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A Podcast Designed to Bridge the Gap Between Macros, Metabolism, and Functional Medicine. Sam has spent over the last decade in the health, fitness, and nutrition coaching space, and now helps other coaches improve their client results, retention, and revenue through his programs and podcast. Sam obtained his Masters degree from North Carolina State University, as well as his Bachelors of Science from Elon University in North Carolina. He has built his reputation as an online coach, author, ...
 
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Does cheap food really exist and how much does the quality of our food matter? While it's one factor to consider as I'll discuss in today's episode, I also want to share the agriculture perspective that many coaches don't consider. Topics include: - Cheap Food and Food Quality - Lucky Charms Example - Cheap Food is Just One Factor - Mono-Cropping a…
 
Are there risks to over supplementation with you or your clients? I've seen many cases where coaches have loaded up their clients on varies supplements and not taking into consideration the potential overlap. We'll take a look at RDA values vs what would be optimal according to research, fat soluble vs water soluble vitamin considerations, iron and…
 
The internet war rages on between team calories and team hormones and it's time for me to step in and give you guys the truth. I'm tired honestly of it all and if you've been a listener for any length of time, you'll know both are important for a successful client transformation so we are going to explore what lies between the two extremes, give yo…
 
Imagine for a second a piñata at a birthday party. Children (and some adults) lining up to strike the piñata with a stick in hopes of reaping the rich rewards inside. Does the candy fall out after the first hit? Second? No. It takes many hits before it finally breaks open and that is the analogy I want to use when talking about gaining skillsets as…
 
Recently joined Phil Daru on The Daru Strong Podcast and he asked a lot of great questions I'm not typically asked around post-workout nutrition, body temperature tracking, strategy for female fighters specifically when cutting and competing in a specific weight class, and a lot more! I think you'll really enjoy this conversation. Topics include: -…
 
A recent 2022 study revealed an interesting connection between neurological reward and obesity and wanted to share the study and my thoughts on this platform. We'll take a look at the fat vs carbs debate, study details, and CICO vs quality of life considerations. Topics include: - Recent 2022 Study on Brain Reward and Obesity - FNMS Program and Upc…
 
Short Saturday episode to announce our winners of the Summer of Science Giveaway! Thank you to everyone who submitted their reviews it is greatly appreciated and we look forward to bringing you more content and value in future episodes! ---------- My Live Program for Coaches: The Functional Nutrition and Metabolism Specialization www.metabolismscho…
 
MyFitnessPal has dominated in digital food tracking for years but did you know there's an alternative? An alternative that may be superior to MFP? Today's episode is a breakdown between MyFitnessPal and Cronometer, micronutrient considerations, user-friendliness, and more! Topics include: - MyFitnessPal vs Cronometer - Cronometer Discount - Compari…
 
Gut health as you probably know is becoming more and more popular in the health and fitness space but we don't often talk about the connection between infancy and early childhood and the microbiome. Today's episode is a deep dive into this exact topic, covering many perspectives including the mother's environment, breast milk vs formula considerati…
 
One important consideration we need to keep in mind as coaches or someone on their own transformation journey is the role of stress and how this affects appetite and following a given nutrition protocol. I'm sure you've dealt with stressful times in your life and that can potentially trigger either the urge to overeat or not eat enough, leading to …
 
I typically don't share a lot of personal stories or experiences but I thought these 3 particular stories from my past would be valuable for you. I'm a product of mentorship and, roughly adding all I've invested so far, could have easily bought a very nice sports car. I believe in mentorship despite one of my first large investments not going the w…
 
Thought it was about time for another Q&A and this episode is very tactical and action oriented covering everything from nutrition protocols to energy balance to testing. Topics and questions include: - Please Share, Rate, and Review - Diet Phase Length Before Changing - TDEE and Figuring Out Energy Balance for Clients - Men vs Women and Life Chang…
 
Building a coaching business that has lasting success and traction is dependent on the coaching brand's message and relevancy to their specific audience. As a coach or "influencer" grows, their topics of conversation grow along with them. Many coaches I see in the same do their messaging and branding backwards, talking about everything initially an…
 
While we've discussed adaptogens and nootropics before on this platform, I wanted to discuss this more in-depth as sometimes there's confusion around what makes a true nootropic. I'll share with you the 5 specific criteria that make up a true nootropic, popular types and compounds that make up nootropics, benefits from multiple perspectives, and mo…
 
I joined Dr. Mike T Nelson of the Flex Diet Podcast to discuss diagnostic testing for optimal health, what different diagnostic tests exist, and taking a deep dive into blood work, calorie tracking, body weight measurements and more! Topics include: - My Background - Defining Metabolic Testing - What is Metabolic Testing's Purpose? - Benefits of Me…
 
Short mashup episode today with a few of my FNMS students and alumni to showcase the wide array of coaches we help at Metabolism School. You've heard me talk a lot about the FNMS program but I wanted to give you 8 coaches perspectives on the program and I'm confident at least one you'll resonate with. ---------- My Live Program for Coaches: The Fun…
 
