian Michaels say on the show “your body is just a bank account – calories in, calories out”. This is when JJ answered back to the television “No, Jillian, your body isn’t a bank account, it’s a chemistry lab.”

Through the right diet, right exercise, sleep, stress management, improving digesting, getting rid of foods that can cause you to hold on to false fat, detoxification, getting your thyroid working correctly, balancing your sex hormones; when you put all of that stuff together, your body then hears the message, let’s burn fat for fuel, let’s slow down the aging process, etc.

You are a complex chemistry lab and if you want to optimize your health, think straight, have great energy, burn fat and look great, you need to have that chemistry lab humming.

Weight Loss Starts with YOU!
One of the top secrets to weight loss starts with you and your mindset. The best weight loss information isn’t going to do you any good unless you’re fired up, motivated, and know where you want to be. You need to decide where you see yourself and make it a reality.

You have to live from where you want to be. When you live like a healthy, lean, person, you become one over time.

JJ’s Burst to Blast Fat!
The #1 reason why most people say they don’t exercise is that they “claim” they don’t have time. With Burst Training, aka High Intensity Interval Training, is what you need to do in just minutes a day, not hours, to turn your body into a mega fat burning machine.

This is all backed by science. If you’re doing endurance training such as running, swimming, walking, etc. for 45 minutes or more multiple times a week, you’re creating a lot of oxidative stress in your body. The best way to explain oxidative stress is like cutting an apple in half and watching it turn brown. Oxidative stress is aging. Rapid aging.

Endurance training raises stress hormones. When your stress hormones rise, they lower your immune system, raise stomach acid so you don’t digest proteins as well, lowers your serotonin making you crave sugar and carbohydrates, breaks down muscle, and lowers your anabolic hormones so you can’t build muscle as well.

With burst training, you get all the cardio vascular benefits without all the bad stuff. Burst to blast fat is an all out full body exercises such as jumping rope, Turkish get ups, sprinting and stair climbing. What you want to do is go all out for 30-60 seconds. Get your whole body going. The goal is to get yourself wiped out as quickly as possible. You do this for 30-60 seconds and recover twice as long. You want to do this a few times. You’re using lactic acid as a fuel source. Lactic acid continues to rise as you do multiple bouts of the. You want to do a total of 4-8 minuets of bursting.

With burst training you raise growth hormone and anabolic hormone. When you raise lactic acid, 15 minutes later you raise growth hormone. Growth hormone is the fountain of youth. It helps build muscle, recover, raise testosterone, and offset the stress hormone response.

If you’re doing a lot of aerobic exercise, you become a better sugar burner and not a fat burner. Sprinting or burst training makes you an efficient fat burner.

Muscle up for “Metabolic Spanx”
JJ’s book is called Six Weeks to Sleeveless and Sexy and let me tell you, JJ has some incredible arms. To build arms that have incredible shape and definition doesn’t come from using 3 lb. pink dumbbells to do your bicep curls.

What does JJ recommend for having arms worthy of being sleeveless and sexy? Ideally, you want to be able to choose a weight that allows you to do 8-12 reps of an exercise with good form. If you can do more than 8-12 reps, up the weights. If you can’t, then lower the weights. As you keep doing this, you will get smaller and as JJ puts it, “your muscles become metabolic Spanx” so you will definitely not get bigger lifting weights. Men do, but not women.

According to JJ, women should be between 12-15% body fat to be lean and healthy. Men can drop body fat below that into single digits and be healthy.

JJ recommends doing multi-joint exercises using the heaviest weights you can handle using good form.

Celebrity Red Carpet Ready Tips
As you know, JJ is the go-to person for some of Hollywood’s top celebrities for nutrition and health and getting them ready to look their best for the red carpet. I asked JJ to share some of her tips and tricks that she gives celebrities.

Celebrities aren’t any different from us. People tend to think of getting fit and looking their best for an event, not for life and go to extremes to be ready for the big event. It’s so much easier if you do the things you should be doing all along which is to be more fit and healthy. The sad part is that most people (and celebrities too), revert back to their old habits once the event is over and end up gaining back all the weight they lost and then some.

  • When getting ready for an event, take the high starchy carbs out of your diet and keeping your carb intake to vegetables along with a clean, lean, protein eating 3 meals and day and no snacks.
  • Cut out dairy and gluten which cause a lot of people to hold on to false fat and inflammation.
  • Increase fiber intake as it helps with satiety. Increase water intake between meals, not with meals. Water dilutes stomach acid and can slow down digestion and impair protein synthesis.
  • Drink lots of green tea. Green tea helps boost metabolism, reduces stress hormones, and burns more fat.
  • Get a good nights sleep.
  • Do burst training throughout the day which will crank your metabolism, help lower stress and aid in detoxification.
  • Eat vegetables that are natural diuretics such as asparagus and cucumbers.
  • Drink apple cider vinegar to help with acid alkaline balance.

Fiber – Nature’s Appetite Suppressor
One of the lesser well known secrets to fat loss is Fiber. Most people don’t get enough fiber in their diet. Fiber is one of the easiest and best ways to feel full and control appetite. Pairing fiber with protein slows down stomach emptying and keeps Ghrelin (the hormone that makes you hungry) suppressed.

Fat is also great for appetite suppressant as it sits in the ileum of the small intestine and releases a neuro peptide to the brain that shuts off your appetite.

If you put these components together, you won’t be hungry and you won’t feel the need to snack. You need to stop snacking garbage snacks and eat every 4-6 hours. The snacking raises blood sugar and increase insulin and stopping your fat cells from burning fat. You want to turn your body into a fat burner, not a sugar burner and in order to do that, you need to have stable blood sugar.

