Jan 6, 2022
JJ Virgin shares the key lifestyle changes that you need to make
to boost your metabolism and live your best life at age 50 and
beyond. Learn about the seven foods you should drop immediately
from your diet, how to cross train your diet in the same way you
would cross train your exercise, and the key health parameters you
should be paying attention to every week to know if you’re moving
in the right direction.
- [1:45] One of the things you have to prioritize as you age is
self-care and putting yourself first. Sacrificing your sleep may no
longer be a worthy option. You can be in your best shape at 50, but
you need to focus on what you need to be healthy.
- [3:30] A healthy body burns fat and holds onto muscle. If
you’re carrying around extra weight, it may be an indicator that
you have a metabolic condition. Weight loss is a side benefit of
your metabolism working well.
- [4:20] You need to step on the scale everyday if you want to
understand how your body is functioning. The key is to position
yourself as the observer instead of the judge. People who weigh in
every day keep the weight off and it helps you connect the dots
between what you’re eating and how it’s working for you.
- [7:00] There are seven foods that are commonly found in most
people’s diets that once removed often result in immediate weight
loss. We’re very aware of food sensitivities like shellfish and
peanuts, but rarely pay attention to things like sugar and
- [8:50] You need to eliminate sugar and sweeteners from your
diet. Sugar is doing a lot of disruption to your gut and making it
more inflammatory overall.
- [9:45] There is a right way to do keto and a wrong way to do
keto. Paying attention to your alkalinity and constant measuring is
important to keeping a diet on track.
- [11:45] JJ is anti-diet. Dieting should be used therapeutically
in the short-term, so you can learn what works for you and bring
that into your daily routine. Cross train your diet like you would
use your exercise.
- [12:40] 76% of us are overweight or obese right now, and only
12% of the population would be considered metabolically
- [13:40] For someone metabolically healthy, intuitive eating can
work well to help you understand what food is working for you.
Since most people aren’t in that category, intuitive eating is
pointing them in the wrong direction.
- [14:30] Avoid eating before sleep and avoid eating for at least
an hour after waking up. Get up and get active as quickly as
- [15:30] Any kind of toxin can get in the way of you losing
weight. Mold toxicity is extremely prevalent and can cause major
issues metabolically speaking.
- [17:15] The first meal in the morning where most people mess
up. So many of the breakfast choices are simply sugar. When you
break your fast it should be with clean protein, healthy fats and
- [19:00] A continuous glucose monitor can be a powerful tool in
helping you understand the effects of food on your body.
- [21:25] Eating disorders are very common in the diabetic
population. The trajectory of the US population is not going in a
great direction. Right now, we are on track for 100% of the
population to be diabetic by the year 2030.
- [23:15] You need to love yourself right where you are, and then
dare yourself to want more. You just need a path to heal your
metabolism and that’s not going to happen if we don’t have these
- [24:20] Dr. Anna goes over the baselines for metabolic health
for both men and women. In addition to waist-to-hip ratio and
triglycerides, we should also be paying attention to Vitamin D,
blood pressure, and triglyceride to HDL ratio. If one of these
factors are off, it becomes the precursor to several other factors
going off the rails, and it can point you toward what you need to
- [28:45] If your diet is dialed in but your fasting blood sugar
and hemoglobin H1C is elevated, you may need to look at the stress
in your life. It’s important to track these numbers because they
point to where in your lifestyle you need to make some shifts so
that it doesn’t get worse.
- [29:15] Focus on one change at a time, otherwise you won’t
stick with anything. JJ recommends starting with food and
identifying your hidden food intolerances. Once you know which
foods work for and which ones don’t, you begin lowering your sugar
impact, and that prepares you to enter ketogenic cycles without the
usual pain involved with jumping into something new.
- [33:55] A caloric restricted diet doesn’t work long-term, but
cross training and cycling through diets short-term can be very
effective. It’s a lifestyle approach.
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