There are many coaches that are sabotaging their business growth and scalability due to procrastination and, if this is you, you may not even know it. I will give you 2 specific examples that don't sound like procrastination at all and will seem like positive work related efforts. I want you as a coach to be able to work on the right things at the …
 
I recently joined Christa Biegler RD on The Less-Stressed Life Podcast to talk about all things stress, hormones, and how to mitigate hormonal issues due to stress. Topics include: - Top Causes of Low Hormones - Hormone That Drop Under Stress - Why Hormones Become Depleted During Stress - Debunking the Pregnenolone Steal Myth - Debunking Cholestero…
 
After examining a recent client case (let's call him Client V), there might be evidence to suggest that going low carb has other issues outside of the ones you typically hear about. In today's episode, we'll examine testosterone levels and how low carb lifestyles and diets are affecting these levels. Topics include: - Can A Low Carb Diet Lower Test…
 
Today's episode is unlike any other episode I've ever recorded and for good reason… it's time to have an honest and direct conversation about the state of the fitness and nutrition industry and where it is heading. With the influx of new coaches coming into the industry, this ocean is becoming more red by the day. What does this mean for you? Findi…
 
An important topic in the realm of gut health is specific issues and factors that contribute to gut dysbiosis. We'll mainly cover a few specific bacterial issues, root causes, and the interplay between gut dysbiosis and bacterial overgrowth issues. Topics include: - Refresher on Gut Health - Factors Contributing to Gut Dysbiosis - Small Bacterial I…
 
If you truly want to make an impact in this industry, have staying power, and make memorable impact in your clients lives, it's important to understand your skillset as a coach. On this platform, we talk about advanced concepts so you can level up your coaching skillset to help individuals with advanced client cases. I want to remind you how import…
 
While I typically keep the long interviews that go on within the Functional Nutrition and Metabolism Specialization community, I wanted to share an interview with cardiologist Dr. Twyman to give you a sneak preview and bring another perspective to the platform. Topics of this interview include: - Dr. Twyman Interview Intro - Dr. Twyman’s Typical Cl…
 
As more and more marketing is put into the supplement industry, we've seen the rise and popularity of adaptogens and for good reason in most cases. These adaptogens have solid research behind them and contribute to many benefits. Today's episode is an in-depth look at the function of adaptogens, some popular adaptogens including ashwagandha and rho…
 
I wish these 12 implications were shared by doctors before giving birth control to women like it's candy. I've covered this topic many times in prior episodes but wanted to condense the list of implications into one episode. Topics include: - Implications of Birth Control - Negative Feedback Leading to Hormonal Imbalances - Specific Hormonal Issues…
 
Wanted to share a recent study on the importance of tracking and why the results point to tracking being a key tool in achieving the best client results possible. While I'll provide a caveat in certain instances, I'll share how this also impacts your coaching strategy as well. Topics include: - Importance of Tracking - Caveat for Tracking - Study D…
 
In many instances, cortisol is discussed in conjunction with chronic dieting but chronic dieting isn't the singular variable that determines our adrenal health. In today's episode, we'll discuss the adrenal health-cortisol connection, how sleep and circadian dysregulation impacts adrenal health, and other factors to keep in mind as a coach or on yo…
 
Micronutrients are typically an afterthought when it comes to nutrition and much can be missed if we negate this vital part of both our nutrition and physiology so I want to share 5 key considerations/micronutrients that are important for overall hormonal status. Topics include: - Micronutrient Deficiencies and Hormone Status - Vitamins We’ll Cover…
 
I joined 3J University hosts John Jewett and Luke Miller on their show to discuss a wide variety of topics centering around gut health and thyroid health. Hope you enjoy! Topics include: - Initial Client Assessment - Frequency of True Thyroid/Gut Issues - Perfect Storm Client Case - Tracking Labwork for a Female Competitor - Stress, Gut Health, and…
 
I talk about thyroid hormone frequently on this platform because it can be a complex topic to understand and my job is to simply complex concepts and help you become an in-demand expert as a coach. My hope is this episode is a step in the right direction as we talk about thyroid hormone, thyroid health, and understanding more of the complete pictur…
 
Another hot topic in the health and nutrition world is collagen and your opinion can range heavily depending on if you're in the athlete space or the longevity space. I'm here to answer the question: is collagen trash or treasure? We'll discuss types of collagen, potential benefits, and more! Topics include: - Collagen Protein - Please Share, Rate,…
 
I thought it'd be fun to recount some of my most popular quotes and tweets over the past twoish years talking everything from health, diet dogma, supplements, and more! Topics and quotes include: - Most Popular Tweets/Quotes - Challenging Identities Quote - Diet Dogma Quote - Percentages of Health Quote - Fitspo Quotes - Reverse Dieting Quote - Sup…
 