Eat foods that will give you a steady, sustained energy which is where high starch carbs along with non starchy vegetables comes into play. Fiber is so important when tempering the blood sugar response and providing a steady source of glucose to the brain. Fiber also keeps your digestive system healthy and poops to be proud of.

Yes, you should be pooping daily for optimal digestive health.

JJ recommends adding freshly ground flax seeds to your protein shakes as an easy way to increase fiber.

JJ’s Top 5 Unhealthy Health Foods
There are hundreds of food items that are marketed as being healthy, but are far from healthy. Unfortunately, these unhealthy health foods are very misleading to the consumer looking to lose weight and improve their health. The number of food products that fall in this category is so vast that we could probably write a book on this. For now, we’re going to keep it to 5.

  1. Healthy Muffins – When you look at the nutritional breakdown of so called “healthy” muffins, they have as much sugar and calories as a Hostess Cupcake. Muffins are nothing more than cupcakes and are sold in cupcake holders.
  2. Agave – Agave’s claim is that it’s a natural alternative to artificial sweeteners. Not so fast. While it is low glycemic, it is higher in fructose than High Fructose Corn Syrup. It disturbs glucose in the liver and causes insulin resistance.
  3. Soy – soy is one of the most genetically modified foods out there. Soy can mess up your hormones, block mineral absorption, has been linked to a high rate of stomach, pancreatic and thyroid cancer. Soy is grown in a field that has been sprayed with Roundup® and everything around it dies, but the soy bean doesn’t. The Roundup® soaks into the bean because 40% of it is fat. It is processed to become ice cream, milk, cheese, hot dogs. Why is soy a health food?????
  4. Light Yogurts with probiotics – Light yogurts contain artificial sweeteners which disrupts your gut fluoride and adding a healthy bacteria to the product in the form of probiotics, isn’t really going to do you any good. How much healthy bacteria are you really getting in these products to counteract the artificial sweetener that’s disrupting and killing off the bacteria in the yogurt. Also, the added artificial sweeteners are really unhealthy for you and make you crave sweets even more.
  5. Smoothie Shops – Commercial Smoothie shops make their smoothies from sweetened yogurt, juice, high glycemic fruits such as mangoes, pineapple and banana with a bit of protein powder. Basically, all you’re getting is a massive load of sugar. Being that you’re drinking all this sugar, it hits your blood stream even quick causing a massive spike in insulin.

The Sour News about Artificial Sweeteners
Artificial sweeteners are poison and not only that, research shows that they actually make you fat. Artificial sweeteners are in so many products and they make you crave sweets even more. They train your taste buds to like and want sweets.

Rule of thumb, just say no to artificial sweeteners and be sure to check product labels for them. The only sweetener JJ recommends is Xylitol. As for a natural sweetener, JJ recommends a bit of Blackstrap Molasses, real organic local honey are evaporated cane juice which doesn’t have fructose.

Navigating Restaurant Menus
More often than not, when you go to a restaurant, you can unknowingly order something that contains 2500 calories or an innocent salad can end up being a whopping 1200 calories. You certainly don’t want to be consuming a day’s worth of calories in one meal.

Fortunately, many restaurants are now starting to put the calories on the menus (although in some cases, the actual total calories may be more than what is listed) to help guide you to make better food choices. The trick to lowering the calories on some of your favorite dishes is to order it your way.

When looking over a menu, you want to stay away from dishes that say crisp, crispy, creamy and sautéed. Something as innocent as salad dressing also tend to be very high in calories, so your best bet is to go with oil and vinegar in lieu of dressing.

Salads can have more calories than you think. Avoid dried fruit, cheeses and croutons in your salad.

When ordering, you want to make sure you’re getting a clean, lean, protein, a healthy fat, and high fiber starchy carb. Restaurant portions tend to be very large so don’t feel obligated to “clean your plate”. Eat a half portion and bring the rest home.

Remember, when going out to eat, the menu is a guide. It’s a suggestion. It’s not an absolute. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. What’s in the sauce, how is it prepared? Don’t be afraid to order your meal to your specifications. If you order something and it’s not prepared the way you want it, don’t be afraid to send it back.

Televised Diet Advertisements – Don’t be Fooled
It seems that television is now inundated with advertisements for diets being endorsed by some celebrity. The ads promise convenience delivering healthy, nutritious, low calorie meals to you home and all you need to do is eat these meals and drop weight in the double digits.

These diet foods are nothing more than “chemical cuisine” which lowers thyroid function, raises stress hormones and makes you more weight loss resistant over time.

In order to lose weight and build lean muscle for the long haul, you need to figure out why you’re over fat in the first place, and until you figure that out, you can’t fix it.

Is it your diet, exercise, lack of sleep, nutrient deficiencies, food sensitivity, toxicity, hormone imbalance, or insulin resistance?

JJ’s #1 piece of advice
Sleep is the #1 thing JJ recommends above and beyond everything else. Lack of sleep causes a “hormonal hell” in your body. Just 1 poor night of sleep and your stress hormones are higher, your serotonin levels are lower, you’re more insulin resistant, you’re hungrier, crave more sugar, you’re less energetic and focused.

When you don’t get enough sleep, you’re more apt to reach for foods that are higher in carbs and sugar.

Bottom line, failure to get 7-8 hours a night of quality sleep puts you at risk of obesity.

Don’t Judge a Book By It’s Cover
What JJ and I covered is only the tip of the ice burg and as you can tell from my interview with JJ, that her new book, Six Weeks To Sleeveless and Sexy is not a fitness book and it’s not a chick book either. JJ is all about the science of nutrition and what your body does with the foods you eat.

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