85 Articles by JJ Virgin, CNS

JJ Virgin, CNS

7 Super Snacks To Keep Handy If You're Trying To Eat Clean

When I'm on the go, I often find myself stranded in less-than-optimal spots for real, whole foods, so planning ahead becomes crucial to remove time,...

JJ Virgin, CNS
March 9 2015

6 Foods To Make Your Salad Even Healthier

Whether you're dining out, hitting a grocery salad bar, or making your own, bypass sneaky salad sugars and opt instead for these nutrient rock stars.

JJ Virgin, CNS
March 2 2015

Why Your Workout Is Wasting Your Time

Don't shoot the messenger, but I'm here to let you in on a dirty little secret about your workout routine: Steady-state cardio or endurance training...

JJ Virgin, CNS
February 24 2015

7 Things Not To Do When You Give Up Sugar

Ditching sugar can help you burn fat, feel better and finally crush your addiction, but do it incorrectly and you'll stymie your efforts.

JJ Virgin, CNS
February 17 2015

Why All Juices Are Not Created Equal

Chalk it up to clever marketing coupled with a refuse-to-die "but juice is healthy!" urban legend that leads people to undergo near-starvation juice...

JJ Virgin, CNS
February 9 2015

7 More Reasons To Stay Away From "Skinny" Foods

Despite my hope they would just be passing fads, I've learned "skinny" foods and drinks are hot again.

JJ Virgin, CNS
February 2 2015

5 Breakfast Choices You Think Are Healthy (But Actually Aren't)

Breakfast sets your metabolic tone for the day. When you make mindless mistakes first thing in the morning, you've set your blood sugar on a roller...

JJ Virgin, CNS
January 20 2015

5 Mistakes That Sabotage Your Weight Loss Goals

Don't get me wrong. Nobody is more pro-gym than me. If you're certain a membership can help you reach your health goals rather than becoming an...

JJ Virgin, CNS
January 8 2015

​5 Things Healthy People Do Before Starting Their Day

You can't control the weather, traffic, or your irate boss, but you can develop a morning ritual that keeps you resilient to whatever life throws your...

JJ Virgin, CNS
December 29 2014

7 Foods Most People Think Are Healthy, But Really Aren't

The seven foods and drinks here can be healthy, but manufacturers usurp that healthiness with dubious bulking agents, food intolerances and sugar,...

JJ Virgin, CNS
December 20 2014

​9 Strategies To Curb Cravings

It's easy to indulge during the holidays— these tips will help.

JJ Virgin, CNS
December 16 2014

Are You A Sugar Burner Or A Fat Burner?

"I'm always hungry," a client recently told me. "I mean, I eat breakfast but I'm running for the vending machine a few hours after I get to work....

JJ Virgin, CNS
December 8 2014

Could Lasting Health & Weight Loss Really Be As Simple As This?

All eyes fixated on her svelte physique as she strolled into the room wearing a fitted, strapless black dress. Everyone at my table speculated how she...

JJ Virgin, CNS
November 25 2014

Easy Ways To Distract Yourself When You Want To Eat Junk

A new study from the University of Minnesota concluded that comfort food doesn't assuage your grief. Researchers screened depressing movie clips for...

JJ Virgin, CNS
October 19 2014

THIS Is Why You're Not Losing Weight

"I got on the scales, and … nothing," a frustrated client will occasionally tell me. When you fully commit to something, you expect consistent...

JJ Virgin, CNS
October 10 2014

How Anyone Can Eat Healthy On A Tight Budget

A few years ago, while promoting The Virgin Diet, I spoke at a local health food store. Afterwards, during the Q&A, the last question caught me...

JJ Virgin, CNS
September 30 2014

5 Foods To Rev Up Your Metabolism

The problem with many diets is that they focus on what you shouldn't have instead of on what you should have!

JJ Virgin, CNS
September 17 2014

7 Self-Sabotaging Lies That Derail Weight Loss

“You realize that’s, like, the biggest fat-loss cliché ever,” I told my friend as she dove into the breadbasket. She belongs to what I call the “last...

JJ Virgin, CNS
September 6 2014