JJ Virgin: Does Protein Prevent or Cause Aging?

Episode 866 1h 21m


I’ve experimented with every diet and lifestyle hack you can imagine, and I know some of you can relate. Hands down, regular strength training and increased protein consumption have been two of the greatest levers in not just optimizing my fitness but also my overall health. There’s no way I’d be as healthy as I am at 64 if I didn’t stick with these two things. So today I’m very excited to talk to someone I really look up to in this field.

Whether you are brand-new to weight training or a seasoned pro, my conversation with JJ will get you excited about building muscle and embracing the diet and lifestyle choices that lead to the most success.


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Topics Covered

  • The shocking percentage of muscle, strength, and power we lose every year


  • How the science and perspective of weight training have evolved (Spoiler: it’s not just for gym rats anymore)


  • What is the difference between strength, power, and hypertrophy?


  • My personal experience overcoming chronic pain through resistance training


  • The Protein Leverage Hypothesis (This is why you overeat food when you undereat protein!


  • The most important way to start your day


  • JJ’s tips for creating “metabolic spanx” and taking advantage of this “sugar sponge”


  • Why we should stop using scales as our only parameter of body composition and what do do instead


  • How your nighttime routine impacts your body composition


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Dr. Mark Hyman: Coming up on this episode of the Doctor's Farmacy,

JJ Virgin: It's a choice to be excited about aging or to fear it. So what if in your forties and fifties you went, okay, my choice is that I'm going to be able to play full out in my eighties and nineties, and so I better train for it Now,

Dr. Mark Hyman: Welcome to Doctor's Farmacy. I'm Dr. Mark Hyman and this is a place for conversations that matter. And if you're like me and you're looking to live longer and stronger, you're going to love my conversation today with my longtime friend JJ Virgin. She's a triple board certified nutrition expert, fitness Hall of Famer, four time New York..

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Ep. 866 - JJ Virgin: Does Protein Prevent or Cause Aging?