The more we learn about the relationship between the gut and the brain, the more we understand how interconnected they are and why the rise of depression and anxiety is alarming when factoring in gut issues. We'll talk about the nervous system pathways between the gut and brain, the importance of the vagus nerve, the role of short chain fatty acids…
 
Fruit has been getting some hate recently in the health and fitness world and I wanted to set the record straight on this episode. The main culprit of this discussion is fructose and how it is metabolized by the body. There are many considerations and factors to consider which we'll cover as well so you'll have the full understanding of this subjec…
 
As a followup to Episode 346: (Myths and Misconceptions Around Red Meat), I wanted to discuss some specific considerations related to red meat along with first discussing some baseline health benefits and basics on red meat. Topics include: - Health Benefits of Red Meat - Kicking Off with the Basics - Seed Oil and Standard American Diet - Micronutr…
 
I recently gave a keynote presentation in Austin, Texas and I wanted to share it on my podcast platform because I think this is a big key all coaches should be striving for. Being a subject matter expert in your field will command you more than anything else in my opinion and becoming a subject matter expert starts with being relevant to your ideal…
 
If you are a fitness and nutrition coach and haven't had one or all of these cases, you eventually will and I want you to be ready for it yourself instead of passing it off to another professional. This is one of the main reasons the Functional Nutrition and Metabolism Specialization exists is to educate on various cases like the ones you'll hear t…
 
There's a set of conditions I see far too often that lead to a perfect storm for a client. Down-regulation of hormones combined with gut dysfunction for many reasons can cause this perfect storm case. I want to explain what the conditions and issues that contribute to this case and how to avoid it as a coach or client. Topics include: - The Perfect…
 
On this day of celebrating freedom and independence, when it comes to health, there's a practice we can all engage in that will afford us the potential for the most amount of freedom for our entire lifespan. That practice is preventive health. I'll explain this practice and why it's important to consider the future version of yourself. Topics inclu…
 
"Doing what you can with what you have with where you are" is a mantra I keep going back to and was reminded of on a walk recently with the dogs. I want to share a story around this particular topic and why it applies to you and/or your client's transformation. Topics include: - Mantra to Ponder - Go Team Walks - Overcoming Excuses - Please Share, …
 
You've probably been waiting for this episode for a bit and I'm excited to dive into the potential physiological benefits and research around CBD. While research has been done with a lot higher doses than consumers are typically willing to spend on CBD products, the research is encouraging. Topics include: - Endocannabinoid System - Client/Human Ex…
 
While the increase in the popularity of genetics tests gives us more data about ourselves, we must be mindful and cautious about a few factors and today's episode covers just that. We'll talk about the mindset going into taking these genetics tests, exercise and performance considerations, and more! Topics include: - Consumer Genetics Tests - Label…
 
Stress is ubiquitous but often, there's no framework or tangible solutions for lessening it in our lives or our clients lives. I have put together a framework that will define stress clearer in our minds and break down after the grit and resiliency component to aiding stress. I also have a thought provoking Bruce Lee quote I think you'll find enjoy…
 
Caffeine comes in many forms and as a society (and in the coaching industry), we benefit from the consumption of this drug but some individuals might have issues with metabolizing it. In today's episode, we will talk not only the differences between caffeine derived from coffee vs caffeine anhydrous but also discuss training timing considerations, …
 
Normal vs optimal can be two very different scenarios when it comes to lab testing so today's episode is diving into a few functional medical tests, understanding them through a western medicine reference range lens, and why this is important to you as a coach. Topics include: - Popular Functional Medical Tests - What We’ll Cover Today - Western Me…
 
Are there healthy forms of insulin resistance? An interesting topic and considerations on today's show as we look at a very specific example in pregnancy, keto considerations, and discuss the pathological cases of insulin resistance. Topics include: - Insulin Resistance in Multiple Forms - Healthy Insulin Resistance? - Pregnancy Example - Keto Cons…
 
Does fat storage matter and how does it occur? On today's episode, we have a very unique study looking at sumo wrestlers and their visceral fat content and aside from beer consumption, sumo wrestlers have a pretty solid nutrition plan. I'll then explain how this plays into the overall metabolic health of a client with keeping other important consid…
 
Over a decade into coaching and now mentoring other coaches for years, I have noticed distinct differences between successful coaches and ones that are struggling a bit or just starting out. Ultimately, I want you to take an audit of your professional development and see where you might need to improve. Topics include: - What Successful Coaches Do …
 
Jenna loved FNMS so much, she's gone through the program now twice and has upgraded and gained confidence not only in her knowledge of metabolism, hormones, and fertility but also her business. She's here to talk about her experience with FNMS, give you a client example of a successful fertility journey, and what advice she has if you're on the fen…
 
My pet lovers out there I know will enjoy this episode as it is a slight departure from the typical metabolism and hormones talk but an important conversation to have about the health benefits of pet ownership. We'll talk about the stress reduction benefits, microbiome benefits, loneliness and mental health considerations, and so much more! Topics …
 
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